With choices like radiant red, pretty purple, bold blues and other hues, it’s easy to see why dyeing your type 4 hair is all the rage. Natural hair looks amazing in all of these shades and more.
The thing is that you rarely get behind the scenes information, which is necessary in order to understand the effect that dyeing has on type 4 natural hair.
Type 4 hair as you may already know is naturally more prone to dryness, breakage, and damage. When you add color to this mix, the results can be devastating, especially if your hair is already in an un-healthy state.
This can definitely prove to be a challenge but it’s not impossible to maintain a healthy head of hair. Basically the lighter the shade, the harsher it will be on your hair. The first thing is that you will want to make sure that your hair is being moisturized properly.
A popular method among naturalistas is using the LCO or the LOC method, which ensures maximum moisture every time. The LOC method (liquid/leave-in, oil, cream) is great for this. Some naturals modify and use the LCO method instead: liquid/leave-in, cream, oil. The LCO method seems to be more preferred as it allows you to seal the moisture into your hair as a last step.
Making sure that your ends are trimmed is another important aspect to factor in when deciding to dye your type 4 natural hair. This is because dyeing hair that is split at the ends or damaged from styling can cause unwanted loss of hair length.
You can trim your hair by sectioning it off, trimming section by section or you can use the search and destroy method. This where you gently go through your hair, snipping off any unwanted ends.
So if you’re someone who has never colored their type 4 hair before and you’re ready to take the plunge, just prepare yourself for how much your hair care regimen will change. You will definitely have to moisturize and deep condition more often.
Also, your hair will behave differently because it has gone through a chemical change. So overall rock your hair with confidence and make sure to do what’s best for you! Do you plan on dyeing your type 4 hair? Let us know in the comments.