Ombre afro :D

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Hello everyone... so I've been thinking about doing a less dramatic type of ombre. The thing is, my hair is naturally black and I'm scared that if I go to the salon they'll use tons of bleach and dye on my hair in order to achieve the the light brown color.

My hair is really prone to split ends and I've cut it really short several times, but whenever it grows out it feels dead again and I just end up repeating the same process over and over.

I used the more natural Shea Moisture hair dye a while back and tried this look, but it didn't work and my hair ended up feeling dead so I chopped most of it off. It felt healthy, but now that my hair is halfway down my back again, some of the leftover dyed ends have worsened & they feel like disgusting like straw. I have a bunch of splits (I found one up to an inch long).

So if my hair is already kind of crappy, do you think I should refrain from coloring it? My hair is pretty much natural but I do have leftover strands from when I did the Shea Moisture dye. Maybe I should cut all of the damaged ends off THEN do the ombre look? Or would that just leave more damage on my freshly cut hair? Has anyone tried this before, and how did your hair respond to the dye? Should I just do regular trims and stay away from color? I'd really like to try this look, but I'm just scared of damage. ( mehh thanks yallz
I personally would stay away from dye & bleach. I highlighted my hair & had the hay look. (So not cute) now that I'm natural, I would dream of doing it again. Dyed &/or bleached hair needs more moisture and other ingredients to stay healthy. Those ingredients include: ceramides (I know I didn't spell this right), & hydrolyzed wheat protein. There are a few others that I can't remember, but just to name a few.
If you are prone to split ends and over processed hair the best colour changing product to use is henna. Though henna will leave your hair a reddish-orange colour. Henna is also permanent and can't be dyed over.

No manufactured permanent dye which changes your hair colour is ever gentle regardless of what it says on the box.
Agree all permanent box dye is damaging, much more so if you dye over previously dyed hair. If your hair is in poor shape just don't unless you want to be doing a big chop.

If you choose to cut then dye virgin hair, run strand tests on shed plughole hair first, dye over the top of a heavy coconut oiling to reduce damage. Hydrolysed wheat or soy protein may also reduce damage but not every hair type does well with protein (eg fine but not coarse).

Post dye use proven ingredients like coconut oil, any hydrolysed protein, ceramides, 18-MEA and panthenol.

Don't get obsessed with moisturising (adding or increasing water): porous damaged hair takes up too much water when washing which causes further damage (hygral fatigue). Hair actually needs more conditioning or emollients (fatty alcohols/ cationic surfactants) not simply more moisture (= water).
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2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Would it really hurt to dye over damaged ends? Could it result in bad thinning / hair & texture loss? I've only dyed once before and I never use heat. I try to take care of my hair but it just seems like I can't escape from terrible splits. Worst case scenario I guess I'll just chop off a couple inches or grow it out. dundundun
If you dye over damaged ends with permanent dye they will probably just break off. This means you will end up with lots of shred hair all over the place especially when you are styling it.

If you wish to use a dye on your hair at the moment the safest would be to find a dye that is completely temporary. That is one that washes out after about 8-10 washes.

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