4 Ways to Care For Color-Treated Natural Hair

I think many natural women freak out at the sound of the words ‘hair color’ or ‘bleach.’ I completely understand the reservation behind it. You may be afraid that your hair will fall out; it’s too permanent; you are afraid of the unknowns of applying lightener to your hair.

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Here are 5 ways to care for your color-treated natural hair.

1. Go to a professional for your color. If you want to avoid a potential color disaster, you may want to consider going to a professional in the first place. They have specific training on what is necessary for a healthy color processing session. As professionals, they have licensed access to products that the general public doesn’t have access to.

2.Use products that are specifically formulated for color-treated hair. These products will not only keep your hair in the healthiest possible condition, but they will allow for the longevity of your color.

3. Wash your hair in cooler temperature water and finish with a cool water rinse. This will also help with the longevity of your color as well as helping to close the hair cuticle.

4. Deep condition. It’s no secret that color-treated hair may be prone to dryness. To help keep a lot of the dryness at bay, use deep conditioners and hair masks to further infuse your hair with moisture.

Don’t be afraid of color! If you need a little sumthin sumthin to add a little pizazz, you can always consider coloring a small fragment of your hair instead of committing to the color on your entire head.

Happy Coloring!

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Post Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day 2014
sweater + jeans from target // hair: braid out with twisted ends

I wish I could say that I woke up, had breakfast in bed, or any breakfast at all for that matter. I woke up a little later than I wanted, to a beautiful card from a beautiful friend. We tried to figure out what to eat but since we couldn’t decide, we got some work done, lounged around for a bit, then got ready for an early dinner. We ate some sub-par italian food. I will say, their sauce was amazing but this was completely overshadowed by their overuse of a microwave. We went to a movie, ran into one of the most beautiful, intelligent, and spirited young ladies I met a few years ago. We made a trip to Wally World and got some treats for our furry boy and went home. We are polishing the night off with a little Dexter and the SECOND SEASON OF HOUSE OF CARDS. ‘Twas a good day.

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booties from hautelook

While taking outfit photos, my camera was acting a little ‘cray’ so I did a jig.

Camera Glitch Dance

B.A.S.K. Cacao Bark Deep Conditioning Hair Treat

B.A.S.K. Cacao Bark Deep Conditioning Hair Treat

 

Temperance (my hair) has been EXTRA super duper dry since taking my braids out, so I’ve been on a rampage trying to infuse all types of moisture back into her. I’ve heard really great things about the B.A.S.K. deep treatments so I ordered both this one and the Yam Nectar ┬átreatment. Unfortunately, they were out of the Yam Nectar so this had to suffice. And Boy. Did. It. Suffice. I didn’t use any heating mechanisms other than the heat from my scalp and that was good enough. My hair was very moisturized and my curls were VERY happy after this treatment.

If you don’t love products with strong scents or if you don’t like chocolate, this is not for you. It smells like hot cocoa goodness and it’s very creamy. I will say that you may want to smooth it out very well in your hands before distributing it through your hair some of it will slide out of your hands and on to the floor. If you’re like me, it won’t matter much where that bad boy lands because it will get scooped up just that fast.

This product retails for $20.00 w/ flat rate shipping (I made my purchase during Black Friday- Cyber Monday for added savings). I used approximately 1/8th of the product to condition my hair. Keep in mind that if you have lower or higher density hair than I do, you may need to use less or more than I did. Also, if you deep condition your hair while it’s dry, you’ll end up using more product. This means I’ll get about 7 more conditioning sessions out of this container. This equates to $2.50 per deep treatment session total.

If you’re interested in checking out B.A.S.K. Cacao Bark Deep Conditioning Hair Treat or any other B.A.S.K. product, you can find them at www.baskbeauty.com.

Have you tried this product before? What are your favorite deep conditioning treatments?

New Hair

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For the last few days, I had an itch to do something a little different with my hair…so today, I did. I did my FIRST EVER blow out and I LOVE IT! It’s so sassy and fluffy and fun and amazing and big and amazing. I’m aware that I said amazing twice (<– that makes 3 times).

To achieve my blow out, I washed my hair with Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Shampoo, Deep Conditioned with Giovanni’s Protein Conditioner, and Rinsed with Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner. Then I used Garnier Sleek and Shine as a leave-in followed by CHI Silk Infusion as a heat protectant. I proceeded to blow dry with my ions blow dryer and a denman brush.

I am VERY afraid of heat damage due to the fact that I am a multi-textured diva already. The LAST thing I need is something else to work around.

I’ll follow up with you when I wash again to let you know if any damage (GASP) occurred.

One Love.

xo