10 Cool Ways To Wear Highlights and Lowlights

Pair highlights and lowlights together for one of the season’s most beautiful combinations of highlighted styles. Mixing darker and lighter colours adds depth and dimension to your look for an on-trend and intentional style you can depend on. Learn about lowlights and highlights and get inspired by 10 ways to wear blonde hair with lowlights to show off your colour and celebrate your style:

Highlights and Lowlights: FAQ

How to Wear Blonde Hair with Lowlights?

Lowlights are a hair colouring technique that involves dyeing strands of hair darker to add depth and dimension. Because they emulate the different tones that naturally occur in our hair, they’re perfect for breaking up block colours and making those with dyed blonde hair look more natural. They’re also a really great way to test out a darker hue without committing to it all over (kind of like try-before-you-buy!).

What’s the Difference Between Highlights and Lowlights?

In many ways, highlights and lowlights are very similar, including the methods used to achieve them. They’re both applied either in the traditional way using foils or painted on freehand. The one key difference between highlights and lowlights though is that highlights use bleach to lift and lighten, while lowlights take your base colour down a few shades darker to add extra dimension.

Who Should Get Lowlights?

Lowlights work well on all hair types, from curly to straight, and depending on your base colour, they can be either super subtle or have a bolder effect. For example, lowlights are especially popular with those with blonde hair looking to transition to dark and even brunettes who want to add depth and movement to their look.

Are Lowlights Damaging?

The truth is, lowlights aren’t any more damaging for your hair than highlights. In fact, the process is pretty much identical, except one applies lighter hues, and the other applies darker hues. Simple, right?

It’s also a common misconception that you can only exclusively work highlights or lowlights at one time. Because to create a more natural-looking finish, you really need to employ both of these techniques, so do ask your colourist to combine these two hair colouring processes to achieve your desired look.

Highlights and Lowlights: Stylish Combos to Try

1. Loose Waves

Show off your colour with loose and easy waves.

Use a curling iron to create a loose wavy style that will show off your colour and add even more dimension to your style. We love this look of layered hair with curly bangs. Hold your look in place with TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray for a long-lasting look.

TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray Front

2. Volumized Curls

Go overboard on the volume.

Draw attention to your colour by creating volumised curls all over your head. Use a 1-inch curling iron and have each curl start at your temple and cascade down from there. Finish off your style with a mist of hairspray.

3. Oversized Curls

Jennifer Lopez with long curly honey blonde hair in a half-up half-down ponytail
Go big or go home! Credit: Instagram.com/jlo

Add even more volume to your look by running a volumising mousse through your roots before they dry. This can also be achieved with rollers. This is a gorgeous look for everyday wear.

4. Tousled Texture

Go in on the texture. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Add some texture to your style by spraying your air-dried strands with TRESemmé Volume and Lift Mousse. This mousse will give you lasting hold while also keeping your hair smooth and soft to the touch.

TRESemmé Volume & Lift Mousse Front

5. Tight Curls

Show off your unique curly texture. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Use hair rollers to create super tight overnight small curls all over your head. Curls created with hair rollers generally last longer for a style you can wear for days at a time. This look can also be created by braiding your hair overnight and combing it through in the morning for a cute wavy finish.

6. High Ponytail

Easy hairstyles for long hair: Woman with blonde highlighted wavy hair in high ponytail with a black scrunchie wearing a black rollneck top and blazer.
Tease the front and gather your hair up into a high ponytail.

Tease the front of your hair and pull your strands up into a high-volumized ponytail. This is the perfect look to bring back all the 2010’s nostalgia in a more. elevated and trendy way! Let your new colour shine with this ponytail.

7. Wear it Natural

Wear your texture naturally.

Let your hair air dry either overnight or throughout your morning and wear your natural texture with your brand-new color. You can never go wrong when embracing your natural hair texture!

8. Messy Curls

The messier, the better.

Curl your hair with a curling iron, skip the hairspray and go for an easy and messy curly hair look to compliment your new blonde hair with highlights and lowlights. To maintain this look heat-free use rollers and styling mousse to touch up your look while getting ready in the morning.

9. Brushed Curls

Brush through your curls after they cool.

Use a hairbrush or a comb to brush through your curls after they’ve cooled for this textured curly look. This will add a dimensional look to your blonde hair with highlights and lowlights.

10. Sleek Strands

Wear your hair in a sleek center part.

Wear your hair sleek and straight and comb it into a deep side part for even extra drama. Add some flair with some hairclips that complement the colour of your blonde hair with highlights and lowlights for the ultimate elevated hair look.


Sign up to our newsletter and get exclusive hair care tips and tricks from the experts at All Things Hair.