Learn How Hair Color Works To Understand The Risks

hennaNatural Hair Dyes

Natural based hair dyes like henna work in a very similar way to permanent hair color. The active ingredient in henna is Lawsone, a molecule which has a very high affinity to the keratin in our hair and skin.

When applied to hair it creates a permanent bond that cannot be stripped from the hair or skin. If you have ever had a henna tattoo you will notice that it fades little by little over time. This is less to do with the dye being washed off than your skin cells shedding and being replaced by new cells.

Like other permanent colors it may fade a little over time but you cannot completely strip henna from your hair so in that way it also causes a permanent change to your hair.

Some ladies with very tight curl patterns will experience some loosening of their curls if henna is used regularly. This happens as  more and more Lawsone bonds with the keratin in their hair. If you do not like the idea of your curl pattern being permanently change then I would advise you to stay away from henna too.

Potential Risks Of Permanent Color

Now we know how hair is colored and you now know how to care for it if you do decide to go down this route (extra protein regularly). If you are relaxed, the only thing I can say is attempting to bleach your hair will probably lead to breakage so don’t do it!


Of course there are always exceptions to the rule and I have seen a few relaxed & hair lightened women manage to get BSL length but these ladies are the exception rather than the rule so visit a color stylist who will assess your hair and determine if it’s worth the risk or not.

Personally I believe that you are better of growing your hair to your goal length first before experimenting and even then, start off with bleaching a few streaks of hair (highlights) and see how your hair handles that before committing all your hair to a color change.

For natural ladies, I also recommend a color stylist as the first point of call. Color is not to be taken lightly so I don’t recommend at home permanent box colors. Things can go all to wrong if you don’t plan changes to your regimen to accommodate the changes in your hair strength and a color stylist will be able to advise you on what is best for your hair or in fact if your hair is healthy enough to be colored.

Why It May Be Risky To Color

If you do bleach your hair you must be regular with your protein treatments. Even if you are natural your hair has gone through very similar stress to the relaxer process so it will be requiring added strength regularly to prevent breakage and dryness caused by the increase in porosity.

There is also the potential allergic reaction to permanent staining hair dyes that some ladies may not be aware of and also there does seem to be some evidence to suggest that some colors contain PPD’s which are a potential carcinogen and health risk for those exposed to them.

So to color or not to color, that is the question…

Originally posted 2012-05-26 19:00:04.

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About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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Comments

  1. Belinda Kimbrough
    Belinda Kimbrough

    Color and it has to be red, henna won’t work as I am gray and I am not ready to show it completely at this time, but I will, I’m only 47

  2. S H-a N-McClendon
    S H-a N-McClendon

    my hair was that color …not by choice.. DAMAGED to hell .. I have to break down and do another big chop .. I’m going to stay away from color for now… it chemically burned my scalp too…

  3. Kelly Hall
    Kelly Hall

    I love my color, but it took 3 months for my curl pattern to come back and my hair was dryyyyy!! Semis and rinses for me I think.

  4. Ashla C. Freeman
    Ashla C. Freeman

    Color it’s exotic!!!♥️♥️♥️♥️ #just have to take care of it (especially for dryness , didn’t destroy my curl pattern)

  5. Karen

    I need a good hair color brand for my gray roots and natural hair,,,,,,,,,

  6. Weneeke Mobley
    Weneeke Mobley

    Are males writing these articles with negative innuendo about coloring black hair? Coloring helps “lighten the hair” thinning is good for some of us who have coarse, thick dark hair. And for those of us who enjoy the longer hair. Especially in the summer–dark hair can be really hot–even if it’s short! Thinning it makes it easier to style too.

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