We have our first question in the GOC series, “Got Skills?”!!!
So, last night, I did my usual wash, detangle, and deep treatment session. During my detangling process, I realized how dry my hair is at the crown area, which is more than likely due to the color I added in April. I became so frustrated that I began having thoughts of either, a) cutting off all of my hair and starting from scratch or b) I’m afraid to even type these words but….yes….cave in and relax my hair (PMS has you thinking some crazy thoughts). I need input on what type of treatment I could use or styling technique to get this situation together. I trimmed my ends, so I know that will help but is there anything else I can do? Is it possible to henna my hair with permanent color in it? Would a protein treatment help? Needless to say…I am never coloring my hair again. I can tell the difference in curl pattern and the uncolored sections look and feel healthier than the processed sections.
Thank you for your help!
That sucks Chandra. I gave up on highlights long ago as color processes involving lightening inevitably resulted in breakage for my fine hair, relaxed or natural. Thank goodness for grey hair and henna! Okay, the first things that came to mind when I read your dilemma were:
- Are you using a pre-poo? If not, try an oil pre-poo for an hour on your next wash day. If you’ve never tried coconut oil, I would suggest it as it is the only oil with molecules small enough to penetrate the cortex of the hair and restore moisture from within the strand. If coconut oil does not agree with your hair, try EVOO oil instead. I’m suggesting a light oil first as your hair appears fine and something heavier, like EVOO, may weigh it down. You could also try mixing coconut or olive oil with another oil. JBCO, castor, grapeseed, watermelon or jojoba oil may be good options. (Check out this article that was just posted on bglhonline.net about pre-poos!)
- Are you using a leave-in conditioner and sealing with an oil or butter? If not, I’d suggest incorporating both into your regimen.
- What kind of deep conditioner are you using? Is it a moisturizing or protein-based DC? If you are using a protein DC, it’s important to follow it with something moisturizing. Too much protein can be too much of a good thing as it can cause dry and brittle hair. My hair isn’t a fan of protein, so I use henna as a strengthening treatment instead. You may want to try a homemade DC or adding some food items to your current DC. Bananas (I picked up baby food bananas this weekend to try in a DC), honey, olive oil, castor oil, avocados (fruit or oil) are all touted for their conditioning properties and are great used alone, in combo or added to a commercial DC. Search “homemade deep treatments” to find a variety of recipes at your fingertips.
- You can use Body Art Quality (BAQ) henna over existing chemical color. But, it is imperative that it be BAQ henna or the results could be disastrous. You can also try cassia (so called, “clear” henna), which provides conditioning benefits similar to henna, but without the color. You may want to try this first if you want to preserve your color. The conditioning doesn’t last as long, but cassia only needs to be left on the hair for an hour and there is no dye release, so the process is a lot cleaner (no need for gloves or newspaper) and shorter.
- DON’T RELAX IT*!! LOL! Seriously, if you already have dryness, applying another chemical process on top of color would be the kiss of death! You’d almost definitely end up chopping it all off and starting from scratch!
(*Seriously, was it that time of the month for all of us last week?!?! LOL!!)
So, what’s the verdict ladies? Chime in! Have you ever had to deal with dryness caused by a color process? Were you able to do “damage control?” If so, spill!