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Add Zest to Your Look With Hair Highlights

Gone are the days of the same old highlights! Step into the fashionable, color rich world we are living in the here and now.

Different types of techniques, placement and color combinations are some of the latest and greatest trends in hair highlights. Experiment with bright bold color, face framing highlights, asymmetrical color and fashion colors.

  • Sunset Strip

    Bold, bright copper strips of color through warm brown hair makes quite a statement. Talk to your stylist about adding thick highlights, leaving large sections of warm brown in between. This will keep the highlights from blending together.

    Sunset Strip Pretty Hair Highlights Sunset Hair Highlights

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Light to medium skin tones that look great wearing shades of orange carry this color wonderfully. Hair that is worn straight will show off the highlights best.

    Tip:

    Keeping up on these bright highlights are a must. At home care, (color conserving shampoo and color protecting styling products), along with regular color appointments will keep your copper bright and brown rich. Ask your stylist for their recommendations.

  • Pop of Color

    Pastels are all the rage right now! Adding a section of highlights that produce a pop of color is a fun way to play with pastels. Yellow, mint green, baby blue, lavender or pink are just a few of the hottest colors that look amazing within a blonde highlighted look.

    Pop of Color Blonde with a Hint of Pastel Highlights Pop of Color Blonde with a Hint of Pastel Highlights Side View

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Any skin tone that can wear blonde can also wear a pop of pastel! A great way to pick out the shade of your pastel is your wardrobe. If you look great in light blue, green, yellow or pink, then that’s the color for you! Hair that is medium to thick works best for adding the pop of color.

    Tip:

    If you want to test drive adding a pop of color to your blonde tresses, try clip-in extensions. Check your local beauty supply store or ask your stylist if they can custom make you some in your favorite color.

  • Chocolate Tangerine

    Blondes don’t get to have all the fun! Adding lush tangerine highlights through warm chocolate brown gives hair serious dimension and richness.

    Chocolate Tangerine Wavy Brunette Hair with Highlights Chocolate Tangerine Wavy Brunette Hair with Highlights Front View

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Fair to medium skin tones carry this warm highlighted color wonderfully. Any hair type can also wear this look.  It looks great curled (or naturally curly) or worn straight.

    Tip:

    You don’t want to go too light with the tangerine highlights. Have your stylist work with how dark you are going with the brown base (or your natural color), and give you two to three levels of contrast. Going too light will produce a color that will be overly brassy and look like a mistake.

  • Purple Haze

    Turn heads everywhere you go with a bright purple hue of hair highlights! Placement is key in this look. Leaving your natural or colored hair to create a veil around your face and through the sides, while adding heavy highlights through the top, creates interest and texture.

    Purple Haze Short Textured Look Purple Haze Short Textured Hair Highlights Look Back View

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Light to medium toned beauties look amazing with in dark brown with a vibrant violet highlight. Hair that is thick and straight wear both the haircut and color beautifully.

    Tip:

    With vibrant fashion colors, you want to make sure you keep your flat iron on a low heat setting. High heat can cause the colors to fade much more quickly.

  • Fiery Copper Highlights

    Redheads have so many options for color combinations. This gorgeous copper paired with bright gold highlights coming from underneath is not only fun, but still can be worn conservatively for a daytime job. Just change the part and you have bold highlights with nothing conservative about them!

    Fiery Copper Hair Highlights Red with Accents

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Fair skinned ladies look great in this fiery copper combination, while hair that is fine to thick can wear both this style, cut and color.

    Tip:

    Love this color but want it to look more natural? Ask your stylist to tone it down to make it look like more of a natural copper tone.

  • Bold Blondes

    Combining thick and fine blonde hair highlights and dark lowlights produces an eye catching look that looks great pulled up, worn down straight, curled or waved, and braided!

    Bold Blondes Highlights and Lowlights Bold Blondes Highlights and Lowlights Back View

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    The key to this color is finding the colors to go with your skin tone. Your stylist can adjust the warmth or coolness of these hair highlights to go with any skin tone. Medium to thick hair has the ability to create this ultra textured look with multidimensional highlights.

    Tip:

    To really show off this color, always use a heat protectant and make sure to add a shine spray to accelerate the shine and draw attention.

  • Chestnut Glow

    Dark rich brown with chestnut highlights produces a soft, yet noticeable glow in this trendy haircut. Variations of fine to medium thick highlights keep it fresh and give you different looks depending on your part.

    Chestnut Glow Hair Highlights Trendy Cut Chestnut Glow Hair Highlights Trendy Cut Side View

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Medium to dark skin tones wear this color best, while any type of hair (excluding extremely fine hair) that is straight, curly or wavy can rock this color.

    Tip:

    Make sure you keep the chestnut highlights on the medium to darker side. This keeps the look soft and more delicate.

  • Ribbon Highlights

    Bright blonde and rich medium brown ribbons of colors intertwine to create an attention-grabbing color like none other! Having your stylist create thick ribbons of color give curls separation, straight hair a more textured look, and updos an edge.

    Ribbon Highlights Bright Blonde and Medium Brown Ribbon Highlights Bright Blonde and Medium Brown Side View

    Best Skin Tone & Hair Type:

    Medium skin tones that look great in lots of different colors of clothing look grand in this ribbon-inspired highlight. Hair that is medium to thick with some body or wave to it styles best for this look.

    Tip:

    Talk to a professional stylist about your color combination. Some colors do not combine well, like bright red and light blonde. The red can transfer onto the blonde creating an unwanted pink!

  • Light Bright!

    Combining a bright copper and gold highlight with a bronzed base color creates an amazing and easy to maintain style. The lighter, brighter copper highlights are concentrated in the front with just a few light gold highlights placed around face. This eases the separation of base and highlights.

    Light Bright Copper and Brunette Highlights Light Bright Copper and Brunette Highlights Side View

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Light complexions, that look great wearing shades of greens and oranges, look amazing in this color! Fine to medium textured hair that is straight to wavy wears this style best.

    Tip:

    If you have naturally red hair, this is a great way to kick it up a notch while keeping your beautiful natural hue.  By enhancing the hair around your face, you brighten up both your hair and face!

  • Magenta Mama

    Dark haired beauties that want something different, but don’t want to be blonde, have lots of new options with the cool fashion colors that are out right now. Even though these magenta highlights will need to be prelightened first, they will shine through and give interest and a pop of color to your dark hair.

    Magenta Mama Full Style with Red Highlights

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Skin tones that are medium to dark, and look fabulous wearing pink/purple hues in their wardrobe, wear this color beautifully! Hair that is medium to thick in texture with some natural curl or wave will achieve this style best.

    Tip:

    When adding fashion color into your hair, be aware that they come with higher maintenance. The less frequently you can wash your hair, the better. Consider purchasing a dry shampoo! Ask your stylist for their recommendation.

  • Soft Elegance

    Soft blondes and delicate sandy colored lowlights create an attractive and intricate color that many will think you were born with. You’ll look more like you’ve been at the beach for the day instead of the salon!

    Soft Elegance Sandy Blonde with Highlights Soft Elegance Sandy Blonde with Highlights Back View

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Texture:

    Light to medium toned skin looks ravishing in this soft color, while hair that is straight in texture and medium to thick can achieve this style effortlessly.

    Tip:

    Love her style? Set hair in large hot rollers, let cool completely, run your fingers through, then give it a twist and clip it up in the back. Pull out a few loose pieces around the front and you’re all set for an easy look for work, school or a night out!

  • Peek-a-Boo 2.0

    Peek-a-boo highlights have been around for a while, but this new version peeks out from under your fringe and around your face. It also combines beautiful blonde with a vibrant red, giving it even more of a punch!

    Peek A Boo Highlights Peek A Boo Highlights View 2

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Skin that is medium to light in tone looks remarkable in this peek-a-boo highlight. Hair that is medium to thick in texture and has some natural wave or curl to it will hold these curls in place all day (or night!).

    Tip:

    The haircut is crucial is achieving this highlighted style. Peek-a-boo highlights placed underneath won’t be seen if there aren’t any layers cut into the hair. Ask your stylist to cut your hair first and then add the highlights so you can pick out the areas for them to peek out of!

  • Va Va Voom Blonde

    Have you always wanted to look like a Bond girl? This stunning blonde highlight paired with a voluptuous, bouffant style will make everyone wonder if you have a secret identity!

    Va Va Voom Blonde Hair Highlights Va Va Voom Blonde Hair Highlights Side View

    Best Skin Texture and Hair Type:

    Light to medium skin tones wear this bombshell blonde best, while hair that is medium to thick in texture and has a bit of wave to it will make styling and achieving massive volume a breeze!

    Tip:

    After having fun in the sun through the summer, you may want to add some lowlights into your hair to recreate this beautiful color. Ask for a beige brown that is a dark blonde to light brown.

  • A Touch of Honey

    Not every highlighted look needs to be bold or crazy. This soft highlight combines a sweet honey hue weaved lightly throughout the entire head. It creates a soft lightness and texture to a beautiful light brown.

    A Touch of Honey Subtle Highlighted Look With A Fringe A Touch of Honey Subtle Highlighted Look With A Fringe Side View

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    A light to fair skin tone looks striking with this soft highlight, while hair that is naturally straight and holds a curl well will make achieving this style easy.

    Tip:

    Leaving a thin veil to lay over highlights not only creates a softness, but also helps to conceal new growth, therefore letting you extend trips to the salon.

  • Green with Envy

    You will turn heads everywhere you go with these subtle green highlights! Expect to hear how passers-by love your bold hue, but only you could pull it off — they could never wear it! Having soft blonde highlights laying over the top of these fun green highlights keep it work friendly too.

    Green with Envy Highlights Asymmetrical Style

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Medium to dark skin toned beauties that look good wearing shades of green can embrace this colored highlight.  Hair that is straight in texture and medium to thick will be able to obtain this style and haircut effortlessly.

    Tip:

    Green is a fun and hot fashion color for highlights this season, but it also has the ability to fade quickly if not taken care of correctly. Use a sulfate-free,color protecting shampoo and color preserving leave-in treatment with UVA and UVB protection to shield hair.

  • Beachy Blonde

    Oh the fun you can have as a beachy blonde! Look like you spend all your time relaxing oceanside year round with this heavily highlighted, platinum blonde.

    Beachy Blonde Loose Platinum Style

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Light to medium skin tones that have a neutral hue look amazing in a platinum blonde highlight! Hair that is strong and healthy will take to these highlights best.

    Tip:

    When considering platinum blonde highlights, you have to remember your natural color. If you are a dark blonde, or darker, you will have noticeable new growth that will appear darker with the contrast of the blonde highlights. Upkeep is a must with this light look. Be prepared for touch up appointments every four to six weeks, depending on how fast your hair grows.

  • Copper Lights

    Bringing a light and bright copper ombre highlight through the ends of your fun and funky cut is just what the doctor ordered. Not only will it brighten your hair, but the chance of it brightening your whole day (every day) is high too!

    Copper Lights Short Fun Look Copper Lights Short Fun Look Side View

    Best Skin Tone & Hair Type:

    A fair complexion looks amazing paired with a light golden copper highlight. If you have freckles, this color is definitely for you! Hair that is thick and straight is a must for this style.

    Tip:

    To keep your copper looking great, a sulfate-free shampoo and color preserving conditioner is a must. Consult with your stylist on the best cleansing and styling products for your hair. Ask about dry shampoo and shine sprays, too!

  • Asymmetric Highlights

    Pairing your fabulous asymmetric haircut with some hair highlights will bring your style to a whole new level! In this photo, they added light brown highlights around the longer side of her hair, but depending on your base hair color, you could add different shades of blondes, reds, coppers, violets or even fashion colors!

    Asymmetric Hair Highlights Light Brown Paired with Deeper Brown Asymmetric Hair Highlights Light Brown Paired with Deeper Brown Side View

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Adding light brown highlights to a dark brown base looks wonderful on medium to dark skin toned ladies. Hair that is medium to thick and naturally straight works best to showcase this asymmetric haircut and color.

    Tip:

    Don’t let your haircut keep you from having fun with your hair! Try doing a side braid, curling it with different barrel curling irons, or adding headbands, hair pins and more!

    Hair highlights can brighten your face, accent a fabulous haircut, soften your base color, or be bold and vibrant!  The choice is up to you, go as subtle or as wild as you desire. Peek-a-boos, ribbons, fine and piecey highlights may always be evolving, but will never go out of style!