6 Hair Highlighting Techniques for Beginners


Are you tired of experimenting with just haircuts? Do you feel you have tried almost every new look possible with hairstyles and haircuts? And now want to rejuvenate your whole look but can’t think of how to? Hair color is the answer! Not just the plain old whole hair color, but the fresh and trendy highlights. Yes, we are suggesting highlights in every incarnation, from blonde to brown and everything in between or even an ombre.

Hair highlighting is a great way to change up your entire look by adding texture to otherwise monochromic colored hair. It gives your hair more volume and also is the ongoing trend. It is what everyone wants to try their luck at, but sadly, people lack the basic knowledge. That is why they end up having bad experiences and hesitancy for the next time. It is quite astonishing that a majority of the interested lot is unaware of the basic difference between a highlight and a lowlight, let alone the details of different techniques.

You would probably be in the same dilemma right now as to which highlight would go with your hair and which technique is the least damaging. First of all, know that it is very normal to get overwhelmed because there is just too much of it to understand. However, there is nothing that cannot be taught or learned. The key to success as Luis Fonsi sang, Pasito a Pasito! (Step by Step) *starts humming Despacito*

To start with the very the basics, one should know the difference between highlights and lowlights. Contrary to what you may be thinking, highlights are hair strands that are lighter in shade than the base color. In contrast to this, lowlights are darker strands of hair color than the base color. All depends on what your natural or dyed hair color is, as that would be the base color.

There is much to know about highlights and different techniques compared to lowlights. The latter produces depth and adds contrast when hair has faded due to repeated highlights. It evens the aftermath of constant highlighting. Despite that, highlights are the more commonly chosen. So we will focus on its different types based on different techniques. Read on.

Chunky Highlights:

People with thick and coarse hair, chunky highlights is for them. Usually, streaks of bold sections of an inch are highlighted with lighter shades than the base color. Though people who want to stand out and be the one everyone looks at, opt for bold and funky colors. This brings out the fun element of their personality. Analyze your face and experiment with your creativity for the perfect look.

Peek a Boo Highlights:

Unlike chunky highlights, this technique colors thin strands of hair at a time. Thin streaks, the actual start of the highlights trend, add definition to dull and lifeless hair. They are known for their subtlety. If you want to avoid drama, go for one or two shade lighter than your hair color. That would enhance the natural color of your hair without overdoing anything. Opt for an extreme light shade or neon hue for the extra oomph factor. This is the safest technique for all the first timers.

Ombre highlights:

Gradients and ombre are a must have variant in every branch of the fashion industry. So is the case for hair highlights. The darkest color is near the roots, known as the top and then it fades into lighter shades as we go down to the tips. It can be done in a natural way like a gradient fading off. Or go for the upside down ombre with darker tips. The choice is yours.

Multidimensional Highlights:

Ever wondered how these celebrities show up with soft sun kissed hair? Well, the answer is multidimensional highlights. More than two colors are used to make the hair look fuller and soft instead of a bold jarring look. Make sure the colors you choose, contrast each other. Prior to this, the layered hair cut is highly recommended to further accentuate the hair color for a more voluminous illusion.

Balayage Highlights:

Balayage is French for “sweep”, which refers to the sweeping motion of the brush to color the hair. The free hand strokes give a more natural bleachy gradient. Swatches of hair are taken from the whole head and painted with a lightening agent. This is done in an uprising manner around the head. This is why the highlights are not symmetrical of systemic, which gives fatter highlights. It is the perfect option when one wants a dramatic yet casual beach hair. Lighter tips are attained by bleaching using peroxide, which may not work the best for everyone. So a careful thought process is necessary before diving into it.

Foil Highlights:

In contrast to the Balayage technique, foil highlights are symmetrical. The hair strands are weaved before applying the hair lightening agent. They are directed on top as well as underneath your hair, which gives an even distribution. This, therefore, blends more with your natural base color than Balayage. The name foil comes from the foil used for limiting the agent to selected hair area and for keeping the color moist to avoid drying up. For people who want accuracy and exactness, this is the look. It can be controlled precisely as to where the color would go and what the final shade will be.

Remember that there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to highlighting, things can vary according to personal preference and creativity of your hairstylist. The combination of these techniques or adding high and low lights together can also produce glamorous results. Take time out and google different pictures to select your final look. Take that picture to your saloon instead of using technical terms which actually mean something else. This would save you the trouble of miscommunication leading to hair disaster.  Lastly, aim for personal satisfaction because hair is important when it comes to overall confidence. Have fun and stay fabulous!

6 Hair Highlighting Techniques for Beginners