A few questions about coloring your hair

I know, I know there's a separate coloring board. But I'm being defiant and posting here. :P

Ok, I have long hair with loose 3a curls and some waves. My hair grows in brown, but during the summer, when I am CONSTANTLY outside, it turns very blonde. Over the past few summers, this has caused my hair to start out light brown at the root and get progressively lighter, until the ends which are VERY light blonde. Also, the blonde hair is only on the canopy, so if I put my hair in a half-up, half-down poytail style, it looks like there is a blonde stripe running down the back of my hair. Not attractive.

Anyway, I'm getting my hair trimmed next week and I would also like to color all of my hair the same light brown color that my roots and the underside of my hair are. I've never colored my hair before. Here are my questions for those of you who know what you're talking about:

1) Would it be possible for the salon to match the color of my roots and underside so I don't have any blonde left? I want it the exact shade it grows in so I don't have to worry about my roots.

2) Does getting your hair colored loosen your curl pattern or make it more difficult for your hair to curl? Since my curl pattern is already loose, I'm paranoid .

3) How do I keep my hair from getting dried out after it is colored?

Thank you!
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"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us."
-Marianne Williamson
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"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us."
-Marianne Williamson
Hi kate - love the avatar, btw.

While not an expert on coloring, per se, I AM an expert on destroying my hair. I will tell you that anything containing bleach will pull the curl right out of my hair, while making the ends look frizzy, dead, and not at all like the parts of my hair not touched by bleach. It's a definite multi-purpose anti-beauty solution for your hair.

I've had better results with just depositing color on my hair. In the beginning days right after the color, I suggest you condition a lot. Some curlies are against this, since a lot of conditioner will fade your color, but most of the time, mine is dark enough to withstand a little conditioning in the beginning. It generally takes about a week to get back to whatever "normal" is.
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1) Would it be possible for the salon to match the color of my roots and underside so I don't have any blonde left? I want it the exact shade it grows in so I don't have to worry about my roots.

2) Does getting your hair colored loosen your curl pattern or make it more difficult for your hair to curl? Since my curl pattern is already loose, I'm paranoid .

3) How do I keep my hair from getting dried out after it is colored?

Thank you!
Originally Posted by katethegreat389
1. IME, no. Well, yes and no. Yes, they can probably match your roots but the process of dying your hair will alter all the virgin hair. It will now be processed and so you may see a difference between the dyed hair and regrowth. What about doing some low-lights or foils through the crown so you can blend the lighter with the darker but not have a strict line of demarcation between the dyed and re-growth?

2. I don't know. My hair is pretty heavily highlighted but it keeps getting curlier the longer I do CG. The week after I got it done was pretty funky though.

3. DTs and gentle 'poos.

HTH, I really don't know what I'm talking about - just my own experience.

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In my experience, when I had my hair colored at the salon, I would ask for ashy light brown to match my natural color, and ALWAYS without fail wound up with medium reddish brown. Always, no matter what salon I went to. Yes, it would fade over the next few days. I, like you, experience fading of my haircolor, expecially in the summer. Dyes never hold more than a couple weeks in my hair--after that, they either fade to how they were or a lighter version of whatever color I'd died before. That annoyed me to no end. So I tried henna, which totally lasts way longer, but it was a big mistake and I don't recommend it unless you're really dead-set on red hair, and have been so for at least a month straight without doubts. But that's just my experience.
None of the color processes I've put my hair through have affected my curl pattern permanently. Some would make it loose and some more curly for the first few days, but always a few days later it was back to normal. I have never bleached my hair.
My hair didn't really dry out much after I'd colored it. Maybe RIGHT after the coloring if I did it from a box, but at the salon, it was never dry after. Nothing your regular routine can't remedy on its own, in my experience.
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thanks everyone! I'll keep all this in mind and talk to the stylist.
"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us."
-Marianne Williamson
You could try one of the less harsh colorants like NaturTint. I used that a while back and it was very gentle. Otherwise I don't know what to tell you because my own hair color is a bit whacked. I haven't colored my hair in almost a year but the reason I usually did it was because my hair is one color at the roots for about the first 1.5 inches, and then it goes reddish brown. I trim about an inch off of my hair every month, so it's not old hair, it's the whole mop minus the first 1.5 that does this. But as soon as it hits that mark it always lightens up to the same shade. My hair is kind of weird though. :P
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I think that a good colorist should be able to tell if the blonde will take a color to match the non-blonde portions, or do some sort of blening so you don't have such demarcation.

I get my hair colored every 5-6 weeks. It doesn't affect my curl pattern. But, I have a hair texture that rarely gets weighed down or de-curled (unless it's a heavy silicone buildup) so it may vary from person to person.

I may be deluded, but I don't notice a ton of damage from my color. Honestly, I think I get more damage from wearing a bun or diffusing my hair dry. Whatever my colorist uses on it afterwards seems to work well enough. I don't get it wet for about 48 hours afterwards since I go red and red fades quickly, especially if you wash too soon. Then I just co wash as normal. I do a DT about a week after.
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UPDATE:

I got about two inches cut off, and I now have no layers, which I thought would be a disaster, but it actually looks nice.

The stylist gave me a semipermanent color because she said by the time it starts to fade out, my roots will have grown in so I won't have to worry about touching them up or something along those lines. I, in my ignorance, kept silent. It looks really good. I'll post pics when I figure out what's wrong with my camera.

Oh, by the way, before I could figure out what she was doing and tell her to stop, the annoying stylist puts a tiny bit of some kind of no-cg mousse in my hair (like that minuscule amount will actually control it) and starts blowdrying it. I told her I wear it curly; that was just her idea of curly styling I guess. Oh, and I didn't even want it styled because no one else ever does it right and it costs extra, but she started without asking me and I couldn't tell her to stop at that point. ARG.
"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us."
-Marianne Williamson

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