What to do before/after coloring?

Looking for any advice from NC.com saavy stylists on what things I should do before/after coloring?

I know the best is to not chemically process my hair at all, but I also know that there are curlies out there that do very modest highlights or all over color.

I know the chemicals/etc can damage hair so is there anything I can do to combat/lessen the damage? Like a deep treatment or a protein treatment? Before? After? Both?

Any tips appreciated!
Lindsay, a curly Mommy with a curly little man

Fine texture, fine density, normal to high porosity(?)

Modified CG since April 2012

Wash: DevaCurl Low Poo or SM Coconut & Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo
COwash/RO: CJ Curl Assurance Smoothing, CJ Daily Fix Cleansing Condish, Shea Moisture Restorative
Style: KCCC, CJ Pattern Pusha, DevaCare Arc AnGEL, Loreal EverStyle Styling Spray
I'm not a stylist, but just going by what I've read on the forums, I know you should do a PT before you color, so your color comes out more even, and then after you color, give it at least a week before doing another one (or else the protein will kind of replace the color and you'll lose some of that color). Also, doing a DT afterwards is also supposed to help with damage.

Hopefully, others can chime in (either to correct me or give more advice). Hope this helps.
2b, fine texture, normal porosity & elasticity (CG as of 12/2011)

Low-poo: UFD Rich & Funky
Cowash: VO5 Kiwi Lime
RO: Tresemme Naturals, Aubrey Organics GPB, Ion Effective Care, MillCreek Keratin
PT/DT: IAgirl's PT, GVP CB
LI: KCKT, Cure Care, CJ CCCC Lite
Styling: Curl Keeper, As I Am Jelly, UFD Curly Magic, CJ Curl Queen, TIGI Strong Hold Mousse


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