Ah, autumn is here.
And with the new season comes A LOT of changes. Like…pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING.
But fall also signals a time where everyone wants to switch up their style (and we don’t just mean the transition to oversized sweaters).
It’s a time to experiment with your look, aka try out some bold hair colors – reds, golds, and other funky hues.
If you’re thinking about changing up your curls, we’ve gathered some amazing color inspiration from our curly community. Plus we’ve got tips and tricks to help you protect your curls – pre and post color service.
Will dying my hair affect my curl pattern?
Basic hair color, if used within a recommended range, should not affect your curl pattern.
But, according to Shari Harbinger, co-founder of the DevaCurl Academy, extreme color that requires bleach, especially on hair that’s been bleached before, can alter the curl pattern.
So if you’re thinking of doing something extreme, like going from black to blonde, go slow.
Seriously, like, at a snails pace. (Okay, maybe not that slow). But it will take two to three appointments, based on your colorist’s recommendation, to get to that color. BUT a slow transformation will help protect the integrity of your hair.
How can I preserve my color?
Whether you have black, brunette, red, or blonde locks, color-treated hair needs more attention, especially when it comes to moisture and strength. “Remember, whatever you take away from the hair must be put back in,” says Vida Latimer, Senior Colorist at Devachan Salon.
Translation: deep conditioning is ESSENTIAL.
Before AND after dying your hair.
So how often should you do treatments? Err—it depends. How far you took your color and the amount of dehydration will affect how much TLC your hair needs.
Typically, those with finer hair need a bit more love after being treated with chemicals. But talk to your colorist to figure out what’s best for your hair type.
What kinds of shampoos and conditioners are safe for color treated hair?
Look for cleansers and conditioners that are free of sulfates and silicones.
Why? While silicone gives the illusion of shine, it is a sealant against water, which basically means it prevents water from reaching your curls. And if your hair is dry post color service, can you imagine how bad things could get if you used a product that repelled moisture?!
Your hair would be dry. Like, really, really dry.
Nobody wants that. Silicones are a BIG no-no.
Sulfates are also super drying, not to mention they’re harsh on hair. Many can actually strip your color out and make it fade faster. You payed for that color, make it last!
And in case you missed it, or maybe you’re new here: DevaCurl’s entire line is sulfate and silicone free – and color safe.
Side note, but important: When you’re washing curly hair, be mindful about the temperature of your shower. The water should be warm to hot, not too hot.
Why? So, glad you asked.
Washing your hair with warm water will limit the amount of damage you could potentially do to your hair (hot water causes heat damage too y’all), but having slightly warm water allows you to cleanse the hair of product build-up. Finish with a rinse of cool water to help keep frizz to a minimum.
How often do I have to go back to the salon to maintain my color?
Wellll, that depends on you—and your hair. Frequency varies according to the service, how far from the natural starting point it was taken, and the visual tolerance level of your hair (aka how long will your hair hold its color).
Some people are blessed with tresses that hold color well, and some people like when their color starts to fade, they don’t mind wearing it when it’s a little bit more muted.
But if you’re someone who wants to keep a bright punchy color 24-7, you’re gonna need to hit the salon sooner.
ALSO, if you’re coloring greys, it’ll depend on how fast they return!
What are some fun, funky colors I can try this fall?
Looking for fall hair color inspiration? We’ve got you covered. Check out the slideshow below which features girls from our curly community . You’ll probably find your next color crush inside (and you can check out the #DevaMiracle hashtag on social for even more inspiration). Oh, and if you’re in need of a colorist, don’t forget to search for one in your area using our Stylist Finder.
Are you thinking of coloring your curls? Share your inspiration and best tips for protecting your color in the comments below! And be sure to share your transformation on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #DevaMiracle you could be in for a surprise ;).