Hey, loc fam!
If you have locs and you're thinking about coloring them yourself, there are a few things you need to know before embarking on this adventure. Hair coloring can be a great way to give your locs a new look, or it can end up causing massive damage to your hair—if you don't know what you're doing, of course. These tips could save your natural hair from breakage and discoloration. Let's get into it!
1. Is it better to get your locs dyed by a professional colorist?
Having your locs inspected by a professional is the best route to take before adding any hair dye. Hairstylist and loc expert Jennifer Lord says, “During the consultation, ask for a strand test on one of your locs to make sure it's the color you're looking to achieve and that you don't have a negative reaction to the product.”
2. Can dye damage your hair?
Hair dye can be damaging if not done correctly or if your hair is not healthy and strong. Hair issues such as thinning, breakage, etc., are not healthy enough to add dye. Also, some ingredients in the hair dye can cause hair and scalp issues. “Inquire about the ingredients in color to ensure you're not allergic to anything and make sure you don't irritate your scalp prior to color application,” Lord recommends.
3. Should I wash my locs before I dye them?
Celebrity hairstylist Cynthia Alvarez says, “Dirty hair is ideal for color application. The natural oils on your scalp act as a buffer between your scalp and the chemicals in the formula, so skip the shampoo a day before you plan to color.”
4. Is there a specific time of the year that’s best to dye your locs?
According to loctician TamK, “Spring is the perfect season to change or freshen your loc hair color. It gets warmer during this time of year, so it makes it much easier to keep your hair moisturized, which is essential when coloring your hair.”
5. How do I keep my locs moisturized?
Dr. Locs suggests, that you “mist your hair with a hair mist made of a mix of glycerin and rosewater for added hydration.” This is a simple task to keep your newly colored locs moisturized and healthy.
We want you guys to enjoy experimenting with color safely and healthily! If you’re going to go the chemical route with color, we highly suggest going to a loctician that specializes in coloring. If you want to do it yourself, try our Color Hair Wax Temporary Dye! It washes out easily with shampoo. Keep your locs moisturized with our Passion Fruit Softening and Moisturizing Daily Spray!
We’ve got you covered whether your locs are dyed, or you’re rocking your natural hair color.