A split dye is when you use one color per side of your head, giving a two toned look.
@Die4whitney in a Transylvania and Virgin Pink split dye
How to create a split dye at home:
- Pre-lighten hair if you’re planning on doing pastels or any AF colors that aren’t great for darker hair. See this blog for the best colors for unbleached hair if you don’t want to pre-lighten.
- Part hair down the center of your head starting from the top all of the way to the base of your neck.
- Clip the half of your hair that you are dyeing second to one side starting from the base of your neck, using more clips as needed to make sure the hair is secure to one side.
- Take the other half of your hair and clip the top of your head, leaving only one small section, starting from underneath.
- Apply dye section by section, roots to ends, until you have reached the top of your head. Make sure the last section you are careful to only apply product on the side of your hair you are dyeing. Go slowly here! I recommend using a small amount of dye applied with a brush and repeating until the last section is fully saturated.
- Apply steps 4 and 5 to the other side of your head with your second color.
- When you are ready to rinse, use cold water and lean your head to each side to prevent bleeding. Or if you have a detachable shower head, rinse each side at a time.
- Air dry or style from there and take a selfie or video of your new look and share it with us on Instagram!
@pret_a_paisley in Wrath, Ritual, and Violet Dream Money Pieces
Money Pieces are dyed face framing sections for a fun color pop!
How to create money pieces at home:
- Part from the middle of your scalp from the top of your head about 1-2 inches back depending on how chunky you want your money pieces to be.
- Section each side from the end of that part, moving down the side of your head towards each ear. Clip or tie back the hair behind the money piece sections to make sure it is out of the way.
- Apply dye to each side of the hair starting from the root to the ends. If you have thicker hair, do this in sections moving from underneath to the top. I recommend using a brush to do this. Be sure your hair is very saturated.
- When it’s time to rinse, use cold water and keep the back of your hair clipped or pulled back. Lean your head forward and rinse to prevent any bleeding.
- Enjoy your new fun look!
Color melts can be applied to any sectioned portion of hair, whether that is all over color, money pieces, peek-a-boos, etc., and can include as many colors as you want. Just make sure you are using complementary colors so when you blend them, they work together! A color melt is exactly what it is called- you are melting or blending each color into the next.
@Ciarasikes created this rainbow color melt
How to create a color melt at home:
- Section hair into the style you want to do the color melt on.
- Take a smaller section of hair and clip up the rest, sectioning from the base of the section to the top of your head.
- Apply the color you are using for the top of the melt at the root, making downward strokes with the brush. Apply as far down as you want for that color.
- With the second color, apply starting about a centimeter from the end of the previous color. If you are only using 2 colors, apply all of the way to the ends of each section. If you are using more than two colors, apply as far down as you want each color section to go, and apply the last color to the ends.
- With a gloved hand or brush, blend the two colors filling in the gap. The colors will mix creating an ombre gradient so there is no banding in the melt.
AF pro tip: Make sure you are making each color block the same size for an even melt for each hair section for an even look!
Here is a video for multi-colored rainbow color melt!
There are so many color placements and mixes you can create using Arctic Fox, but these are some of the trendiest placements for the summer! You can even get creative with combining all of them, like a color melt on a split dye, split dyed money pieces, or a combination of all three! What color color placement are you going to try next?