This post is a long time coming. I’ve been coloring my hair since I was 12 years old. That’s a lot of years of experimentation, and a lot of years of damage, and figuring out what works best for me. In this post I will be talking all about my hair and what I’ve done to it over the years and what I have found that works best for me.
My hair type is thick, wavy/curly, and coarse without a natural part.
My First Haircolor Experience
When I first colored my hair I was 12, I begged my mom to let me color my hair blonde, because when I hit puberty my hair went from blonde to brown and I hated it. She decided that we should just frost my hair to begin with. So she got a frosting kit. When she was pulling my hair through those tiny holes it felt like she was ripping it out. Then came the application, it smelled so bad. In the end what I had was the underside of my hair was blonde and the rest of my hair was brown and I hated it. At the time I used VO5 shampoo and conditioner.
Black Hair Good Idea Or…
Then for the next 8 years my mom did different things to my hair. She kept making me go red because she wanted my hair to be her color. I begged her for black when I was 16 and when she did it she dyed my brows as well. Once again I hated the way my hair looked but I left it as is. I had black hair from age 16-19.
My black hair at age 18.
Oh No Not Splat!
At 19 I got my first box of splat. My mom bleached my whole head and it came out orange/yellow. We covered it with the red that came in the box. For years I used splat after, not realizing how much I was damaging my hair. It wasn’t until I was 23 that I ended up shaving my head for the first time because of the damage I caused to my hair.
My hair after over processing for a long time.
As it grew back I did research trying to figure out a better way to take care of my hair when I colored it. I found out that it’s better to use a lower volume of developer when bleaching already bleached hair. If my hair is already bleached I prefer to do a soap cap or bleach wash where I put shampoo in my bleach powder/ developer mix. It dilutes the strength of the mix making it less damaging on my hair.
My hair after I started taking care of it.
Semi Permanent Myths Debunked
I will tell you this now because I’m tired of seeing the ignorance that surrounds people like me with unnatural hair colors. The unnatural colors I use are NOT DAMAGING. The bleach and developer together is what does the damage, but these blues, pinks, greens are semi-permanent. Some of them are conditioning as well.
My current hair, excuse the silly look on my face 😂
What Products Work For Me
The best products I use for my colored hair varies for how I am wanting to treat my hair.
- For making my color last longer. I use products like shea moisture and cantu because these products do not contain any silicones that will make my hair have the fake appearance of no damage. They also don’t build up on my scalp.
- For cowashing only, I like to use VO5 conditioner, but only the strawberry one. I will co wash twice a week and wash once.
- For fading my color, I use a clarifying shampoo with lots of sulfates, because sulfates will pull your color out.
- Lastly go deep conditioning, I use shea moisture hair masks.