Two-Tone Hair Coloring
Hair color is the main indicator of woman’s mood and state of mind. Well-cared locks mean everything goes smoothly. Hair color freshness is equally important as hair’s health. You need to update it on a regular basis to stay attractive and feminine. This article is a must-read if you plan hair changes or look for ways to care for already colored locks. We give a full guide to choosing shade according to your skin and hair type, a list of dyeing techniques, advice how to avoid damage and maintain your color, plus talk about dyeing during pregnancy and hair loss. All questions answered!
The urge to change the color of our hair is nothing new. Women have been dyeing their hair since the dawn of time. Ancient Egyptians dyed their hair after shaving it from their heads and transforming it into elaborate curled and braided wigs. Ancient humans used saffron, indigo, alfalfa, and henna as temporary color solutions, but there is evidence that Greek and Roman women used permanent hair dye.
After thousands of years of searching for the perfect hair color and often resorting to dangerous chemicals, modern women can thank William Henry Perkin for stumbling across the formula for today’s hair color creations.
Modern hair color began in the mid-1800s when the well-intentioned English chemist was working on creating a medicine for malaria—not to change the color of the hairs on his head. Instead, he created mauve; a never-before-seen color that was more vivid and longer-lasting than any dye known at the time. This happy accident provided the basis to create the beautiful hair color palettes that we see today.
Whether you want to change your look, experiment with trendy colors, cover greys, or brighten up your natural locks, modern hair color gives you the versatility and the convenience to achieve your goal. With a rainbow of hair colors available at your fingertips, the only limit to your look is your imagination.
Keep reading for more information on hair coloring techniques, hair care for color, and much more!
Every year (and even season) top hairstylists update trends: new coloring techniques appear, some, on the contrary, become outdated. However, there exist sure-fire options. We’ve rounded up the most popular dyeing techniques, that will probably never go out of trend.
These are all hair coloring techniques that include just 2 shades – a base hair shade and one more for lightening strands, darkening, or enriching with color. In the era of balayage stricktly two-tone dyeing jobs may be hard to find. The majority of stylists like to use 3 and more shades to blend highlights seamlessly into the hair. However, some of them are still present in today’s life.
If you are interested, check the examples of dip-dye hairstyles, and blue and purple hair coloring. Very often stylists choose just 2 colors for the so-called ‘peek-a-boo hair’ too.
However, two-tone colorings are made not only with pastel or bright colors. It can be classic ombre or balayage as well. Read on to find out more details.
In most cases highlights are lighter streaks aimed to enhance natural hair texture and brighten locks. They differ in shades, size, and placement. Many women opt for highlights to naturally transition from a dark base hair color to the lighter one without extreme bleaching. In this case, streaks have to be very thin. If wider sections are lightened, they are called chunky highlights.
Highlights may be placed all over your head, strategically in the front, on the top layer or just on ends. In other words, anywhere your stylist sees a lack of dimension. Basically, there are 2 most popular types of highlights: traditional foiling and free-hand (aka hair painting) techniques. The second variant is super-trendy nowadays and includes your beloved balayage.
Why did we say that highlights are lighter streaks ‘in most cases’? The answer: they may be done in all shades imaginable. Not just super-trendy caramel or light blonde. For example, a lot of women love bold hair colors and experiment with pink, blue and even purple streaks in their hair. One more creative variant girls of all ages go crazy with are silver and white highlights.
Highlighting looks great on long and short locks, works equally perfect for blondes and women with dark and light brown base hair colors.
Balayage refuses to go anywhere thanks to its versatility and beautiful effect. It differs from highlights because there is no foil or meche used. Color is swept through small triangle sections of hair by hand, creating natural-looking highlights.
A great benefit to this technique is that your stylist can make your hair as individual as you are with custom-blended colors and precise application to contour and frame your features.
Balayage is also very low-maintenance, making this technique perfect for busy gals. The natural transition from shade to shade makes roots less noticeable when hair grows out.
The only thing balayage can’t do is cover grays — unless you want to blend them into your look. If you have a lot of gray to cover, a full coverage color is your only option. Need just quick touch-ups? Try special root concealers.
Variations of this technique include strobing and smudging.
Foil or Meche Highlights
Foil highlights are a more precise way to apply color to hair. The use of the foil or meche allows the stylist to apply different colors at the same time, as well as, provide more even coverage throughout the hair. The application of different colors is great for adding layers of dimension to hair color, and can help create the illusion of volume for fine hair.
This technique can be more high-maintenance than others, however, depending on the number of highlights you apply and the shade you choose. Since the application is done close to the scalp, roots are more visible when hair starts to grow out.
Babylights mimic natural hair by creating very subtle color changes to the base color. They are similar to regular highlights but are spaced closer together and much more delicate in size. The technique is so soft that roots are barely there when color grows out.
Babylights are perfect for any hair color and hair type. They can make your natural shade shine with a subtle, yet powerful, boost. However, be prepared to spend many hours at the salon since the process is so detailed.
Lowlights add depth and dimension to hair color that let the beauty of the natural color shine through. Instead of lightening the hair, lowlights add darker shades to create contrast and let the base color be the start of the show.
Anyone with a beautiful natural base color (except very dark hair) is a good candidate for lowlights. This technique works well for curly or thin, fine locks, as it creates the illusion of volume. Lowlights are very versatile but can make short hair look patchy.
This is another tried-and-true technique that is easy to wear and works on virtually every hair color and type. Ombre means “shaded” in French, and that is the perfect way to describe this popular style. Hair is left darker at the roots, and gradually lightens to the tips. Lighter at the crown and darker at the ends ombre is called “reverse”.
Although the look works best on longer hair, as it gives enough room for the color to gradually melt from the roots to the tips, there are a lot of successful examples of short ombre-ed hair. So if you have a longer pixie or a bob cut, you may try it too.
Sombre is a softer version of ombre. The contrast between roots and tip color is only a shade or two apart, so the color looks more seamlessly blended. Very low-maintenance, this style is easy to care for and requires fewer trips to the salon.
This technique is perfect for short hair. Unlike the ombre or sombre, only the tips of the hair are bleached or lightened by several shades. This look pairs well with short, choppy haircuts. Frosting the ends adds dimension and a bit of interest to the base color.
We could go on and on about the numerous techniques that exist today. For example, rooting, crystalizing, ocean hair, the lived-in look, mermaid hair, and countless others. However, the techniques described above cover the basics of hair coloring and provide a foundation for you to discuss your next hair transformation with your stylist.
Before you choose a color for your hair, you need to consider which colors best suit your skin tone and complexion undertones. Skin tone is whether your skin is fair, medium, olive or deep, and undertones are what give your skin a warm, cool, or neutral hue.
When trying to figure out your skin undertone, it’s best to use indirect, natural light. Indoor lighting can have warm and cool effects on your skin and skew the results. Ever looked in the mirror in a public washroom and felt a touch green or yellow? That’s because the artificial lights are projecting a greenish hue onto your skin. So, start off by sitting next to a bright window, but not in direct sunlight.
There are a couple of tests to determine what undertones your skin may have:
The easiest way to determine your undertone is to look at the veins in your wrist. Since your veins are so close to the surface of the skin, the contrast highlights the undertones.
Depending on your skin tone, you will look better in either gold or silver jewelry. Try on both colors and check to see which looks more natural against your skin.
Try on a white and a beige or off-white t-shirt. If you have warm undertones, the white tee makes your skin appear more yellow. If you have cool undertones, the beige tee makes your skin look washed out and grey.