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Tips For Color-Treated Tresses

Every head of hair is different, and as such, every coif coloring application will be unique. Here hair pro Caprice King, of C.H.O.W. BELLA Salon in Washington, DC, shares these coloring tip specifics:

BE GENTLE: Depending on how light you choose to go with a new hair hue, you will need to give your hair a period of rest. For example if you decided to go blonde, color pro King stresses that you should not over manipulate your hair. “You can’t get any weaves, any braids, any cornrows, nothing with a lot of heat, no flexi rod sets—nothing that will cause a lot of tension or strain to the hair.”

GOING VIBRANT: “If you want a vibrant color you will have to ‘lift’ the hair first. There’s no way for you to really go with a semi or a demi [hair color] or a rinse and get the result that you’re expecting,” says King. Only a permanent color will give you the vivid and eye-catching results you want after you lift the hair. King goes on to say, “[The hair] will have to be double processed. You’ll have to lighten it to a blonde and then deposit whatever the color is on top of it that you want.”

NATURAL VS. RELAXED: There are a few key differences when coloring Natural versus relaxed hair. Color pro King notes, “Natural hair is strong, because it’s virgin— it hasn’t been chemically processed, it hasn’t been broken down, it hasn’t been beat up. You wouldn’t do a color right after a relaxer. Some people would recommend waiting two-four weeks [after a relaxer to apply color]. Personally, I make my clients wait two months.”

For more great mane shade tips from color pro Caprice King, check out the “Hair Color Hotline” story in our Oct./Nov. ’17 issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair…on sale now!

Hair: Daisy Anderson/C.H.O.W Bella Salon, Washington D.C.; Makeup: Isoken Enofe-Asemota; Photos: Beverli Alford/

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