Are you thinking about taking your natural hair to the next level with color? Dying your natural can be a really cool and unique experience that shows your brave spirit.
You can liven up a boring hair puff, add another dimension to bantu knot outs, twistouts and dreadlocks or turn your teeny weeny afro (TWA) into a work of art. So we're going to show your 25 colored natural hairstyles in this dyed natural hair photo gallery. But not only that, after the gallery we'll help you realize the effects that dying your hair may have on natural hair so that you don't go into this blindly. So before you grab a bag of hair dye enjoy the natural hair photo gallery and then read on!
Dyed Natural Hair Photo Gallery
They look gorgeous right?!?! It's undeniable. But, it's important to know what you're getting yourself and your hair into. So let's talk about so that you can make an informed decision about coloring your natural hair.
Things You Need To Know Before Coloring Your Natural Hair
While dying with darker colors, adding low-lights or coloring within your natural color range won’t cause you too many problems—the drastic color leaps upward (more than 3 shades beyond your natural color) can really take a toll on your hair. Before you make any huge color changes, first you need to understand and weigh the potential problems. Never just jump into coloring your natural hair on a whim or without a game plan for aftercare.
Here are some potential result of coloring natural hair...
1. Changes In Your Curl Pattern. Many are surprised by this, but coloring your naturally textured hair can sometimes cause unpredictable changes in your curl pattern. Sometimes, the pattern changes are permanent. Whenever you manipulate or alter your hair’s protein bonding structure a slight relaxing effect can happen. These curl pattern changes are less likely to occur in very coarse hair textures (coarse refers to the thickness or diameter of your hair fiber, not the feel of the fiber), and are more likely to occur in those with fine to medium hair textures. Prior damage may also influence whether or not you experience changes in your curl pattern. Using a protein reconstructor after coloring may help some lost curls find their way again.
2. Loss of Elasticity. Because color-treated hair has lost much of its natural moisture (and its overall ability to retain supplemental moisture given), the hair may lose some of its elasticity. Elasticity refers to the ability of your hair fibers to stretch gently and return back to their normal shape and character without damage. The elastic quality of your hair is what makes putting your hair in a ponytail or drawing a puff effortless. When your hair lacks elasticity, it does not move, bend and recover when pressured like healthy hair does— it simply gives up under pressure and snaps in its fragile condition. Again, moisture and protein balancing become critical for establishing elasticity because it’s that careful mix of moisture and strength that gives our hair the ability to resist breakage from being stretched and handled day to day.
3. Increases in Hair Porosity. Products that lighten your locs always direct affect your hair’s cortical layers. When the hair’s cuticle is weakened in this manner, your hair’s natural porosity increases leading to a dryness that's difficult to fight against. When porosity increases, dryness becomes a major problem because moisture is next to impossible to hold securely within the hair fibers. Your hair becomes like a bucket with holes poked in the sides. Color-treated hair can be unforgiving, too. Make a mistake and skip using a great deep conditioner treatment and you may find yourself parting with strands prematurely. A strict, moisture and protein-focused regimen is A MUST if your hair is to thrive in this condition. You need to learn how to balance protein and moisture sources in your regimen!
4. Undesired Color Result. Hair coloring can be very unpredictable. Why? Because color uptake is dependent on a number of factors— like your hair’s current color, texture (strand size) and porosity. Let's be real about this, the hair color on the box is just the company's best guess at what your hair will look like and remember that they do have photo shop at their disposal as well. At times, many, many steps will be needed to get your color right. If you plan on taking the color more than three shades out of your natural color range, it's probably best to have an pro stylist do it for you . Chances are, they’ve seen numerous heads with textures like yours and varying degrees of porosity—plus they have the added bonus of experiences with various colors and looks.
But look, this info is just to help you know what can happen, not to scare you. And many women gladly take the plunge and get gorgeous colored natural hairstyles like you see in our dyed natural hair photo gallery. We hope you enjoyed it and learned something new. We even found a turquoise hair dye that has amazing reviews for the truly brave ladies out there! Please share this article!
What's Up Black Hair OMG fam! We have more stories and natural hair journey pictures for you.
As you know, we have begun featuring the natural hair journey stories for members of the Natural Hair Lovers - BlackHairOMG.com Facebook Group. The group has been a great source of information and camaraderie, there have been some really helpful natural hair journey regimens shared in the community.
It's been really cool kick it with the ladies and it seems that a lot of newly natural women have been helped a lot from the advice given by those with more experience.
Last week we had Johanna Denny's natural hair journey to start this series and went over very well with our readers, so were going to keep this series of hair journey stories going from the BlackHairOMG family. If you're part of the natural hair group and have a story to tell about your regimen or motivation for going natural, contact me on Facebook and I'll tell you how to submit your story (300 word minimum), natural hair journey pictures and I'll share it with the world.
So let's get to it. Our 2nd ever family member natural hair journey....
My Natural Hair Journey #2: Sabrina Royster
Looking back, I've honestly been headed toward this journey since I was 10 years old. That's the year I got my first relaxer.
That was the first year my hair fell out. I was devastated. However, when I turned 13, I tried a relaxer again. This time I tried a more mild relaxer thinking this would solve the problem. It took a year and a half before my hair fell out, but it all broke off--again. I was ashamed of my inability to grow hair the way everyone else seemed to accomplish so easily. My hair has never even been shoulder length. Since that first relaxer, I've done just about everything to my hair.
I cut it all off, colored it, pressed it, relaxed it, weaved it. There have been many ups and downs, but the most notable was spring of 2012.
I had started a natural journey in the winter of 2011 after the birth of my daughter. Her curls were beautiful and inspired me to rediscover my own. My twin sister and a good friend had both been natural for some time already so I decided to stop straightening my hair. I dyed it a rich brown hue and was loving every moment but struggling with styling and starting a good hair regimen. I made the unfortunate decision to go and get one last sew-in. The stress of a crumbling marriage, in conjunction with a weave braided and sewn in too tight left me with a bald spot the size of Kansas. Again I was devastated. I felt less of a woman with my crown destroyed.
I realize in hindsight that returning natural was just a small part on my larger journey to find myself. I started losing weight, did my first big chop and decided to do a year heatless. The colored ends slowly broke off and in 2014, I finally had an afro I could be proud of. My soon to be 4 year old daughter loves to get her natural styles and she always says she wants her hair to look just like mine!
I wanted to show her that she's already beautiful the way she is and so am I. I've still got a lot to learn on this journey and when I want to give up, I stare at those big brown eyes looking up at me and press on. My ultimate goal? Long healthy beautiful hair completing our portrait of being just us.
A huge thanks to Sabrina for sharing your story about natural hair growth journey and natural hair journey pictures.
If you are a member of the BlackHairOMG Facebook group and want to send in your "My natural hair journey" blogs, contact me there and I'll tell you where to send your info and put your story up on this blog to inspire other naturals.
Co-washing is becoming extremely popular with naturals. But why? What if I told you the best shampoo for natural black hair was NO shampoo at all? Would you believe me?
Well, you don't have to believe me, you can take the advice of thousands of women that have the habit of co-washing natural hair on a regular basis. But before we talk about the benefits of this technique, let's explain what it is. I'm pretty sure someone is reading this right now thinking "What is a co wash???"...
What is co-washing?
To co-wash natural hair simply means to wash your hair with conditioner instead of with shampoo. In other words, it's "conditioner washing". Many naturals have taken to this method of cleansing their hair without shampoo, but why?
The answer is simple, when you avoid using shampoo you are avoiding all of the harsh detergents, polymers, binders and fillers — in other words, all the harmful things that strip your natural hair and scalp of all of its healthy properties and nutrients. When you co-wash natural hair you're cleansing with natural essential oils, botanicals and extracts.
This leaves your hair in its healthiest state and giving your hair the best chance of staying hydrated and healthy after your wash.
Most co-washing conditioners have a small amount of gentle cleansers in them. Thousands of naturals can tell you that using conditioner to wash your hair works perfectly fine. Your hair is left clean, nourished and hydrated.
A curly girl has to take all measures to ensure that curls stay hydrated. A “no-poo” hair regimen that consists of regular co-washing can create beautifully nourished waves and curls.
Co-washing natural hair has become so popular that many natural hair care product companies are making co-washing cleansing conditioners along with gentle sulfate-free shampoos. Some women are OK with the gentle sulfate-free types and view them as the best shampoo for naturals, others avoid any type of shampoo regardless of claims that they are gentle on hair. It's an individual decision.
20 Top Co-Wash & Cleansing Conditioners
In an effort to embrace or capitalize on the co-washing trend, many hair care companies are now offering co-wash and cleansing conditioners.
Co-washing, or conditioning washing, got its start as a part of the Curly Girl Method. It is a component of the “no poo movement,” these products can be used as an all-in-one product that cleans, hydrates, and conditions the hair in one step. They gently cleanse with no suds or sulfates, leaving your hair soft and frizz-free. Many of these can be used on a daily basis.
If you want to learn more about how to co-wash natural hair check out this infographic below that was made by Krystal from www.youngblacknappy.com, she gives you some nice co washing tips.
Is Co-Washing Right For You?
So are you wondering if co-washing is best for your hair? Everyones hair is different to some extent but in general, if your hair is kinky, very curly or tends to dry out quickly, there's a good chance co-washing may help your hair. Conditioners help cleanse your hair because they many have traces of a detergent type called cationic surfactants, or “quats” for short. (Some common types that you may see on the ingredient list of your conditioners are behentrimonium and chloridecetrimonium.)
When mixed with water, the trace detergents wash away dirt, leaving your unshampooed hair feeling clean but not totally stripped of its natural oils. And of course, your hair gets conditioned from the conditioners that you are washing with. Washing without harsh shampoo helps your hair keep more of its natural oils and the conditioner's moisturizing agents help leave hair strands silkier and softer than shampooed hair.
Assuming that they have healthy scalps, women with color-processed hair may also benefit from co-washing their hair because it will help them go longer before needing another salon treatment. Co-washing hair doesn’t strip your strands of pigment the way that traditional shampoo cleansing can. So it may save you money and a few trips to the salon when you co wash hair. But there are people who don't have a need to co-wash hair.
If you don't have any problem with your hair getting too dry or brittle after washing, you may not have any need for co-washing. It never hurts to try it out for a set period of time and see how your hair responds.
Who Should NOT Co-Wash Hair?
There are also women who should not co-wash hair at all. This would usually be people with really straight or limp hair, hair that could easily get weighed down with oils. Also, women with naturally oily scalps or dermatitis should avoid co-washing as well. Co-washing by itself will not help either condition and could even make things worse, women with these conditions should stick to their regular shampoo and conditioner routine.
Are you looking to restore your natural hair? Natural hair restoration is big business these days, mainly because so many women are dealing with hair loss that was brought on by harsh chemicals that don't belong anywhere near your sensitive scalp or a genetic illness.
Tons of women are dealing with alopecia, this is far more serious than simply having a "bad hair day", this problem can give you a "bad hair life".
The problem has gotten so bad for some women that they've had to turn to doctors. Hair transplants are on the rise among women who have permed the life out of their scalp.
Well, if you are losing your hair or have lost it you'll be happy to know that you may not need to go as far as hair transplants in your attempts of natural hair restoration. I found an excellent of women who restored her natural hair with a few natural hair products, attention to detail and consistency.
So let's check these ladies out and see exactly what they did in their hair loss restoration efforts.
Natural Hair Restoration With Jass
Jass naturally cured her Alopecia Areata (AA). She suffered with this problem for years and years. Her doctor even told her that she'd ALWAYS have the condition. My hair may either grow back or fall out again. Well... She proved her doctor wrong and hopefully many other women will follow in her footsteps on the journey back to a full head of hair.
Jass breaks down for you the exact ingredients she used and how to make the concoction. I also placed a list of links to the hair restoration products she mentioned below the video.
1 Year Natural Natural | Alopecia Hair Growth Success
Use on natural hair at night and rinse it out in the morning.
How Did I Get Fast Hair Growth?
So when it comes to hair restoration, women(and some men too) need to work hard like Jass, use the best hair restoration right products, and be consistent in your actions and your belief that it will work. Remember, Jass' doctor told her she may never be cured from alopecia and that even the best hair loss restoration tactics may not work. So what did she do?
SHE went to work on fixing the problem and regrowing her hair. Jass is proof of that natural hair restoration can be done if you're willing to do what it takes.
By and large, people assume that a Black woman wearing her natural hair is making some sort of political statement, which is why I predict that depending on how far she advances in the competition, Abena Appiah’s coiffure will illicit no small buzz once the event is televised.
We shall see!
Editor’s Note: From www.mindofmalaka.com -When the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant comes around in a couple of weeks(Jan 25, Sunday), we will see something that has never been seen before in a beauty contest of this magnitude.
The beautiful Abena Appiah will be the first Ghanaian woman to compete while wearing her hair naturally.
In the past, it was the norm forn black beauty contestants to rock straight hair in order to fit in, well Abena will stand out from the crowd. There's no doubt that Abena Appiah’s hair will be a central focus of attention and that's a good thing.
Why? Because she's showing women with her hair that they are also "universally" beautiful as their natural selves. I'll be tuned in. Here are our article highlights:
The standard of beauty in Western culture is overwhelmingly Eurocentric, which makes her decision very notable.
We are approaching a point where natural hair is becoming more mainstream than ever.
Although it's important, Abena Appiah is more than just her hair, she's an excelling and intelligent academic student, as well as talented musician.
Even though YouTube is a great place to learn how to do hair treatments on your own hair by yourself, that still doesn’t replace experience and a lack of experience in regards to chemically changing the composition of your hair can cause extreme shedding and breakage.
Editor’s Note:From www.howtoblackhair.com - The beautiful Breanna Rutter helps out another woman who needs natural hair care advice, this time concerning dying black natural hair. She is known to give solid advice and her Youtube channel has 200K+ subscribers. I want to see Breanna add a little more personality to her videos, I think that alone will take her success to even greater heights. That aside, her information is always useful and it's great to see a young business woman doing her thaaaang! #SmartChicksRock... Here are some video highlights:
She strongly suggest that you use a licensed cosmetologist to color your hair and avoid disaster.
You can dye your hair without the assistance of a pro if you choose to use plant dyes like indigo and henna hair dye.
Not ready to commit? A non-permanent coloring treatment may be your best choice. You can also use semi-permanent hair colors or rinses to add a glossy color to your hair.