This year has inspired a large-scale hair metamorphosis for countless women. For many of us, it’s the first time we’ve been tasked with caring for our hair so independently without regular visits to our trusty hairstylists. For Black women in particular, this has meant learning all about our natural textures and shedding many of the stigmas associated with our curls and coils. Not to mention, many of us have officially taken up hair masking as a new hobby.
But now that we’ve had a few months of a hair reset, it feels like a good time to make a change. If that’s where you are now, then you might be considering a new hair color to set the tone for your Q4 vibe. “One of the misconceptions I’ve found Black and brown women hold is that they can’t wear lighter color in the winter,” says Celebrity hairstylist and co-founder of Flawless by Gabrielle Union, Larry Sims. “We are re-programming these misconceptions and learning to be free.”
So, what do you say? Ready to explore some new color options? Ahead, check out 11 of the most beautiful hair colors for dark skin tones according to the pros who know best. And don’t worry—we’ve also outlined all the best products to keep your new color popping all season.