You've been seeing an overwhelming amount of Black women dye their natural hair ginger or burgundy for the fall, and you've decided that it's time to see yourself sport a new look. Coloring your hair seems difficult, but it can be simple if you've prepared yourself for the process. It may be beneficial to see a hair stylist for a curl consultation before you make the decision to continue with bleach and color. Among levels of porosity, specific hair textures and your current hair care routine, it requires a bit of thought for Black women to add color into their natural curls. If it's your first time switching up your usual hair color, keep these five tips in mind.

Don’t wash your hair before adding color

Dirty hair takes a new color well compared to recently shampooed hair. If you’re planning on taking down a protective style like knotless braids or cornrows, give yourself some extra time to add your color/bleach. When it’s time to rinse your hair, you can deep condition your scalp to start adding moisture back into your hair.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

Speaking of keeping your hair moisturized, bleaching and coloring your hair might leave it feeling dry, damaged or susceptible to breakage. In order to replenish any keratin lost during the coloring process, it’ll be beneficial to provide your hair with a multi-step protein treatment like Aphogee. To keep your hair from being balanced between brittle and over hydrated, increase the amount of daily moisture in your hair. 

Do a strand test

If it’s your first time adding color to your hair, it’s recommended to do a strand test. Not only is this a great opportunity to check your strands for breakage and split ends, but you can get a preview of the color you’ll be rocking for the next few weeks. If your hair isn’t healthy, it’ll have a hard time holding a color. 

Double check the brand of dye and color

To keep your hair in its healthiest form while coloring, you’re going to want to avoid products that have alcohol or sulfate in their ingredients, so don’t forget to read the labels of your developer, bleach and hair dye prior to purchasing them. Cetyl alcohol, which is derived from coconut oil or palm oil, is safe for your hair unlike other alcohols.

Look into temporary hair dye/wax

If you’re only looking to lighten your hair versus bleaching it, use a semi-temporary hair dye, spray or wax to cover your original hair color. Being hesitant over choosing a new look is common, and it’s okay to think it over before deciding to choose a color. 

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