I love how hair color can renew a person. Hair coloring can turn drab, dull looking locs into a whole new head of hair. If you like to do it yourself, here are some simple tips for choosing hair color for at home use.
I have used the Loreal "Mega Reds" because it is specifically designed for darker hair. The color comes out ribrant and last longer than other box colors in my opinion. I sometimes customize my color by adding rinses to them for more bold effects.
If you are looking to color your natural hair without harsh chemical then maybe a hair rinse would be great for you.Hair rinses usually wash out in 6-8 shampoos if the hair has not been treated chemically. If u have had chemical texturizers or relaxers, a rinse will stain through the hair shaft for a more permament coloring effect.
I love Avatar hair rinse for my red color. It stains well and covers grey nicely too. Again you can even add some of this to your permanent hair color for a bolder deeper tone.
When you go to buy your boxed hair color to color your natural hair, look carefully at the numbers on the box, not just the shade of color being displayed. The numbers which may be 6G, 437N etc tell you exactly what shade it is.
So for instance, say you have a box in your hand that says R6G, this means that the level of color is a number six , the color is red and the based color(background color is gold).
By background color i mean somes colors will have a cool tone or (no yellow) in it like your ash tones or platinum colors, some will have yellow or gold under tones like honey blondes and aurburns and some will be neutral meaning non intensive pretty flat color.
Ok, so back to the 6G, you want dark aurburn, maybe honey blonde look and your not sure if this will take it up that high. Here's what u do.
Also check your local health food stores and herb shop for natural color products. There are some lines like Natratint that are good for coloring the hair, still very drying though.