Truth time: I used to be a natural snob. I got to a point where I strove to be a “natural’s natural”. I babied my hair as if it was brittle on the verge of falling out and refused to use anything that may have a negative effect on my tresses. Then I saw this article on Natural Review which featured fellow natural Nicole. Not only did Nicole have popping curls but she also had hair that was lifted to the blondest-blond. And while I had been avoiding color like the plague out of fear that it might “do something” to my curls, Nicole was making me rethink my stance.
I did my research on color immediately eliminating most over the counter (box) hair color brands found in local beauty supply stores due to ingredients like ammonia, PTD’s or parabens which I choose not to use because of there damaging effects on hair and health. But after making a trip to my salon I was educated about Organic Color System (OCS) which is the safest hair coloring system on the market. We also held a meet-up where we discusses safe ways to color your hair including using henna and doing corrective color to fix a bad dye job. After laborious discussions with my stylist I scheduled an appointment.
As you can see from the foils I opted for highlights instead of an all-over color. Highlights are a great way to try out color without making a full-coverage commitment. When getting highlights you are charged by the foil so the amount of color and placement is really up to you. Many like to try a 5 pack in the crown to add a little oomph on top. I wanted to go for an all over muli-toned highlight to give the appearance of hair that was sun-kissed like when I was younger and played outside all summer. To achieve this look we selected two different colors Mocha [4MO] and Fiery Red [5FR] and they were strategically layered and blended throughout my curls. The colors selected were very natural tones that blended well with my skin and hair color.
I don’t know if you can tell in the beginning of the vid but I was really nervous even though I had full faith in my stylist. After a mimosa, or two, or three I found just the courage I needed to relax and there was no turning back. Check out the slideshow below for play by play of the color. I have more color in the back of my hair but very little in the front because I was worried about how it would look as it grew out around my hair line (no harsh roots) and I was also concerned because my hair is wavy in the front and I did not want to lose any texture. Since then I have decided that I will go back and get more color done in the front Spring 2012.
So what are your thoughts? Have you considered coloring your natural hair?