Founder of Earthy haircare Mummy Mthembu-Fawkes discourages dyeing your hair as she says that there isn’t really a safe way to do it. But if you really want a new hair colour, then henna is your best bet.
“Henna is probably your best option because it’s natural and doesn’t contain chemicals,” she says. “You’re also more likely to get the colour you want if you opt for darker shades like burgundy or dark brown.”
If you’re looking for light brown, red or blonde, chances are henna won’t help, especially for black hair.
In a previous article in DESTINY, celebrity hairstylist Jawad Maphoto explained that damage could be caused by applying colour when your hair isn’t able to handle harsh chemicals.
Before you dye your hair, make sure it’s nourished and healthy so it’s able to withstand any chemical damage, and to prevent breakage and moisture loss. If your hair isn’t healthy enough, we recommend having a protein treatment to strengthen the hair.
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If you’re going to use a conventional dye, Mthembu-Fawkes advises staying away from peroxide, which is used to bleach hair, especially if you’re concerned about losing hair. You can minimise damage by consistently nourishing your hair to make sure it’s strong before you colour it.
Colouring your hair at home isn’t advisable, as you may not understand how to apply the dye properly and could end up with uneven colouring. “Your hairstylist has the skill and experience to colour your hair correctly,” says Maphoto.
Mthembu-Fawkes suggests you opt for temporary colour rather than permanent dye. It’s much healthier because it doesn’t penetrate the hair. By staying on the outer layer, it’s less likely to cause damage. It takes about six to eight washes to remove the colour, which you can reapply straight after – as long as your hair is healthy and strong.