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.
My 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