Happy Chop Chronicles! It’s been a long time and I’m currently writing this from Vegas! I’m celebrating the wedding of one of my favorite couples, but that’s not what you came here for! You came for the nitty gritty goodness of natural hair! SO!
Do the words dry, bleach, brittle, and heat damage turn you off of having an awesome hair color? Don’t worry.. I was you and I’m here to help you. Disclaimer: Not all hair is the same. I’m not saying that these haircare tips will work on everyone. It is simply my own journey with my own hair. I know the natural hair journey battle can be scary, but here’s my color treated natural hair regimen so that it may help someone else.
Back Story: How Long Have I Been Natural?
I’ve been completely and totally natural for about three years. I’ve shaved my head once in those three years and cut most of my hair off once as well. Was I scared? Uh, dot dot dot yes! Yet, it was the most revitalizing, life changing choices I’ve ever made. You can read my experience about it in the Chop Chronicles archive! Boy does it tell some stories.
After years of curiosity, I’ve finally learned my hair type is 4A. I found that out by a lovely infographic on Pinterest which you can check out on my hair and health board! For years, I’d frustratedly comb my hair out and cry because it’d never surpass ear length. My hair isn’t the super cookie cutter 4a type because of how short it is but it was because of the products that I was using and the focus I had that made me finally start seeing results.
The Myth About Dying Your Hair
My hair is gonna fall out.
There’s only one way your hair is going to fall out. That’s if you don’t care for it. You have to comb it out, you have to wash it, and more importantly, you have to keep it moisturized. I understand more than anyone that protective styling is all the rage but if you’re trying to dye your hair you need to understand the “dangers.”
Important things to remember:
- Bleach is imperative for bright colors. (It’s okay.) If you’re box bleaching, do not be afraid to ask someone at a beauty supply (NOT A TARGET) about what tips they have for bleaching your hair type. Let them touch if it they have to. This helps! I’ve been box-dying my hair for years and I’ve been very pleased with the amount of help train professionals will give me.
- If you’re going to put heat to it, don’t make it frequent. Most professionals advise waiting two to three weeks before you straighten your hair after coloring it. I agree especially if there’s bleach involved. Bleach strips your natural hair oils so those follicles need time to regenerate your oils and you need to feed your hair oils as well. Straightening it is just going to dry it out so it’s important that when you do straighten it, you’re putting oil in it, you’re using heat protectant, and if you’re going over 370 with your iron, you’re going to kill it.
- Finally, the color doesn’t last forever. My red hair lasted 5 months before it had to be refreshed. My blue hasn’t even been refreshed and it’s been well over two. READ YOUR INSTRUCTIONS and do exactly as you are advised. this helps. Wrap your hair everyday and wash it maybe twice a month. You don’t have to wash it every week and if you do, rethink dying your hair such a bright color. The more often you wash it, the faster your hair color will fade.
Now, on to the Color Treated Natural Hair Regimen:
(Keep in mind that I’m allergic to coconut oil which is why you won’t see it in this regimen. It sucks because I’ve heard coconut oil does wonders to your hair!
The Hair Dye Ritual:
- So I bleach my hair with different types of bleach every time and I don’t bleach my hair frequently so you’ll have to excuse me for not remembering my latest brand.
- The brand of hair dye I use is Adore. I used to use Splat? Yet, SPLAT STAINS EVERYTHING. The only thing that Adore does is drips profusely down the bottle but is very easy to clean off and really long lasting.
- After I bleach it, I dye it. 30 minutes (no heat), before I rinse it out until the water runs dry.
- Afterwards, I deep condition my hair. This gives it back its soft texture.
- I make my deep conditioner from scratch.
- A table spoon of mayonnaise
- two table spoons of yogurt,
- a teaspoon of olive oil (or coconut oil depending on which you use.)
- One raw egg
- mixed together and set in hair then blow-dried with cool air.
The Completely Natural Ritual:
Very often I’m too lazy to straighten my hair. So I let the curly afro shine it’s way through.
- Comb my hair out gently with a wide tooth comb.
- oil my scalp with Africa’s Best Super Gro. ( I part my hair with a rat tail comb to make sure that I’m getting the scalp.)
- moisturize with Africa’s Best Hair Mayonnaise and seal that with olive oil. My curls retain moisture that way and the shrinkage is pretty minimal.
- Note: I recently switched from olive oil to Vitamin E oil which is what I use to oil my ears before a stretch, and my dandruff has reduced something fierce so there’s that alternative!
Wash Day [Bi-weekly]
- Shea Moisture is my absolute favorite because although it doesn’t say that it’s color treated friendly, it is. It’s the only shampoo and conditioner that make it soft.
- Refer back to my deep conditioning recipe above to know how I keep my hair soft. I’ll place the deep conditioning in for about a half hour before I rinse it out.
The Straightened Hair Ritual:
- I part my hair into sections first.
- Each section individually gets straightened. (It’s so much faster that way) I spray fantasia heat protectant on it and then gently blow dry it on cold.
- Then from there, I straighten each section.
- Don’t forget to wrap it up! This will keep it from sticking first thing in the morning, unless you’re like me and you like it that way!
So, there you have it! My natural hair regimen. Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog for length updates, hair product reviews and of course more pictures of my hair!