Bold, bright colors are the newest trend and everyone is scrambling to find the best way to sport these fun hues. Vibrant shades may not be ideal for everyday wear, as work and school environments aren’t quite as fashion forward as beauty enthusiasts would hope.
Luckily, there are plenty of great options out there for trying out unnatural tones without making a commitment. These techniques don’t require bleach and are much less damaging than using a permanent hair color. The best part is that you can do both of them easily at home. Here are a couple of great ways you can get in on the fun new hair color trend:
Hair chalking is a great option for girls who like to switch up their hair color frequently but don’t want to commit to one color. There are many different types of hair chalk. Some come in little tubs while others are held in little devices that look like mini flatirons. The downside to using hair chalk is that it can get somewhat messy if you aren’t careful. Always use a towel when applying hair chalk and don’t use hair chalk over a carpeted area or furniture. The best thing about hair chalk is that it can last for a couple of days, but it washes right out whenever you want it to. If your hair is bleached the color may last a bit longer even after washing it so keep that in mind. You may also want to wear gloves when applying hair chalk.
If you wish to create a blended look you can try a new technique called Color Smashing. You simply take temporary hair color, colored gel, or hair chalk in your hand and smash it into the area of hair you want colored. This will create a gradient look in your hair. Remember that the color may end up staying in longer depending on which type of hair color you use. If you want a neater look you can carefully apply the color to your hair and then smash it in to blend the colors into each other.
Bright hair colors aren’t just for young girls. People of all ages are jumping on the trend. Don’t be afraid to pair up fun shades with your attire! You can even go for a more delicate look by applying hair chalk or colored gel to fine sections of hair just to create a contrast against your natural color. These techniques look great in any hair texture or color and can be used to add a glamorous touch to any up-do or hairstyle.
Two-Tone Hair Color
With tons of style trends out there two-tone color
is associated with bold highlights, ombre hairstyles
,or color paneling. Technically two-tone hair color is any style with two different tones, but typically it is referring to hair that is clearly sectioned into two different shades.
Some of the more common two-tone examples are styles that have hair split down the center part with two colors or hair that is one color on the top and another color on the bottom. Unlike ombre hairstyles, this technique actually splits hair into two different sections and colors the hair a different color from root to tip. This style shows up best through hair that is layered.
Many people want a specific hair color but they don’t want to deal with the maintenance of keeping up with highlights, low-lights or block color. Two-tone color is an excellent option for those who want to switch things up but don’t have the time to keep up with color maintenance. For an easy two-tone style that doesn’t require much maintenance, make an even part from the top section and the bottom section of your hair. Leave the top color your natural shade and color the bottom section a different color. Make sure you keep the upper section pinned up and avoid getting the bottom color on it during the process. Keeping the upper layer your natural color will eliminate the need for coloring your roots.
This process will be easiest if you go to a salon but you can actually add two-tone color at home without much hassle. If you can get a friend to section off the top half and add color to the bottom section it will be easier and much more precise, but you can do it without any help. Make sure you use a rat-tooth comb to create an even part and use two mirrors to make sure that the sections are even. When you wash out the color keep the sections separated.
The great thing about two-tone colors is that there are so many different style options that you can try. You can wear platinum shades with jet black shades or you can even add extreme colors to dark or light colors. The color combinations are endless. If you have fair skin, platinum blondes or black shades may not be ideal for your skin tone as it can make you look washed out but bright colors will create an incredible contrast against your skin. Dark shades paired with caramel shades look great on darker skin tones and extreme blondes mixed with a darker color look beautiful against tan skin. If you are looking for a more natural two-tone style pick shades that have the same base color. For instance, if your hair is red or auburn, choose a strawberry blonde shade rather than an ash blonde to go together.