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Thinking of changing your hair color as we say goodbye to winter and hello to spring? 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 hue 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 two-toned ‘do? Scratching your head as to how exactly that’d work? We’ve got all the info you could ever hope to know about two-toned hair color 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 is allows you to experiment with two colors 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, there are four ways to approach the trend. Which will you choose?
1. Top and bottom layers. The most common of all the two-toned looks would have to be a hidden layer. By dyeing your hair in top and bottom layers, you can maintain an office-approved hairstyle on top, only to reveal a bold color statement every time you flip your hair. Although it’s typical for a natural color to be on top in this style, it’s totally up to you—you could feasibly rock two trendy pastels if you’re feeling bold.
2. Colored tips. A full layer of color not really you’re thing? Totally understandable—major hair alterations can be a tad intimidating. You can still try the two-toned 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 color change, it may be best to visit a professional colorist at the salon. That’s especially true if your starting 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 hues at home. Try the L'Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color, which is available in a variety of fun shades ranging from peach to aqua.
After you’ve colored your hair, you may want to switch up your hair care routine and start using a system of shampoo and conditioner designed for color-treated hair. Try the L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Shampoo and L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Conditioner.