The lowdown on lowlights.
From bleached platinum blondes to natural sandy tones, we love all kinds of blonde hair. One thing that can take away from blonde hair is a lack of dimension. That’s where blonde lowlights come into play! Instead of trying to make your blonde hair blonder with highlights, consider toning things down with lowlights. These work in the same exact way as highlights but they involve making certain strands darker instead of lighter. Read on to learn more about adding dimension to your hair with blonde lowlights and to get some inspiration for your new look:
What to Consider Before Getting Blonde Lowlights
1. Color: Light or Dark?
When getting lowlights, choosing how light or dark they are will dramatically change the look. Think about those teen stars of yesteryear. They are a prime example of blond hair with very dark lowlights. To keep things more modern, choose a color that’s just a few shades darker than your hair. The lighter color will add lots of dimension without giving a super dyed look. Darker lowlights (four or five shades darker) will give a dramatic effect.
2. Color: Warm or Cold?
Warm blondes are honey shades with a yellow or orange tone while cool blonds have an ashier hue. You should make sure to keep your lowlights in the same tone as the rest of your hair. If you have a light honey hue try a darker caramel shade. If you have a light ashy blond, opt for a taupe shade.
3. Placement in Your Hair
The placement of your lowlights will totally change your look. Going for all over, blended lowlights just two shades darker than your hair will give you a realistic, dimensional effect. The less blended they are (think foiled highlights instead of balayage), the higher the contrast between your lowlights and the rest of your hair. You can also get lowlights in just one area, like with peekaboo highlights.
4. Taking Care of Lowlights
With all dyed hair, you’ll need a color-safe shampoo and followed up with color-safe conditioner. The Dove Nutritive Solutions Color Care Shampoo and Dove Nutritive Solutions Color Care Conditioner will leave your dyed hair clean, shiny and soft. You’ll also need to use a conditioning hair mask once a week to add some moisture to your hair, like the Suave Professionals Coconut Milk Infusion Intense Moisture Mask.
5. Show Off Your Lowlights
We know half the fun of getting fresh highlights is showing them off! Half up hairstyles will show off your blonde lowlights the best. We love this half up triple dutch braid look, for something casual. We also love this trendy half updo! You could always go for something more basic like your standard half up ponytail or bun as well.
Are you looking for inspiration for different ways to wear blonde lowlights? Here are some looks to inspire you:
1. Subtle Dimension
The beauty of blonde lowlights is their ability to add dimension to your hair. The art of highlighting hair is a craft that takes the shape of your face and your hair type into consideration. This allows the colorist to craft a look with dimension that flatters your features.
2. Silvery Strands
A shade of blonde this cool easily reaches over into the silvery territory. We love how light and ethereal the finished look is.
Playing with color and dimension can sometimes result in a not-so-natural finished look. The secret to a cohesive look is going for lowlights that match your natural base color. And going to a trusted and well-reviewed stylist to have your color done!
If you’re anything like us, you get a lot of your hair inspiration from Instagram. Try this Instagram-inspired example of blonde lowlights!
5. Light and Long
Long hair is often the length most in need of some dimension. It can easily become shapeless without the right layers and angles. Lowlights are an easy way to add some dimension!
6. Honey Colored Hues
This honey blonde hue is sweet and chic at the same time.
7. High Contrast
While some lowlights are there as an understated and almost invisible way to add dimension, others are made to stand out. This high contrast look is definitely one of those eye-catching styles meant to make a statement!
8. Cool Blonde
This icy shade of blonde pairs so perfectly with darker lowlights. This is a great way to make thinner hair appear thicker!
9. Classic Colors
Finding a tone that pairs well with your skin tone can be challenging – blonde lowlights are not one size fits all! If you’re looking for a foolproof style, this classic color combination is one of the more universal hues.
10. Ashy Blonde
Last but certainly not least is this cool shade of ash blonde. The lowlights give the illusion of thicker strands by bringing attention to roots that have a lot of depth!