We know that when it comes to natural hair, there isn’t much in the way of colour inspiration. That’s why we’ve put together some coloured afro hair styles that we think are perfect for every curl, kink and coil. And with our afro hair heroine Fleur East having just debuted super cool petrol blue locks, we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to update yours with a bright hue (or two), too!
So, click through our gallery above, or scroll down to see our exclusive list. Just don’t forget to save your faves for your next visit to the salon!
Coloured afro hair: Styles to inspire your next salon visit
Thought that highlights were reserved for straight and wavy-haired ladies? Well, think again. Because the truth is, highlights can be worked on all hair textures! We love the way this ‘fro is brought to life with its varying tones of blonde, caramel and warmer browns.
Golden blonde afro
Want to go blonde, but worried that the creaminess of the hue will wash you out? Don’t worry, you can still be a beautiful blonde, just opt for a more golden tone instead. By working this rich, warm hue into your ‘fro, you can be blonde without looking like Casper!
Editor’s tip: Whatever colour you opt for, try and use a shampoo and conditioner specially formulated for colour-treated hair, like the TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Colour Vibrance Protection Shampoo (500ml, £3.69*) and the TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Colour Vibrance Protection Conditioner (500ml, £3.69*).
This coppery, nutmeg hue is much warmer than other brassy red tones, making it a great way of tapping into the red hair trend without going the whole hog! Try wearing with a rich, auburn base, to give plenty of depth and definition to the look.
Warm chocolate brown afro
Okay, before you write off this hue, hear us out. Even if your hair is naturally brown, you should still consider this colour. The warm, chocolatey tones can easily revive your naturally dark base, especially if worked with subtle ombre effect. After all, natural hair with natural colours is a match made in heaven!
Why rock one hair colour when you could rock two? Our thoughts exactly. So, that’s why we’re not surprised that a two-toned afro trend has bubbled up. It may be a statement hair colour, but it’s also a really fun way to inject some playfulness into your natural hairstyle. Psst! Just a heads up: red and black seems to be a popular combination on the streets right now!
Purple haze afro
Whether it’s soft lavender, lilac or vibrant violet – we just love purple hair! It’s a colour trend we’ve seen for a little while now, but one that we’re hoping will continue for a little while longer. It doesn’t have to be as bold as the bright purple afro above, you can also opt for a barely-there, pastel mauve or lilac that will still leave a lasting impression.
We know this isn’t the easiest of hair colours to pull off, but if you’re looking for a statement hue for your afro, why not try green? We love the idea of mixing a darker turquoise with lighter, sea foam tones for a sea punk-inspired look. It might not be for everyone, but if you’re brave enough to rock it, we’re sure you won’t regret it!
Again, this is another colour not for the faint of heart, but we love the high-impact result that this hair colour gives natural hair. Pair with a dark purple lip and this look will carry you from day to night effortlessly.
Tip: Keep your roots dark, this will help anchor the brighter raspberry hue and make it far more flattering on darker complexions.
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