Highlights for black hair: Adding drama to your dark hair with streaks of color

Update your look by adding depth and drama to your dark locks. Check out these highlights for black hair ideas!

Black hair is beautiful. It’s dramatic and mysterious, and it’s actually the shiniest of all hair colors, given your tresses are healthy (it’s science—darker surfaces always reflect more light). However, it can also be potentially boring. Most of us here have natural jet black hair, but more and more women dye all of their hair a lighter shade to spice up their look a bit. But see, you don’t have to give it up to add zing to your looks. You can enhance it and add dimension by getting highlights for black hair! Yes, you can make your dark locks more interesting without diving into a full-on dye job. We’ve got a few ideas below so stick around!

Hair color ideas: Highlights for black hair

Blonde highlights easily give life to your look.

1.  Blonde

A seamless combination of black hair and blonde highlights is a surefire way to give life to your looks. To make your blonde highlights pop, keep your roots and the layers underneath dark. This would provide a beautiful contrast, creating definition and making your hair look thicker, too.

Editor’s tip: Blonde highlights involve bleaching so make sure you strengthen your hair—before and after the dye job—with TRESemmé Platinum Strength Shampoo and TRESemmé Platinum Strength Conditioner. The salon-quality system repairs up to two years’ worth of damage in just five uses, helping reinforce hair’s natural protective barrier, restoring hair, and protecting it against future damage.

sunkissed brown highlights for black hair
your highlights close to your natural color, go for a sun-kissed brown shade.

2. Sunkissed brown

If you want to keep your highlights close to your natural color, go for a sun-kissed brown shade. The subtle lift will give you a fresh-from-the-beach vibe, the kind that you get when you stay out in the sun for too long. And you know us, we’re all for anything that makes us look like we’ve been frolicking in the ocean—this is like the hair color equivalent of our hairstyle favorite: the beachy waves!

caramel highlights for black hair
Caramel highlights are especially gorgeous on dark hair. Credit: GETTY Images

3. Caramel

Caramel-toned highlights are a great complement to any hair color, but they’re especially gorgeous on dark hair. Rich dark locks create the perfect stage for beautiful caramel streaks, resulting to a dramatic and sophisticated look.

Editor’s tip: Styling your hair in waves will make it reflect the delicious caramel hue better and make your mane appear more voluminous. Before you start styling, wash with Dove Oxygen & Nourishment Shampoo and Dove Oxygen & Nourishment Conditioner so your locks have natural bounce and volume.

This look is funky, edgy, trendy and stylish. Credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Multi-color

If you’re game for a major hair update, get highlights in different complementing shades. This look is funky, edge, and perfectly trendy and stylish. No danger of your jet black hair ever getting boring with a rainbow of colors accentuating your locks! You can also try doing it ombre– or balayage-style.

Choosing any of these gorgeous highlights for black hair will definitely spruce up your looks. But whatever you end up choosing, make sure it lasts by using products that are specially formulated for colored hair. We recommend Cream Silk Color Protect Conditioner. It keeps your hair from getting dull and dry, enhances vibrancy of your highlights, and gives you up to 80% color protection.

If you think highlights for black hair are not for you, there are other ways you can add zing to your jet black hair. Find tips and tricks in this article.