The Fountain of Youth, For Colored Girls Only

Forty was once said to be the new 30; now 50 appears to be the new 30. It seems that we are getting younger and younger. We are constantly in search of the fountain of youth. Do you remember a time when all adults seemed archaic? Why has that changed? Some of it has to do with the fact that as you age, your perception of age changes. These days, most of us are living better and taking care of ourselves better. One of the biggest changes in how we take care of ourselves involves hair color.

One report indicated that 30 years ago, only 20% of the adult population wore hair color; today almost 70% of the adult population wears color.  Let’s face it; wearing gray hair makes most people look older. The questions have been asked, “Do blondes really have more fun? Are brunettes more sage? Or, do redheads have more spice?”  I’m not sure that there is a definitive answer to those questions, and we won’t seek to explore them now. What is clear is that “colored” (hair) girls tend to look more youthful.  Hair color can be that amazing magic wand that instantly transforms Cinderella into the Belle of the Ball (this may be a bit of an exaggeration, but let me have my moment)!

Although hair color has transformative power, it should not be taken lightly. Coloring the hair is much more complex than it appears, because several factors must be taken into consideration when formulating color.  For this reason, I personally recommend that hair coloring be reserved for a professional colorist. However; for those adventurous DIY hair enthusiasts, here are a few points to remember:

  • Ensure that there are no existing abrasions on your scalp. Don’t brush or aggravate your scalp before applying permanent hair color.
  • Start with healthy hair. If your hair is already fragile, applying permanent hair color will further compromise the integrity of your hair.
  • Apply a thin layer of Vaseline or some protective cream around the hairline to protect the skin from staining.
  • If your skin is stained by the color, don’t panic! Most beauty supply stores sell hair color stain removers; these work well to cleanse the skin of any residual color.
  • Be careful to fully cover your hair strands to ensure even color penetration.
  • Semi-permanent colors, demi-permanent colors, and vegetable dyes will not lighten hair; they will only deposit color, cover grey, or change the hue of your hair. These are always the safest to use.
  • Don’t get too creative and stray away from the directions on the box. Pay close attention to the recommended timing.
  • Deep condition regularly – at least once every two weeks – to restore moisture and shine to color-treated hair. As roots grow out, a color enhancing conditioner will help your natural hair color blend with your color-treated hair.

Whether you’re changing your hue to something more bold and adventurous or just touching up the roots, hair color adds richness and vibrancy so that your hair appears healthy and shiny.  Join the revolution, add a little color and add a little life!




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