Want to make a statement with your hair? There’s no better way than with a half and half (or split hair dye) hairstyle. The on-trend style makes an unforgettable impact that has got diva written all over it. Half and half hair has been around for some time, but you need to be super brave to take the plunge.
If you’re thinking of dyeing your hair two different colours, then this guide will help you make an informed decision.
We’ve put together everything that we wish someone had told us before going through with this dramatic hairstyle change.
From choosing which colour combination to go for, to what products to use and how to get the look at home.
Get ready for compliments from friends and strangers alike!
What is half and half hair?
Half and half hair (aka split hair dye or bicolour hair) is when your hair is dyed with two hair colours or shades that contrast each other.
With this hairstyle, one side of your head will have its own distinct shade while the other has its own unique hue.
This two-tone hair style allows individuals with wild imaginations to have two different colours of their choosing applied onto one head simultaneously.
Split hair dye is perfect for people who are indecisive about their hair colour but still want to show off some personality and sass.
Check out the latest looks for ideas and inspiration.
Best colour combos for half and half hair.
What is peekaboo hair?
Peekaboo hair colour transforms your locks into a multi-dimensional masterpiece.
It’s different from split hair dye or half and half hair as it’s where hair dye is applied to the underside of your hair, against your head.
At first glance, your hair will appear the same colour all over. But when you run your fingers through your hair, the pop of bright colour beneath lets out some flair that’ll leave everyone surprised. Peekaboo!
What are hair streaks?
Hair streaks are also another alternative for half and half hair for those who want a statement look using block colours.
Hair streaks are typically short, choppy pieces of colour that can be added to any style.
Pros and cons of half and half hair style.
It allows you to wear two fantastic hair colours at once.
You can express your personality.
It’s a bold, stand-out statement.
It’s tricky to do yourself at home.
One side may fade faster than the other.
Some schools or employers might not like it.
Can I do half and half hair dye at home?
“Can I do a half-and-half hair dye style at home?” This is what you may be wondering after seeing the amazing styles on Pinterest and Insta.
The good news is, if you have the time, the attention to detail, and the patience, you can totally achieve the split hair dye look at home.
Just follow our step-by-step guide below.
How to get half and half hair at home.
Step 1: Choose your colours.
First thing’s first – choosing your colours. The best thing to do is choose two contrasting, block colours that will look fantastic together.
If you’re unsure which colours suit you, you can head to our What hair colours suit me? Quiz! Just click on the button below!
Buy one box of hair dye in each colour.
Separate your hair with a perfect parting right down the centre, and get ready to dye just one half.
Step 2: Dye half of your hair one colour.
Open the hair dye box and follow the instructions contained in the pack to dye one side of your hair.
It’s a good idea to start with the strongest colour as it will be in your hair for slightly longer than the colour on the other side.
Make sure your hair is fully saturated only on ONE SIDE. Let not even one drop of hair dye touch the other half of your head.
You can use a hair dye brush along the parting and back on your head for accuracy.
Step 3: Dye the other half of your hair.
Now do the same for the other side of your hair using the other box dye.
Be careful not to mix the colours along the parting where it will be noticeable.
Get a friend to do the back as you’ll need a straight straight line that you won’t be able to do yourself.
Step 4: Leave to develop.
Next, leave both sides of your hair dye to develop.
Set a timer according to the longest time on the hair dye instructions. It should be 35-45 minutes for the best results.
Step 5: Rinse and shampoo your hair.
When the time’s up, rinse your hair dye out and shampoo it twice to remove any residue.
Don’t worry about mixing the colours at this stage. The dye is already set. Just rinse it all out.
Condition your hair as usual afterwards.
Step 6: Style and admire!
Blow dry and style your hair as normal and voila! Welcome to on-trend, split-dye, statement hair fabulousness!
- Try and buy two different hair dye colours from the same brand.
- Start with the strongest colour dye.
- Use a hair dye applicator brush to get those lines super straight.
- Leave the dye in for longer for a dramatic colour change.
- Get a friend to help you with the back.
- Make a messy parting if you want more of a colour blend.
How to care for half and half hair.
As you can imagine, half and half hair is pretty high maintenance.
Half and half hair is a labour of love. So if you want to commit, you’ll need to re-dye it anything from every 3-6 weeks.
In between, give your frazzled hair back some love with a good deep conditioner for coloured hair.
So there it is. Everything you need to know about dyeing your hair two different colours.
Hopefully, we’ve given you enough information so that your decision is an informed one about whether half and half hair is wholly for you!
Go for it, and you’ll never look back.