Color Me Beautiful, Highlights in Natural Hair

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.

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So what are your thoughts? Have you considered coloring your natural hair?


18 thoughts on “Color Me Beautiful, Highlights in Natural Hair

  1. The whole to color vs. not to color debate is an intersting one in the community. My personal stance is whatever you want to do it’s your hair so by all means do it. That being said, I think it’s great that you did some research and tried to limit the amount it would affect your hair. The one thing I have noticed about coloring though is that it can give a bit more dimension and I think if done the right away it can make curls look more interesting. Sometimes my definition gets lost in my mass of hair because it’s so dark.

    In terms of my personal color my hair is jet black naturally and I love it. Years ago, I started to gray and I’ve had this fleeting fantasy of putting more grays in my fro but I think I’ll just let it happen naturally. Yours looks great!

  2. Love the highlights. I have been afraid to try color. I’ve never dyed my hair before. I’m getting tempted to do it. If I decide to, I’ll do my research first like you did.

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  4. Thank you so much for this blog!! I am the girl who NEEDS to change her hair at least every few months whether it is another BC or a flat iron or just something different. I had initially colored my hair when I originally BC’d back in Dec of 05. It was a gorgeous 2 inches of auburn which I let grow it to my ends and was even cuter on the tips of my 2 strands as my hair grew out. Eventually at the next BC lol all of the color was cut out. I have been hesitant to color my hair since being sucked into the world of Natural Hair via FB and Twitter and learning more about the healthiest ways to handle my hair. But you, my sista, have brought the sunshine back into my life. I am going to look into OCS asap! Sorry, I am a bit of a rambler ;) Love your blog though; it is awesomeness at its finest ;)

    • Aww you just made me cry *thug tears* if you want some color, then get some! OCS is the best IMO it is not as wide-spread but I am sure there is a salon in your area that is using it. Check out upscale salons around.
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