Dip-dyed hairstyles are still a really big deal and this spring, the colour fade is back and stronger than ever. It's time to get to know the best ways to do two-tone in 2016...
Dip-dye hairstyles are still one of the hottest hair trends around right now.
With a 2016 refresh – as seen on the likes of reality star Khloe Kardashian, Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szohr and Modern Family actress Ariel Winter in recent months – the colour fade can help you get spring-ready in an instant.
Give sultry chocolate locks and champagne shades a kiss of platinum blonde to lighten up your ‘do for the festival season and give your post-winter locks a sun-kissed holiday feel.
Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Alexa Chung and TV presenter Caroline Flack have all championed this winning ombre hair look.
And it’s not just the blonde dip-dyes that work particularly well. Thanks to a certain strawberry blonde Hollywood icon, it’s the red heads who are showing off some fierce colour changes this spring.
But if a glance at Emma Stone’s stunning ombre hair isn’t quite enough to convince you to make the change, check out how flamboyant Nicki Minaj manages to totally transform her appearance with a vibrant pop of bright pink.
The Super Bass star isn’t the only VIP fan of a striking dip-dye. Hair chameleon Lady Gaga has been snapped working a yellow shade, while Jaime King is all about the blue.
Drew Barrymore is another who’s not afraid to make a strong statement with ombre hair – black tips ensure she remains the centre of attention as she promotes her new film Whip It.
Worried that your dip-dye won’t be visible if you decide to fashion an up-do? Don’t be. Lauren Conrad’s kooky fuchsia colour is hard to miss as she rocks a flirty and feminine high ponytail with retro flicks of winged eyeliner at a book signing.
So get to know the best ways to wear dip-dye hairstyles in 2016 and book in your salon appointment, stat.
Khloe Kardashian introduces a glam golden shade into her locks and looks stunning. She leaves her layers loose for an outing in LA to show off her ‘do to its full potential.
A warm hint of caramel complements Gossip Girl star Jessica Szohr’s tanned complexion as she smoulders on the red carpet.
Ariel Winter reveals the playful side to her personality at Nickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards with tumbling turquoise tresses.
With a hazel colour of top, the lovely Jessica Biel creates a tonal dip dye with a mousey brown colour at the tips to get a less obvious contrast.
Actress Sophie Lowe shows off her perfectly dip-dyed hair at fashion week. It is perfect if you don’t think blonde will flatter your skin tone, but you fancy a few highlights at the tips.
As if leaning over a pot of Lea Michele has dipped her long locks in a fine golden colour – and doesn’t she look gorgeous?
Nicole Richie has rocked a whole host of styles and shades over the years but she’s recently opted for an edgy dip-dye with a poker straight black over blonde bob.
Keeley Hazell goes for a maximum impact blonde dip-dye with impressive volume. Very 60s.
The Hills star Whitney Port has nailed the dirty blonde look with her almost unattainably glossy locks. Ask for your highlights to start a few inches from your roots to get the style.
An original subtle dip dye looked great on Jessica Alba. It’s a hard look to achieve as the underneath is still the colour of her roots but bad the right hairdressers and you’re golden!
Jennifer Missoni dip dye is seriously cool. She updates her long locks with a rich blonde colour from high up near the roots.
So shiny! Sarah Jessica Parker has luxurious hair – it doesn’t look like anyone’s ever taken a bleaching brush to it but she manages to pull of a stunning dip dye with truly natural looking colour grading.
Leighton Meester warms up her chocolate locks with some copper-coloured tones.
Queen of the dip-dye hairstyle Olivia Palermo achieves a rich caramel colour change with her two honeyed brunette hues.
Lea Michele has rocked the dip-dyed hairstyle since the start, experimenting with various hues of blonde and brunette. We love this dark to light contrast best.
Dip-dyed hair doesn’t have to be crazy or colourful, it can just liven up your locks and add a healthy shine. Sofia Vergara spruces up her glossy locks with some lighter brown.
Kate Mara proves that blonde dip dye hairstyles are totally doable – and they look great. She opts for a subtle colour fade from deep blonde to bright platinum tips.
Eva Mendes pulls off a subtle and sophisticated dip-dyed look with a warmer light brown at the tips.
Vanessa Hudgens spruces up her curls with a lighter shade of brown at the tips. It can be the perfect option if you’re bored of all over colour but your hair is too dark for blonde highlights.
Estelle has chosen a blunt dip dye where her bottom colour contrasts her roots. We’re seeing more and more of this as the dip dye trend develops.
Drew Barrymore boasts a very natural dip dye. This is how the style started when it was curated to look as if the colour was growing gradually out from the roots.
Kristen Stewart has grown out her more rouge colour from the roots to give that dipped effect.
Olivia Wilde has dipped just the very tips of her hair creating a golden contrast to her naturally dark and shiny roots.
She’s been several different shades since stepping into the spotlight, but style icon Alexa Chung has kept her bob current by adding light brown dye to the ends.
Nicola Roberts stays true to her natural red hair while fusing it with softer blonde ends – perfect to compliment the delicate pink dress she wore to the Pride of Britain Awards.
Jessica Biel transformed her locks from serious to sensational by having a light blonde dye worked into her loosely tousled ‘do.
When Beyonce debuted her House of Dereon collection at London Fashion Week she went big with her hair, opting for a two toned effect by layering a darker colour under her big blonde curls.
Khloe Kardasian often has her hair dip dyed with ombre shades, adding a soft honey colour to her dark brunette ‘do.
Natural beauty Kate Beckinsale fades her wavy dark brunette locks into a lighter shade. A beautiful natural look with minimal upkeep required.
Mila Kunis worked a lighter brunette dye into her black glossy mane, offsetting her delicate Givenchy dress beautifully.
A big fan of the dip-dyed look, Caroline Flack keeps to the conservative side of dip dying and often adds blonde hues through her thick wavy locks.
Styled with a simple middle parting, Rachel Bilson lightens up her locks with a hint of subtle blonde.
We’re used to seeing her with a severe short cut, but Jessie J has softened her raven ‘do with a lighter hue on her longer ends.
For a press event in LA, The Hills beauty Audrina Patridge worked a blonde dye into her layered long locks. A great style for fine hair, the cut and colour combination adds volume and style to even the finest of locks.
We’ve long been fans of blonde bombshell Cat Deeley’s light locks, but the starlet proved she was right to update her ‘do, by adding dark ends to her poker straight look.
Dakota Fanning added a pretty pink dip dye to her honey blonde ‘do for an outing in New York. A fun, young look for the teenage Twilight star.
Coco Rocha complimented her yellow Givenchy ensemble with tumbling pink dip-dyed curls at the 20 12 Met Ball in New York. Fabulous!
Drew Barrymore sported her wacky black ends to her usually all-blonde ‘do while promoting her directorial debut film Whip It. An unusual look to say the least, but needless to say, the actress (just about!) pulls it off.
Most women would despair at having this hair, but Ciara certainly rocks her drastic roots. The singer lets her natural colour shine through, choosing to dye 3/4 of her hair platinum blonde.
Amber Le Bon’s hair has a shimmering illusion thanks to the blonde dye running through her enviable long locks.
New man, new hair. Following her split from Alexander Skarsgard, Kate Bosworth stepped out with a new man, director Michael Polish, and a new edgy blue dip-dyed hairdo.
Model Chanel Iman lightened her polka straight locks with auburn tips which complimented her beautiful skin. Model pout optional.
Style chameleon Jessie J first experimented with dip dying her ends bright red.
In our eyes, Rachel McAdams can do no wrong, but even we were surprised when she went for the plunge with this brave pink dip-dye ‘do by randomly applying bright pink hues to her blonde locks.
Katy Perry is never one to shy from experimenting with her hair, as you can tell by the blue and pink streaks running through her curls.
Never one to conform to a conventional colour or ‘do, Lady Gaga’ canary yellow dip-dyed tresses jazz up the ends of her light blonde ‘do.
At a signing for her latest book Lauren Conrad insured all eyes were on her by stepping out with a cerise pink ‘do, which certainly gave her curly pony a boost of fun.
Style chameleon Nicki Minaj is a big fan of adding bright colours to her long locks. Candy floss pink is often her colour of choice, styling her hair with a straight dip-dye on the ends.
Jaime King’s bob is a veritable colour chart, fading from natural blonde roots to a light blue hue, before finishing with electric blue ends.
Model Alice Dellal added an extra edge to her severe look by adding bright blue and pink hues to her knotted bun. One for the brave…
Katerina Graham added an electric blue steak to her super sleek high pony tail – a style for those with super-fine tresses.
Drew Barrymore oozes laid back style with this dip dye hair ‘do/ The actress works honey hues through her dark brunette hair, adding cute plaits in her crimped locks for the ultimate boho babe style.
Elsa Pataky optimises her shiny soft hair by adding subtle brunette dye through the body of her locks. The light hues soften her face while dark roots still rock the brunette look.
Adding a whisp of playfulness to her red carpet look, January Jones’ streak of pink adds tons of style credential.
Lady Gaga touched down in Japan rocking a studded leather jacket, huge platforms and a super-long dip-dyed ‘do.