Beauty (and especially hair) enthusiasts typically have a special place in their hearts for curls, often viewed as wild and carefree. That’s not to mention rare and, for many, aspirational, impossible to achieve without permanent treatments and frequent heat styling.
That said, there are times when even curly-haired girls yearn to switch things up, and there’s no better way to welcome a new season than with a new hue (or two). Whether you were inspired by our fall 2020 color trend predictions or are looking to take your BHE (big hair energy, of course) to the next level, you can rest assured that it’s possible to color curly hair as long as it’s done with care.
For the love of texture, keep reading to discover answers to some of your biggest questions surrounding curly hair color, along with a full spectrum of curly hair color ideas to help enhance your natural ringlets.
Is it okay to dye curly hair?
One of the biggest questions surrounding curly hair color is whether it’s safe. After all, curly hair often comes with a separate user manual that some owners spend years trying to decode (and then with weather and bodily changes, often re-code). Curly girls are often rightfully cautious of anything that could put a kink (pun intended) in their tried-and-tested routines.
Hair color for curly hair is different than for other hair types and, even amidst other curly hair types, not one-size-fits-all. An experienced colorist can perform a proper assessment of your mane and develop a customized approach, using colors and techniques optimized for your individual hair texture and needs.
How can I care for curly hair color?
In addition, your colorist can help you develop a personalized care routine for keeping your newly-colored coils vibrant and healthy. Shower staples typically include a color-safe, sulfate-free washing duo. We recommend Pureology’s Hydrate Shampoo and Hydrate Conditioner for medium-to-thick densities (the line also features a Hydrate Soft Softening Treatment Mask for added nourishment and less breakage). Fine hair types should stick to a lightweight system like Pureology Hydrate Sheer Shampoo and Conditioner.
A salon-quality dry shampoo like Matrix Style Link Mineral Play Back Dry Shampoo and a texturizing spray such as Pureology Style + Protect Mess It Up Texture Paste can also go a long way when it comes to extending styles, therefore cutting back on washing and heat styling and keeping curls in shape.
If you’re feeling inspired to try curly hair color, keep scrolling for 12 of our favorite real-life applications of hair color for curly hair.
The Best Curly Hair Color Ideas To Try Now
Good hair day by @taynarajoy.silvawolf.
Good hair day by @allisonponthier.
This toffee shade is especially great for amplifying lighter eye colors (a properly-cut bang can further frame the face).
Good hair day by @brunodviana.
As recently gushed about, chocolate brown is taken to new (decadent) heights when combined with ribbons of creamy almond. Try the fresh twist on an old classic as a way to ease into hair color and embrace the year of the brunette.
Good hair day by @deborahpadula.
For another sweet treat, try lightening up dark curls and creating the appearance of more volume with honey-hued highlights. This lightweight Biolage VolumeBloom Shampoo delivers a natural boost and next-level shine.
Good hair day by @salvatore_riccardi_hd.
Good hair day by @egotisticalbarbie.
Copper takes on an edgier, warmer aesthetic when met with its bronze counterpart. Pick up a toning hair mask formula like Matrix Total Results Brass Off Custom Neutralization Hair Mask to help preserve your color, while managing brassiness.
Good hair day by @mustafaavci.
Command attention wherever you go with a metallic-inspired look. A gel or lotion, such as Redken Curvaceous Ringlet Anti-Frizz Perfecting Hair Lotion, can help keep hair in place and provide the perfect foundation for your crown.
Good hair day by @haircolorkilla.
Named one of fall’s hottest red hair color trends, maroon is a great option for those looking to try a bright, yet still office-friendly, shade. Quick tip: Your colorist may need to darken your base first in order to ensure proper saturation if you have lighter hair.
Good hair day by @michelleoconnorbeauty.
The nostalgic concoction, typically identified as a brown base with waves of violet and red, resurfaced for summer but is still going strong. This hue is especially great for those with darker shades who want to lighten up without using bleach.
Good hair day by @designsofcomposure.
Lean into all that is fall with the ongoing seasonal that is pumpkin spice (also known as the perfect blend of sweet and spicy). While universal, this shade is among those we’d specifically recommend for darker skin tones.
Good hair day by @msberrybacon.
This colorful style combines maroon, red, and orange for an ombre aesthetic reminiscent of fall leaves. Help define coils with a curl activator. Mizani Curl Define Pudding is especially great for tighter textures!
Good hair day by @designsofcomposure.
Last, but certainly not least, embrace your inner (punk) princess with an up-and-coming pastel purple-blue. We love how it’s mixed with violet here for a whimsical, yet slightly edgy appearance.
Interested in coloring your curls? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.