Something about the promise of warm weather makes many of us wanna shake things up when it comes to our hair. This year, the color bug has already hit many a naturalista and the trend is only gaining more momentum as we roll into summer! Looking for a change? Here are three hair color ideas for you to try this summer.

Red

Spicy Red Hair Color on vlogger Donedo

From super bold and bright to slightly muted and deep, red hair has been flooding our social media timelines like never before. Vlogger Donedo- who loves to switch it up often- has been rocking a fierce red with an ombre effect. If you’re new to color but still want a bit of a transformation, this may be the option for you. With a hue that progressively goes from dark to light, you’ll have the drama you desire without it being too overbearing.

Marsala, the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year, has hit the runways and red carpets in a big way. If you’re looking to keep your hair on-trend as well, Dark & Lovely’s Go Intense! in Spicy Red is the way to go.

Hair Color box of Dark and Lovely Spicy Red

Blonde

Blondes have been the go-to for decades when changing up one’s look. For a number of years during my relaxed days and once while natural, I rocked the honey blonde look! Today, kinky-haired women are venturing into more variations of this hue, mixing and matching it up with different tones and even different colors altogether.

Askproy with Blonde Hair Color

Take blogger and vlogger askRoy, for example. She’s been known to have color but her latest remix steals the show as she blends a dark red base with a beautiful blonde up top! Whether you’re bold enough to rock such a color blend or you prefer to stick to one shade, try Dark & Lovely’s Go Intense! in either Golden Blonde or the NEW Bright Blonde option.

Hair Color Box for Dark and Lovely Bright Blonde

You can even go for that beautiful sun-kissed look with highlights here and there. The possibilities are endless!

Black

When thinking about summer hair color, black may not be the first color that comes to mind. But if you’re a gal who has a naturally lighter tint to your hair or if you’ve been playing in more vibrant colors for a while, black may be just the change you need and can be as bold as the rest of ‘em!

Jd Winter hair color red to black

Blogger JD Winters, has been known across the web for her vibrant red mane for some time now. I barely recognized her, though, when a fresh JD suddenly flashed across my Instagram feed with black hair! Far from drab, the super dark color really makes a statement. If this is for you, Dark & Lovely Go Intense! Super Black is sure to give you the sultry look you crave.

Well, now that you have a few ideas on how to revamp your look, here are a few things you should know before you run to the beauty supply store.

Before You Color

One thing to keep in mind when purchasing an at-home coloring kit is that the color swatch you see is usually showing you the hair color in its truest form. This means that the color may not turn out exactly as you see it displayed. Many brands will have photos on the box showing you the possible outcome based on your natural color. This has proven to be helpful for me when selecting just the right shade for the look I desire.

Permanent hair colors include agents that help open up the hair cuticle in order to get down to the cortex to lift your natural color and deposit the new one. This increases the hair’s porosity and decreases the elasticity which basically means the hair will often be weaker and drier afterwards. Therefore, knowing the condition of your hair before applying a permanent color is key. Adding chemicals to already damaged hair will only lead to further damage. Getting your hair back to a healthier state before even thinking about color is the best way to go.

When coloring at home, READ THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY. Even if you’ve applied color before, not all brands are the same and some brands may even change things up requiring a different approach to application. While box colors usually come with gloves, investing in a good, snug pair that will keep the color from getting on your skin is advised. Also, be sure to protect your face and ears with petroleum jelly to prevent staining. Oh, and don’t wear your favorite shirt… things can get messy!

After you’ve colored, regular deep conditioning and proper moisture are vital! Use products that are formulated for color-treated hair to keep it healthy and looking its best!

 

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