Dying hair - Losing Curl

Hi everybody!

My natural hair color light brown, but with a lot of golden and red highlights. It's nice (and I always go back and forth on just keeping it) but I have always loved dark brown hair. I've colored it before, but when I went from dark dark browon to a cool black I lost my curl completely. Is this because I used a box dye instead of a dye like ion from Sallys?

I guess my questions are : How do you prevent losing your curl when coloring your hair? and Are box dyes more damaging to curly hair than the dyes you would by at beauty supply stores?

Thanks for all your informatioN!
Hi, I have been dying my hair for a good 6 years now, I'm 19 with curl type 3b but sometimes it varies between 3a and 3b, which is in fact because I've dyed my hair so many times. I almost ALWAYS use dyes from sallys now just because I like the selection better, I just recently bleached my hair because I wanted highlights and the parts that are a lighter blonde, red color dont seem to curl as well as the rest, looking back at old pictures from when I was younger, my hair is a lot less curly and a lot more course now. It honestly has nothing to do with whether or not it is a box dye or from sallys. If it's permanent color, chances are it WILL damage your hair. My advice to you is to not bleach your hair at all, and if you must dye it, try some semi or demi permanent colors because they have less chemicals and you can actually experiment more. Or even henna dyes which you can find online!!
I have the same problem. My hair is naturally really dark ash brown and I hate it because it makes me look so dull and serious. :/ I've been a happy blonde for couple of years now and I think it's been good until I bleached highlights into even lighter blonde. Now they stick up and are flat and it really ticks me off.

Isn't there anything you can do for your dyed hair to make it healthy? Is "not dyeing" really the only option?
I used to highlight my hair and occasionally color the entire head when I wanted to change the look, and I lost 80% of the curl that way! My hairdresser told me that when you add dye and smooth it through the hair, the chemicals in it are "straightening" it some - which I hadn't even thought of. I have a lot of fine 3a hair, and that was enough to ruin my curls. Since then, I stopped with the color I am back to virgin hair. I guess she was correct because my curls are back better than ever as well! I wonder if it would help to "scrunch" the hair while coloring it so the curl doesn't straighten...
Typical 3a!
I have the same problem right now. Every single time I've colored my hair I lose some curl- never fails. I just put up with it until I get over the coloring & go back to black (which I think is bs that "no one" has black hair bc my natural color is uber dark). Since I wash my hair once a week I deep condition & that maintains it. Altho not as great as in it's natural state but pretty close.

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2s on top (not fine tho. Medium) 2b on sides and back. Shoulder length for now.
I have the same problem right now. Every single time I've colored my hair I lose some curl- never fails.
Originally Posted by beanena

It's been happening to me too... I'm going to switch to dim-permanent color to see if it helps.
Jenn- 3A
My weapons of choice: KCCC, BRHG, Jessicurl: GLS, Gelabration, CC, AG: Re:coil, hard gel, mousse gel, shampoo bars, dairy whip, Curl keeper, KCKT, KBB milk, HETT, AVG, Honey

Ugh, auto-correct! Demi-permanent
Jenn- 3A
My weapons of choice: KCCC, BRHG, Jessicurl: GLS, Gelabration, CC, AG: Re:coil, hard gel, mousse gel, shampoo bars, dairy whip, Curl keeper, KCKT, KBB milk, HETT, AVG, Honey

I have bleached hair and every time I had this done my bottom half of hair ends up wavy almost straight and I hate that but it's my fault. I have also colored it several times which has added to the loss of curl and elasticity in my hair. I would stay away from bleach and harsh permanent dyes. I'm currently using semi permanent dye and I like it much better because its not damaging my hair any further.
I would suggest using sponge curlers to help get some curl back
I guess my questions are : How do you prevent losing your curl when coloring your hair? and Are box dyes more damaging to curly hair than the dyes you would by at beauty supply stores?

Thanks for all your informatioN!
Originally Posted by poshfro92
Yes to losing curl with permanent hair color. As far as box dyes go, just got knocked on my butt by one of the box dyes by Clairol called "Natural Instincts". It's a demi-permanent but I suspect there was far too much peroxide in it. Part of the colors within this line were recalled, come to find out. They admitted to screwing up their formula. Meanwhile, my hair turned out too bright and went completely straight in places. An unholy mess. Not cute against 3b/c curls. Natural Instincts? ...

Never. Again.

But that hasn't stopped me from purchasing Clairol color lines that don't contain peroxide (like their semi-perm.s, which contain no peroxide/developer). The drawback to no peroxide though is that it will wash out more easily than even demi-perm. because it doesn't even partially penetrate the cuticle. Also, shades of color that are lighter than the un-dyed hair won't show. Sounds like that would be fine for you, as you're just looking to darken. And I'm looking to cover grays - which are so light they'll show all color - so it won't affect me either. For my next round, I'm using a color choice from "Clairol Professionals". Anyway, best of luck to you and your hair
3b/c?

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