Coloured afro hair styles: 8 looks we love!

Time to make that 'fro pop!

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


Coloured afro hair styles: 2 natural haired women with red and highlighted afro
Coloured afro hair styles: Looks we love – the highlighted afro. Credit: Allyson Alapont

Highlighted afro

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.

Remember: before you embark on your highlighting journey, remember to visit a salon professional who specialises in curly and afro hair types to get a consultation to discuss your desired look.

Coloured afro hair styles: golden afro
Coloured afro hair styles: Looks we love – golden blonde. Credit: Dvora

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*). 

Coloured afro hair styles: nutmeg afro
Coloured afro hair styles: Looks we love – nutmeg. Credit: Allyson Alapont

Nutmeg afro

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.

Coloured afro hair styles: warm brown
Coloured afro hair styles: Looks we love – warm chocolate brown. Credit: Allyson Alapont

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!

Coloured afro hair styles: two toned afro
Coloured afro hair styles: Looks we love – two-toned afro. Credit: Dvora

Two-toned afro

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!

Coloured afro hair styles: purple haze
Coloured afro hair styles: Looks we love – Purple haze. Credit: Allyson Alapont

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.

Coloured afro hair styles: punk sea foam green afro
Coloured afro hair styles: Looks we love – green. Credit: Allyson Alapont

Green afro

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!

Coloured afro hair styles: raspberry natural hair colour
Coloured afro hair styles: Looks we love – raspberry. Credit: Allyson Alapont

Raspberry afro

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.

Looking for more beautiful black hair inspiration? Don’t forget to check out our Natural Hair Care and Black Hairstyles pages for more interesting reads and #hairinspo!

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