One of the best things about summer is the fashion. There are a lot of things that fall under that umbrella. Beauty, makeup, and yes hair, all go hand in hand. We change it up with our clothing, that’s a given. And now more and more women are changing things up with their hair as well. So let’s talk about color.

The summer months are one of the best times of the year to try something new.  We like to take chances with our outfits so why not spice things up with our hair? It’s fun, it’s exciting and for countless women, it’s a way to find a new aspect of themselves they never even knew existed. Now I know that for some, getting their hair done at a salon is not always in the budget. But if you are one that doesn’t mind the risks associated with doing your own hair, why not consider coloring your tresses yourself?

Hey, it’s just hair, right? If you mess up you can always cut it off or wear a wig. In all seriousness, adding a pop of color to your hair is a great way to update your entire look. So if you don’t mind taking matters into your own hands, here are some great at-home coloring systems to try that work nicely on all kinds of black hair.

Shea Moisture Hair Color System

When it comes to creating products that work, Shea Moisture is a master. Their Hair color system is formulated to nourish your hair and contains neither ammonia nor sulfates. Their chestnut brown is a beautiful color that will boost your hair color for sure.

Adore Creative Image Hair Color

Let’s go red! This sexy color is a popular one amongst naturals. Maybe it’s because red is enticing and energizing. Whatever the reason, it never grows old. From Ronald McDonald red to auburn, there are so many shades and tone from which to choose. Adore Creative Image Hair Color’s 52 French cognac will give you a nice vivid color to rock all summer long.

Manic Panic Vegan Hair Color

Remember I mentioned taking risks? Most people stick to what they know- blondes, reds, browns- but there are some who like to rock the boat and go for the gusto. I would definitely say dying your hair any shade of blue is going for the gusto.  And when a product like Manic Panic Vegan Hair Color has an amazing deep navy, you really can’t lose. Their semi-permanent hair color cream “after midnight” is a super deep blue that will give you the perfect black-blue blend.

Clairol Texture & Tones

This hair brand has been one of the top names in the game for nearly one hundred years. With a product line that provides items for a variety of hair textures, it is a go-to for a lot of women. And with celebrity stylists like Kiyah Wright, who has worked on everyone from Gabrielle Union to Mary J. Blige, endorsing Clairol, an increasing amount of black women are catching on to what they have to offer. Their Texture and Tones collection is natural hair friendly and doesn’t use ammonia or other harmful ingredients in their formula. With their vast color options, you are sure to find something that works just for you.

Coloring your hair doesn’t have to be expensive. There are some aspects of the process that definitely need more attention than others, but there is nothing that you can’t learn in this day and age with a little help from Google and YouTube. If you’ve been wanting to spruce your hair up, but are limited monetarily, taking the time to learn the basics and doing it yourself may not be a bad idea.