Tips From a Colorist for Dyeing Curly Hair at Home

May 25, 2023
Sarah Ferguson
By: Sarah Ferguson | by L'Oréal
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If you have curly hair, you know that it plays by its own set of rules when it comes to styling and maintenance. Though curly hair can take a little extra time and energy at times, once you understand how to work with it, there’s not much you can’t do. Take dyeing your own hair, for example. Coloring curly hair at home (or any hair type, for that matter!) can be intimidating, but when equipped with the right tips and tricks, you can totally achieve a flawless dye job. Here, L'Oréal Paris celebrity hairstylist Jonathan Colombini explains what you should know before using box dye on your curls.  

Tips for Dyeing Curly Hair at Home

“Curly hair tends to always be on the drier side, which is often one of the biggest challenges when color processing it,” says Colombini. “I recommend [choosing a dye] that’s going to be gentle on your hair to avoid dehydration and damage.” Once you’ve chosen your dye, be sure to follow the instructions on the box to ensure the best results. It’s also a good idea to have all of the supplies you’ll need in front of you before you apply your dye to eliminate the risk of leaving the color on for too long.  

He also suggests following the dye job with a moisturizing mask. We love the Redken All Soft Mega Curls Hydramelt Leave-In Treatment and the Carol’s Daughter Goddess Strength Cocoon Hydrating Hair Mask. Then, to maintain your color and the integrity of your curls, Colombini recommends using a color-safe shampoo and conditioner like the L'Oréal Paris EverCurl Hydracharge Sulfate-Free Shampoo.

Redken All Soft Mega Curls Hydramelt Leave-In Treatment

How to Choose a Hair Dye for Curly Hair

“It's important to look for a hair dye that has a nourishing formula, such as the L'Oréal Paris Excellence Creme Permanent Hair Color,” says Colombini. The dye contains a pro-keratine complex that he says protects hair as it colors. Another option is the Dark and Lovely Reviving Colors line, which has moisturizing shea butter, vitamin E and avocado oil and is free of ammonia and peroxide.

Because bleach can be damaging on any hair type, Colombini recommends leaving the process to the pros.

L'Oréal Paris Excellence Creme Permanent Hair Color
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