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When I dyed my hair back in February I was nervous that I would experience the same types of problems I had the last time my hair encountered color. I have been fully natural now for three years and on my natural hair journey for 4 years. In that time I have never colored or straightened my hair so the plunge back into color was nerve wrecking for me, since it was the reason I decided to go natural in the first place (relaxer + color = super damage for me).
I did get my hair colored professionally as I always do, because I feel that you really shouldn’t mess around with chemicals in your own hair. Leave that to a professional. Since February my hair has been thriving, and I really feel I owe it to the regimen that I have continued to maintain over the course of these 8 weeks. So far there has been no dryness , damage or brittle hair to report (thank God) and I’m hoping to keep it that way. What’s the secret? When you dye your hair you are stripping it of protein. Even when the hair looks super healthy, it has been “damaged” in a way. Thats why I chose to implement the use of moisture rich products created specifically for dealing with damaged or colored hair. Why? Because it makes all the difference thats why! Healthy hair is a nice mix of protein and moisture. When you remove that balance thats when trouble comes to town. You must purposefully handle your hair as if it is damaged to prevent real harmful and ugly looking damage. Simply using moisturizing products is NOT enough. Products built to “repair” the damage (even though you can’t really repair damage) are best.
So here are the 5 staple products I’ve been using on a weekly basis to maintain healthy tresses on my head!
5 Life Changing Products For Color Treated Natural Hair
I started using this product about 4 weeks ago when I decided I no longer wanted to use shampoo (at least for a long while). I’ve really been toying around with other methods of cleansing my hair that don’t require shampoo and this works well for my busy schedule It doesn’t have any harmful ingredients I can’t understand, and it also has my new fave “Rhassoul Clay” listed as the first staple ingredient. This is usually step 1 in my wash day regimen (sometimes step 2 if I do a pre-poo treatment).
INGREDIENTS: Moroccan Lava Rhassoul Clay, Deionized Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Olea europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Vitis Vinfera (Grape) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Phenoxyethanol
Mielle Organics Babassu Oil has been in my arsenal for almost a year now because of the Babassu Oil and Mint present. It gives off a nice tingly cool sensation when applied which gives me a nice sense of relief that it is working. I did have to take a 6 month break from this deep conditioner when I was battling my protein overload issue , but now its back and better than ever. This conditioner was formulated for dry and damaged hair because it helps bring back the sensitive protein/moisture balance I mentioned earlier. I use this deep conditioner once a month.
Ingredients: water/aqua/eau, behentrimonium methosulfate, cetearyl alcohol, acetyl esters, Orbygnia speciosa (babassu) nut oil, biosaccharide gum-1, Euterpe(acai)pulp oil, sodium PCA, sodium lactate, arginine, aspartic acid, PCA, glycine, alanine, serene, valine, proline, threonine, isoleucine, histidine, phenylalanine, Orbignya speciosa kernel oil, Astrocaryum murumuru butter, Pentaclethra macroloba (pracaxi) seed oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, dehydroacetic acid, Lavandula agustifolia (lavender) flower oil, Pelargonium graveolens (geranium) flower/leaf oil Salvia officials (sage) leaf oil, Mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf oil, Citrus paradise(Pink Grapefruit) peel oil, Litsea cubeba (litsea cubeba) fruit oil, Mentha (spearmint) leaf oil, Benzyl alcohol
I don’t know what I was doing before the Curls Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave In Conditioner came into my life but I surely won’t be going without (available at Target and my local beauty supply so thats a win win). This conditioner not only smells amazing but is also created to battle dry and brittle hair. The presence of the blueberry fruit extract and coconut oil are a beneficial plus to keeping my hair moisturized after I have rinsed out all of the deep conditioner. I use this product about 2-4 times a week depending on need. It is also great to help refresh/replenish my curls right after a steaming session.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Certified Organic Blueberry Fruit Extract,Certified Organic Coconut Oil, Glycereth-26, Sorbitol, Certified Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Silk Amino Acids, Certified Organic Chamomile Flower Extract, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol
Now this is definitely my best kept secret and my hair stylist may kill me for revealing. Sapphire’s Mineral Mud Healing Hair Treatment is truly at the core of keeping my hair moisturized to its full potential. It came highly recommended from Vincenzo who used it during a steam session on my head at the salon. It is a bit pricy, but sometimes you really have to take the plunge and splurge on products that will truly be beneficial for your hair. It cost about 40 bucks for 16 oz but because you don’t have to use a whole lot of product to reap the benefits it is certainly worth the cost and will last a while. I’ve been using it on a weekly basis since February and I have well over half of it still left. This is made with 26 minerals from the Dead Sea and is an absolute staple in my hair regimen. The pure keratin is also a great boost because your hair is seeking out the protein that was stripped from your hair during the dying process.
5. Coconut Oil : Surprise surprise! Is there ever a natural hair list that doesn’t include coconut oil? Well I’ll tell you specially why I’ve chosen this particular oil. I’m surprisingly not a huge fan of coconut oil, especially after my battle with protein overload. You see Coconut oil helps hold the protein into your hair. Now when adding protein based products to your natural hair the coconut oil will help “trap” the protein in giving you healthy shiny beautiful hair. I simply use coconut oil on my ends as as sealant, and manage my scalp with Jojoba Oil.
What products have you used on your color treated natural hair that have worked or failed for you? Share your thoughts and responses below!
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Hey there! I’m Melissa, co-founder of Trials n Tresses, natural hair and beauty lover, binge tv watcher and lover of life. When I am not creating content for TNT, I’m busy teaching the future of society.