Highlights and Lowlights: 10 Ways to Wear This Combination Style

Show off your unique, multi-dimensional color.

Pair highlights and lowlights together for one of the most beautiful combinations of highlighted styles of the season. By mixing darker and lighter colors you’ll add 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 highlights and lowlights to show off your color and celebrate your style:

What are lowlights?

Lowlights are a hair coloring 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 colors 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 and this includes 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 color 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 color, 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?

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 colorist to combine these two hair coloring processes to achieve your desired look.

1. Loose Waves

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Show off your color with loose and easy waves.

Use a curling iron to create a loose wavy style that will show off your color and add even more dimension to your style.

2. Volumized Curls

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Go overboard on the volume.

Draw attention to your color by creating volumized 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 Dove Style + Care Compressed Extra Hold Hairspray.

3. Oversized Curls

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Use a large barrel curling iron for oversized curls.

Add even more volume to your look by running Suave Professionals Natural Volume Mousse through your roots before they dry.

4. Tousled Texture

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

Add some texture to your style by spraying your air-dried strands with TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Texture Hold Level 1. This hairspray will give you lasting hold while also adding texture and even more dimension to your look.

5. Tight Curls

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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.

6. High Ponytail

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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.

7. Wear it Natural

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Wear your texture natural.

Let your hair air dry either overnight or throughout your morning and wear your natural texture with your brand new color.

8. Messy Curls

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The messier the better.

Curl your hair with a curling iron, skip the hairspray and go for an easy and messy curly hair look.

9. Brushed Curls

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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.

10. Sleek Strands

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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.

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