Thinking of switching up your style this season with a hint of color? Curly hair with highlights is a great way to get a subtle sun-kissed look, as well as make a statement with chunky or ombré streaks using a creative color. There are so many highlight options that half the fun is looking at lots of inspo photos to find your perfect hue!
Before we go any further, remember: Curly hair is more susceptible to dryness than straight hair. To keep the highlights in curly hair looking more #iwokeuplikethis than #badhairday, use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioners like TRESemmé Botanique Color Vibrance & Shine Shampoo and Conditioner. to help keep curls bouncy while protecting your color at the same time.
Highlight Hairstyles for Curly Hair
1. Copper Highlights on Brown Hair
The old, “Oh, I just sat in the sun” natural-looking look of copper highlights on brown hair is achieved with balayage. Individual strands are hand-painted with color for an all-over glow of highlights.
2. Blonde Highlights on Red Hair
Red-headed cuties can opt for blonde highlights scattered throughout their locks.
3. Brown on Brown Highlights
Have warm chestnut hair? Go for a lighter, warmer shade of brown highlights in curly hair.
4. Heavy Highlights
Want all over curly hair with highlights? Get your stylist to use the foil method to create highlights. Hair is sectioned all over; the more foils your stylist uses, the more intense the highlights are.
5. Ash Blonde and Platinum Highlights
Try two shades of blonde: one lighter than the other on brown hair. Make sure to use SheaMoisture Purple Rice Strength & Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner to prevent blonde shades from turning brassy.
6. Rose Gold Ombré
Turn heads with rose gold ombré highlights. Keep your style fresh looking with Nexxus Keraphix Dry Shampoo. Made for damaged hair, this dry shampoo effectively absorbs oil while not over-starching your strands.
7. Red Highlights
Instead of blonde, try red highlights with brown hair.
8. Caramel Highlights
Pale and medium shades of caramel make for a soft, subtle curly hair with highlights style. Add shine without weight with Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Serum. Frizz goes bye-bye, and curls will still be bouncy.
9. Face-Framing Highlights
Using either the balayage or foil method, add some light highlights to frame your face.
10. Blonde Ombre Highlights
Mix warm caramel and blonde hues to your curls with ombre highlights.
11. Caramel Highlights on Dark Brown Hair
Brighten up dark brown hair with caramel tresses.
12. Subtle Blonde Highlights
Lighten up your overall look with soft blonde highlights. This will help give darker hair a sunkissed glow.