By Michelle Barry

For a subtle twist on a seemingly ordinary hairstyle or to make a bold fashion statement, a two-tone hair color can add an interesting touch to your hair. For a pop of uniqueness, dye the underneath layers of your hair one shade, while coloring the top of your hair another. For example, dye the hair underneath black and the top layers blond and no one will notice the black unless your hair is pulled up. For a more daring look, dye one half of your hair one bright color and the remaining half another. Read the directions on the hair dye thoroughly before beginning the project, as instructions can vary slightly from brand to brand.


Dress in an old work shirt and drape a towel around your neck and over your shoulders. This helps protect your body and clothes from dripping hair dye.

Divide your hair according to your coloring plans. For example, if dying the underneath layers one color and the top another, divide the bottom layers from the top and secure the top locks out of the way by twisting them into a bun and securing with a clip.

Open the hair dye boxes, read all instructions and lay out all necessary materials. Most dyes have similar setting times so you will want to get both colors applied in roughly the same amount of time. Since most dyes offer a range of setting time, such as 20 to 30 minutes, a small gap between applications should not affect the color application. Keep an eye on the time throughout the application process.

Put on the plastic gloves and mix the underneath color dye according to the box's instructions. Apply to the bottom layers of hair starting at the root and working the dye through to the ends.

Twist the dyed hair into a bun and secure with a clip.

Rinse the dye off of the gloves. Mix the second color according to the box's instructions, then un-clip the top section of hair and apply to that portion of the hair, starting at the roots and progressing to the ends.

Twist dyed hair into a bun and secure with a clip. Leave the mixture on for the designated time.

Un-clip both sections of hair and rinse thoroughly in the shower, applying the enclosed conditioner. Discard all leftover coloring products.