Something about the summer always has me testing the waters with fun and bold styles I can rock to match the excitement of summer. One of the ways you can try out something new this summer is to take a major step and color your hair — or rock a protective styles that has colors if you’re not ready to dye your hair just yet. If you’re looking to dye your hair permanently or semi-permanently, consult with your stylist first to check and see if your hair is healthy enough for color treatment. If not, no worries! We’ll also share some protective styles you can rock, without having the deal with the price and upkeep of coloring your natural hair.

Here’s Naturally Curly’s top picks for the hottest hair colors for the naturalista:

Vibrant Purple


Image Source: @naptural85

One of the internet’s most popular curlistas, Whitney White a.k.a. Naptural85, always has twistouts and wash-n-gos that are a natural girl’s dream -- she’s true #curlgoals. But Whitney took her curls a step further recently, using Hair Paint Wax, a temporary water based hair coloring solution. Hair Paint Wax is a great option if you don’t want to bleach your hair, or you want to try out a color for fully committing to it.

Fiery Red

Image Source: @imadamejay

This auburn color on @imadamejay just screams summer!

Raving Rainbow

Image Source: @naturallytash

Rainbows make just about everyone happy ---- so why not add one to your hair? We’re loving this bold rainbow look from @naturallytash, and it’s sure to be a showstopper and any and all summer functions.

Deep Red

Image Source: @suhtaruh

We’re loving this deep, yet bold red hair color. It’s a perfect color for those not wanting to go too red (think Rihanna circa 2012), but still want their colored curls to be a show stopper.

Bright Purple

Image Source: @imsors

These take your beach vacation protective style to the next level and rock this bright purple box braids!

Royal Blue and Teal

Image Source: @melvinurenaa

There’s nothing that makes dyeing your curls more fun than dyeing them with your friend! This is another Hair Paint Wax feature, including a royal blue and eye-catching teal color.

Beautiful Blue

Image Source: @tiffanyjana

Feeling blue isn’t always a bad thing --- and this is a blue that we’re definitely feeling! This bright blue hair color will light up any space you walk into summer.

Colored Tips

Image Source: @quaiyashairstory

Wanting to take on color, but not fully? Try adding color to the end of your protective style!

Rockin' Rainbow

Image Source: @frizzybri

Can you tell we’re still loving the rainbow look? @Frizzybri’s curls are giving us Scary Spice vibes with a side of summer.

Brilliant Blonde

Image Source: @alannanicolex

Just because it’s not a color of the rainbow doesn’t mean it can’t be included in this list of fun summer colors. These blonde braids may be simple, but are a beautiful summer look to rock on vacation or to the summer cookout!

Which look is your favorite? Share with us in the comments!