Yes! I like things and because I like things I decided to dye my natural hair dark brown. I have been loving the look but it’s important to know what you are getting yourself into (or rather your hair into) before dyeing your 4c hair. Here are a few things I wish I knew before I dyed my hair.
1. DRY OUT
As you may have heard already, dyeing your hair dries it out. This couldn’t be more true with 4c hair. Despite constantly moisturizing it (initially), my hair always felt super dry. I was really unhappy with my decision to dye my hair when I realized that it looked unhealthy and dry. This was not the case before I dyed it.
2. BREAKAGE & DETANGLING
Hair that is dyed becomes extremely fragile and therefore is prone to break. So you need to be really careful when detangling your natural hair or it will result in even more breakage. So be ready to spend more time then usual detangling your hair and I would also advise to only detangle your hair when you have put a conditioner on it. This will make the process easier and less painful.
Before you start getting emotional, dyeing your hair is not a complete disaster. If you take extra care of your hair you will learn to love and live with the dyed strands. Despite my hardships with dyeing my hair, I absolutely love the hair color, so I don’t think I will be getting rid of it anytime soon (despite the damage).
1. SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
I dyed my hair to give myself a more edgy look, I instantly felt like I had joined the ‘cool club’ as you can probably tell from my photo above. Yes!! I’m feeling myself, feeling feeling myself!! I absolutely loved the look and got a lot of compliments on the colour. So if you want to try something different dying your hair is a great way to spice things up a little.
2. IT WILL SOFTEN UP….EVENTUALLY
Patience is key!!! The more you deep condition and moisturize your hair, the fragile dyed hair will soften up. This takes time though. Mine softened up after 4 to 5 months of constantly deep conditioning (overnight sometimes), moisturizing and protective styling.
Initially, I regretted the fact that I had dyed my hair but this was only because I did not know the consequences of doing so. This post is not meant to discourage you from dyeing your hair but ATLEAST you now know what to be prepared for. Will I dye my hair again? Probably not (But don’t pin me down on this). My ultimate goal is to have healthy hair and dyeing my hair hindered that so I do not see myself dyeing my hair in the near future.
I hope this post helps. Unlike me, you can now make a more informed decision as to whether you’d like to dye your natural hair or not. So HI 5 to you!!
Happy Dyeing (or not) xxx