How to Dye Your Weave at Home

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The internet is often both a magical place and scary. A fast Google search on any topic can take you to tons of information—or, often, misinformation. And once it involves dyeing your extensions at home, the recommendation out there is…lackluster, to mention the least.

As different hair types can respond to the hair dyes differently, dyeing extensions is a tough job to do.

You can always use the safest way to switch up your hair color that is going to a hair salon, but, you can DIY the hair job at your home if you know what you have to do first. So here I give you tidbits taken from expert talks and blogs as to how to color your hair without causing damage to them.

STEP 1: Know if your DIY hair dye is suited for you

So the bad news is: Your DIY dye journey stops right here, if your weave is made from synthetic hair. Though now synthetic hair is far more advanced than its old plastic-y counterparts, the fibers: polyester, acrylic, Kanekalon and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) aren’t suited for commercial hair dyes, as they lack a cuticle, which is important for bleaches and pigments to work.

For synthetic hair it is best not to try at home and you can chat with your colorist before taking any actions.

But, natural, human hair is what your weave is made of then yesss!! You may move to Step 2.

STEP 2: Know Your Color Limits

We all applaud and love rule-breakers, but when we are talking about at-home color, a bit of self-restraint needs to be practiced. If you are first timer, try for a subtle change of shade (like a cooler/warmer shade, or an unexpected, bright color), rather than a doing major change, as it will help prevent damage, dryness, and possible breakage. So yes, those who dream of getting platinum highlights, or going from white-blonde to jet-black in a day, will have to go to the salon.

And whatever be it don’t even try using a bottle of bleach. It is way too risky and lifting or lightening the color of your hair should be left to experts. As they now how to deal with it.

STEP 3: Get the Right Supplies

You do not need to spend large amount of money on your at-home color. Use hair dyes such as Dark and Lovely, that aren’t too strong.

Choose whichever dye you want but make sure you get enough from it as always have more on hand rather than trying to buy one and then stretching with it.

So when at the store, ensure to buy a fine-tooth comb, wide tooth comb,  mixing bowl and dye brush and also some extra trash bags to cover surfaces and floors, since to prevent your surroundings from becoming messy.

STEP 4: Dye It

So finally we are at our final and the most important step. First you always need to do a quick strand test, to ensure that your weave doesn’t have a weird and adverse reaction to the dye.

Each box of dye normally has instructions on ways to conduct a patch test, but here’s I give you a basic guide: Mix a spoonful of dye and a spoonful of developer in a plastic bowl (simultaneously ensure that the bottles are resealed), take a very small section of the hair and paint the last few inches of it. Then similar to the way you would treat your natural hair, let the color stay for as long as it is mentioned on the box, then rinse nicely, shampoo, condition, and dry you hair.

It is lot of steps but this part is important as it is a test to check if your hair is healthy enough to accept the essence of the color. If you’re satisfied with your results, you may apply the rest of the dye to the other parts of your extensions, needless to stay but, following the instructions exactly as mentioned on the box.

Best way to color your hair for better color placement is, before it is installed on your head. Because, if you apply dye to extensions after they are fixed , you might have the risk of getting pigment on the natural hair, which can be too difficult to correct when you remove your extensions eventually.

STEP 5: Make it last for long

Once your weave is dyed officially, you need to take special care of it to keep the hair healthy and the color vibrant. Use something like Bonfi Natural Oil Free Wig Shine Spray to help strengthen and protect the hair from breakage, along with weekly hair masks. There are also moisture masks available that will seal moisture to the hair strands. You can use Cantu Argan Oil to restore the shine and health of hair after coloring, and a deep treatment masque from Shea Butter. Use them regularly to keep hair vibrant and glossy, long after you do your dye job.

The Summary

All you wig and weave lovers, can always DIY your dye job at home—but do follow the instructions as mentioned above perfectly. And still if you find too difficult to follow these steps, I recommend you head to a colorist. It may cost you only a few more coins extra, but then the job would be done perfectly.

So let me know what all products you are using or if you have any other tips to add on!! Comment below.

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ESSENTIAL SUMMER CARE FOR CURLY HAIR

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So guys it is the time of the year when you dash through the beachy waves so why not flaunt your beautiful curls! Here are some tips to keep your curls looking great during the humid and hot summer months.

Make Your Own Hair Spray

Salt spray and sea water turn waves into curls and make curls more tight and springier. Here is the recipe to make a salt spray: Take 8 ounces of warm water and dissolve 1 tablespoon sea salt in it; mix a few drops lavender oil, shake well, and apply onto wet or dry hair.

Protect your hair from chlorine and provide it with a pre-pool treat, soak it in tap water before a swim, then spread on conditioner or a little oil gently. Hair that is saturated with clean water won’t soak up much of chlorinated pool water. Swim cap gives extra protection, and do not allow chlorinated water to stay in your hair. Rinse out the seawater too, as dryness can be caused by salt over time. Further, using an oil spray can protect your hair from its dehydrating effects.

If your hair needs more hydration, use conditioners that have fruit sugars and saccharides as well as oil-based softeners and emulsifiers like behentrimonium methosulfate. Aloe vera, agave, honey, lactamide MEA, Hydroxypropyltrimonium and simple fruit extracts or juices are all moisture-attracting ingredients. Have a deep conditioning treatment atleast once a week which won’t require more than 5 to 10 minutes of work.

Hydrate Your Hair Inside and Out

Iced tea and coffee, mixed drinks, wine or beer are refreshing but also dehydrating. For all non-water beverages, drink a glass of cool water. Add cucumber or lemon slices to get a refreshing taste.

Seal the Moisture to Your Hair

Now comes the most important part, that is to seal in moisture once your hair is hydrated. These syrupy, glazy gels are great for reducing frizz, enhancing curl patterns and helping hair retain moisture  — tgin Curl Bomb Moisturizing Styling GelPalmers Coconut Oil Formula Curl Styling Cream Pudding, or a flaxseed-based moisturizing gel like Eco Style Olive Oil Shea Butter Black Castor Oil Flaxseed. Continuing the sugary trend, , African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Curl Styling Custard and Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie contain ingredients that attract moisture, thus keeping the hair hydrated. To seal in moisture, apply gels over your leave-in conditioner. Leave-ins with protein help in discouraging frizz and smoothing curls.

Be Protected from the Sun

Your hair can also be sunburned like your skin. Products like sesame oil and shea butter have natural UV filtering properties. Your hair products should have an SPF rating or a known sunscreen ingredient if they claim sun protection. Wear a stylish hat or scarf if you plan to stay out in the sun for more than an hour.

The sun’s warmth can also be used to your advantage as they help the hair to soak up the conditioners. After swimming, you can apply a deep conditioner for protecting your hair. Smooth in moisturizer or a conditioner before piling your hair into a twist or a bun, and then you are ready to face the sun shine!

Cool Your Hair Products

Refrigerate your stylers and conditioners to have a refreshing wash and wear. It will help your cuticle to close and thus you can pamper your scalp by give it a cool shot on a hot day. Use products that have pH that’s more on the acidic side so that the cuticles stay closed.

Co-Wash Frequently

During the summer months, you need to wash your hair more frequently to remove refresh the scalp by removing the sweat. But being sweaty doesn’t always mean being dirty. A simple condition wash, or also a thorough water rinse can be enough to remove impurities and sweat from your hair before you style. But make it a point to always keep your hair clean.

Refresh Using Emollients

After a workout are you facing a time crunch to rinse your hair? A fragrant emollient product gives the hair a fresh look and prevents the hair from drying up between washes. Luster’s Scurl Hair Texturizer Styling Gel when smoothed over hair adds lustre and a protective barrier. For tighter curls, Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker Agave Leaf Extract applied to dry hair can rehydrate without leaving your hair hard or crunchy. It is perfect when style with it after a hair wash.

So these are the hair tips to give you the added beauty this summer season. Let me know which tip you tried out and proved beneficial. Also would love to hear in the comments your tips and suggestions.

Essential Beauty Products for Black Girls

1. Sunscreen:

There is a famous saying, “Black don’t crack?” Well, it is not fully true. The melanin production of black skin is high, that protects against damaging UV rays from the sun and helps us to keep looking younger for a longer time. In that case the need to worry about wrinkles is less. But melanoma is a serious danger for black skin. So experts say sunscreen is a daily must for all skin types. Here we have Palmers Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Lotion With Sunscreen SPF15 with Vitamin E that nurtures and moisturizes your skin daily. SPF 15 helps to prevent the damage caused by sun exposure and decelerates the process of aging

2. Glycolic Acid

Everybody hates dark spots on their other spotless skin. The reason behind this is hyperpigmentation. While it common to anyone, black women are more prone to it, and it can be triggered by hormones, sun exposure or even acne. The safest way to prevent hyperpigmentation is to use glycolic acid which is a type of alpha hydroxy acid. Glycolic acids have chemicals that work to expose the healthy layer of the skin below the uppermost layer of the epidermis thus making your skin to glow. This SUPERMUD Activated Charcoal Treatment Mask contains glycolic acid and not only minimizes and de-clogs the pores, but also helps to clear scarring, hyperpigmentation, and breakouts. Apply it daily to your skin as a mask or spot treatment.

3. Body and Face Exfoliators

Black is beautiful, but a build of dead cells on your skin can dim your glow, and make your skin look gray and ashy. Thus we need to slow the process of any flaky, dead skin buildup on a routine basis by exfoliating at least once a week using a gentle exfoliator. For face, use the Queen Helene Mint Julep Scrub For Oily & Acne Prone Skin, which cleans the skin deeply and impurities are drawn out while the skin moisture balance is maintained by the hydrating Glycerin. For body, use Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Body Scrub that has natural exfoliating ingredients to refine, moisturize and polish your skin.

4. Moisturizer

The dryness of your skin is shown by the ashiness, but it is a problem if it robs off the radiance from your skin. When you come out of the shower, right after that, apply a moisturizer when your skin is still damp. We know that a wet sponge absorbs moisture faster than a dry one, your skin absorbs more moisture when it’s hydrated because you have your skin pores still open. Use Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Body Lotion which has a non-sticky formula that provides a burst of hydration thus smoothening, brightening and softening your skin. This treatment is perfect for dry and sensitive skin.

5. Oil-Free Foundation

You want your face makeup to stay flawless the whole day and not turn it into an oily mess before the day gets over. But that is the case always. Black people mostly have more oily glands and that too are larger in size that produce unwanted amount of oil. If this seems familiar to you, then use Vital Oil Free Cream to Powder Foundation controls oil and it has light diffusers that help to minimize imperfections.

6. Hydrating Hair Oils and Moisturizing Masks

Do you feel your hair has become dry and rough? Well African-American hair has a natural dryness factor, but it’s something you can take care off. Lack of moisture in your hair would lead to serious hair breakage. This can be treated by moisturizing your hair daily with hair oil from mid-lengths till ends and give it an extra boost of serious hydration with a hair mask and do it at least once a week. Apply the Creme of Nature Argan Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion daily before styling as it restores moisture, protects against heat styling, deeply nourishes, and strengthens damaged hair and then use a heavier mask, like Hollywood Beauty Argan Oil Treatment Hydrating Hair Mask weekly. This hair mask deeply delves into the hair cuticle and provides intense conditioning and repair. Remember use a silk pillowcase while sleeping or wrap a silk scarf protecting your hair as helps to hold the moisture to the hair; other fabrics like cotton can steal the much needed hydration from your hair.

7. Heat Protectant Sprays

No matter you have a natural or relaxed hair, putting direct heat on the hair can cause severe breakage or excessive split ends. If regular use of hair tools has damaged your hair, try to reduce the amount of heat you use to style your hair or try avoiding it altogether. In case it is a necessity, use these settings in the lowest heat setting possible and also use thermal sprays, like Cantu Shea Butter Thermal Hair Shield Heat Protectant prevents damage caused by flat irons and other heated hair styling tools. Made with pure Shea Butter, it adds moisture to the hair strands making the hair smoother and frizz-free.

8. Co-Wash and Scalp Soothers

Do you have an itchy scalp and the constant urge to keep on scratching? Celebrity Hairstylist Lacy Redway says “Dryness, itchiness, and dandruff are three of the biggest scalp problems black women experience,”. But if you scratch your scalp with the finger nails or pat it with your forearm you are not treating it, but, making matters worse. Applying hair grease to the scalp is not a solution either, since it might clog the hair follicles thus making the dandruff even worse and stopping hair growth. Instead provide moisture to your hair to nourish your dry and flaky skin. Try using Cantu Shea Butter Complete Hair Conditioning Co-Wash; it has a unique blend of natural butter and oils that fight the dandruff and hydrates the hair. Then, to prevent any itchiness during the day time, scalp needs to be sprayed with Head & Shoulders Moisture Scalp Soother, which helps to instantly calm an itchy scalp also hydrates it.