The Truth About At-Home Hair Coloring

Shea Moisture Color System GroupVV: Most of our readers have natural hair, are there special things to look out for when coloring natural hair vs. relaxed hair?
Ammon: Natural hair is much more resistant than relaxed hair. Meaning, that relaxed hair will respond very quickly to color because the cuticle layer of the hair has already been opened before, so it doesn’t take as long for the color to get into the hair strand and do its job.  The cuticle layer on natural hair is much tighter, and requires full processing time to get the desired results.

VV: What spring colors should you use if you have a fair complexion? medium/olive? Dark?
Ammon: Instead of looking at this based on skin tone, I like to use the natural hair color as my guide. Typically, the winter months are spent with darker, more sophisticated tones—close to the natural level of the hair. When spring comes, it’s time to start lightening and brightening with warm, rich shades. The trend now is to lighten no more than 2-3 levels than your natural level. Soft, warm highlights that accent your cut or facial features perfectly. Again, not something I would recommend doing at home, as lightening your hair can be more damaging, so ask your stylist to help you out. All of my clients are getting Color Insider Clear highlights this year, because the results leave beautiful subtle toned highlights with minimal damage to you hair.

VV: Is it best to die your hair no more than two shades lighter or darker than your current color?
Ammon: I wouldn’t recommend darkening your color as we approach spring and summer. Lightening your hair can be stressful for your strands, so keeping in to 2-3 levels difference from your natural will ensure that you’re not over processing those ends and getting a broken, “chewed up” look.

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