Jamika Wilson, celebrity stylist to Viola Davis, Kelly McCreary, Keke Palmer and Naomie Harris, shares her top tips for colouring your hair:
CARE AND UPKEEP:
- Co-washing (using conditioner as a shampoo) is highly recommended in place of a traditional shampoo and conditioner because it doesn’t strip the hair of its natural oils.
- Use styling products sparingly to avoid build-up, flaking and heaviness.
- Add an oil, such as jojoba, which replicates your hair’s natural oils, working it to the ends, every day. Make sure that you add it when the hair is wet – the follicle will be open and the oil will penetrate the hair.
- A healthy scalp equals healthy hair. Try a scalp oil and make sure you massage it in gently.
- Wash your hair weekly – any more and you could create product build-up, which stops the skin on the scalp from breathing.
COLOURING AT HOME:
- The number one rule when colouring your hair at home is to read and follow the instructions carefully.
- Don’t attempt to create your own colouring technique or rules. Follow the instructions, because they’re written by a hair professional.
- To create coloured tips at home, tease the hair from root to the point where you want the tips to start. Add colour, either by literally dipping it or brushing it on – this allows the line of the dipped hair to be more natural.
- Colour your weave in the same way you would your own hair.
- Never relax and colour your hair on the same day, as this will damage it.
- Relax your hair at least two weeks before colouring. If you try colouring it first and then relaxing it, the colour won’t take properly.
- Do not go over a 30-volume in colour for relaxed hair.
- Don’t relax hair that’s been dyed blonde. Blonde hair is the most fragile, as you’ve stripped the hair at different layers to remove pigmentation.
- Sleep in a silk scarf or on a silk or satin pillowcase. Pure cotton or even a fabric blend can remove moisture from the hair and the friction can cause breakage. Coloured hair tends to be dry, so this is essential for maintaining moisture and keeping your length.
- Do not brush colour-treated hair with a bristle or boar brush, because it breaks the hair. Rather use a wide-toothed comb to detangle and comb hair.
- Trim your ends every six to eight weeks.
- Use a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner.
- Only use products made specifically for colour-treated hair and always use a protectant before heat styling.