Award-winning colorist Mia shares her coloring tips for chemically straightened hair

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Award-winning colorist Mia shares her coloring tips for chemically straightened hair. “I get clients coming in all the time asking if they can color their chemically straightened hair. There are so many new straightening techniques out there that it can sometimes get confusing. So I've done my own sleuthing and compiled a list of a variety of treatments and the do’s and don’ts regarding coloring.”

Thermal Reconditioning/Japanese Straightening

Thermal reconditioning is a hair-straightening procedure that uses heat to change the shape of the hair. After the cuticle is broken down with chemicals, locks are ironed straight with a hot iron. A neutralization process then closes the cuticle, causing hair to stay straight. With this technique, your hair will remain straight for about five months to a year, depending on how fast your hair grows.

For coloring: You need to wait at least four to six weeks before coloring your hair. If you decide to get this procedure done, be sure to protect your hair from ultraviolet rays by using products with UV protection.