How To Dye Your Hair Two Different Colors On Top and Bottom?

Hair dyeing is no doubt one of the trendiest fashions in modern times. It has a way of adding some vibrancy to your hair. Going to the salon to dye hair is popular with many, but doing it at home is much more fun and cost-saving.

You can achieve several patterns by adding a hue to your hair. One of the coolest is having two different colors on top and bottom. You should try it at once.

How do you dye your hair multiple colors at the same time on your own? Not a problem at all. Read on to find out how to do it.

The color transition makes your hair look more fancy and beautiful
The color transition makes your hair look more fancy and beautiful

Decide On The Style You Want

Several styles are possible when you choose to dye your hair top and bottom in two distinct colors. These include the ombre style, dip-dye style, and dyed layers style.

Each of these styles has its approach to getting the desired result. In this article, we will study how to make the two most popular styles: ombre and dip-dye style. 

In particular, the steps to prepare and bleach the hair are the same, so we will generalize as below.

Step 1: Prepared

Preparing to dye your hair involves several activities.

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Get Your Tools and Materials Ready

You don’t want to jump into a hair dyeing process without getting all you will need together in the same place. Otherwise, you might end up getting frustrated. 

Depending on the kind of two-shade style you intend to achieve, the following are the basic materials you will need.

  • Coconut oil 
  • Sectioning clips 
  • Color palettes
  • Bleach
  • A hair comb
  • Aluminum foil 
  • Applicator Brushes
  • Disposable rubber gloves
  • Hydrating shampoo
  • Conditioner

Decide on color, type, and dye

  • It is good to note that it is best to choose a shade of color that is not more than two shades lighter than your hair. The goal is to make your hair look as natural as possible.
  • For ombre, there are two types, namely the traditional and reverse. For the first, the top is darker, and it lightens downward, while the reverse is the case for the latter.
  • Choose a dye that has good ingredients. If you can, get an all-natural dye to minimize damage to your hair and scalp.
Reverse style and Traditional style
Reverse style and Traditional style

Prepare your hair

  • Do not shampoo your hair for a minimum of two days before coloring your hair. You’ll hurt your scalp and end up damaging your hair if you do so.
  • Ensure that you deeply moisturize your hair a week before dyeing would take place. Use a hair mask, conditioner, and incubation to get your hair in good condition before coloring.
  • Adequately lubricate your scalp with coconut oil. You would need this to serve as a shield against the probable harmful effects of bleach.
  • Comb your hair thoroughly, undo knots in your hair. 
  • Partition your hair using a comb into nine sections and keep them in position with your clip. Three each would go to the left, right, and back sections.
  • Choose a well-ventilated room for this activity. Research shows that bleaches often emit some chlorine compounds which could accumulate in the air and irritate your nostrils. While the bathroom is obviously the best location for this activity, you must ensure that the door and windows are open.

Step 2: Bleach Your Hair

There are two processes involved at this stage. These include the preparation of the dye mixture and the application of the mixture to your hair.

Preparing the hair bleaching mixture

You must put on your disposable gloves before commencing. You’ll find that hair developers are often in volumes of 20, 30, and 40. 

These ratings reflect how much lightening they would have on your hair. Meanwhile, the higher the volume, the greater the risk of burning your scalp and damaging your hair.

You can refer to the developer level as below:

  • Volume 20: lighten your hair color from 1 to 2 levels (common use)
  • Volume 30: lighten your hair color from 3 to 4 levels
  • Volume 40: lighten your hair color up to 7 levels 

Mix an equal quantity of developer with bleaching powder well. That is often the case, except there is a different stipulation from the product manufacturer.

It will help avoid unnecessary hair breakage and burning of your scalp. 

Applying the bleach mixture

Using your applicator brush, begin applying your bleach mixture to each section of your hair. Begin from the base and do it up to the point you want the ombre to commence.

You may want to pass a comb through the sectioned hair to distribute the bleach. Apply more of the mixture as you get downward to have more saturation.

To achieve the desired results, without revealing sharp lines, brush from top to bottom, avoiding horizontal brushing.

When you are through with the painting, wrap that section of your hair in foil paper. Repeat this procedure for all partitions.

After letting the bleach sit for 10-20 minutes, you’ll need to check to make sure you’re getting the shade you want.

If you want to lighten it, leave it on for 5-10 minutes more. Light colors must require 40-45 minutes of sitting.

Washing off with hydrating shampoo and rinsing with lukewarm water. 

Dry your hair in preparation for the next step. Ensure your hair is absent of moisture. This would mean waiting for a few hours after toweling.

Step 3: Steps to Dye your hair Two Different Colors Top and Bottom

Ombre Style

The word “Ombre” is from a French word meaning shadow or shade. It has the idea of a hair color gradually transitioning into another.

For example, the color transitions from purple to lilac. It’s all about your creativity.

Ombre Style
Ombre Style

Here’s what to do step by step.

Section Your Hair

Divide your hair into as many sections that would make the work easy for you. Do it as you did before bleaching your hair.

Prepare Your Dye

With your gloves on again, prepare your color, Check the instructions on the box to get an adequate color concentration. Ensure you accurately measure the dye and mix as required.

Apply The Dye

Using a brush, apply dye to your hair. The color should cover all of the bleached sections and slightly above it too. That works for the traditional ombre.

If the reverse is what you want, paint up to the bleached section before applying another heavier color near the tips.

Check through your hair to ensure no part is neglected. Reinforce areas that you want to be darker by applying more dye. 

Wait a while

Since you’ve bleached your hair, the color does not have to stay in your hair for more than 15 minutes before it sets.

The reason is that bleaching makes hair weak, hence, prone to split ends and hair damage when you add harsh products and chemicals to it.

Finalize The Procedure

Now your hair is dyed, it would need some nutrients at this point. Rinse out your hair with a nutrient conditioner and add a color conservative to it. 

Also, be careful while washing it. Use the top-down method to wash off excess dye away. 

Dip-Dye Style

Dip-dyed hair, as well as, ombre hair are similar because they both exhibit darker roots and brighter ends. 

Their contrast lies in the blend of the two colors. Ombre has a gradual transition from the darker shade to the lighter one.

Meanwhile, dip-dyed hair has a wide contrast between both shades, more like day and night. Consequently, doing it at home requires less effort to ombre since the color transitioning is not subtle by any means.

Dip Dye Style
Dip Dye Style

Here is how to achieve it.

Apply Your Dye

To apply the dye, you can choose to use a brush or directly dip the sectioned hair into the die. You should begin coloring from the bottom up to the sectioned region.

Ensure the ends of your hair are more saturated. As you get close to the division, use less dye to brush and to have less concentration and lighter shade. Doing this allows it to fade, blending into your natural color.

Repeat the same procedure for every section of your hair and take care to ensure uniformity.

Give It Time and Wash

Wait for about an hour to allow the dye to consolidate. After this, rinse off the colors. If you wish, you can use a vinegar mixture to rinse the hair. That helps the dye’s staying power.

Condition your hair to revitalize it and get off the vinegar scent.

How To Maintain Your Dyed Hair

There is no need to know how to dye your hair and be ignorant of preserving it. You should know that after coloring, the hair becomes vulnerable to breakages and split ends. 

Besides, hair dyeing is not a practice that you should repeat regularly. So, maintaining it after a procedure is crucial.

Do the following, and your dyed hair should do just fine.

Avoid Direct Sunlight.

UV rays from the sun can break down the dye component. That means it would come off with ease at your next wash.

If it doesn’t come off, the dye will get bleached and begin to fade. Sun rays can bleach hair color and much more color-treated hair.

Avoid heat effects.

Heat makes dyed hair fade quickly and ultimately leave you with dry and damaged hair. Hence, avoid sunlight, heat generators, hot driers and hot water by every means possible.

Be Mindful of Your Shampoo

Use mild shampoos to wash your hair when the need arises. Make sure the shampoo you choose supports colored hair.

Clarifying shampoos are a no-no to dyed hair. They will immediately attack the dye and begin taking it off your hair.

Use more dry shampoo on your hair to prolong the washing time, thereby limiting continuous shampooing.

Deep and Regular Moisturizing

Dyeing as a chemical process dries the hair. Deep and regular moisturizing is the best practice to prevent your hair from breaking. 

Use hair products like a hair mask, hair conditioner, dry conditioner, and intensive conditioner to keep your hair in good form.

Groom Your Hair Regularly

There should be a new growth between two to three months after the hair dyeing. Trim your hair regularly to avoid split ends and retouch New Growth.


The first step to getting perfectly two different colors top and bottom dyed hair is choosing the right product. You can be sensitive to the different types of dyes available in the stores.

As easy as hair dyeing can be, it could also lead to some critical hair damage if you get the process wrong. Moreover, avoid repeatedly undergoing this process to prevent accumulated side effects of hair dyeing.

Overall, if you are in doubt, leave it to the pros. Go to the salon and get your hair some color.

Edna Feber

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