Thursday, August 17, 2006

Color'd Locs

**This Post is for Maryee. I never forgot that you asked me to post on Color.**

I have always loved color. I was a color wearer before going natural so I had to keep the color once I loc'd. I dyed my hair a week or two before getting Sisterlocked. I started off with Cherrywood (left). This is the color I was wearing before locs. The last color I got was Roasted Chestnut (right). Which toned my hair down a lot, but my ends have always remained lighter. I like the mixture of colors that are going on. The Cherrywood was more of a reddish and now it is more brown than the reddish-brown.
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I waited about a year before coloring again. I retighten my locs first and about a week later, I go for my color. I noticed after coloring with the locs, it took more washing to get a clear rinse. I had a licensed cosmotologist color my hair. This is my former beautician who handled my color, relaxers, short hair cuts, weaves, and even a few press and curls at my attempts at going natural. But there are definitely disparities in her and natural hair care providers. That's a friend and I love her, but once going natural, you just find better products and ways to avoid damaging your hair.

After getting the color, I wash my hair for the next 3-4 days in a row to make sure that I am getting any excess dye that may still be there. The reason behind doing this is because after that first loc'd color session, there was still a lot of dye in my hair. I still do it out of habit now, Just to be safe.

After that first year, I now get my hair dyed every six months. I wash and condition my hair with the Sisterlock Reconstructor afterwards. I haven't had a problem with hardness of my hair. I haven't gotten into the essential oils, but want to try them out. I do have a mixture of oils that I purchased from the Beauty Supply Store. I have Hair Milk from New Bein that I use about once a month or two. I don't use a lot of products (in fear of build-up). But I do use them sometimes.

I have an inch of new growth. I will be due for my color in December or January. I think I will choose a lighter brown next time, maybe with a golden tint. We'll see.....


Maryee said...

Can't wait to read this when I have more energy. I'll holla back soon! Thanks for posting this for me. ((HUGS))

Maryee said...

Hey Ree-C,

I finally read the whole post. Thanks! I think if I can hold off, I'll get my hair colored for my 3 yr anniversary. Hopefully by then I'll have other things in order and it will be a grand celebration. That means I have until Thanksgiving to continue with my research.

As you know, I got my hair colored by a professional colorist two days prior to me getting my Sisterlocks. Of course he's in California, so I don't know who I'm going to get to hook me up. We'll see. I'll probably be asking you some questions off line. Thanks again Ree-C. Your hair is soooo beautiful and you are, too!!


Ree-C said...

Thank You Maryee. Sure, just shoot me an email or something. I'll try my best to answer any questions that you have.

Goodnapps said...

wow. Useful tips for if I ever get the courage to color my locks.

Aundrea said...

Wow! Ree-C! You did your color yourself? That is great! Do you do your own retightenings too? Boy! I aspire to be like you! ;-) I can't wait until I can re-color my hair. I wasn't very happy with mine so I am looking forward to the chance to fix it. Is the Dark & Lovely - Cherrywood the color of your hair in those close ups?

Aundrea said...

Wow!! Ree-C! You did your coloring yourself? You did a great job!! Do you do your own retightenings too? I sure aspire to be like you someday! ;-) I can't wait until I can re-color my hair. I wasn't satisfied with the first attempt prior to being locked. Now, I have to wait.
Is the color you're sporting in those close ups at the top of your blog the Dark & Lovely - Cherrywood?

Ree-C said...

@Aundrea ~ No, I wouldn't do it myself. In my post I stated that I got my hair color'd by a licensed cosmetologist. I do my own retightenings myself though. The last color I got (stated in post) was the D&L Roasted Chestnut. The first loc'd color I had was the Cherrywood Texture&Tones by Clairol.

Thanks for visiting. I'm sure once your locs get settled in, you will be able to color again. Can't wait to see pics of it.

Megan Lopez said...

Thanks for this nice post. This hair color is very pretty. Great product.. just very nice, shiny color.

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