Two-tone hair is exactly how it sounds: hair that is two different colors. If you’re having a hard time picturing what this hairstyle looks like, search it on the Internet. Christina Aguilera is one celebrity who sports more than one hair color at a time using the two-tone method. If you’d like to try the two-tone hairstyle for yourself, read on to find out how.
Two-tone hair is different from highlights, lowlights and other types of hair coloring jobs because this particular style involves having the top half of the hair one color and the bottom half a different color. Of course, this doesn’t mean it’s time to mix and match colors. That’s the quickest way to make the top of the “worst hairstyle” list. The two-tone look is best when the colors are within the same color family.
There are a number of ways to go about getting the two-tone look at home using a regular hair dye kit but if you’re not quite a hair coloring pro, your best bet would be to go to a salon and get it done by a professional stylist. Already a hair coloring guru? Then take a look at these do-it-yourself techniques and let the coloring begin!
The easiest way to prep your hair for two-tone color is to part your hair in a horizontal line around the back of your head, using the top of your ears as reference points. A general rule of thumb is to have the darker color on the bottom half of the hair, with the lighter color on top but feel free to do the opposite.
The first thing to do is apply color to the top of the head. After securing the bottom half of the hair so it doesn’t get mixed with the strands you’re working on, begin at the center and work your way outwards. When you’re done completely coloring the top half of your head, wrap it with a plastic cap and begin coloring the bottom half with your second shade. Once the entire head has been colored, wait the recommend amount of time and rinse the bottom half first (the top half should still be kept in the plastic cap). Afterwards, remove the cap and rinse out the top half.
There is another way to get the two-tone look without using two different shades. If you like your natural hair color, that shade can serve as one half of the two-tone look. This means you only need to choose one shade of color to apply without having to dye your entire head. After picking the shade you want for the top of your head (with your natural shade being the color on the bottom half of the hair), use foil to create thick chunks of streaking color along the top of your head. By using the foils to separate certain strands of hair, you can dye specific areas. After applying the foils’ color first, you can apply a secondary color to the areas outside the foil if you wish. The more foils you use, the thicker the color will be. As a result, you’ll have a totally customized two-tone look that is completely your own.
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