I hope you’re well. Also, happy new month, May this month bring you closer to your dreams.
It’s been almost a year since my last hair post, so I figured it’s time for another update. I dye my hair quite a bit and someone suggested that I should do a video on how I maintain it. I haven’t shot a video so a post was the next best thing. If you guys have more questions, I’ll do a video.
Read to the end for the GIVEAWAY, since it’s related to the post. (Sorry, lots of words in this post but I promise, they’re helpful)
The first obvious step to dying hair is to use a good dye. This post won’t be of much help , if you don’t use a good dye. I have used less than the best dyes before but I wouldn’t recommend them, especially if you’re going the permanent way. I’ve used Dark and Lovely, for maroon hair, the purplish hair was from a brand called Nouveau, and the red is Revlon, which is one of the best dyes I’ve ever used.
Maintenance tips are:
Deep Condition and Leave in Conditioner
This is your number one friend when you have dyed natural hair. Dyeing hair is basically altering the structure of your hair, and this can result in a lot of breakage. Deep conditioning at least once every 1-2 weeks will help minimize the breakage, as it helps restore moisture. Dye =less moisture. Leave in conditioner on the other is vital for every day moisturizing. I’ll explain my not-groundreaking moisturizing regimen in a few.
I use the Cantu Deep Treatment Masque for deep conditioning, and the Leave In Conditioning Repair cream for moisturizing. (No, they didn’t sponsor this post). I also use the Marini Naturals “Goodbye Tangles” Leave in Conditioner, which was in this post.
bonus: If you want your dye to stay longer, use a colour protect shampoo such as the one pictured above. L’oreal also has a great shampoo and leave in conditioner as well.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize…and once more, moisturize. Natural hair generally needs a lot of moisturizing but when you have dye, especially permanent dye, you’ve really gotta moisturize. Much more than the ordinary natural hair.
The most popular method, that I use as well is LOC, Liquid, Oil, Cream. Liquid, I’ll generally use water, just spritz it and then massage. Next up is Oil, and I use the coconut oil pictured above. It’s 100% pure coconut oil. Once in a while, I’ll mix in the Shea Butter from Binti’s Naturals. The final step is to use Cream, and this is where the Leave In Conditioner comes in.
Once this is done, my hair is sufficiently moisturised for the entire day.
3. Low Manipulation
Dye generally weakens hair, hence the breakage and all that. The best way to reduce the breakage is to use very little to no manipulation. My favourite method is twist outs and my favourite is the Marini Naturals “Curl-Me-Pretty” Curling Butter, also featured in this post. Check it out to see how I achieve my twist outs, the method hasn’t changed much. Once in a while I mix the butter with Shea butter for even more defined twists.
Protective styles are also another way to ensure low manipulation.
Now, am sure you’re wondering, what has detangling got to do with this? Well, hair generally tangles, which is why detangling after every wash is important. Seeing as there is a lot more breakage after dyeing hair, not detangling may actually make you lose more hair. Think about it this way; you get knots in your hair when you don’t detangle, and sometime you have to cut it all off when you’re unable to detangle it. Remember, your hair is already weak because of dye, so any sort of aggravation will just make it break, like pulling a knot of hair. So yes, detangling is key…
For hair to grow, you have to trim it. If you’re chasing length, or just healthy hair, you have to trim your hair. Since hair breaks more because of dye, you have to trim it more frequently. So the final way to maintain dyed hair is by trimming it frequently, to minimise I admit I’m guilty of this, since I don’t frequently trim my hair. The only reason is because I rarely go to the salon lately, but yes, trimming hair frequently is important.
Comment below which two products you love, and why.
If I like your answer, those two products are yours.
Giveaway is only open to Kenyan residents.
Giveaway winner will be announced next Wednesday.
Best of luck.
PS: All of my products are from Nakumatt, except the Marini products that are from Marini store.