Highlights for Black Hair to Try in 2021

Rock black hair with highlights by trying out these hair color ideas!

Coloring your naturally dark hair is one way to change your look. A new hair color can make you look fresh or make you see the glow on your skin that you don’t see before. If you want to add color in small doses, though, try getting highlights for black hair. It’s like dipping your toe in world of hair color and getting a peek on what it can do to your look. Check out these pegs for black hair with highlights, pick your favorite look, and go for it in your next makeover.

1. Purple Highlights

Highlights for dark hair: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with bob with purple highlights wearing a spaghetti-strapped top indoors
Don’t be afraid to try unconventional hair colors. You might be pleasantly surprised at the results. Credit: Shutterstock

Break away from the mold and try this bold color. Purple has a wide range of light, medium, and dark shades that you can try. Light shades like lavender and lilac create a quirky contrast with your naturally dark hair. Meanwhile, if you want a rich, sophisticated color that blends seamlessly with your dark hair, go for eggplant or plum hues.

Editor’s tip: When you color your hair, especially when you bleach it, your new hue may fade or turn brassy over time. Prevent this by using TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Shampoo and TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Conditioner. This duo has purple formula, which neutralizes brassy tones, so your hair color stays beautiful for longer. They also have jojoba oil to keep your hair moisturized. 

2. Teal Highlights for Dark Hair

Highlights for dark hair: Closeup shot of a woman with short black hair and teal high lights wearing a red printed dress outdoors
Ooze with style and confidence by getting teal highlights. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Make black hair look luminescent with teal highlights. Teal suits women with pale or fair complexion with a cool undertone. To know this, take a look at the veins in your inner arm under natural light. If the veins are bluish or purple, you got a cool undertone, so you can go get teal highlights. You might want to get a bob with blunt bangs as well—an edgy haircut to go with your equally edgy hair color.

3. Face-Framing Highlights

Asian woman with short hair with blonde face-framing highlights
Face-framing highlights are popular among Korean celebrities. Credit: Cottonbro from Pexels

Also called money piece, face-framing highlights consists of two sections of hear near your face dyed a different color from the rest of your hair. Make your money piece pop against your hair’s naturally dark hue by choosing a light hair color like blonde.

Editor’s tip: Give your colored hair the benefits of three keratin products in one with Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Color Revive Ultra Conditioner. It has keratin relaxers to tame frizz, keratin serum to revive hair from intense damage, and keratin essence to restore shine to dull hair. 

4. Golden Brown Highlights

Asian woman with golden brown highlights for dark hair wearing a white top
Golden brown highlights are flattering for morenas. Credit: Miggy Rivera from Pexels

Bring out your morena skin’s natural warmth by adding golden brown highlights to your black hair. It helps give your face a sun-kissed glow, as though you just came from the beach!

5. Caramel Highlights

Asian woman with caramel highlights for dark hair wearing a denim jacket
Caramel highlights help make your layers pop. Credit: Natasha Estelle

This medium brown color also adds warmth to your skin tone. It gives your hair more dimension, especially when you complement it with a messy, layered ‘do.

Editor’s tip: Keep your hair color vibrant for twice longer by using TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Color Radiance Shampoo and TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Color Radiance Conditioner. This duo has anti-fade technology, which works by coating your hair with a waterproof film to protect the hair surface and seal the color in. It also has jojoba oil to make your hair moisturized and shiny. 

6. Deep Chocolate

Asian woman with short hair wearing a brown jacket
If you don’t want a drastic change, try deep chocolate highlights. Credit: Medium Photoclub from Pexels

If you want a low-key makeover, these subtle highlights for dark hair are a good choice. They look classy and sophisticated especially when worn with shiny hair.

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7. Auburn Highlights

Asian woman with shoulder-length hair smiling
Update your ‘do by adding auburn highlights. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Auburn is a brown hair color with red tones. These highlights for black hair give you a fresh look that won’t easily go out of style.

Editor’s tip: Is your hair extremely damaged because of frequent coloring and bleaching? Nurse it back to its healthy-looking state with Dove Keratin Repair 1 Minute Serum Conditioner. It has keratin-infused serum capsules that go deep into your hair to repair damage from within. It leaves your hair recovered, beautiful, and resilient in just one minute. 

8. Honey Brown

Asian woman with short curly hair with honey brown highlights
Try honey brown highlights to help bring out your gorgeous curls. Credit: Garvin St. Villier from Pexels

This hair color also gives you a sun-kissed glow. These highlights also suit kulot hair, as they help bring out the shape of your curls.

9. Chestnut Brown

Asian woman with a textured short hairstyle smiling
These gorgeous chestnut brown highlights complement a textured French bob. Credit: Natasha Estelle

This hair color is a cross between chocolate and brownish-red, and it seamlessly blends with naturally dark hair. Whether you go for a sleek and polished hairstyle or a textured, messy-chic one, chestnut brown highlights help bring out your best look.

10. Ash Gray Highlights

Asian woman with ash gray highlights on her hair
Not sure if ash gray is for you? Start with highlights. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Put these sparingly on small sections of your hair to create a youthful and edgy look. Start with face-framing highlights before applying this color to other parts of your hair.

Add drama to your tresses with these highlights for dark hair. Sometimes, a bit of color is all you need to revamp your look.

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