Is there a more on-trend color application than Dua Lipa’s dual-tone? There’s something about this double color goodness that feels totally fresh without being too out there – basically, you don’t have to go full Billie Eilish to make a statement. To find out more about the two-tone (like everything you need to know to copy it) we hit up Dua’s very own colorist, Nicola Clarke.
Go bold with color placement
The first key for nailing Dua’s dual-tone is determining the size of your color placements. “The color placement depends on how thick the hair or thin it is, and how much you want to be prominent,” says Nicola, who notes that a flattering placement would be about 2 inches from the ears and continuing to the middle of the crown. “You want it to be a bit of a statement,” she explains – to really pull off this look you should embrace its boldness.
Chop for a uniform result
Since your color won’t be blended in or look like a typical highlight, it has to be uniform even if it’s already dyed. The chance of the same color appearing differently, in different areas, largely depends on your length. “The longer it’s been previously colored for will determine whether it can actually be lifted as light as you’d like it. Take into consideration that you may have to lose the length, to achieve an even result,” says Nicola – giving us more reasons to finally get that lob.
Protect your locks
Other than making sure you’ve got big confident energy, the main challenge with this look is risking the condition of the hair. “I wouldn’t even try to achieve this look on dark hair without Virtue ColorKick, which I added to the bleach,” says Nicola of her go-to protectant.
The look works on everyone, especially says Nicola, cheekily, if you’re “under the age of 26” – though I think Cruella wore it best, so the jury is still out. Otherwise, avoid the style if you have “over-processed hair or weak hair,” she clarifies, which is pretty much gospel when it comes to any look that requires heavy-duty bleach.
Since the color placement of this style is so prominent, growing it out can be a learning curve. “Don’t let the roots grow out too long when bleaching,” says Nicola, as it will be “harder to get an even clean bleach.” She also advises to “condition it well” and heat style as infrequently as possible to maintain it’s health as breakage is possible if it’s not treated with TLC. When you feel like the style has run its course, be totally definitive you won’t change your mind. “Make sure you’ve had enough when you decide to go back to brunette, you dot want to be bleaching out the dark again!” she says.