Can I Color My Starter Locs?

Can I Color My Starter Locs?

Now, we know we said to keep your starter loc styling at a minimum. But we get it. It’s hard not to get excited about your new locs. It’s even harder to not want to rock them in almost every style or color out there! But before you color your starter locs, it’s normal to have a few questions. The first thing most people want to know is if it’s safe. Hence, we’re here with answers to the most common questions people have before committing to a new starter loc color.

Frequently Asked Questions About Coloring Starter Locs

Can you dye starter locs?

Yes, it’s perfectly safe to dye your starter locs. You just have to get your coloring done properly.

Does color damage locs in general?

If done with proper care alongside maintenance, coloring won’t damage your locs at all.

How soon can I dye my starter locs?

Starter locs are the first stage of your loc journey which lasts between 3 to 6 months. Your hair spends the majority of this stage adjusting to being locked. Hence, you should wait at least 3 months for your starter locs to be strong enough to handle any dye action.

Should I dye or lock my hair first?

You could do either first. However, dyeing your hair before locking it is better as the coloring process will be easier to do.

What is the best color to dye locs? 
The best color for your locs would be one that complements both your skin tone and your overall aesthetic. Nevertheless, here are a few of our own suggestions:

  • Gold
  • Burgundy
  • Bronze
  • Ginger
  • Magenta

How to Dye Starter Locs?

For guaranteed results, book a dye job with a professional loctician or a colorist who is trained to work with locs. Conversely, you can opt to dye your hair at home, working with a DIY packet dye, or a wax or henna dye. Wash your hair the night before with an equal mix of loc shampoo and white vinegar. This will open up your hair’s cuticles, allowing the dye to penetrate easily. On dye-day, make sure to follow all package instructions. The key is to ensure that your locs are in good health and properly cared for before and after you color them. Also, confirm that your dye product doesn’t contain any ingredients you’re personally allergic to. Of course, we’re still sticking with our minimal styling rule. If you love to switch up your color often, make sure to give enough space between dye jobs. 6 to 8 weeks, at least. Alternatively, you could use the methods below to add a flexible pop of color to your starter locs!

Alternatives to Coloring your Starter Locs

1. Spiral Ties
We all love a good hair accessory! If taking the plunge with dyes is a tad too much for you, you can still color up your locs with a bejeweled spiral tie in pink or an embroidered spiral tie in a yummy brown shade. Spiral ties are a gentle, chemical-free way to add some color to your starter locs. They’re also 10 times easier to switch up, so you can keep your coloring convenient and tension-free. Click here to shop our vibrant collection of spiral ties! Looking for creative ways to style your spiral ties? Watch our tutorials for spiral-tie space buns and a high-loc pineapple ponytail.

2. Yarn Wraps
You can also wrap yarn around your individual locs to achieve colorful and creative patterns. Again, it’s easier to remove and redo as you like, and the color options and combinations are limitless!

3. Turbans, Scarves, and Headwraps
These are some of the natural hair girlies’ favs. Simply style up your locs with colorful turbans, scarves, or headwraps to add a splash of color without permanently altering the appearance of your locs.

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