The 3 Types of Hair Coloring and What to Consider [The Dos and Donts to Coloring Your Hair]

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Are you thinking about a new look? How about some color? If you've answered yes to any of these questions, then you came to the right place! Before starting the process of adding color to your hair it is imperative to understand the pros and cons so that you may execute the proper plan to accomplish the look that you desire. 

Changing your hair color not only changes the appearance of your hair but it may also change the feel and texture of your hair fibers. In fact, if done incorrectly adding color to your hair can seriously damage your hair fibers leading to other problems such as excessive dryness and breakage. Implementing the proper hair care regimen is extremely important when coloring your hair. The right hair care regimen can help lessen the affects of coloring for managing both dryness and breakage. Curly hair textures must be well maintained before, during and after any color treatment to ensure that your hair has the best results. Generally there are three types of hair coloring methods: temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent. Below we will discuss the benefits and consequences of each type of coloring on curly hair textures.


 Temporary color rinses carry the least amount of risks in comparison to the other two types of coloring. Temporary rinses do not damage your hair fibers because the colors only coat the hair shaft and does not lift the hair cuticles unlike the others. Temporary color rinses are typically used to enhance your current natural hair color to enhance its appearance and are quite limited in variety. You typically cannot bleach/lighten your hair with a temporary color rinse as these products do not contain ammonia or peroxide. Temporary color rinses also temporarily thickens your hair strands. However these rinses can be drying to some individuals hair. That is why consistent moisturizing and deep conditioning is important in restoring the hair's moisture and elasticity.

Types of Temporary Color Rinses

The following temporary color rinses do not damage our natural curly hair as much as other synthetic coloring agents do and can be applied as often as desired. However the downfall of using those color rinses is that the coloring process may be time consuming, messy, and skin staining. The coloring process with the following temporary rinses may take several hours, for some it may take be an overnight process to achieve the coloring that you desire.


This plant based powder has been used a coloring agent for ages. When henna is applied to the hair its pigments migrate slowly into the hair fiber and bind with the hair's natural proteins. Natural henna stains the hair fiber red. The more you use henna the more vibrant your hair will look and the longer the color will last in your hair. Pure and unadulterated henna works well with both natural and relaxed hair. If your hair is relaxed avoid hennas that claim to produce colors other than red because they may have been mixed with other artificial dyes and metallic salts that can severly damage chemically treated hair.

Henna (Mehendi) Powder - Natural, Herbal, Triple Refined & Neutral (Colorless)



Indigo is a plant-based colorant that produces a deep dark brown and black shade of pigmentation. Indigo has also been used for ages. When combined with water a dark-blue paste is created. Beware of any powdered indigo that appears to be black or brown before it is mixed with water.

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Cassia Obovata (Senna)

Cassia aka senna is another natural plant powder. On black hair senna simply enhances the shine of your hair without producing any color change. For those people with lighter-colored hair or gray hair, senna will add a golden tone to your hair. To prepare senna, slowly add water into the powder and mix until a paste is formed. For the best results add Caribbean Secrets Cosmetics Pure Unrefined Haitian Black Castor Oil to your senna paste.


We recommend using Caribbean Secrets Cosmetics Crème as a deep conditioner. Our Crème is packed with Omega Fatty Acids, B Vitamins, Humectants, Water, and Oils that'll help seal in moisture and deep condition your hair. To deep condition your hair with Caribbean Secrets Cosmetics Crème we recommend wetting your hair with luke-warm water, apply desired amount of Crème, apply shower cap, sit under dryer for 20-30 mins under medium heat, remove bonnet. We recommend doing a deep conditioning before and after you color your hair.



The composition of semi-permanent coloring only allows it to partially penetrate your hair shaft, however it does not last as long as permanent coloring because the color does not deeply penetrate the hair shaft like permanent coloring. This is why semi-permanent colors are not effective at lightening your hair color.

Semi-permanent coloring can last for up to three to six months.

Although semi-permanent coloring is not as strong as permanent coloring research shows that semi-permanent coloring attacks the hair's natural protein structure in order to deposit color deep into your hair fibers. 

After coloring your hair with semi permanent coloring we strongly suggest using a color safe shampoo that does not contain any harsh chemicals. Caribbean Secrets Cosmetics Shampoo is a sulfate-free, color-safe because it does not contain any harsh chemicals that can cause your hair color to fade. We also recommend using Caribbean Secrets Cosmetics Crème to help maintain the protein and moisture balance in your hair.


Permanent coloring is the strongest coloring method because it breaks into the cuticle layers of the hair fiber and lifts their flattened orientation to introduce pigments. Many people prefer permanent coloring because it is needed to undergo a drastic change. Permanent coloring has a low pH, making the texture of your hair drier and coarser than usual. This process of lifting your hair cuticles may cause damage to your hair fibers making your hair difficult to maintain a proper moisture balance.

A majority of damage that occurs from adding color to the hair comes form permanent and semi coloring processes. 

When dealing with permanent coloring we recommend finding a professional to help you achieve your desired look.

After coloring your hair with permanent coloring we strongly suggest using a color safe shampoo that does not contain any harsh chemicals. Caribbean Secrets Cosmetics Shampoo is a sulfate-free, color-safe because it does not contain any harsh chemicals that can cause your hair color to fade. We also recommend using Caribbean Secrets Cosmetics Crème to help maintain the protein and moisture balance in your hair.



We hope that you found this blog helpful. Generally if you looking to color your hair we highly recommend using a temporary color rinse. However, if you decide that you want to use permanent or semi-permanent coloring we recommend finding a professional hair dresser to do it, because if you do not apply it correctly you will be compromising the health of your hair. 


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