I love vibrant hair colors like red, wine, blue and copper and would love to try those colors on my hair.
Unfortunately, the only option for this is with chemical dyes, which is a bad idea. I have always been a big advocate of dying hair through natural means like henna and indigo.
With henna and indigo, you can achieve a wide variety of hues from auburn to dark brown to dark red to glossy black.
Why Chemical Hair Dyeing is Bad
- Chemical dyes strip the hair of essential protein needed for strength.
- Chemical dyes break down the natural structure of the hair and changes your pattern over time if not immediately.
- You won’t notice your hair is getting damaged until it’s too late especially if you dye back to back.
- There is no way around the damage. It doesn’t matter how gentle the chemical dye is. The only thing waiting for you at the end of a hair dyeing is a pair of scissors.
Quite a few naturalistas on YouTube have sustained damage after chemical dyeing and have subsequently had to trim their hair. The few that come to mind are – Naptural85, Taren Guy, and jjlomax among others.
I think we can conclude there is no perfect way to dye your hair with chemicals and come out on top.
However, even with knowing this, some women would still rather dye with chemicals. After all, it’s fast, easy and convenient.
If you’re one of those women, I suggest the below super oil treatment twice a week at least 8 weeks before you dye your hair.
Super Oil Treatment to Prevent Hair Colour Damage
- 5 tablespoons of safflower oil
- 5 tablespoons of hazelnut oil
- 5 tablespoons of sea buckthorn oil
- 5 tablespoons of pumpkin seed oil
- 3 teaspoons of walnut oil
- 10 drops of vitamin E oil
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil
- A handful of dried hibiscus flowers
- A mason jar like this one
- Grind the dried hibiscus flowers in a mortar like this one and pour into the clean and sterilized jar
- Add in all the oils one at a time then close the jar and give it a good shake.
- Close the jar tightly and set aside to infuse for a week.
- After a week, strain and throw out the hibiscus flowers then pour the oil into a dark amber bottle and store in a cool and dry area.
How to Use
- Shampoo your hair and squeeze out the excess water.
- Apply the oil mix to the full length of your hair and cover with a shower cap for 30 mins.
- Uncover and apply your favorite deep conditioner over the oil.
- Cover again and sit under a hair steamer for 30 mins.
- Rinse with lukewarm water thoroughly and style your hair as usual.
If you find your hair too oily, reduce the amount of oil you use for the treatment. An alternative to this treatment – you can sit under the hair steamer with the oil only for 15 mins.
Apply warm deep conditioner quickly over the oil and return to the steamer for another 15 mins, then rinse with lukewarm water.
Repeat this treatment twice a week up to 8 weeks before you dye your hair. I can’t stress enough that this oil will not prevent damage from occurring.
What it will do is minimize the damage in the long term. Shop the items for the super oil recipe below:-
I have settled on trying out my fantasy hair colors through wearing wigs. I can abuse those as much as I like and my hair will still remain intact.
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