When it comes to putting chemicals in my hair I prefer to do it myself. Before going natural I did my own relaxers and I also do my own dye. I love experimenting around with different colors and the majority of the time I do two colors at once to create a unique look. Recently, I dyed my hair and thought it would be good to do a tutorial of my process for doing the two-toned look since I’m always asked how do I get the colors to blend together in my hair.
Things You’ll Need
- Wide tooth comb
- Plastic cap/bonnet
- 4 hair ties
- 2 Boxes of hair dye (for this tutorial I’m using Intensive Red Crème of Nature and Honey Blonde Textures and Tones)
- Towel (I like to use an old one so if it gets stained from the hair dye)
Things You’ll Need Afterwards
- Hair grease
- Jam (optional)
Comb/detangle your hair.
What I like to do is moisturize my hair well in some detangling conditioner about 24 hours before I plan to dye my hair to make sure that it’s not overly dry when it’s time to dye it and it’s easier to detangle to avoid the extra stress on my scalp.
Section your hair into four sections and apply a hair tie to each section.
Usually, I try to make sure the sections are even. However, I was in a rush doing the dye this time since the kids were here and I was multi-tasking.
Prepare the first box of hair dye.
In my case, this was the Intensive Red.
I like to work from back to front to make things easier so since the red was going in the back and coincidently also happens to take the longest to process in my hair it made sense to start there first.
Apply the hair dye to your hair.
I like to use one gloved hand to do it or a hair dye brush (I couldn’t find mine for the tutorial, so I used the gloved hand method).
When applying the hair dye to your hair make sure to do small sections of each of the individual sections so the hair dye applies evenly throughout your hair.
Mix the second bottle of hair dye.
Apply the hair dye to your hair.
Put on a plastic cap or bonnet and allow your hair to sit for 15-30 minutes.
I was out of plastic caps, so I used a bonnet which works just the same. I let my hair dye sit in for 30 minutes because for some reason it’s harder for me to get the red color to take in my hair.
NOTE: If you have never dyed your hair before I strongly suggest that you do a hair test first to make sure you’re not allergic and that you do not leave the hair dye in for the maximum amount of time.
Shampoo your hair.
Technically, you don’t have to shampoo your hair. However, when dying my hair, I dye it dirty (I don’t dye my hair until it’s been at least a week between washings), so when it’s time to take the hair dye out that’s when it gets washed.
I’ve been doing this for years; however, I have also heard of folks just washing the dye out with water and calling it a day, so this step is totally fine to skip if you like.
Put the conditioner in.
Since I used two different brands of hair dye it came with two different conditioners. So, I put one type of conditioner in the top half and another type of conditioner on the back.
I let the conditioner sit in for about 45 minutes to an hour and then I washed that out.
Add in leave in conditioner and/or hair grease.
Being that I only use permanent dyes in my hair it’s important for me to keep my hair well-conditioned and my scalp greased to avoid over drying my hair out.
For this step, you can just use your favorite products or whatever you have on hand.
The last step is to just enjoy your new two-toned look.
Sometimes I’ll blow dry my hair afterward before styling if it’s in the winter or other times I’ll just let my hair air dry and style it before it’s time to go somewhere.
If you found this natural hair tutorial helpful make sure to read my guide for caring for kinky twists.