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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2.16.14// Simple Sundays

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old navy shirt// michael kors jeans// shoes-hautelook //hair in old twist out

On Sunday mornings, I want nothing to do with nothing. Then again, that goes for any morning. I am not a morning person. Although, when I am well rested enough to be up early in the A.M., it feels great. Sometimes. My goals for the morning time are to be on time (if I have somewhere to be) and/or to not kill anyone for talking to me. Especially if I or they haven’t brushed their teeth yet.

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Simple outfits can feel very rewarding to me. I look presentable, I don’t look dowdy or unkempt. If I throw on some lipstick, then it looks more planned than it actually is, haha.

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I’m a vocalist, so you will rarely find me without a scarf in the cooler months. I use to have quite the collection of scarves, but with the help of a few good friends and The Mission Exchange Thrift + Vintage store, I’ve been able to pare down to the essentials: leopard print, grey, red, pink, zebra print, a few fun colorful ones, and mustard. I’m going to try and find a new leopard print scarf because the one I haggled for $5 in Chinatown is getting a bit grody.

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I haven’t had a pair of pointed toe flats in a while. So I was excited about these because they had a little flair going on. I’m not typically this matchy-matchy, but sometimes it just works out for the best. And…I was on time.

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Product Review: Curl Junkie

Curl Junkie Hibiscus & Banana Deep Fix

Temperance (my hair) has been going through a dry season over the last few months so I tried this deep conditioner by Curl Junkie. It’s a pretty popular conditioner that’s gotten some rave reviews so I decided to try it out for myself.

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I used it on clean wet hair and I went through less than 1/4th of the product. It smoothed on pretty well. My hair softened almost instantaneously. However, this product didn’t give me a ton of slip to detangle with. If you like a ton of slip while detangling, you may need a rinse out conditioner. I forewent the rinse out and went straight to my leave-in with not much of a problem. If you don’t mix your own deep conditioners, this product could work for you as well.

Let me cut to the chase. Here are my pros and cons:

Pros:
-Very moisturizing
-You don’t have to use a rinse out.
-For my Non-mixtress Naturals:All the deep conditioning you need is in the one container
-If you like Tropical Banana scents, this would be a pro for you

Cons:
-I don’t like Tropical Banana scents so I pretty much hate the way it smells
-A little pricey at 8oz. for $20 plus shipping if your total order is under $100

If you don’t mind paying 20 bucks for 8oz of product and if you love the smell of floral-ish bananas, this may be for you. I, however, will not be ordering this product again. Love the moisture, but REALLY hate the smell.

Have you named your hair?
Do you have any staple deep conditioning treatments? Do share!

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 ¬†treatment. 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?