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5 Great Products for Coloring Natural Hair and Maintaining Shine and Vibrancy

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When it comes to coloring your natural hair and the initial aftercare, there are many great, consolidated sources out there. However, when it comes to specialized products for color… not so much. Ideally, this article will serve as your go-to source for these products and make your search a bit easier.

1. Shea Moisture Hair Color System

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This is a growing collection by Shea Moisture – a permanent, moisture-rich color system — that boasts “natural and Certified Organic ingredients,” no ammonia, no sulfates, and “salon quality results”. The twelve available colors range from jet black to light blonde and there are numerous shades in between.

THE REVIEWS: There are plenty of reviews available on YouTube; so if you are a bit skeptical, watch them first. Though I have not used the product, I did read some reviews and the general consensus was that customers enjoyed the results. I will say that one should not expect to go from naturally black hair to light blonde in the specified time (based on one YouTube review I watched), but aside from that, if you want to go a few shades lighter (or darker) this collection looks good.

2. Clairol Textures & Tones

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Now this is a collection that has been around for years and is number one (in my book) when it comes to getting great color results without losing your hair. Like the above system, it is permanent, moisture rich, and contains no ammonia. It also boasts 100% gray coverage and offers a great array of fourteen intermixable shades designed to “complement all hair textures and skin tones” for women of color.

THE REVIEWS: Many color-treated naturals (including me) love this product because it gives great results with little to no damage to the hair. You rarely hear naturals complaining of dryness or damage to their natural curl pattern from this product. Additionally, the color truly does complement your skin tone and is at a great value. The only aside I will mention is that going from naturally black to blonde may require you to go beyond the specified time (which I tried via a strand test successfully but was not brave enough to do on my head).

3. John Frieda Precision Foam Colour for Gray Coverage

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This product lives up to its claims of providing salon-quality results, deep color saturation and complete gray coverage. Unlike most color systems, this one is applied via foam form, which I love because of the ease and depth of color results. The only issue that I do have with the product is that it can become drippy after application. Just make sure you have a towel or two around your neck.

THE REVIEWS: There are so many great reviews (rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars from 1000+ views on one site) for this product, but I want to give my personal experience. My Mom has tried so many different products for gray coverage and two so-so salon visits but to no satisfaction. I first learned about this product online and was a bit skeptical at first. However, once I used it on my Mom’s hair, the results were amazing. The color looked so natural and the gray coverage was beyond impressive! (We used the medium natural brown color.)

4. Ouidad Color Sense Shine Boosting Color Extender

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This new product from Ouidad is designed for hair that is currently color-treated. It is essentially a weekly rinse-out treatment that helps to preserve your color and vibrancy much longer. The treatment boasts a special “Color Lock complex” that seals in your color and also shields it from damaging UV exposure. (Aside: Prolonged sun exposure is known to fade color-treated hair, including semi-permanent and permanent. Source: Maillan P. UV protection of artificially coloured hair using a leave-on formulation. Int J Cosmet Sci. 2002 Apr;24(2):117–22.)

THE REVIEWS: The product is on the pricey side, but a little goes a long way when used right. Of the reviews I found, the majority of customers are very pleased with the extended color and shine they receive from this product.

5. AG Hair Cosmetics Tech Two Protein-Enriched Shampoo

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Probably two of the worst realities of shampooing color-treated natural hair are the following:

1) loss of color over time

2) increased dryness and weakness.

However, this shampoo by AG Hair Cosmetics helps to “restore protein AND moisture depleted by color.” Additionally, the product’s pH level ranges between 4.5–5.5, which is perfect for our hair.

THE REVIEWS: Of the 55+ reviews I saw on this product, the average rating was approximately 4.5 out of 5. Most customers love the moisture it provides as well as the improved detangling and hair elasticity. They also love the smell and the gentle yet cleansing properties of the shampoo. Even if your hair is not color-treated, this product is great for those who are exposed to heat styling and UV rays. (Note: this shampoo contains sulfates.)

 

Ladies, have you tried any of these products? Share your thoughts!

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Thick Nigerian Hair
Thick Nigerian Hair
6 years ago

Has anyone tried Manic Panic in red, blue, or purple on unbleached, black, natural hair? Even type 4c hair? If so, did you like the results and how long did it last? I’m not looking for anything that will last longer than the summer.

JustSayin
JustSayin
6 years ago

Check out Evelyn From The Internets video experience using Manic Panic in blue. She seemed to have a good experience

Thick Nigerian Hair
Thick Nigerian Hair
6 years ago
Reply to  JustSayin

Thanks JustSayin! That was helpful. I don’t think I’ll use developer on my hair. I think I’ll just throw it on and see if I get some deposit.

TAC
TAC
6 years ago

I tried it without developer… it didn’t take to my hair (the vampire red color)

naclayclay
naclayclay
5 years ago

i always liked punky by jerome russel over manic panic. it takes to the hair really well, and i used to use the garnet color. 10$ at ulta.

Elodie
Elodie
6 years ago

Can fine and especially fine 4C hair try coloring ? My hair is very prône to breakage. I’d like to dye it but I’m very scared of damaging it.

cryssi
cryssi
6 years ago
Reply to  Elodie

Try bigen, it’s my fav. No ammonia, its a permanent powder you mix with water.

Rochelle
Rochelle
6 years ago

Really great article! I’m looking to colour this summer after I leave high school and I’d hate to damage all the length I’ve retained in my year’s hair journey or my curl pattern. I’ll do my research on these brands 🙂 Anyone has any reviews on the Dark and Lovely colour systems btw?

Joan
Joan
6 years ago

What is exactly color 33 marley hair? I had it and would love this hair color. Is it a burgundy or dark auburn?
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AllyCat
AllyCat
6 years ago
Reply to  Joan

That looks like the color I just died my hair (not on purpose). It was a Garnier Olia in medium intense garnet. Even though this was not the color I was going for that was the end result. So at least i know what weave to but to match it if need be. FYI It took about 15 minutes to apply, then I left it on for 45–50 additional minutes covered in a plastic cap for heat. My original hair color is 1b? poss a tad lighter.

AllyCat
AllyCat
6 years ago
Reply to  AllyCat

*dyed

LaShon Renee @ For the Love of Curls

I’m going to look into the AG shampoo. I colored my hair last year and it has been incredibly dry so that sounds perfect!

Sasha
Sasha
6 years ago

I love the shea moisture hair color system! I’ve been natural 3 1/2 yrs, have type 3b/3c hair and my hair is naturally black. I’ve always had trouble with color lightening my black hair, even in salons. But I tried the shea moisture hair color system in the light brown and I loved it. My hair turned a medium brown. I recently dyed it light blonde from the shea moisture color system for the summer and I also loved those results, my hair is a light, light brown almost golden blonde. My hair hasn’t experienced any damage or breakage or… Read more »

Sasha
Sasha
6 years ago
Reply to  Sasha

I forgot to say that I sat 30–40 minutes under the hair dryer with a plastic cap and bag on my head with the color in. Left the color in for a total of an hour.

Christina Thomas
Christina Thomas
5 years ago
Reply to  Sasha

I know this is a old thread but I’m going to try your example this weekend. I also have naturally black hair and have purchased the light brown kit. It’s my first time dyeing since my big chop 2 months ago.

Nicole
Nicole
5 years ago
Reply to  Sasha

Hello , I have naturally black hair and I want to dye directly in shea moisture light blonde. How long should I keep the color on my head ?

imani
imani
6 years ago

I tried textures & tones 2 yrs ago and the color results were great.cherry wood was my color I think…but it took me FOREVER to connect the horrible frizz& dryness I experienced afterwards…how? Mainly bc i did “highlights”. I didn’t want totally red hair but I wanted some red..so all the sectors of hair I colored were affected terribly. i thought it was styling products bc I’m a junkie…so I kept changing products til I saw that the only real frizzy/dry broken off areas were the colored sectors of my hair! I slowly cut them out and now those sectors… Read more »

Kathy
Kathy
6 years ago

I have always used box colors but after going natural I found myself applying the color once a month and questioning if it was too much. I never used product with ammonia or peroxide so I opted for black tones. I have been using henna the past year and honestly am not really satisfied with the longevity of the color. I have a lot of gray at the roots of my hair and the henna no matter how long I leave it on will only turn the gray a faded looking brassy color. Even this seems to just wear off… Read more »

imani
imani
6 years ago
Reply to  Kathy

The box colors issue is true for me too!I liked them too but kept reapplying. I have some gray mainly along my front hairline. i had to keep reapplying it to the front but no where else! All semi perms washed out the front too quickly & like you I started to think reapplying color monthly might not be so good.
I JUST tried a henna cream I got at Whole Foods.the results were good.lets see how long my edges retain color!

merry
merry
6 years ago
Reply to  Kathy

Kimmaytube posted a video to YouTube on how she turns her grays to black using henna. Try watching that.

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Indigoqueen
Indigoqueen
6 years ago

I’ve tried the Clairol Textures & Tones and John Frieda Precision Foam Colour in the past at different times. My hair is extremely thick 3b to 4b (lots of textures going on) and it took a little longer than recommended on the boxes but the colors came out great. I typically use very red colors on my 2 hair. I make sure I deep condition well after coloring because at first I noticed a little dryness so I stepped up my deep conditioning methods & strayed away from alot of manipulation (combing & blow drying) overall I can say, I… Read more »

tammY
tammY
6 years ago

Hey guys I need help I done my big chop last month and I’d like to change my hair color to a red’ish(ginger) and I’ve checked every store for the products shown on BGLH but can’t seem 2find anymore. What hair dye(product) can I use *im from south africa* we only have »Revlon, Renew, Dark and Lovely,ect. Anyone help pleez

nedy
nedy
6 years ago

If you got a contact allergy for paba Benzocaine p‑aminobenzoëacid, is it possible for me to use one of these coloring? Cause i realy want to color my hair. But I am so afraid to do it, cause I might risk an anafalictic attack.

Barbara
6 years ago

Is it the SPLAT (Electric Blue)hair color that changed my natural Afro hair pattern? After coloring by package directions, some of my hair became straight and stringy. Is there anything I can do to get dark blue hair but avoid this big problem. I had to cut my hair out!

Pattiecake
Pattiecake
5 years ago
Reply to  Barbara

Hair color will give the same effect as texturizing your hair due to the peroxide chemicals in it. If you are concerned about the strong effects of it, try mixing it with olive oil. It will still change the texture of your hair but it won’t be as bad. Texturizing and hair colors loosen up your hair patterns permanently until your new ser of hair grows back.

Talia
5 years ago

I LOVE the Shea Moisture line. It was my first experience with box color and it was easy to use and very kind to my hair and scalp. I’m working with the bright auburn and dark blonde.

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