20+ Best Pretty Hair Highlights Ideas

Looking to lighten things up (well, aren't we all)? Whether you want to inject some brightness into your base colour, or just want to know what options are out there, highlights are one of the easiest ways to update your tresses for the better. Not quite sure what highlights (or lowlights) are, or how the process works? Don’t worry: we’ve got the answers to all your hair-highlighting queries right here.

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From editor-approved guides that explain the key differences between highlights and lowlights (hint: lowlights work to darken the strands, while highlights focus on lightening) to galleries that feature the trendiest hair highlights around. Understanding highlights and how they can work for you will be a breeze!

There are several things you need to consider before getting highlights. For instance, will you go for partial highlights or opt for a full-head of highlights? Will you choose highlights or lowlights? And most importantly, which type of highlighting technique will work best for your hair type? And if you think blonde highlights are the only colour in the book, you need to think again. There’s magnitude of highlight colours to try, from subtle caramels to daring reds; their effectiveness all depend on your skin undertones.

If you’re feeling a little confused, fear not: we’re here to guide you through it all, so you can have the confidence to know what to request when you next go to your colourist. And while you’re at it, why not click through for some extra colour inspiration? You can emulate any of these on-trend ATH-approved looks and make highlighted hair your own. Whatever your pick, we’re know you’ll rock it brilliantly.