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Dyeing Curly Hair (CG Method)

19 Aug

At the beginning of this summer, my friend and I were interested in doing something we’d never done before. And school ending presented the perfect opportunity to bite the bullet and actually do it. I’d been obsessed with the idea of dyeing my hair, and only dyeing the ends was the perfect alternative for protecting my sensitive hair, not to mention placating my strict parents. So if you follow the CG method or have curly hair, or even if you just have sensitive hair, here’s everything I learned and experienced about dyed hair.

1. The Dyeing Process

I wanted to go with a bright, crazy color, since this was probably the one and only time I will ever dye my hair, so I went with purple (or technically, Lusty Lavender). I chose the brand Splat because it was one of the cheapest options; everything came right in the box for about $10, so I didn’t need to purchase bleach, peroxide, or any lighteners separately. To be honest, I’m not sure if it’s CG safe. But at that moment, I figured that I was already damaging my hair by bleaching it, so I guess it didn’t really matter if it had any sulfates or silicones. But once my hair was dyed, I was following the full CG method.

Via flickr.com

My friend and I applied the bleach and dye with our hands to about the last 3-4 inches of our hair. We just slapped some on (we didn’t make braids/ponytails), wrapped it in foil, and later rinsed it out in the sink. If I remember correctly, we left the bleach and dye on for about an hour each. As a side note, the dye took FOREVER to rinse out of my hair, so long that I gave up and dried it before the water ran clear. I think after half an hour, that was a reasonable action.

We actually (miserably) missed out on the rest of our plans for that day because we didn’t plan properly, so set aside a LARGE chunk of time to do it, or even a whole day. The whole process took us about 6 hours, albeit this was our first time trying it. Another note is, prepare the space you will be using adequately. We were in the bathroom, and I covered the entire floor with newspaper, and taped over the sink/cabinets with cut plastic bags.

If I had to review this brand of dye, I would say it works reasonably well for beginners. Do not expect the color of your hair to look like the color on the box (I would say this goes for any dye) unless your hair is almost platinum blonde. Our bleached hair was a bit of a strong yellow/orange, and therefore our hair came out almost pink after dyeing. It was purple-ish at first, but it was definitely nothing like the picture.

I guess now comes the obligatory photo spam to show the transformation of my hair! Afterwards I’ll discuss how to take care of dyed curly hair.

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Drying my hair after bleaching

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It’s not a Curry hair blog post until I’ve awkwardly edited out faces with smiley faces

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Oh what the heck.
See how in different lighting it goes from purple to pink? These were taken the same day (notice the same shirt)

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These were about 2 and a half weeks later. The color is definitely more faded/pink here

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And here

Notice how the color looks different in each photo, because each had a different lighting? I guess there’s no way to show exactly how it looked, but it definitely ranged in several shades of purple/pink, and near the end, orange/blonde. If you aren’t interested in having pink hair, don’t use Lusty Lavender. No matter how purple it starts out, it will indubitably fade into pink eventually. And now for phase 2!

2. Taking Care of Your Dyed Hair

Let me just say this right off the bat: your hair will get damaged if you bleach/dye it. There is no way to get around that. Curly hair is much more porous and it will not take to this process as well as straight hair. I remember right after we finished, my friend and I felt how smooth her (straight) hair was, and then we felt how rough my (curly) hair felt. Different hair types just won’t react the same, and if you have curly hair I’m sure you know how damage-prone it is. So yes, my hair was very frizzy and damaged at first. The way I adapted to it is perhaps not financially smart (this process requires the dough, yo), but I started nearly doubling the amount of conditioner and product I used. I barely used shampoo and mostly started co-washing, which is using a silicone-free conditioner to rub/cleanse your scalp. I focused conditioner to the ends of my hair until it was goopy and super squishy. After showering I put about 3 different products in my hair, including anti-frizz creme, curl defining creme, and taming serum. Again, everything I used was CG friendly. I also avoided blow-drying and straightening because my hair did not need any more damage.

Some random little side things I learned was that every time my hair got wet, the color would run again. So when I showered I didn’t wait for the water to run clear, and I set aside a shirt that I was okay with staining pink, to dry it with. I also became deathly afraid of rain, in fear that my dye would start to run and stain my clothes/be an embarrassing mess.  Also, I learned to wash my hair less. Instead of my usual 3 times a week, I tried to wash 1-2 times a week. The less washing the better, especially for colors in the red/pink/purple spectrum.

So in summary, I would say these are the overall tips:

-Detangle well

-Be careful when it’s wet

-USE TONS OF PRODUCT. KEEP IT CONDITIONED

-Wash less

Overall, having my hair colored was fun and a cute thing to do over the summer (and by cute, I mean childish cute, because my friends told me I looked even younger than normal…). It was fun to try out a bunch of different hair styles with the pink in it, and it was lasting very nicely after more than a month. About 2 weeks ago though I got a major hair cut, just cause I wanted something new and the up-keep for the dye was a bit exhausting. But I would definitely recommend trying this out, if you’ve always been keen to dye your hair! Best of luck on your curly endeavors. 🙂

The Curly Girl Method

12 Apr

My hair from the back. Before starting Curly Girl

If you have curly hair, I’m sure you can understand the hard struggle we have to go through. The thick, coarse hair that demands constant upkeep. The insane frizz and bushiness it gives us if we do something wrong. The thousands of tangles it secretly ties itself into when we aren’t looking. Yes, curly hair demands your attention.

But if you give it the proper love and care, it will give you beautiful results. Your curls can become luscious and bouncy and shiny 🙂 And I think I’ve found the way to make it happen for me.

I don’t know if you’ve heard of it before, but it’s the Curly Girl Method. The basic premise is, curly hair is much more porous and absorbing than other types. So whatever we put in it affects it greatly. You may be surprised to know that practically all shampoos contain sulfate-the grease cutter that is used to clean dishes and clothes! Obviously this is harmful to any hair, but it doesn’t hurt anyone as bad as it hurts the curlies. Our hair gets very dried out and frizzy thanks to sulfate, and it doesn’t let our curls live out their full shape. Now the obvious solution is to cut out shampoo, but it’s not that easy. The only reason they put sulfate in shampoo is because it’s the only thing that can get silicone out of your hair-and surprise! That’s in practically all hair products. If you try to get rid of sulfate but not silicone, it will build up on your hair and basically choke and suffocate it; not pretty.

Now you’re thinking; no shampoo? How will my hair get cleaned? The answer lies in your conditioner. If you apply it on your scalp like a shampoo, you simply have to give it a really good massage and it will gently cleanse the dirt and oil away! Perfect for our needy, whiny hair. 😉

So here’s the simple method: Never use shampoo, and only use conditioner/hair products that don’t contain silicone. And I am about to start this method today. The picture you see above is my hair from today; day one. I’ve read that this method does not work for everyone, although it does for most, so I’m crossing my fingers. Also, it takes about a week for your scalp to get used to this new method and then your hair will start to become amazing. If you need more convincing or evidence, scan through the pictures on this forum for amazing before and afters: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/general-discussion-about-curly-hair/47609-post-your-before-after-cg-pics.html

Finding products with no silicone isn’t easy. Here are some popular and cheap brands: V05, Suave Naturals, Garnier Fructis (only ONE certain type is CG safe, please consult lists) Another is Garnier Fructis Putty Gel, which I only know of because I use it. I’ve scoured the ingredients and can’t find any silicones, but I’m not sure so do your research before using anything. The way you find silicones is this: any ingredient that ends with -con, -conol, or -xane is a silicone. The only exception is if in front of it is a PEG; that means it’s water soluble and doesn’t need sulfate to get out. Here’s a list of many silicone free products: http://healthycurls.net/product-lists/silicone-free-conditioners/

I’m here to document my results and try and help others; but I’m by no means an expert. Here are some great links to get you started:

http://www.youtube.com/user/waterlily716

http://www.wikihow.com/Follow-the-Curly-Girl-Method-for-Curly-Hair

http://www.ehow.com/how_4619919_curly-girl-hair-care-method.html

http://naturalhairrules.blogspot.com/2009/02/how-to-follow-curly-girl-method-for.html

http://dormroomcurly.blogspot.com/2008/12/style-definitions-table.html

This one’s from a fellow wordpress-er! 🙂  http://interrobangsanon.wordpress.com/2010/11/04/going-no-poo/

http://healthycurls.net/

http://www.naturallycurly.com/

There are many more, feel free to search and google around! 🙂 However they can get a bit lengthy, so here’s a quick run through of my favorite tips; and you don’t even have to do the Curly Girl Method to follow them!

~Never brush your hair. To detangle, use your fingers in the shower while you have conditioner in your hair. Don’t worry if you loose a ton of hair, it’s natural!

~Immediately stop using towels on your hair; ones made from terry cloth will destroy it! To dry your hair, take a t-shirt or a specialized towel (I like to use a tank-top) and just gently scrunch your hair in it. Never rub, it will break and frizz!

~Give your hair a cold water rinse after your shower for shine.

~I highly recommend using product after your shower; but no silicone! Product works best when applied to wet hair; the wetter, the better! A good way to go is a smoothing creme of some sort and then a gel to scrunch/shape curls.

~To maintain your curls overnight for the next day (if you don’t wash daily, which I recommend to not dry out your hair) use the pineapple technique; use a loose hair tie (scrunchies are highly recommended) and loosely gather and tie all hair to the top of your head. Try watching tutorials for this to get a visual! You can also read up on other methods like plopping.

The pineapple; via naturallycurly.com

That’s it for now! If I remember any other tips I’ll be sure to add them in later. I’ll try to get back to you in a week or two; whenever I feel that my curls have started getting amazing 😉

What do you think of the CG method? Are you going to try? If you already do it, please tell me about your experience in the comments!

***Here is my ‘After’ post! https://curryforyourthoughts.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/curly-girl-after/***