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Clairol Textures & Tones: Hair Color for the Women of Color

Relaxing or perming your hair doesn’t have to be restricted to semi-permanent hair colors, contrary to popular beliefs.   Hair coloring at home has changed a great deal over the years, and as I’m discovering, more products are catering to black women’s hair, which is a huge plus in today’s hair industry.

Many beauty supply owners and hair dressers I’ve talked to over the past few years have all downplayed the idea of coloring your hair permanently at home, especially if you currently wear a relaxer or perm.  And I’m a veteran of relaxed and colored hair.  Many advise against it, at the same time are either not aware of it or choose not to do it.  There are ammonia-free hair colors that are designed for and cater to women of color even if they have a relaxer or perm.

Case in point, Clairol is one such manufacturer that has developed a product designed for just this purpose, and (as far as I am concerned) is the best in business of hair coloring products; simply because they go above and beyond the call of duty catering their products to suit all women of ethnic groups, specifically women of color.

Their “Textures & Tones” works with your hair if you have a relaxer or perm.  You process for 20 minutes with a relaxer or perm and the results are fabulous.  For best results, I recommend using Pantene’s Relaxed & Natural Pro-V, Dry to Moisturized for Women of Color at CVS, $4.99.  You can get the shampoo and conditioner both for $6.97 ($3.49 each) using your CVS card (hurry while the sale is going on).   The hair color is $6.99.

My color of choice was the 6G-Honey Blonde, for a bold and daring look.  Change is good every now and then.  I have used Clairol’s products for years and have discovered that they are not harsh on my hair.

SAM_2750My hair was left feeling soft and looked beautiful.  Of course, I cater that also to the Biotin tablets I take every day, and to drinking plenty of water.  But taking care of your hair doesn’t stop there.  There is a whole process that goes into it.  You have to use products that prevent breakage, maintains moisture, keeps your hair from being dry, and tying it up every night.  Just like you have to protect your ends, you have to protect your scalp as well. Picture from 2011.

The general consensus is you absolutely must get a trim when you get relaxer every 6 – 8 weeks.  But the truth is, and I’m here to tell you like it is,  you can skip one relaxer visit; and this comes from researching the information since writing this post.  But this means you will have to work extra hard to keep your hair healthy.

Use products that won’t weight your hair.  Choose combinations that work best for you.  My favorite combinations Bio Silk for flat ironing (it’s a little pricey, but if you want quality you have to pay for it), coconut oil and vitamin E lightly on my scalp and on the ends, Organix Keratin Instant Repair 2 – 3 times a week…lightly sprayed on — and I’m good to go.  Stay away from products loaded with alcohol ingredients.  I know because I used a product that had so much alcohol in it that it impacted my hair to the point I had to get a relaxer quickly because my hair was no longer holding a press or flat ironed style.  Read the ingredients very carefully when choosing new products for your hair.

What’s in Textures & Tones?  The best description I have found to best identify what’s in it comes from CVS-Pharmacy’s web site.

For Textures & Tones Honey Blonde 6G: Water, Ethoxydiglycol, Ethanolamine, Oleth-10, Laureth-23, Oleic Acid, Behentrimonium Chloride, Decyl Glucoside, Fragrance, Dihydroxypropyl PEG-5 Linoleammonium Chloride, Cocamide MEA, Amodimethicone, Panthenol, Wheat Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Glycerin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Trideceth-12, Erythorbic Acid, EDTA, Sodium Sulfite, 2-Methylresorcinol, P-Aminophenol, 4-Amino-2-Hydroxytoluene. Textures & Tones Color Developer: Water, Hydrogen Peroxide, Acrylates Copolymer, Steareth-21, Oleth-2, Oleth-5, PEG-50 Tallow Amide, Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer, Simethicone, Oleyl Alcohol, Etidronic Acid, Disodium EDTA. Textures & Tones Conditioner: Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glutamic Acid, Dimethicone, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, EDTA, Panthenol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone. Textures & Tones Booster: Potassium Persulfate, Sodium Silicate, Ammonium Persulfate, Silica, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Disodium EDTA.

As with all hair coloring  products the warning still applies indicating that they “may cause allergic reactions, which in rare instances can be serious. Do not color if you have had a previous reaction or if scalp is irritated or injured. To help minimize your risk perform the skin allergy test 48 hours before coloring. Follow enclosed instructions. This product contains ingredients which may cause skin irritation on certain individuals and a preliminary test according to accompanying directions should first be made.”

There are plenty shades to choose from.  Whether you are covering your gray hair, going for a new look, or want to try something different — if you have a relaxer or perm, this is definitely the product to try — it’s made specifically for it.  Be sure to read ALL of the instructions before coloring your hair.  It comes with a color booster which should be added in when you add the activator, and intense conditioner by Pantene’s Relaxed & Natural.

For beautiful color, I recommend Clairol Textures & Tones.

Keep your questions coming.  I’m here to answer them.

Updated March 6, 2015

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32 Comments leave one →
  1. Tish permalink
    June 22, 2012 9:17 pm

    I dyed my hair using 6G Honey Blonde and my hair was relaxed as well. I LOVED THE OUTCOME OF MY HAIR AND STILL DO!! But….. My relaxer is wearing off and i need to know, Is it ok for me to relax my hair 1 month after Dyeing it?

    • June 25, 2012 7:32 am

      Hi, there. First, thanks for taking the time to read the post and submit a comment. That lets me know someone out there is reading my blog. And secondly, to answer your question, it depends on when the last time your relaxer was last retouched. Typically, relaxers should be done in 6-8 weeks after the date of the last retouch. If you go to a salon to have it done, I would consult your stylist to be sure. To successfully maintain your color, a relaxer, and the overall health of your hair, you have to ensure that your ends are trimmed, too, to avoid any split ends and breakage.

      Under normal circumstances I would say yes, but consult with your stylist to be sure. I know that some stylist don’t like doing relaxer retouches too soon, but if your hair grows at an accelerated rate, you may be ok, but check first to be sure.

      Hope this helps.

  2. September 14, 2012 8:03 am

    I too am a fan of Clairol’s hair color products. And while I no longer have permed hair (reverted to natural almost two months ago) I find they work just as well. Thanks for posting.

    • September 17, 2012 7:28 am

      Hey, Cynthia…thanks for your comment. Glad to hear you went back to natural. How has it been for you so far? I am still permed, but have decided not to color my hair anymore. I haven’t quite decided to stop relaxing my hair, after all, I’ve been doing it for so long and without coloring, it has been good to me. On the other hand, Clairol’s hair coloring products are one the best on the market, and is one I always tend to turn to whenever I wanted to color my hair.

  3. Marquez permalink
    November 18, 2012 9:54 am

    I dyed my hair with this product 2 weeks ago and I was wondering if I could dye it again to get the color I desire.

    • November 19, 2012 8:12 am

      Hi, and thanks for your comment. Generally, you should wait 2-3 weeks before re-dying your hair. I recommend making sure you treat it very well with a protein treatment to avoid any damage, or if possible have it professionally done. But if you are using a permanent color, I’d recommend waiting 4-6 weeks. You don’t want to run the risk of stripping your hair of its pigments. The Textures & Tones don’t recommend it, but consult your hair stylist to be sure. Hope this helps.

  4. Angela permalink
    August 14, 2014 7:48 am

    Can you relax your hair after using the product..I used it 2 myths. Ago and I’m scared to relax my hair

    • August 15, 2014 6:54 pm

      Hi, there, thanks for reading my post. To answer your question, you can relax your hair after using this product. I suggest waiting two full weeks (or three full weeks to be on the safe side) and one shampoo and conditioning. Use a protectant before applying the relaxer Elasta QP has one. Apply it before the relaxer. Use a no lye relaxer cream (mild strength or stronger depending on your hair type), I recommend Elasta QP for the relaxer cream. I have used it for years. Use shampoos and conditioners that will provide protein and moisturizers, light oils to provide moisture for your scalp and your ends. And most importantly, trim your ends. Wait 6-8 weeks for your next relaxer touch up.

      If you are still unsure about relaxing your hair after using Clairol Textures & Tones Hair Coloring, consult a professional hair stylist for the best results. If you are in the LA area I can put you in touch with my stylist. She is affordable and is fabulous in her craft.

      • tonie walls permalink
        June 27, 2015 7:40 am

        hello i just wanted to know can i relax nd dyr my hair the same day?

      • July 1, 2015 1:43 pm

        Hi, Tonie
        If you are using a semi permanent color, then it is possible to dye your hair the same day you relax it. I have continued to do research on this subject because more and more I am finding are wanting to perform that same salon magic of dying their hair the same day they get it relaxed. OK, so Textures and Tones is designed to allow you to relax and dye your hair the same day, however, and I really must emphasize this, if you have not done this before, I recommend consulting with a professional stylist who has experience in that area. The general consensus is waiting one week and one shampoo and conditioner before relaxing your hair after you dye it or the other way around, but I prefer waiting 2 – 3 weeks and at least 2 – 3 shampoos and conditioners. Always use a protein complex. And make sure you use moisturizers and heat protectant serums. With semi-permanent colors you are not at that great of a risk of damage.

        I wanted to add more to my reply because I was at work the first time. Hope this helps. Let me know how it comes out.

    • August 24, 2014 12:09 am

      If I have not answered your question, my apologies for the delay. You can relax your hair after using this product. However, it is highly recommended that you wait at least two full weeks and one shampoo and conditioner. If you wanted to wait three to four weeks, that would be OK, too. What does this mean? It means you wait the ideal number of weeks and after you have washed and conditioned your hair at least once.

      If this is your first time relaxing your hair at home, I can understand why you would be scared. There are harsh chemicals involved and it can go wrong in so many ways. Therefore, you will want to arm yourself with some really good products that will serve to keep your hair strong and healthy, as well as a really good flat iron.

      I have been wearing relaxers since I was a teenager and I have had my share of damaged hair, so I will be coming to you speaking from true life experiences. It takes work and time to keep up a relaxer, and developing a good hair care regime is something you will want to think about. Practicing good hair care with dyed hair and a relaxer, your hair will love you back.

      First of all, you have to ask yourself is your skin too sensitive for relaxing? OK, you’ve dyed your hair…no skin irritation there, but what about with a relaxer? This being your first relaxer (if this is your first relaxer), you will have to do a strand test. Which takes me to my next point. There are different relaxer products on the market. Some are better than others, and there are those that shouldn’t even be on the market based on the horror stories I’ve heard, and what I experienced.

      My relaxer product of choice is Elasta QP Creme Relaxer – Regular/Normal (with no lye). Comes in a simple black and white jar with a green design — just for color and update of the jar — I have been using this product for over 20 years and refuse to use anything else. Elasta QP has a before and after product renamed to the Elasta QP Before and After Protein Complex. This is good for pre and post relaxer. I use it on my hair religiously when I am relaxing my hair at home. I spray it on, blow dry it into my hair, wait about five to ten minutes, then I apply a protective oil around the edges of my scalp and ears (vaseline works just fine), then apply my Elasta QP Creme Relaxer, done within the time allowed for my hair (work as quickly as possible to avoid burns to your scalp and damage to your hair). You should use a neutralizing shampoo and moisturizing conditioner and use the Elasta QP Before and After Protein Complex before you conditioner your hair…leave it in for about five or ten minutes, rinse, then apply conditioner and leave it in 10 – 15 minutes.

      Because I tend to wash my hair in the shower, I leave the conditioner in for about 15 minutes, and rinse it out after I am done with my shower. If you have a leave in conditioner, that is good, too. Nothing wrong with a double conditioner as long as you’re not over doing it. But you want to protect your hair at all times, of course.

      Be sure that after you press or flat iron your hair out (I recommend flat ironing) using a good heat serum, and a light oil to keep your scalp from being dry. Pure coconut oil is a good and light oil that I tend to prefer when it comes to my ends, and Palmer’s Gro Therapy Olive Oil Formula is another good one, especially for your scalp and on the ends if you like. ALWAYS…ALWAYS get a good trim and not a botched trim after a relaxer. That can affect how your hair looks. (I don’t know, but I think my hair has a mind of its own and knows when something’s not right because I can’t get it to do anything). This will keep your ends from splitting and your hair from breaking off. And use a light oil on the ends (the coconut oil or the Palmer’s Gro Therapy). If you don’t get a trim after each relaxer, be prepared to experience split ends and hair breakage.

      Again, practice good daily hair care to keep your hair from suffering. Don’t stress your hair by using daily heat if you can help it…tie your hair up at night in away so all you have to do is get up the next day and comb and go.

      Wash your hair every one to two weeks. Retouch your relaxer every 6 to 8 weeks depending on how fast your hair grows. I wait 8 to 10 weeks at the most. Some women I know retouch their relaxer short of six weeks because their hair grows just that fast, so it depends on how fast your hair grows.

      If you are still not comfortable with relaxing your own hair at home, I strongly recommend finding yourself a really good hair stylist who is a well known professional in relaxing hair. Someone who has good experience with excellent results and gives excellent trims. You don’t want to go to someone who has no true experience in relaxing hair. So search very carefully. And check prices. Sometimes a high priced stylist doesn’t always mean an experienced stylist. Been there, done that, too. If you are located in Los Angeles, I can hook you with my stylist who has been doing my hair for some years now. I have followed her to three salon locations, that’s how good she is.

      I hope this information is helpful to you. You can email me at atstudio5info@gmail.com if you have more questions or if you just want to tell me how it went with relaxing your hair.

  5. ms monroe permalink
    March 2, 2015 8:52 am

    Hi….it would b my first time I dyed my hair and
    Im trying to get it honey blonde but I want to perm my hair first with a super relaxer is that a good thing to do?…

    • March 6, 2015 9:09 pm

      Hi Ms. Monroe, and thank you for reading my post. Sorry for just now getting back to you. Honey Blonde is one of my favorites….but my dear boyfriend refuses to let me get that color again 😉

      To answer your question, the strength of the relaxer depends on your type of hair. Super strength is for those with super, seriously course, really thick hair. Unless your hair is not hard to comb, I would use regular or mild because super just seems too strong, but like I said it depends on your type of hair.

      If you are going to relax your hair yourself as well as dye your own hair, it is strongly recommended you wait one week and one shampoo and conditioner before dying it after you relaxed your hair. To be on the safe side, I always recommend waiting about two to three weeks, and two – three shampoos and conditioners.

      ****Although you can relax and dye your hair at the same time (if you are using a semi-permanent hair color), you should have it professionally done in a salon if you want to do them both in one day. Letting a professional do this is best because you will get the best treatment and results. Plan to spend up to a day there if you choose this route.****

      When you relax your hair I recommend using a protein on your hair prior to relaxing it. QP Elasta has one that I love that is good called Protein Revitalizing Complex (formerly Before and After). It’s hard to find because it’s a popular product.

      You spray it on, blow dry it in or let it air dry prior to relaxing your hair. Wait 10-15 minutes. Be careful not to disturb the scalp. Then you apply the relaxer creme, following the instructions. Then you use it before conditioning, letting it sit in for about 10 – 15 minutes. I mix it with my conditioner, and let it sit in my hair for 15-20 minutes.

      Be sure to wash out all of the relaxer creme because otherwise you’ll have to deal with pulling your hair off your scalp the next morning. And believe me, it’s not pretty! Can be a pain in the neck!

      Follow all the steps to relaxing your hair including the timing. Same with dying your hair. Dying your hair, the timing is shorter than if you weren’t relaxing your hair.

      When you are ready to dye your hair (and for best results) make sure it’s clean. Dye your hair one day after washing it.

      Use protectant products such as vitamin E, leave-in conditioners, and heat protectant products. Some of my favorite products are Bio Silk (for flat ironing), then I either use Olive Oil Hair Gro, with coconut oil, or Vitamin E on my ends and scalp, Finisheen hair spray (which my hair loves and I have been using for over 25 years), and 1-2 times a week I use Organix Keratin Oil Instant Repair.

      Lastly, be careful of over processing your hair and be sure to get your ends trimmed regularly.

      I hope this helps. Feel free to ask any other questions your may have.

      I’d love to hear how your hair turns out.

  6. Marry permalink
    April 6, 2015 1:16 am

    Hi Rene, thank you for such helpful information. I have not relaxed my hair for about three months and a few weeks. Would it be safe for me to dye my hair then wait another six weeks to relax my hair or relax my hair then wait for six weeks and dye it? Thank you

    • April 6, 2015 8:57 am

      Hi Marry, you are so welcome, and I am glad the information I provided was helpful. This should be a good time for you to dye your hair. Be sure to take extra steps in protecting your hair using alcohol free products that offer moisture, protein, and hydration for your hair. Stay within the timelines of dying your hair. I recommend a good protein conditioner and a leave in conditioner as well — depending on your preference of use. If you have not had your ends trimmed, check to see if they need to be touched up. Don’t over condition your hair, and use products that will allow for daily use or use as needed to avoid dry scalp and dullness. Otherwise you should be fine.

  7. Teresa permalink
    June 13, 2015 7:09 am

    Need help. I am trying to find a hair dye honey brownish color that I can use the same day I relax my hair with “just for me” no lye conditioning cream relaxer. My hair is naturly curly and thick with some grays. I relax it to soften my curls and I like to go light in the summer. I’ve use soft & lovely in the winter but their semi colors are dark. What do you suggest?

    • June 23, 2015 7:46 pm

      Thank you for your comment. Take a look at Dark & Lovely Semi-Permanent hair colors. They have a really nice honey color I used to use when I was younger. Clairol also has one, and I think Revlon have one also. Keep in mind that using Just For Me relaxer the color be a semi-permanent color.

      If you are going to do this the same day (if you have not already done so) you want to arm yourself with a good leave in conditioner to protect your hair and your curls. I do not recommend same day processing with a permanent hair color as Just For Me also states their product is not for use on permanent hair color.

      The general consensus is that you should wait one week and one shampoo and conditioning before coloring your hair after you relax it. The rules are slightly bent with semi-permanent colors — and it depends on the brand as well.

      Make sure your hair is somewhat clean when you begin the process for best results.

      I hope this bit of information is helpful. Please let me know how it turns out.

  8. Brenda Deans permalink
    October 1, 2015 3:27 pm

    I have dread always been using miss clariol 7RN medium neutral red blonde. Just happen to come cross texture and tone are they basically the same.

    • October 29, 2015 11:26 pm

      Hello Brenda,
      Thank you for your comment. You are actually right, but you have to admit, it’s a good product of choice.

  9. Shannon permalink
    December 15, 2015 5:37 pm

    Thank you so much for taking the time out explain in details about this product. I used it before but couldn’t remember which one to get just knew I needed the honey blonde with a booster. You answered ALL of my questions and thoughts.

    • December 31, 2015 6:32 pm

      Hi Shannon, and Happy Holidays to you. So glad to hear I was able to answer your questions. How did your color come out? I am sure it is beautiful. I hope you have a great New Year.

    • December 31, 2015 6:33 pm

      Also, feel free to check out my blog at http://savvyhair.wordpress.com.

  10. LaVerne permalink
    February 8, 2016 9:50 pm

    hi Rene’ thanks for being there and helping us out through the maze. LaVerne

    • March 11, 2016 11:47 pm

      Hi there, glad my posts are providing some insight into coloring and perming hair for women of color.

  11. March 30, 2016 6:43 pm

    I dyed my hair lightest blonde, but it didnt get as light as I would like because my natural hair color is very dark. How long do I have to wait until I redye my hair? I’ve researched and have gotten two different answers…is it a week or is it 3 weeks?

    • April 11, 2016 10:06 pm

      Hi, there and thanks for reading my blog post. I, too, have been researching how long you should wait to re-color your hair. Some will say a week, while others will say two weeks. If you are using a permanent color, I recommend three weeks. You should have gone past at least two washes and two conditionings.

      As I have been researching color treatments, you should consider getting a protein treatment prior to re-coloring your hair and afterwards, and be sure to get regular trims. You want to protect your ends at all time and help to avoid breakage.

      I am going to be rewriting my post to include getting protein treatments as we color our hair and for those who relax their hair regularly. This will be that extra weapon towards protecting your hair from damage.

      If you are using a semi-permanent color, the same length of time applies to how long you should wait to re-color even if you are using a semi-permanent hair color.

      REMEMBER: Use products that moisturize your hair, that will not dry your hair out. Get a protein treatment prior to and afterwards, get regular trims, and protect your ends at all times.

      I hope this helps. Feel free to shoot me a picture to see how it comes out the next time around.

  12. Crystal permalink
    September 21, 2016 4:49 am

    Im looking for a a semi permanent hair dye for colored women hair I like the reviews on this one I am just not ready for a permanent change yet do you know any good rinses

  13. Jazmine Galloway permalink
    November 6, 2016 11:22 pm

    I colored my hair a week ago and i washed my hair 2 times since then cause i forgot that i colored it.im trying to figure out why when i do that the water still turns red. Even when i had just colored it the instructions said to rince until water turns clear but i stayed in the shower for nearly 2 hours and gave up. I conditioned it and got out i was to tired to continue but i realize now i may have done something wrong for it to still turn the water and my towel red. Please help.

    • November 7, 2016 12:43 am

      Hello,
      First let me ask, are you using a semi-permanent color or permanent color, bleach or gloss? I have read that it is recommended to apply dye on hair that dry with no products on it and to use cold water to wash it out. For it to be bleeding like it is does not sound normal. It could also be an over saturation of red dye in your hair, too that is causing it to still bleed out. After you rinse out the dye you can shampoo and rinse again util the water is clear before conditioning. There are many suggestions offered to help void this from continuing to happen. Semi-permanent will rinse out over time anyway but not immediately after you apply it. If using cold water does not help, I recommend consultant a professional stylists to see what advice they can offer. I read using developers and sulfate free shampoos are good, too. Just be sure you do not over process your hair with the color in trying to achieve what you are looking for. Use a good repairing shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair from being fried. Hope this helps. In the meantime I will look into this and see what I find. Feel free to email me at atstudio5info@gmail.com.

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