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Old 06-27-2011, 06:42 AM   #1
 
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Angry Question about eventually coloring 4A hair

So I'm chugging along w/ my modest, low maintainence transition (trimming fried relaxed ends regularly, experiencing regular growth, co-washing etc), when I find it.

A WHITE HAIR. As in X-Men Storm white. I'm TWENTY-TWO. And this thing was just as long, sprung up in a one man tiny little defiance to my healthy hair plans!

The whole reason I want to go natural was so that I could maintain healthy, chemical alteration free hair (and grow it long :3). But now I have a couple of questions:

-Are there safe, natural dyes like henna or something I could use later on ?

- Is it a good idea to color natural / kinky-curly hair?

- Will all the new growth I experience later on be white too!? D:

I don't want to look like Storm, but I don't want to engulf my hair in a potentially damaging process either. Anyone out there w/ a similar experience / advice?!

White hair at 22! D:
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:02 AM   #2
 
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Hello,

congrats on your transitioning.

1. Yea henna doesn't really color your hair, I think it's more like tint but I saw at Whole foods that they have natural hair dyes.

2. Chemicals aren't good for any type of hair. But it's your choice on whether to color it. Some people would argue that you are not natural if you color. I colored my hair twice this year. I probably won't color anymore this year, just to minimize potential damage to my hair.

3. the white hair thing, idk. But try the natural hair dyes if it's bothering you that much lol

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Old 06-27-2011, 10:35 AM   #3
 
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-Are there safe, natural dyes like henna or something I could use later on ?
The combo of henna/indigo can really color your hair dark/black/dark brown if you have the time and patience. I did a treatment a few weeks ago and my hair came out super dark and the little bit of gray I have was gone.

- Is it a good idea to color natural / kinky-curly hair?
I personally cannot use commercial dyes with the exception of temporary rinses due to the damage it causes on my hair. My hair is porous, medium to fine and the less the better.

- Will all the new growth I experience later on be white too!? D:
There is no way of knowing that until it happens. I started going gray when I was 16 (had one gray streak in the front of my hair) and by 20, the roots was dark brown again and the gray was gone eventually. My hair has been going through this gray on, gray off cycle for years now. Sometimes grays are dark again at the roots and it just grows out eventually. Everyone is different.
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:26 AM   #4
 
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I color regularly, I have 4a hair and I use commercial, permanenet dye I mix myself and have not had any problems, especially since no longer relaxing.

My hair is dark brown but I lift to a medium auburn color.

I pre-treat before I color, I deep treat after the process is over (protein and moisture), and I deep treat once weekly. If you want permanent grey coverage I recommend the permanent route because it seems more predictable than other methods (for me).

I color my own hair but I recommend people let a stylist do the color if they don't feel confident enough. Unless you are very experienced, it is hard to anticipate how fast the color will process, what kind of developer you need, etc and how to correct if something doesn't turn out as you expected.
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:34 AM   #5
 
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I color (and bleach, gasp!) my hair. Yeah, it damages it. But I like the look and have still gotten some good growth.

As for henna and how much it will color your hair, it depends on how dark your hair is to begin with. If you have dark hair, you'll see a reddish tint in certain lights after henna-ing. If your hair is lighter, the henna will show up much more. Either way, if you have any white hairs in there, they'll come out bright red post-henna. I've experienced that and it looks dumb.
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Old 06-28-2011, 03:53 PM   #6
 
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If there are less than ten and you have dense hair, I'd just tweeze those rascals and keep going.

I'm 40 and they're gaining on me so my tweezing gig is wearing out. I went for a brown box color (Clairol) both for grey coverage and a change and I regret it.

My hair isn't falling or breaking horribly but it's not as nice as the virgin new growth and my hair pre-coloring. Requires extra moisture, conditioning sessions, more gentle handling.

I'm going to try henna+indigo to get back to(or near) my natural shade...as in one after the other like this

Mehandi.com shop - Use Indigo and henna to Dye Hair Jet Black, safely, naturally, with no allergic reactions!


(my hair is naturally black) in a few months. At least then I'll only have to deal with the grey+black instead of what I've got now: grey+black roots+reddish brown dyed hair.
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