Low-maintenance hair color isn’t just having a moment, it’s having a whole decade. And topping the low-maintenance hair color movement is the trendy face framing “money pieces.” The look combines two big trends: early-aughts nostalgia and bold, yet low-maintenance color. Here’s how to try a money piece on curly hair.

What is a money piece?

If you’re not familiar with the money piece trend, it involves highlighting a section of hair around the face, and is a fun way to add a pop of color while giving dimension to your curls.

Step 1: Find a Stylist Who Specializes in Curly Hair and Color

When it comes to coloring curly hair, it’s important to find a stylist who specializes in both curly hair and color. Curly hair requires a unique approach to color application, because the curls can affect how the color is distributed. Look for stylists who have experience with coloring curly hair and check out their portfolio to see if they’ve done money pieces before.


Step 2: Choose Your Color

Once you’ve found a stylist, it’s time to choose your color. Popular choices include blonde, copper, and pastel hues like pink or lavender. However, you can also choose a more subtle color that complements your natural hair color. Work with your stylist to choose a color that suits your skin tone and personal style.


Step 3: Discuss Placement

The key to a successful money piece is choosing the right section of hair to highlight. For curly hair, it’s best to choose a section that falls naturally around your face. This could be a few curls at the front of your hairline or a larger section that frames your face.

Step 4: Embrace the maintenance

To keep your money piece looking its best, it’s important to care for it properly. Use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for color-treated hair, and avoid washing your hair too frequently. Ask your stylist about at home toning products that can help keep the color vibrant and refreshed, and prevent orange, brassy tones.

Step 5: Have fun!

A money piece on curly hair is all about having fun and expressing your individual style. So don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors, sections, and techniques until you find the perfect look for you. 


A money piece is a playful and bold way to add color to your curly hair without much of the damage attached to tradition color trends. If you try the look, make sure to tag us on Instagram @NaturallyCurly for a chance to be featured!