Things to Know Before You Colour Your Curls

As versatile as curly hair is, sometimes we curlies get bored with our hair. There’s no better way to switch styles then with a change of colour! Unfortunately, when we do want to colour our hair, we tend to make some mistakes, some of which may cause our hair to break or even fall off. Jonathan Torch, the master of curls, shared his thoughts on the effects of colouring and some tips to remember before you ready to give your curls a makeover!

Can I expect my curl pattern to change after I’ve dyed it?

There is definitely the distinct possibility of curl pattern change. The stronger the formula of the dye is, the higher the chance that it will affect the elasticity of your hair. Elasticity is the hair’s ability to stretch without breaking. The “S” pattern of your curls will weaken if the colour formula is too strong. When the hair is introduced to chemical dyes, it goes through a “colour shock” which is when the hair goes through an adjustment of a pH balance. If the change is too sudden, it can cause damage to the hair, resulting in weak and limp curls.

When bleach is applied to the hair, it causes a chemical process that is harsher than other colours, and the chemical process happens at a faster rate. This can do much more damage to curly hair. When you first bleach your hair you will notice that ringlet curls are much harder to achieve and your hair will be dryer than normal.

Make sure to use the correct colour formula and products to protect your hair from colour shock. While bleach and other harsh colours have faster results for colour change, the risk for damage is higher – particularly if you are new to colouring your curls. Using proper hair colour, and following instructions carefully, will play a large role in saving your hair from colour damage.

Should I prep my curls to avoid significant damage?

Yes, but you have to use the right ingredients. Products that distribute protein molecules into the hair will allow the colour to be richer, longer lasting, and saves the hair from colour shock. A good conditioner to prep with is Pure Silk Protein as it helps the colour retain its richness while keeping the hair safe from colour shock. It also has a very generous amount of silk amino proteins, which the colour molecules will attach to. For sensitive scalps, it is recommended to not wash your hair for 1-2 days before colouring so the natural oils in your hair will help to protect it. Also, try to avoid brushing and excessive combing, or anything that could cause microscopic cuts or tears in the scalp. These small tears to the scalp can cause the colour to burn and irritate the scalp further.

I’ve never dyed my hair before. Can’t I just do it myself instead of going to a professional?

A professional will understand the technical steps involved in colouring the hair, although it is more expensive. When it comes to results, box dyes usually have good results. However, a professional will understand how to adjust different colouring techniques and colour tones for different types of hair. A person may have several different hair patterns and a professional will know how to adjust the colour to get the perfect result for your hair while keeping it healthy.

If you must to do an at home dye, try not to do major colour changes when you’re first doing it. But ideally, you should have your hair coloured a couple of times by a professional to learn how your hair adapts to colour, so you can get the best results from your hair.

Colour is a great way to change up your natural curls, but prepping your hair and letting a professional dye your hair are the best ways to avoid damage when you colour your curls. Constant moisturizing of your curls is a must when changing your hair colour, as your curls will weaken from the strength of the colour and become dry. As long as you maintain the health of your curls, and follow these steps before colouring, your new hair should come out looking fantastic!