How much damage would it have on my hair?

CrazyGurlCrazyGurl Posts: 6Registered Users
Hi :), I'm a newbie that needs a little advice on dying my hair. Im mixed with mexican, African american,Italian and Britian. My hair is very crazy/unruley the whole 9 yrds! I want to dye my hair a nice brown permanatly but idk how it will effect my hair.... I have damaged my hair prety bad but it was able to recover. SOOOO, if i doo dye my hair and then use a deep conditioning treatment following a Keratin Treatment, how much damage is done? THNX XD

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  • wholelottalovewholelottalove Posts: 168Registered Users
    I think it varies from person to person. Chemical treatments tends to destroy curl patterns. I have 3b/c hair. When I darkened it my curl pattern was reduced to 3a/b but it was easy to fix with some PTs and DTs. When I lightened it that was a whole different story. It got so limp and fine and damaged and it took a long time and lots of effort to get it back to 3a. I'm just going to have to chop the rest off to get my tight curls back. But I have a friend who darkened her 3b hair just once and now its a 2c and looks damaged. I also know curlies who can handle highlights. So it all depends. Personally I would color one small chunk of hair starting mid length firsr and see how it comes out. If it gets damaged atleast you can cut that piece off and it probably wont be noticable at all. If you are just trying to darken your hair you can do henna. Just make sure its the right kind, true henna only comes in red, but mixed with certain pigments you can achieve a nice brown. I'd still do a strand test first because although henna is not damaging it is completely permanent and only bleacg (!) can get it out. I say this because sometimes henna can come out too reddish and then you'd have to bleach it and ruin your hair which i what happened to me :(

    Good luck though!! :)


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  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Regular coloring (not bleaching) once, as a one step process, probably isn't going to damage it too much. If you do have some dryness you may have to do several weekly deep treatments, protein treatments you can find at Sallys, or Nexxus Emergencee from Walgreens. Condition often. Don't use too many oils or you may lose some of the color....you'll mostly experience dryness rather than damage, and it's treatable.

    When you color, choose a shade lighter than you're looking to go. It generally comes out darker than it looks.


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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,573Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    You could try Color by Robert Craig. It's gentle on curls. :) No harsh ammonia or peroxide. Hair Color and Hair Care by Robert Craig Salon Products, Ltd.

    Whichever brand you choose-- as iroc said, you will want to choose a color about 2-3 shades lighter than you think you'll want, as it will grab and get darker on curly/processed hair.

    Be sure to do a strand test and write down your timing! You can avoid major mistakes and disappointment from a simple strand test. :)
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  • CrazyGurlCrazyGurl Posts: 6Registered Users
    Thank you guys for the great advice! :toothy8:
  • JohariJohari Posts: 673Registered Users
    CrazyGurl wrote: »
    Hi :), I'm a newbie that needs a little advice on dying my hair. Im mixed with mexican, African american,Italian and Britian. My hair is very crazy/unruley the whole 9 yrds! I want to dye my hair a nice brown permanatly but idk how it will effect my hair.... I have damaged my hair prety bad but it was able to recover. SOOOO, if i doo dye my hair and then use a deep conditioning treatment following a Keratin Treatment, how much damage is done? THNX XD

    If your natural hair color is lighter than the color you want its safer to dye it with a semi or demi permanate hair color...if you leave your hair in its natural state and not blow dry or flat iron then you should be able to dye it.Make sure you deep condition a couple weeks before you color it and after.If you want a less chance of it being damaged then get it done by a professional.

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  • poneygonelocsponeygonelocs Posts: 8Registered Users
    It would depend on how much lighter than your natural hair color you want to go. My hair is black and I have dyed it a few times. When I dyed it brown, there was not that much of an effect. I wanted something more noticeable and dyed my hair with a blonde dye. I didn't bleach it first so my hair came out a reddish brown color. It is very dry now and I have yet to find a conditioner that relieves that dryness and its been a few months.
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  • mintheminthe Banned Posts: 209Banned Users
    I like your avatar pic - it's so cute! On your hair, "permanent" dyes are never permanent. You'll maybe get a month out of it. If you want permanent, if you're sure, I'd look into henna and indigo. Do a search for "body art quality henna" and "hair." www.mehandi.com is a good site, but you can buy BAQ henna at Indian stores, amazon.com, many places. Make sure you do a good trim first, whatever you do.
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