Taking your hair to the next level with colour can be a really exciting experience. Colour can jazz up a boring puff, add dimension to locs and twist outs or really turn heads as a simple statement piece on TWAs. While going darker, adding lowlights or colouring within your natural colour range won’t cause you too many problems. The drastic colour leaps upward (more than 3 shades beyond your natural colour) can really take a toll on your hair.
Curl pattern changes: Yes, colouring textured hair can sometimes result in temporary, unpredictable changes in your hair’s curl pattern. Sometimes, the changes are permanent.
Increases in hair porosity: When porosity increases, dryness becomes a major complaint because moisture is next to impossible to hold securely within the fibre. Your hair becomes like a bucket with holes poked in the sides. Miss a regularly scheduled deep conditioning and you may find yourself parting with strands prematurely. A strict, moisture and protein focused regimen is absolutely essential if the hair is to thrive in this condition. If you never cared before, now is definitely the time to learn how to balance protein and moisture sources in your regimen!
Loss of Elasticity: Elasticity refers to the ability of our hair fibres to stretch gently and return back to their normal shape and character without damage. The elastic quality of our hair is what makes putting our hair in a ponytail or drawing a puff effortless. When hair lacks elasticity, it does not move, bend and recover when pressured like healthy hair does. it simply gives up under pressure and snaps in its fragile condition. Again, moisture and protein balancing become critical for establishing elasticity because it’s that careful mix of moisture and strength that gives our hair the ability to resist breakage from being stretched and handled day to day.
Horrific Colour Result: Colour is very, very unpredictable and all the swatches, box comparisons and focus groups in the world can’t prepare you for the end result you will be able to expect. Why? Because colour uptake is dependent on a number of factors namely your hair’s current colour, porosity and texture (strand size). At best, the hair colour on the box is just the product manufacturer’s best corporate guess at what your hair will look like (with a bit of Photoshop.) Sometimes, multiple steps will be needed to get your colour right.
Know that your colour treated hair will be very sensitive to things that you may have taken for granted before (i.e., water, the sun, heat etc.) and undergoing the colouring process sort of assumes that you’re ready to handle a little extra responsibility. Colour treating your hair is not a time to get lazy with your hair.