Can you dye dreads? Yes, but dyeing dreads is a challenge, even for a hairstylist. The problem with dreads is their thickness. Dreadlocks, although more versatile than other natural styles can still get boring. One way to keep them up to date is to change their colour. There's many artists who have made their dreads their signature looks by adding some colour like singers Ledisi and Lady X. With these easy tips, you can be a colour chameleon too.
Now, this should be a staple in your routine by now if you have dreads because moisture is one of the most important parts of taking care of your dreads. Moisture will also determine how well your hair will take the colour you have chosen to dye it with. If you need to delay colouring your hair for a week or so, this will allow you time to focus on moisturising it so it will be totally ready to take on a new colour. Dyeing dry hair will definitely lead to a lot of damage and even more tears.
LOTS of Colour
The best dye for dreadlocks is definitely one that comes in large quantities because you need to make sure your hair gets enough. Depending on the length of your hair, you might need one bottle or more than one. The thickness of your dreads will also play a role and the sheer number of actual dreadlocks will also affect the outcome.
Just because you may have coloured your hair before, you are not yet an expert. We all know that these things don't have a guarantee. Whether you're bleaching your dreadlock tips or going all in, make sure to follow the directions in the colouring process if you are doing it yourself. Wear a cap while the hair colour is setting so you avoid stains or dripping. You should also make sure to time the treatment. You don’t want to take it out too early or too late because that will lead to poor outcomes and potentially damaged hair. To eliminate the chances that you might mess up and have to redo the colouring, read the process and do your best to follow it well.
While moisturising your hair prior to the treatment is important, moisturising after the treatment is equally important. Post-colouring, you will need to thoroughly wash and moisturise your hair a lot to do a few things. First, it clears out any extra colour and chemicals that may be stuck within the dreads. You don’t want those chemicals staying in your hair or on your scalp longer than necessary. Secondly, this will help keep the hair clean and shiny to show off the new colour!