Color Your Curls At-Home Like a Pro With These 5 Boxed Hair Dyes


As much as we all love heading into the salon for a fresh hair color change, sometimes we have no choice but to take matters into our own hands when it comes to dyeing our locks. But, as anyone who has textured hair likely already knows, dyeing curls and coils at home can be particularly tricky. If not done correctly, there’s a high likelihood that you could cause irreversible damage to your precious curls and coils.

But, not to worry, it is entirely possible to achieve the hair color of your dreams without sacrificing your curl pattern—you just need to make sure that you’re using the right type of boxed dye. Luckily, there are so many amazing brands that have created formulas that specifically cater to textured hair. Whether you’re looking to do a simple root touch-up or an all-over color, you can count on these moisture-rich hair dyes to keep your curls and coils nourished as well as protected during the coloring process.

Ahead, here are five of our favorite boxed hair dyes for textured hair.

Clairol Natural Instincts Demi-Permanent Hair Dye

As one of Clairol’s most gentle colors, this demi-permanent hair dye is a great option for anyone with textured or curly hair. It’s no-drip, ammonia-free creme formula is formulated with 80 percent naturally derived ingredients including coconut oil and aloe vera—which work to keep curls hydrated while refreshing color and boosting shine. Not to mention, it’s available in 38 gorgeous shades and lasts up to 28 washes.

Promising review from Target:  Chantelle says, “This is perfect for my dry, wavy hair—keeps it looking great between salon visits. I love that this is semi-permanent but blends away my few greys nicely. I feel like it’s much less damaging and doesn’t fade leaving an unnatural orange tone like all the permanent dyes I have tried. This comes in so many beautiful natural looking shades, too.”

Shop: Clairol Natural Instincts Demi-Permanent Hair Dye, $6.99

Creme of Nature Exotic Shine Permanent Hair Color

Give your curls and coils a boost of vibrant color with this permanent hair dye from Cream of Nature. This long-lasting dye is infused with a double argan oil treatment that conditions the hair as it color, leaving behind bold and beautiful color. 

Promising review for Sally’s Beauty: Krystal says, “ I used this yesterday and I am very pleased. It totally covered my grays. The conditioning treatment left my hair super soft. I will only be using this in the future.”

Shop: Creme of Nature Exotic Shine Permanent Hair Color, $6.19 

Dark & Lovely Fade Resist Permanent Hair Color

If you’re looking to add long-lasting, fade-resistant color to your natural hair, you need this permanent hair dye from Dark & Lovely. It’s no-drip formula features Moisture Seal technology that conditions and protects your curls while coloring. The results? Super shiny strands and vibrant color that lasts for up to eight weeks.

Promising review from Walmart: Catrina says, “I’ve used this product for many years, sometimes switching up, but certainly returning to an old favorite. It conditions while adding rich long-lasting color—especially if you’re wanting to cover grays.”

Shop: Dark & Lovely Fade Resist Permanent Hair Color, $4.97

As I Am Curl Color

Looking for a temporary hair dye that will make your curls pop? Look no further than As I Am’s Curl Color. This curl-friendly color gel has a flake-free temporary formula that lasts up to one wash. It also offers a medium hold for perfect curl definition and is formulated with JBCO and ceramides to moisturize and strengthen your curls.

Promising review from Sally Beauty: Netta says, “I purchased the Cool Blue color to try and I love it and will be purchasing the remaining colors soon to give them a try as well. It smells amazing and feels better on my hair.”

Shop: As I Am Curl Color, $8.39

Madison Reed Radiant Hair Color Kit

Color your curls at home with confidence with this hair color kit from Madison Reed. Designed by professional colorists, this hair coloring system will deliver long-lasting, salon-quality hair color in just 35 minutes. It’s formulated with good-for-you ingredients like keratin, argan oil, and ginseng root extract that will soften your curls and coils during the coloring process. Plus, it’s available in 55 shades so there’s bound to be one that works for you.

Promising review from Ulta: Stacey says, “This is an all-in-one kit and amazing hair color that lasts way longer than any dye I’ve used previously. Everything is perfectly packaged and labeled making it easy to use. This is my go-to for life”

Shop: Madison Reed Radiant Hair Color Kit, $26.50

Have you tried any of these boxed hair dyes? Share with us below!

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Camille Nzengung

Camille Nzengung is a Features Editor at The Tease, where she covers all things hair. You can find her writing about the best hair products, the coolest hair trends, and all the exciting new hair launches. Send her a pitch:

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