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Spring is here and you may be itching to switch up your hairstyle. One of the easiest ways to update your hairstyle is to add a pop of color to your curls. Some of our favorite Curl Friends like @iam.tiffany.renee, @ownbyfemme, and @tierechristyan have us drooling over their vibrant platinum blonde and red curls. I’ve personally changed my look by adding blonde and bronze highlights to my growing taper cut. It's been a learning process maintaining colored curls, so if you’re considering color, or have already taken the plunge, there’s one thing I want you to know: updating your regimen is a must for colored curls. Here’s what I’ve learned and a few things you should do to keep your color popping and your hair healthy. 

 

 

Handle Your Curls with Extra Tender, Love, and Care

 

It's no secret that dyed hair tends to be fragile compared to color free hair so it's even more important to pay extra attention to handling your curls. First, be sure to use products specifically designed for color treated hair like Mielle’s Babassu Oil Conditioning Sulfate-Free Shampoo. Since your hair may be more prone to dryness, that means your hair may break easier. When detangling, be sure to be gentle and use your fingers or a wide tooth comb. Start from the ends of your hair and work your way to the roots. 

 

 

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Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

 

I’ve had color for two months and the most noticeable change I’ve experienced is dryness. I typically wash on a Sunday and apply a leave-in, oil, and cream to my curls which usually lasts for five days before I have to refresh. Well, since adding color, I now have to refresh every two days to keep my hair moisturized. When people tell me that color damaged and broke their hair, that may mean that the hair shaft was dry which makes for easy breakage. To help combat dryness I now apply aleave-in and oil every two days which has made a world of difference in my hair’s overall moisture. I also use a sulfate-free color safe shampoo to avoid stripping all moisture during wash day. Here’s a few products to help you avoid dryness and keep your curls moisturized. 

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Don’t Skip Deep Conditioning

 

 

I know we’ve all skipped a deep conditioning session, but with colored hair, skipping deep conditioning treatment is a no-no. It's reported that colored hair makes for extremely porous hair. This means that moisture leaves the hair very quickly. Deep conditioning is a major key to ensuring your hair is getting all the moisture it needs. If you want to be extra cautious, try protein treatments to help strengthen the hair shaft and replenish moisture. ApHogee makes a great Two-Step Protein Treatment for strengthening the hair shaft. 

 

Let’s Chat! How has your regimen changed since adding color? Comment below!!

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