Discover Top Tips for Safely Coloring Dreadlocks
Now, we know you don’t think that the plants and trees are the only things that have to change colors this season. Many people like to change their hair color with the weather, so why not switch it up with your dreadlocks? There may be a few out there who are bold enough to just get out there and do it themselves, but there are others who would probably feel a little better if they had some advice on what they can do to get the most brilliant color in their dreads. Don’t worry. We got you covered.
Check out these tips on coloring your dreadlocks this Summer!
- Read all the directions
I think that just about everyone on the face of the planet is guilty of not completely following the directions at some point in their life. It’s okay to admit it—you’re among friends. Of the billion plus people on the planet, at least half of them did something wrong as a result of not fully reading the directions. When it comes to your hair’s livelihood, it’s best not to leave anything to chance. Make sure that you read all of the directions before putting a single drop on your dreads.
- Make sure you use enough color
When you have a head full of dreadlocks, it can be easy to underestimate how much color you’re going to need. The thicker the dreadlocks, the more likely it is that you’ll need more than one bottle to completely cover each strand. Keep that in mind when doing your at-home hair dye sessions. You don’t want to be ¾ of the way done just to discover that you don’t have enough hair dye to complete the look.
- Moisturize your hair thoroughly before and after
So, this is a biggie when you’re looking at how to color your dreadlocks. Putting moisture on the scalp prior to dying can help to protect it from harsh dye chemicals. Adding moisture to your hair after the treatment helps to restore your hair’s pH and give it a bit of life after going through a chemical treatment. If you don’t want to have to worry about breakage after you finish dying your hair, then you need to make sure that you don’t skip this step.
- Limit your dyes to twice a year
If you truly want to prevent your hair from breaking off as a result of dyeing your hair, it’s important to not over process the hair. Remember that your dreadlocks are precious and more prone to breakage since the dreadlocked hair is considered to be “dead” (even though technically all hair is dead but okay we’ll roll with it). Therefore, we recommend only using a regular hair color twice a year. If you’re going to bleach your hair, we recommend no more than once a year because bleaching is very rough on the cuticle and can leave it damaged enough as is if not tended to properly.
There you have your top tips for coloring your dreadlocks this Fall. If you’re still a little leery on dyes, you may even discover that henna may be a better option.