Seashell Colouring

Who doesn't love collecting seashells at the beach? They're a great souvenir of fun, and they remind us of relaxing holidays, and taking it easy. They evoke the sounds and smells of the ocean, and each one is unique and beautiful in its own way.

 When I started collecting seashells from my vacations, I was inspired by seashells – and they helped me think of a new approach to colouring curly hair. I noticed that with seashells, as well as curls, each of them is unique in their own way. They both have different colours that change and evolve as both the shell, and the curl, get thicker and thinner. The shape of a shell has a spiral connection; it starts off wide and goes narrow. They’re curly, they’re colourful, and they both blend from light to dark. You can't see where the blend is happening; it's a perfect harmonious blend, almost like an ombre.

When it comes to colouring curly hair, it can be quite the challenge. Avoiding a flat, monotone colour is the key to creating a natural look. Highlights and lowlights need to be brought out to make the most of curly hair, and the show off the shine that every curl has. For long curly hair, if the colour is too bright or too light, the style can look very frizzy, see-through, and transparent. Adding depth through the use of a darker colour, especially on the ends, makes curls look thicker, shinier, and richer. 

Each colour family has three dimensions. For instance, blond hair has ashy, gold, and yellow tones; auburn hair has copper, gold, and red tones. By artfully applying these colours in a seashell-inspired manner, curls will be even more beautiful, unique, and flattering to the wearer's face. 

The right colours, when applied correctly, can add brightness, dimension, and depth to curly hair. Making hair look healthy and shiny with vibrant colours can be achieved by using weaker peroxide strength than one would when working with straight hair. Curly hair is more porous than straight hair. You want to use colours that will not damage the hair, and you want to use a lower peroxide strength than the colours used for straight hair. Your hair will look and feel healthier, especially when there is added light reflection. 

In order to apply colour properly to curls, you need a stylist that knows and understands curly hair. For instance, did you know that people with curly hair usually have more hair at the root area than at the ends of the hair? With curly hair, if you weave a bunch of hairs at the root area, by the end of the hair shaft, there is almost no hair left. The density of the hair is different between the roots and the ends. When you are looking at curly hair, you almost always have to look at the ends of the hair, not the root, to see how many hairs there are. What colour do you want the ends to be? What overall effect do you want the colour to have? You need to think about both the root, and the ends, when thinking about colour application.

Maintaining these colours with the right products is also important. Curly Hair Solutions' colour-treated hair line gives your hair body and shine while maintaining its colour. I have personally developed these products and they contain effective natural ingredients. They do not contain silicone, which can build up on hair and dull the colour. These products, along with my unique styling tips for curly hair, are available at the Curly Hair Solutions® website, 

Knowledge of the needs of different curly hair types is crucial to colour application. The right expertise results in colour that makes the most of beautiful curls. Curly Hair Solutions® is all about helping people embrace the lovely natural looks that Mother Nature gave them. Formerly-frizzy people all over the world are grateful that someone finally understands them!

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