In Part 1 we were introduced to Camille Reed who was interviewed by Bella creator of Afrobella.com. Camille, a professional cosmetologist had expressed concerns about what she deemed as misinformation that bloggers and vloggers have been spreading throughout the natural hair community.
Well in addition to the concerns discussed in part 1 there were a few more issues including the use of permanent hair color at home.
I have been a licensed Cosmetologist for several years. The more that I learn about color, the more I realize how dangerous these chemicals can be in the wrong hands. Here, chemicals are being re-arranged and keratin (the chemical protein that makes up the hair) is being affected. There are some kinds of color that can be done safely at home, such as semi permanent or water-based rinses. I see the worst compound damage occur when sisters are trying to blonde or bleach blonde themselves at home. Going blonder removes protein from the hair. Most natural sandy colored and blondes have very sparse, fragile hair. Structurally it is not very strong. So imagine this, if your natural color is a very dark brown…lifting 4-6 (or more) levels is going to severely weaken your hair!
Save yourself the heartache of watching your hair break and deteriorate. Call a pro! Make sure said pro is a licensed professional with color experience (and images to prove it!).
p.s. Coloring your hair also means you must change your shampoos to being sulfate free. Even if it’s “all natural.”
The only eyebrow raising statement here is Camille saying that blondes have sparse hair. While most of us (brunettes) have one hundred thousand hairs on our heads, it is a well known fact that blondes on average have one hundred and forty thousand hairs. Hmm . . . fragile it may be but sparse it’s not.
Apart from that, I will admit there is not much to debunk here, bleaching your hair is no joke and should be done with the utmost care. Much like Camille Reed I would recommend going to a professional just to ensure you are taking all the proper precautions. I am not sure about ‘chemicals being rearranged’ but to get to the heart of the science, every hair strand is made up of four types of bonds only one of which is affected by color treatments.
The four bonds include the Hydorgen Bonds which is usually altered by heat, the Peptide Bond that is not affected by heat but can be altered using chemicals such as a relaxer, the Disulfide Bond which is pretty much the back bone of the strand providing that dense protein structure. The final bond which is most relevant with regards to color is called the Salt Bond which are altered based on the PH levels of the chemicals used in the color treatments.
During the treatment the cuticles of the strands are lifted causing the color to be deposited to the strand. Bleaching the hair can adversely affect the strongest of all the bonds, the Disulfide Bond breaking down the protein hence causing breakage.
Originally posted 2013-03-06 15:00:09.