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How to Get a Two-Toned Hair Color

Hair Color Ideas

How to Get a Two-Toned Hair Color How to Get a Two-Toned Hair Color How to Get a Two-Toned Hair Color

Thinking of changing your hair color as we say hello to summer? We’re right there with you! With a dozen new hair color trends popping up every day, it’s tough to decide whether to opt for a versatile natural hair color or for a more vibrant one. But instead of choosing just one shade, why not make the decision easy on yourself and go for a bold hair color: we’re talking about two-toned hair color. Scratching your head as to how exactly that’d work? We’ve got all the info you could ever hope to know about the two-toned hair color idea below.


Solid, one-dimensional hair color is so yesterday. Nowadays, it’s all about incorporating multiple tones into your hair to create a completely customized look. As the name indicates, two-toned hair color allows you to experiment with two shades to bring a gorgeous fashion statement to life. There are a few ways to make this trendy hair color a reality. Depending on how you do it—whether you want a hidden layer or more of a blunt contrast—it can be more subdued or totally in your face.


When considering which colors to choose, keep in mind that you want to opt for highly contrasting shades. And no matter the hues you choose, make sure that you consider your original hair color, skin tone, and personal style—you don’t want your new hair color to clash with your signature look. Many professional colorists recommend choosing colors from the same tone family because they’ll complement each other while still providing a deep contrast. Think: two warm shades or two cool shades.


As with many hair colors, there are multiple ways to go about the dyeing process to create a customized look. When it comes to two-toned hair specifically, here are four ways to approach the trend. Which will you choose?

1. Top and bottom layers

The most common of all the two-toned hair color ideas would have to be a hidden layer. By dyeing your hair in top and bottom layers, you can maintain an office-approved hair color on top, only to reveal a bold hair color statement every time you flip your hair. Although it’s typical for a natural hair color to be on top in this style, it’s totally up to you—you could feasibly rock two trendy pastel hair colors if you’re feeling bold.

2. Colored tips

A full layer of color not really youre thing? Totally understandable—major hair alterations can be a tad intimidating. You can still try the two-toned hair color trend in a more understated way—just focus the color on your ends.

3. Colored bangs

The next step up from colored tips is colored bangs. Bangs by themselves can create a gorgeous frame for your best features—so can you imagine the allure you’ll create with a pop of color?

4. Side-by-side color

Looking for something a bit more daring? This technique is all about a blunt contrast. If you’re a center-part kind of gal with a love for all things bright and bold, dye each side of your hair a different color.


Of course, if you’re opting for a drastic hair color change, it may be best to visit a professional colorist at the salon. That’s especially true if your starting hair color is dark. If you’re lightening very dark brown hair, it may take multiple sessions to get the result you’re looking to achieve. That being said, you can play around with pastel and vibrant hair colors at home with the right semi-permanent hair colors. To see for yourself, try the L'Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color, which is available in a variety of fun shades ranging from peach to aqua. These colors last for about eight shampoos before rinsing out, leaving you with a fresh canvas for your next color. If you think you want to test out the two-toned hair color trend before committing to even a couple weeks of hair color, take a peek at the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Sprays. Designed to spray onto hair for instant, high-impact hair color that washes out in a single shampoo, it’s an awesome opportunity to try out your boldest looks without having to stress over the process.

Now, on the opposite end of the spectrum, if you want to go all the way with a permanent two-toned hair color, you have options. If you have anything other than light blonde hair, you should start by stocking up on the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach to bleach your ends, your mid-lengths, your roots, a hidden layer—really, whatever you want—to create a clean, light base to apply color. Next, look at the L’Oréal Paris Féria hair color line and choose from the Smokey Pastels collection, with colors like blue, pink and lavender; the Fashion Metallics collection, with shades like rose gold; or the Glam Grunge collection, with hues like vintage teal and dusty mauve.


After you’ve colored your hair, if you want it to last, you need to revamp your hair care routine. Below, we tell you what to do.

1. Use a color-safe system of shampoo and conditioner

Say adios to your regular shampooand conditioner! To help maintain the integrity of your color-treated hair, you need to opt for a system that’s specifically for such, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Conditioner.

2. Add a hair mask to your weekly routine

You may find that your color-treated hair needs a little extra conditioning from time to time. In that case, swap out your conditioner for a hair mask, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm, once or twice a week.

3. Pump up the shine

To really make your two-toned hair color stand out, it’s time to pump up the shine. A few spritzes of the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray will do the trick! Spray it evenly through dry hair and scrunch for a slightly lived-in look, or use it as a last-step of any other hairstyle you’re creating.

Think you might want to explore other fun hair color ideas? Check out our article, How to Get Geode Hair.