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Best Highlighted Hair Ideas

If you generally like your hair color, but want to add it some depth, dimension and trendy feel, you’ll probably go for highlights, those created with a freehand technique, with no foil. They will give you a sun-kissed, natural look or soft transitions of color if you are using pastel or bright neon hues. Highlights and lowlights allow creating very sophisticated hair color solutions which are hard to copy, but you can come up with your own complex hair color that will be better than the source of your inspiration. Brown hair with blonde highlights and blonde highlights in red hair are the ideas most women have already tried. Some stuck to them – so good they turned out – and some moved on to test something more extravagant like purple highlights in dark brown hair or peek a boo highlights in some vivid hue. These can seem challenging on first thought, so you may want to start with a more modest choice, like red or caramel highlights. We have loads of ideas for you regardless of how bold you want to go with your highlights!

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20 Bold and Attractive Ideas of Ribbon Highlights Hair Trend

As the summer comes up, it’s time to try something new and exciting, and we are not talking about a new gelato flavor. A subtle hair coloring like ribbon highlights can soothe your itch for a change and add flirty and cheeky vibes to your appearance. Take a look at these 20 photos of ribbon highlights to get an idea of how you can embrace this hair trend in 2024!

by Mary Allen
June 06, 2024
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60 Shades of Gray: Silver and White Highlights for Eternal Youth

Silver highlights are glamorous, fashionable and a must-have for a funky, cool and trendier you! Gray hairs are often kept as one of Mother Nature’s top secrets, but did you know you can use the powerful effect of shimmering whites to step up your look? See the best examples!

by The Editors
February 15, 2024
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60 Hairstyles Featuring Dark Brown Hair with Highlights

Single-tone locks don’t surprise anyone today. Highlights, balayage and color blocks are another story. They refresh and update your hair color and add depth and texture to your hairstyle, endowing your dark brown hair with a sexy, glamorous flair. Playing with hair hues is fun if you trust the job to a professional. However, when you come to a beauty salon, a stylist is going to ask what you’d actually like. This article will help you decide!

by The Editors
December 19, 2023
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50 Ideas for Light Brown Hair with Highlights and Lowlights

There is a joke claiming that everything is simple with women: straight hair has to be weaved, curly – relaxed, short – extended, long – cut. We may go on and add that blondes want to be brunettes and dark-hair girls see themselves blondes in their dreams. With highlights any change of hair hue is getting softer. It can be very subtle and absolutely in tune with your natural hair color. Or you can become a "bronde", for instance, which is a blend of a brunette and blonde, why not? Besides, there are tons of interesting solutions with full/partial highlights and lowlights. Here is a gallery of 50 most eye-catching ones.

by The Editors
June 04, 2024
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What’s the Difference Between Partial and Full Highlights?

You want highlights to spice up your hair but aren't sure if you want partial or full highlights? What's the difference between partial and full highlights anyway? We explain how to get each look and how to decide which one may be the right fit for you.

by Kaleena Stroud
December 21, 2023
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40 Ideas of Pink Highlights for Major Inspiration

Hairstyles with pink highlights are quite popular, and honestly, we love them all! Ready to give one a whirl? Well, here are our top 40 – all just ready and waiting for a daredevil like you! Wear all year round for a warm fuzzy feeling, even on the coldest nights!

by The Editors
December 19, 2023
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40 Versatile Purple Highlights for Blonde, Brown and Red Hair

Having bright colors in your hair can be so much fun! Any color of the rainbow is literally at your fingertips, including all shades of purple! It was once a color of royalty, only reserved for the wealthiest and most revered people, because the sources of the color itself were very rare to find — therefore expensive (like pretty snails and Sea Urchins!) But now, we have “animal-free” versions of all shades available if you choose to unleash your creativity and indulge in bold or soft and tender purple highlights!

by The Editors
April 30, 2024
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20 Fabulous Curly Hair Highlights You Can Try Right Now

Curly girls, listen up. Have you always wanted to try hair color, but don’t want to harm the gentle hair texture? Curly hair highlights are the best way to embrace a touch of color and make your luscious locks pop. Choose which highlights will work best for you, get to know which techniques to use and how to prep your hair to minimize the damage. Here, we’ll tell you everything you need to know and inspire you with our favorite curly hairstyles with highlights.

by Nikki Goddard
February 23, 2024
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40 Ideas of Peekaboo Highlights for Any Hair Color

What sets peekaboo highlights apart is their ability to add dimension and intrigue without overwhelming the overall look. By strategically placing lighter or brighter tones underneath the top layer of hair, peekaboo highlights create subtle pops of color that catch the eye and add depth to any style.

by The Editors
June 04, 2024
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30 Chunky Highlights Ideas to Rock in 2024

The late ’90s and early ’00s beauty trends are undoubtedly experiencing a real revival in a new and fresh key. We are feeling inspired by the past more than ever, especially when it comes to bold hairstyles, like chunky highlights or money pieces. If you are unsure if this could be the right hair color for you, sit back and get inspired by our ultimate compilation of trendy chunky highlights ideas.

by The Editors
March 22, 2024
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20 Best Face-Framing Highlights for Every Face Shape

There are lots of ways to draw attention to your favorite facial features. A haircut, as well as color, makeup, jewelry, and upper-body clothing all play a role in framing the face. It’s just a matter of deciding how to put them all together to make the best presentation. Today we talk about trendy face-framing highlights as the quickest and most foolproof way to emphasize your best assets.

by Andrea Payme
August 31, 2023
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10 Stunning Lowlights Ideas for Rich Dimensional Colors

You must have heard the term lowlights before, but what are they and what is their function? Lowlights and highlights are achieved using the same techniques, the difference being in whether the colored strands are darker or lighter than the base color. Blending in lowlights creates contrast and dimension resulting in some gorgeous color transformation. Read on for the comprehensive lowlights vs highlights guide and the best examples of how to enhance your hair color with lowlights.

by Sarah Cabral
December 27, 2023
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101 Guide to Babylights with Stunning Inspiration Photos

If you love soft blended hair color and a soft grow-out, then you have probably heard of the term babylights. However, a few actually understand how these differ from traditional highlights or balayage. Here is your ultimate colorist's guide to babylights with 20 awesome ideas to copy. Read on to stay on top of modern-day hair color.

by Sarah Cabral
December 26, 2023
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30 Black Hair with Highlights Ideas to Juice Up Your Look

Without any doubt, natural black hair color is a great base color for any type of highlights. With so many variations flattering different skin tones, textures, and personal styles, it's easy to find a combination to enhance your appearance. Whether you seek to add some depth or juice up your dark tresses with color, explore these amazing highlight ideas to step up your look.

by Arijana Arci
October 20, 2023
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40 Two Tone Hair Styles

Thinking of two-tone hair? Browse through these 40 styles and decide which technique captures your vision for your own color. Today’s trendy hair is always complex in color, meaning solid colors are still ok, but if you want a really chic hairstyle, you’ll want to incorporate some subtle or more pronounced accent highlights in your strands.

by The Editors
February 01, 2024
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Root Smudge Hair Color Technique and Ideas for 2024

You must have heard the term root smudge before. It can also be called a root melt and a root stretch, too! With so many professional terms, it can be confusing to understand how the root smudging technique is different and whether you should ask for it at your salon. A spoiler - there are some good reasons to do this, especially if you tend to wear highlighted hair. Let us break down the technique and its benefits for you.

by Sarah Cabral
December 19, 2023
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Shadow Root Hair: Low Maintenance Melted Looks

Overgrown hair roots that recently looked unattractive and messy are no longer a big deal; moreover, top hair stylists encourage clients to preserve the naturalness of the melted colors and to try a shadow root coloring technique. This means leaving the roots untouched when coloring the rest of the hair lighter, making a beautiful, blurred transition between the shades, as well as allowing the natural hair color to grow out. Read on to find out the most important benefits of shadow roots and to get the best ideas for hair coloring!

by Stacey Bradshaw
November 08, 2023
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10 Pictures of Hair Frosting Color Technique We Are All Crazy About

Balayage, shadow root, melt, tone, gloss, glaze... There are many different techniques out there with many different names. With all of the trends from the 90's coming back, it should be no surprise to you that the term "frosted" is coming back with them. Don't worry, the stylists aren't bringing back Justin Timberlake's frosted tips. If we aren't talking about frosted tips, then what are we talking about? Let's get down to it.

by Brittany Pavao
December 27, 2023
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20 Blue Highlights Ideas for a Bold Makeover in 2024

Hair highlights are like your favorite fashion accessories, they add the right amount of drama and set your hair off just right. There are a myriad of ways and colors to highlight your hair, but perhaps the most fun way is to utilize an unexpected color...like blue!

by The Editors
January 29, 2024
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Foilyage Is Your Next Favorite Hair Color Technique

There are professional hair terms only colorists seem to understand, and foilyage is one of them. Luckily, our stylist friend Samantha Harman wrote this article with all the important details about foilyage technique. Keep reading to know how foils plus balayage can help you get the color you’ve always dreamed about.

by Samantha Harman
April 17, 2021
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Pintura Highlights: The Best Color Technique for Curly Hair

Pintura highlights is one of the best color techniques for curly hair. We’ll take a look at how this trend adds dimension to your bouncy tresses in a way that traditional foiled highlights never could. We also serve up some super hot pintura hair photos for your next salon appointment.

by Kaleena Stroud
February 14, 2024
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35 Money Piece Hair Trend Ideas to Cater to All Tastes

A hair color trend called 'money pieces' has proved it's not a temporary fad and will be high on style in 2024. Money piece highlights offer an opportunity to create a fresh look without all the fuss, adapting it to your personal preferences. Whether you opt for bold contrasts or subtle enhancements, you will definitely find some worthy ideas among these 35 stylish money-piece hair looks.

by Mary Allen
January 02, 2024
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20 Gorgeous Ways to Get Highlights in Long Hair

Adding highlights to long hair can enhance its natural beauty and create a multidimensional look that catches the eye. Whether you prefer natural-looking highlights or bolder, more vibrant colors, there are countless ways to incorporate highlights into your long locks. In this guide, we've gathered 20 inspiring ideas for long hair with highlights, ranging from subtle balayage to statement-making color combinations. Read on for stylists’ considerations and color inspiration.

by The Editors
December 21, 2023
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20 Hair Styles Starring Turquoise Hair

The color turquoise is often associated with calmness, femininity, and creativity, all of which are embodied in turquoise hair. Whether you’re looking for a pastel shade or a bright hue, look no further than these 20 tried and true styles.

by The Editors
July 19, 2021
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20 Fresh Teal Hair Color Ideas for Blondes and Brunettes

High-octane hair is having a moment right now. And it seems everywhere we turn, locks just get brighter and brighter. And, while all the colors of the rainbow are fair game, teal hair color is shining like no other. Get your hands, er hair, on some beautiful blue-green locks of your own by trying one of these 20 trendy looks.

by The Editors
September 18, 2021
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20 Mint Green Hairstyles That Are Totally Amazing

We’ve seen the possibilities for cotton candy hair, lavender hair and even pink hair. But what about other inspiring hues found in the surroundings? More specifically, what about mint green hair? How does one fit this bright and beautiful shade into his or her life? Check out these 20 hairstyles to give you all the green hair inspo you could ever need.

by The Editors
May 18, 2021
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Hair Strobing Is the Best Way to Enhance Your Face Shape

We all love some good make-up contouring but what would you do if I told you that this same concept could be applied to your hair? The latest and greatest trend in new ways to highlight hair is none other than hair strobing. You may have heard of strobing for your face but now this innovative technique can be applied to your luscious locks for an incredible new look.

by Rachel Scott
August 18, 2021
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21 Must-Try Highlights for Short Hair to Inspire Your Fresh Makeover

Short hair with highlights is an effortless and fun way to add dimension and interest to your hair. Adding contrasting or even subtle streaks of a new shade against your base color, you can create a truly captivating short hairstyle. Check out this collection of trendy highlights for short hair for inspiration and effortlessly elevate the attraction of your pixie cut, neck-length bob, or shoulder-length loose waves.

by The Editors
October 31, 2023