The Gods of Hair have spoken: two-tone hair color ideas are all the rage for summer. Everyone who’s anyone is trading in their traditional highlights for ombré, dip dyes, bayalage and sand art—you can’t avoid it, slightly more adventurous hair coloring techniques are having their day in the sun.
While two-tone hair color may recall the horrible chunky highlights of the early 2000s, the modern take on this trend is anything but dated: subtle, elegant and stylish, our favorite celebs show you exactly how gorgeous multi-colored tresses can be. After all, why have one hair color when you can have two?
Anna Kendrick found an awesome way to work her natural dark brown color into something a bit lighter and fresher without a major color overhaul: Her stylist blended soft, low-key highlights into her hair from just the ears down, making the growing-out process a breeze in the process.
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Blake Lively is a notoriously bold blonde, but unable to dye her hair during her pregnancy, she let her natural medium brown color peek through. Although the color change was out of necessity rather than choice, we loved the resulting look, which paired Blake's usual buttery blonde with a soft, beige-y grout that looked natural and carefree.
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Sarah Jessica Parker is a trendsetter among trendsetters, and she's one of the first who got our hearts beating for the ombré look. Now that we're looking for something a little more subtle, we're totally on board with this super flattering two-tone effect, but incorporates fine light beige strands with SJP's medium brown.
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There are countless things to love about Beyoncé's myriad beauty looks, but this multi-faceted hair color was among her best ever. The medium chocolate-y tones of the lengths of the hair, coupled with a lighter caramel on top and Bey's darker roots—perfection.
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Drew Barrymore is one of our go-tos for pretty, natural, laid-back beauty inspiration. Case in point: this soft, gorgeous look pairs Drew's darker brown roots with a lighter golden fade-out that looks natural, but not as if she's just, well, let her roots grow out.
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As far as we're concerned, the stunning Emily Blunt can do no wrong, and this ombré-ish gradient color further proves our point. Emily's natural hair color around the root is a cool-toned medium brown, which she's warmed up by scattering golden highlights throughout, all the way to the ends. It creates a look that's sun-kissed, not bleach-battered.
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