Trendwatching – Horizontal two-tone & gradation gyaru hair

Still recovering from being sick, so instead I thought I’d make a quick hair post about the new two-tone gal hair. Who has it, how it’s done, and opinions. :heartshake:

So of course you ladies know about old two-tone hair, if not here’s a quick recap :smiley:

This was the typical gal two-tone. Or what shall be called for purposes of this entry: vertical two-tone. Tons of ladies had it from Popteen’s Kumickky to Ageha twins Chika & Chie. However like any trend it’s becoming a bit dated.

Now the trend is horizontal two-tone and gradation. This is becoming a big trend: at least one model from Popteen, Jelly, and Egg have this style.

Blunt Horizontal Two-tone – Model examples


model for: Jelly and Egg

style: black to red two-tone

from: extensions

Number one ranking crooz blogger, Yunkuro, was one of the first to try out horizontal two-tone. She’s been obsessed with Mode lately, so she wanted sleek hair that showed off her Mode coordinates.

Aina Tanaka

model for: Egg

style: brown to blonde two-tone

from: extensions

Aina’s style is a bit more relaxed gal meant to go with her fun-in-the-sun lifestyle. I think she really looks great with this look :loveword:

CARRY two-tone extensions

Both Yunkuro and Aina Tanaka go to CARRY hair salon. Yunkuro posted a pic of the CARRY two-tone extension choices:

Wow look at all those vibrant choices :cat: So pretty! Like a rainbow :yayblush:

Oh CARRY why are you so expensive :sage: (Like $250+ for extensions)

Kanako Kosaka

model for: Popteen and Jelly (blog)

style: brown to blonde two-tone

from: dying

Jelly model Kanako Kosaka’s dye job is pretty amazing. Done by Hair Salon Maris (where Wei Son goes) she has 0 gradation, just two-tone. Looks cute as a bob :thumb:

Misaki Izuoka

model for: Popteen

style: red to blonde two-tone

from: dying

She did a small tip two-tone, which really highlights how cutely curled under her bob is. I saw this in the new Popteen September issue and yet again fell in love with the blunt horizontal two-tone :yayblush:

Blunt Horizontal Two-tone – Salon Examples

So of course I had to head to Hot Pepper Beauty to see if I could quickly find some salon examples of this new style.

Even though both styles are curled, they’re good examples of extreme color breaks :heart2:

Horizontal Gradation Two-tone – Model Examples

The horizontal two-tone has not only been about stark contrasts, but often a different way of doing highlights.

Murua producer Momoko Ogihara is so pretty and she proves she can rock the two-tone, highlight style.

Popteen darling Kumickky even recently showed she can do two-tone style highlights. The dark hair really suits her.

Egg’s Recchi and Popteen’s Emika are using extensions to do fade highlights. Purposefully picking extensions that don’t match for more for a hade/haadi feel.

Adorable Yumetenbou model shows off a Momoko style fade highlight but for a more Pop Gyaru look. :up:

Of course Hot Pepper Beauty had examples of the two-tone as highlight style. The pink-tips are really pretty :up:

AHHH I really love the stark horizontal two-tone :superhappy:

So tempted by this style. I had the fade before, but the stark look seems so interesting :up:

Opinions on these, will you be trying them out :curiousmo:


  1. Camille September 7, 2010 / 12:16 pm

    Absolutly like it !!! Maybe I will dye my hair too now. But I dont know cause they arent really long, and I want an unusual color … like blue, something really special … Im afraid to do it and see the result.
    Have you got some other pics about this kind of hair ??
    (excuse me for my english, Im french :))

  2. Tina January 1, 2011 / 12:12 am

    I LOVE IT.
    I’ve been actually thinking about dying my hair like this. I have jet black hair and would love to contrast it with hot pink or red. Yunkuro’s hair looks really good.

  3. Caity February 25, 2011 / 7:28 pm

    getting my hair done tommrow and im doing this :D im so excited!

  4. Karlaa March 6, 2011 / 7:32 pm

    i LOVE the picture of the extensions that are all bright colors on the bottom!!! does anyone kn ow where I could buy these online???i really want the neon yellow ones in at least 20 inch!!!! please help me, im in Canada but am dying to get these

  5. Sarah April 25, 2012 / 7:51 pm

    Funny, vertical two-tone is coming out of date but that’s how I’m wanting to dye my hair. I just found out about this style, it’s not hip in the US. I’ve been dying my hair the other way for around 10 years now.

  6. kaytea May 29, 2012 / 2:17 pm

    The ombre trend with hair has been really big on a global scale for quite a while now, even with pastels. It looks really cute, but I don’t see it as a gyaru style per se, it’s big everywhere right now :)

    • Mitsu May 29, 2012 / 3:37 pm

      I did make this post two years ago ^_^;;

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