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If you’re thinking of changing your hair color, we’re right there with you! But with a dozen new hair color trends popping up every day, it’s tough to decide which shade to sport. So, instead of choosing just one hair color trend for your new hue, make the decision easy on yourself and go for a bold two-tone hair color. Blending two hair colors into one beautiful look, this has to be one of our favorite hair color ideas at the moment. Here’s everything you need to know about getting two color hair.
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 color hair 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—you could have a hidden layer of color 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 starting 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 undertone 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 color trends, there are multiple was you can go about the dyeing process to create a personalized look. If you need help determining what you want your two color hair to look like, here are seven ways to approach the trend.
The most common of all the two-toned hair color ideas would have to be sporting a hidden layer of color—AKA peek-a-boo hair. By dyeing your bottom layer of hair a different color, you can maintain an office-approved hair color on top, only to reveal a bold hair color statement every time you flip your hair or wear it up. 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.
If a full layer of color isn’t really your thing, that’s 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.
The next step up from colored tips is colored bangs. Bangs by themselves can create a gorgeous frame for your best features—so you can imagine the allure you’ll create with a pop of color.
If you’re looking for something a bit more daring, this technique is all about a dramatic variation in color. 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. To learn more, here’s How To Get a Half and Half Hair Color.
Similar to colored bangs, the money piece is all about adding color toward the front of your mane. Instead of bangs, however, your face-framing strands will be painted in one hue while the rest of your mane remains another!
If you want to make a statement, a single, boldly-colored streak will do the job. Place it near your hairline to ensure it gets the attention it deserves.
Those who have grays coming in will find this take on two color hair to be favorable. Colored roots are an on-trend way to mask grown out roots with a bit of flair. Make sure they’re well blended to avoid any stark, harsh lines between your two shades.
If you’re wondering how you can try the two-tone trend, there are a few things to consider. 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 said, you can play around with pastel and vibrant hair colors at home with the right hair color products. Which brings us to…
Those who want to give two-toned hair a go at home should try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color, which is available in various fun shades ranging from purple 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 of weeks of hair color, use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray. 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 results.
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, or 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 a fun shade. With colors like blue, pink, and rose gold, there’s no shortage of worthy options.
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.
Say adios to your regular shampoo and conditioner! To help maintain the integrity of your color-treated hair, you need to opt for a system that’s specifically for colored strands, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner.
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.
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 the last step of any other hairstyle you’re creating.
Next up: If you think you might want to explore other fun hair color ideas, check out our article, 26 Cute Hair Color Ideas For 2020 and Beyond.
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