We know how it is...you want a new look, and sometimes that means you want it straighter or curlier, but you also want to color your hair. What you don’t want is hair breakage. Lucky for you, we have all the info on how to color your hair after you get it relaxed or permed.
What Is a Chemical Treatment?
Chemical treatments are used to alter the properties of your hair to create a completely new look for your hair. Normal at-home heat styling like blow drying or using a curling iron offers a temporary change in your hair that lasts between shampoos. Chemical treatments take the same idea and make it last much longer, for periods of weeks or months.
Perms (short for permanent) are used to curl or straighten your hair. The perm technique involves breaking the protein bonds within your hair and forcing them into a new shape that will last for up to six months. A relaxer also uses a formula to break the protein bonds within your hair to make it straighter, and often also changes the texture. Depending on hair length, the effect of these chemical treatments will last anywhere from six to twelve weeks.
When Is It Safe to Color After a Perm or a Relaxer?
Your hair goes through a lot with a perm or a relaxer—the internal protein structure of your hair is broken down to make it more reactive. Coloring your hair right after this type of treatment can easily over process, over lighten, or make your hair more susceptible to damage. We recommend waiting two weeks between your chemical treatment and coloring your hair. If you have concerns or questions about how fragile your hair may be, please contact the Color Crew.