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Last updated: August 07, 2019

4 Dos & Don’ts For Coloring Curly Hair

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Learn How To Color Curly Hair Like A Pro

Let’s talk about curly hair, specifically coloring curly hair. Whether she wants subtle pops of brightness or a fun fashion color, there are some things you need to be wary of, like what over-processing will do to her curl pattern and why the porosity of her hair matters when formulating. So we talked to curl specialist and BTC Team Member Evan Joseph (@evanjosephcurls) to find out his dos and don’ts for coloring curly hair. Read on to see what he said!


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Don’t: Over-Process The Hair

If you lift her strands higher than the base color is capable of, you’re going to relax the hair and disrupt the curl pattern.


Do: Skip The Foils

Opt for open air process and only lift her hair to a place where her curls will still be healthy. “Curly hair has a tendency to be really fine, and when you put curly hair inside a foil packet it just lifts too quickly,” shares Evan. If it feels like you need some warmth to help her hair lift a little higher, place plastic wrap between your sections.


Note: When working with virgin hair, Evan recommends lightening with Schwarzkopf Professional IGORA ROYAL® Fashion Lights® because it’ll maintain the curl pattern better.


Evan Joseph @evanjosephcurls Coloring Curly Hair Mistakes Solutions Do's Don'ts What Not To Do Curls Waves Wavy Hair Natural Texture Article


Don’t: Just Formulate To The Desired Shade

Unless she has perfectly healthy hair—or better yet, virgin hair—formulating to match the shade she wants doesn’t guarantee it’ll work out. Depending on the condition of her curls, you could end up with a shade that is a few shades darker.


Do: Consider The Porosity Of The Hair

Think of it this way: If you put a Level 6 on extremely porous hair, it could look like a Level 4 which means it would look much darker than planned. “When you’re going darker, it’s better to go lighter with your shades,” advises Evan. “Sometimes a shade to a shade and a half lighter will be exactly where your client wants it rather than going right for the desired shade.


Don’t: Go Fashion Color Crazy

That doesn’t mean your curly-haired clients can’t rock vibrant colors, but because her hair has so much movement already you should stick to colors that are softer.


Do: Think About Her Hair As A Whole

Just like with cutting, when you’re coloring curly hair you want to create a beautiful, cohesive look that isn’t too harsh on the eyes. So rather than create a multi-tonal masterpiece, stick to natural-looking techniques like ombré, balayage and highlights or paint one color from roots to ends.


Click through the slideshow below to see some of the color transformations Evan shared to his Insta!

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Don’t: Color Damaged Hair

We know this sounds a little obvious but some stylists will still color damaged hair to avoid telling a client no. We get it, angry clients aren’t fun to deal with but Evan says in the end, they won’t be happy if their hair doesn’t curl. So proceeding with the appointment will only keep your client on this never-ending cycle of damaged hair.


Do: Communicate With Your Client

Clearly explain why it won’t be possible to color her hair just yet and assure her that you’ll help reverse the damage with a good product regimen and routine cuts. 



Now that you’re a pro at coloring curls, here are three common mistakes to avoid when cutting naturally curly hair!

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