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Is the Rastafri Ombre Jumbo Braid Colorfast?

Color transitioning braiding hair is all the rage right now.  It's simply gorgeous and can create new color styles that in the past have only been possible with a skilled blending artist.

That's when "the terrible awful happened."  After watching these fly off our shelves by the case load and customers having amazing reviews, one unhappy customer returned with one very serious complaint.  It stains.

What?  How can this be?  With all other braiding hair, the color is set into the actual fiber, so it would be impossible to stain unless the fiber itself was actually melting.   I had a hunch that these new color lines were not extruded plastics at all - but rather, stained.

This is the customer's pillowcase.  That's pretty damning, but it could be the hair, or it could be something else.  Hard to say on first inspection.  She swore nothing had changed in her routine.  Let me just say this - her braids were f*&@ing amazing - so this was NOT her first rodeo.
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When we have done synthetic coloring videos in the past (staining dreads and wigs) we use an alcohol ink.  So my first thought was to try to budge the color with alcohol as that was typically our base solvent of choice.  My other hunch was to try our organic hair extension remover that we are developing.  Its a rich oil base with a citrus blend of essential oils.  This would be similar to what a many ethnic women use on afro texture hair (conditioning oil, and sometimes companies like to market "vitamin c" conditioning blends).
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We soaked the alcohol on the left, the oil on the right and rubbed it in to see if we could budge the color.  The results were pretty clear when we removed the braid from the towel.   The purple didn't seem to budge much with either, but the black definitely was persuaded to jump ship with just a bit of the oil and manipulation.
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So what does all this mean?  Well, don't panic just yet.  If you want to use this fiber, you'll want to stay away from oil leave-ins.  It did take quite a lot of our remover oil to accomplish this.

It is very common for women to generously apply oils to their natural hair while in braids to keep it soft and protected.  We did contact Sherrell Jackson (the creator of this product) and she said she had never heard of such an issue.  Rastafri is looking into the issue and has halted production until they can figure out a longer term solution.

Luckly, in the meantime, the solution should be an easy one.  If you are having an issue with the hair leaching color - do a deep cleanse, maybe a couple times, to remove the majority of the oil.  Once the oil is removed, your hair should be colorfast again and you can continue to rock your amazing tresses, worry free.


Follow up:  
Combining forces, Sarah from I Kick Shins also tested her stock for us.  (She's awesome, btw).
She tested her braids with African Essence,  Sulfur8 and Better Braids Oil.
With the African Essense, she said "This one either didn't get the color to bleed at all, or it bled so faintly that the oil on the towel was dark enough to hide it."
With Sulfur8: "Bled black at the top for both colors, but more so on the 3T1B/PP/PK."
And finally with Better Braids: "Bled a little bit of black on the 3T1B/PP/PK, not at all on the blueish GT1B/Mint."

Both of us have chosen to still provide this hair while Rastafri looks for a solution. This issue shouldn't be considered a deal breaker.  It's still a great product and can be quickly remedied if you find yourself in a less than colorfast pickle.

If you are absolutely dying to try ombre braids and oils are a must have, consider trying a color blended fiber like the Rastafri Classic braid, rather than a stained fiber like their Highlight braid until this issue has been sorted.  Either way, we have you covered!

8 thoughts on “Is the Rastafri Ombre Jumbo Braid Colorfast?”

  • Mimi
    January 2, 2019 at 3:42 am

    I had this exact same hair last month and now my amazing pillow cases and pillows look like black mold. What was used was jam originally. When I took the braids out, my hands were black.

    • Doc
      January 14, 2019 at 3:42 am

      Oh no! That sucks! Unfortunately, it doesn't play well with all products :(

  • Brandi
    July 9, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    My hair is doing the same thing. I can't put Anything on my head without it being ruined by the darker of the two colors in my ombre hair. Love the ombre but this brand cost me more than it should with the articles of clothing and linen it has damaged. So looking to purchase a different brand for my next full install.

    • Doc
      July 10, 2019 at 3:34 am

      Oh no! The Rastafri are done with a stain. Have you checked out the color melts in the KK Smooth Seal? These are blended and not stained, so no bleed.

  • Laur
    February 1, 2020 at 12:13 am

    This is happening to me too except i'm using the Freetress Braid 101 Ombré hair! I was so confused when it started happening because I've braided my hair pretty much my whole life and have never seen this happen.

    • Doc
      February 3, 2020 at 3:25 am

      They must use a stain as well :(

  • help pls
    July 13, 2020 at 12:18 am

    so how would i keep my hair from staining stuff besides not using oil? is there a way i can remove the dye from my (braiding) hair????

    • Doc
      July 13, 2020 at 4:22 am

      If you are not using oils, you shouldn't see the color transferring. You could try removing all the stain with oil, but it would probably be easiest to use another style or brand.

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