There’s truly a shade for everyone — and every #mood — when it comes to this year’s most popular hair color trends. If you’re undecided on whether to go for a sweet cotton candy à la Demi Lovato or perhaps an ethereal mermaid blue like Hilary Duff, why not...do both? Two-tone hair has been around for quite some time, but with stars like Bella Hadid, Kehlani, and Sha’Carri Richardson recently sporting locks in two different hues, double dye jobs are clearly experiencing a moment.
“This technique is a great way to try out two different colors at once,” Guy Tang, celebrity colorist and #Mydentity founder, tells Bustle. “It’s perfect for those clients [who] are not sure which color to choose.”
Tang adds that he loves to combine brights and pastels in particular because they’re “fun and playful together.” Pink and lavender is his go-to at the moment, as the colors together make for a “magical combination.” For Jaxcee Challenger, cofounder of The Coily Collective and colorist to stars like Jill Scott and Amanda Seales, it’s all about mixing neutrals. “I personally love neutral brunette tones with neutral blonde tones,” she tells Bustle. “The high contrast gives it a bold look, while the neutral tones are a nod to what’s going on in fashion right now.”
Like the many color combinations you can play with, there’s also a *ton* of different ways to do two-tone hair color. Tang’s favorite strategy is placing one hue underneath the other. “I like the way the colors blend into each other, especially when brought forward around the face,” he says. Challenger, meanwhile, enjoys more of a peekaboo approach (think Richardson’s deeply cool blue): “I absolutely love taking the hairline to the occipital bone in the crown area and placing the lighter color in that hair section,” she says. Of course, you could always go half-and-half for a Cruella-like impact, too. To show off a two-tone look — and you will definitely want to show it off — opt for a half-up braid or a fun twist, suggests Tang. Ponytails are also a great way to maximize the effect, adds Challenger.
Whatever you do, it’s essential to treat your dyed strands with a little extra TLC so that the darker color doesn’t bleed into the lighter, warns Challenger. She recommends “washing the darker part first while keeping the lighter side safe and tucked away” and points to Bumble and bumble’s Color Minded Shampoo as a great color-safe wash. One more tip: While dyeing hair can totally be DIY-friendly, you’re gonna want to leave this one to the experts. “You don’t want to end up with paranormal hair-tivity doing it at home,” says Tang.
Below, see how nine celebrities rock multi-tonal hair color.