Highlights are a great way to brighten your hair while still maintaining a natural look. This can help create a more dimensional look and add some sparkle for a more radiant appearance. When professionally executed by an experienced hair stylist, highlights can be a game-changer for your style. However, it is important to take proper care of your highlights by using color-safe products, minimizing heat styling, and protecting your locks from extended sun exposure. In addition, regular touch-ups are essential to keeping your highlights looking fresh and vibrant.
There are two main types of highlights: balayage and full. Balayage is the more subtle and natural approach to coloring hair, often designed to mimic the shimmer of a sun-kissed summer glow. Because balayage is hand-painted, there are no harsh lines at the roots or in the crown, which can make this technique a good choice for those with thicker, long hair or finer, shorter styles that might show more of the grow out process.
On the other hand, highlights are applied all over the head and are usually a few shades lighter than your base color, creating contrast and highlighting texture in the hair. Highlights can be very flattering on any length or texture, and they can be customized to suit your individual preferences and desired look. For example, you might choose to get a “money piece” look around your face (similar to a bob or pixie cut), which is done by taking a two-inch section of the hair and highlighting it with cool blonde highlights for a romantic look. Highlights