Healthy Hair Care Blog From A Professional Hairstylist

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Should You Permanently Color Your Relaxed Hair

This client came in to get some color in her hair, permanent color that is.  First let me start by saying that on a regular day I would NOT permanently color all of a client's hair if they have relaxed hair.  And I'm very selective on who I will even do highlights on if they have relaxed hair.  Why you ask?
Because I have seen way too many people suffer damage from having two chemicals.  Sometimes it may be less damage than other times but ultimately breakage has occurred.  To avoid this, I advise that you pick your chemical of choice, either relaxer or color.  Having two chemicals simultaneously is often a recipe for damage because most clients are not willing to pay for the upkeep that it takes to maintain healthy hair and two chemicals.


This client has a relaxer but she relaxer stretches to the max.  She only gets 1-2 relaxers per year.  Her skin is of a light complexion and she can't stand having black hair because she says it makes her look washed out.  Therefore, she likes having the honey blonde color that you see in the pictures.

I colored her entire head of hair the honey blonde color that she requested.  Now, she only comes in to get the roots re-done, which is about every four months or so.  She much rather prefers her color over her relaxer, plus she says that the relaxer irritates her scalp when she gets them which is another reason why she stretches them so much.

To start the process I colored her hair first, while it was dry.  After, I used Silk Hydration by L. Jones Clarifying Shampoo to remove all excess traces of the color.  And since permanent color is also known to take the moisture out of the hair, I also used Silk Hydration by L. Jones Intense Moisturizing Treatment to put the moisture back in and soften it up.


After doing that I also added some Silk Hydration by L. Jones Leave-In Conditioner to give an added layer of moisture and serve as a heat protectant on the hair.  From there, I simply placed the client under a hooded dryer then curled into the final style.

 To take care of her hair all she has to do is either wrap it or roll it.  She can roll it with the bigger rollers to keep her curls loose.  But of course wrapping it is easier to sleep with and my preferred choice because I like to sleep comfortably.

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