Before You Dye Natural Hair

There’s always an argument over do it yourself,  box dye;  hair bleaching or color lifting or allowing a professional to handle your hair.

THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SOME FORM OF DAMAGE *Gasps* Seriously. You are altering the color of your hair with chemicals. The damage can range from dryness, some loosening of your curl pattern, frizz to something more severe, like breakage and bald spots.


How does hair dye work?

Hair dye is very interesting. Since hair is mostly keratin (skin and fingernails, too).

          Temporary or Semi color

Temporary hair dye, mostly deposits acidic dyes to the outside of the hair shaft. Some small molecules may enter the shaft, but eventually shampoos and conditioners will remove any deposits that may be left within the shaft. Normally lasting 6-8 weeks.

Permanent Hair Color

Permanent color works by opening the cuticle, stripping the melanin (original color) and replacing it with the dye’s color. The colorant gets bonded within the hair shaft, which keeps the color from “bleeding” after a few washes and washing out like the semi color. Conditioners that come packaged with the hair dye is one of thee most important and sometimes overlooked steps. The conditioner is meant to seal the cuticle after it has opened by the dye.

Bleaching/Color Lifting

Bleaching hair is irreversible. Lifting the color of your, removes the color of the melanin and strips your actual hair of it’s natural hair color. The yellow color you get once the process is done is the normally color of your hair’s keratin protein.  Most then use a semi permanent rinse to get their desired color.

What does this mean for you?

Regardless, of what you do, besides semi color, whether it’s box dye or professionally done, this is what happens to your hair when you dye it. Period. Now, I am not anti dyed natural hair. I have dyed my hair 3 times, since March. And my hair is healthy overall. This is just a Public Service Announcement. Just so you are aware of what happens to your hair. And you know this before you judge HOW someone dyes their hair.

Leave a Reply

Skip to toolbar