Highlights and lowlights – tips for the best results

Highlights and lowlights should complement your natural hair color

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Highlights should complement your natural color, but many women over-highlight their hair, so at our hair salon in Denver we often use lowlights to tone them down and temper the frosted look. Low-lights help create a vibrant hair color that brings out your skin tone and eye color.  Blonde highlights are not everyone.  For awesome looking hair color, stay within 2 shades of your natural color as a good rule of thumb.

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Your hair color should never detract from your complexion, and too many highlights can make your skin look faded. A good tip is too add lowlights every third time you get your hair highlighted. They will help blend your highlights with your natural color, and you won’t have to go to the salon with dark roots every six weeks.

Which hair highlight color is right for you?

Women with dark hair should not go more than three shades lighter than their natural color with highlights. In terms of lowlights, tones of red and a blend of copper and gold colors work best. When brown hair lightens naturally, it has to go through shades of red first. Thus red lowlights make highlights look much more natural on brunettes.

Natural blondes have more range in terms of highlights and don’t have to adhere firmly to the three-shade rule. Gold and copper lowlights are best, especially for blondes with very fair skin. They prevent the color from becoming brassy and won’t wash out a pale complexion. When mixing highlights and lowlights, the colors should be well blended and natural. Also, don’t have the back of your head highlighted too heavily. The sun naturally lightens the front of your hair, so highlighting too much in the back will detract from the natural feel of your color.

For winter highlights, going a little darker is best. Darker hair  lights are better for skin that is often paler in winter and won’t drain the color from the face. In summer, try a lighter color like platinum highlights. It’s best not to attempt highlights and lowlights at home. Unlike single-process color, it’s a customized process. Each shade must be carefully blended to enhance your hair color and complement your skin tone.

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