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This fall season has come great colors ready for curls - cocoa brown,  ombre’ auburn and scarlett ruby red. They are not just beautiful, but stylish, and great transition colors for fall - and for curls.

The autumn season tends to  bring about some of the best inspirations for hair color due to their deep and elegant hues. NaturallyCurly's Evelyn (pictured) recently dyed her hair with Shea Moisture's Bright Auburn and Manic Panic's Purple Haze (you can watch her review here).

You may not be going purple, but whatever your flavor it’s easy to find a color that will work for your hair and skin tone with fall's rich palette.

Curly and wavy hair have the added benefit of being able to soak up color  and allow texture to serve as highlights for all types of color!

At Home

  • Don't shampoo - The natural oils in your hair and scalp can actually help to make for a better color process, so don't shampoo  for 2-3 days before you apply color. 
  • Use distilled water - Pour out about 1/3 of the developer and replace it with distilled water. Why? Milder formulas are better suited for curls and waves, the color sits better by processing at home color this way.
  • Condition your curls - When you’re ready, mix your color and apply. Once you have allowed your color to sit for 20-30 minutes, according to the directions, rinse and follow up with LOTS of conditioner. 
  • Maintain your color - In addition to adding color to your fall hair, you also have to double up on maintaining moisture for your curls and waves. It’s best to deep condition, or apply a home made hair masque, about 7-10 days after you color.

At the Salon

If you’re looking to change to a new shade or two, for the season, first take these steps into consideration:

  1. Visuals are best for color as they give you and your stylist an easy place to start and communicate with one another. Your "auburn" may be another woman's "copper."

  2. Consider adding high or low lights to your hair, discuss your options with your stylist and find out which one (or two!) colors may be right for you.

  3. Don’t forget you may need to have roots touched up every 4-7 weeks, depending on your growth and the color you’ve selected.

  4. Maintain your color by using healthy, color-care products at home.

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