Remember when Lily Aldridge hit the Victoria’s Secret runway with blonde mid-lengths? From that day, an obsession with all things ombré, balayage and dip-dye hair was born. Back then, the majority of dip-dyes you’d see featured darker roots and lightened tips, re-creating the same subtle, sun-kissed finish of childhood summers past.
>But dip-dye has come a long way. Now it‘s seen on all manner of hair colours and textures, with acid brights and pastel tones joining the traditional bronde palette. Search “dip dye” on Pinterest, and you’ll be treated to a raft of two-tone looks in a rainbow of shades, from golden toffee to pumpkin spice to aquamarine.
>Let’s clear one thing up, though: While many still think ombré, balayage and dip-dye are one and the same, there are a few crucial differences between these colouring techniques that you need to be aware of. We’ll break them down…
>Dip-dye: Two colours make up a dip dye; the root shade and the tone throughout the tips. Done right, your hair will appear as if it has been literally dipped in dye (hence the name).
>Ombré: Much like dip-dye, ombré is a somewhat “blocky” colouring technique. It features a transition from light to dark, but there’s a colour in between the roots and the tips that makes it look more natural.
Balayage: This is a freehand technique. Highlights are swept through random sections of hair to create a softer graduation of colour that appears entirely sun-kissed. To enhance the effortless finish of this dye job, no foils are used.
Now we’ve got that covered, why not have a browse of the most covetable dip-dyes out there? Keep scrolling for two-tone looks you’ll want to print out and take to your next hair appointment.