Another moisture buster. Permanent hair color, by design is damaging to your hair. First, the cuticle has to be lifted and the color molecules are deposited into your cortex. These molecules have to be large enough to not wash out, hence become your permanent color, and as a result, will make your hair shaft swell slightly. A slightly swollen hair shaft means your cuticles separate even more. If you’re simply enhancing your natural color and trying to totally cover up gray hair with something close to your own, you may not experience any horrible adverse affects. The bigger issue comes into play when you lighten your hair. First your natural color has to be lifted (striped…bleached) out and then the new color has to be deposited into your hair shaft.. Quite frankly this two step process literally traumatizes most nappy hair and in many instances ends up leaving it feeling straw, which eventually will have to be cut off. Even nappies who swear they don’t have any “problems” admit that they have to jump through a lot of hoops just to keep it moisturized.
Still wanna color? Best to stick with something close to your own that doesn’t involve a two-step process. Maybe a semi- or demi-permanent hair dye. These are designed to coat your hair shaft and deposit a small of color under the cuticle but not into the cortex. The color molecules are small enough to wash out over time, but how long the color lasts depends on the how often you shampoo. Also, demi permanent hair dyes last longer the semi and neither provides total coverage of gray hair. There are other options on the market as well such as hennas and other organic hair dyes that are supposed to be gentler on the hair than regular ones. But I suggest you be proactive and do your research before deciding to put anything on your hair that could cause potential damage to your hair. That way, at least you’ll be making an informed decision.