Throw out the rule book when it comes to highlights for dark hair. Highlight ideas for dark hair range from a few scattered highlights to thick, chunky highlights that make it almost impossible to see your natural hair color.
There are so many dark hair highlight ideas, that it’s hard to narrow it down! You can do foil, balayage, ombré, chunky—even old-school cap highlights. Dark hair with highlights can be blonde, red, blue or a combination too. Here’s a bunch to get you in the mood:
The Best Highlights for Dark Hair this Season
1. Ash Blonde Highlights
Scatter a few ash blonde highlights throughout your hair.
2. Subtle Ombré
Try ombré highlights near your face, and only at the front of your hair.
3. Honey and Caramel Highlights
Go with two highlight shades: honey and caramel to create depth.
4. Heavy Blonde Highlights
Go blonde with heavy blonde highlights. To prevent color from going brassy, use a purple shampoo (they prevent both fading and brassy shades) like Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Shampoo.
5. Bronze and Brown
Add warmth to dark hair with bronze highlights.
6. Chocolate Brown Highlights
Add subtle warm chocolate brown highlights to dark hair.
7. Caramel Highlights
Add a warm tone to your hair with caramel shades. Keep those tones warm by using Catwalk by TIGI Fashionista Brunette Mask once a week.
8. Sun-Kissed Balayage
Balayage is hand-painted highlights. A stylist can use a thin or thick brush to paint them on. Try the dark hair with highlights look with very thin, very blonde highlights near your face.
9. Highlights and an Undercut
Try very heavy highlights, like various shades of pink, leave your dark roots alone, and then have an undercut where your natural hue blazes through.
10. Dark and Neon Green Highlights
Mix bands of neon and dark green highlights. Let your natural shade peep through.
11. Blorange Ombré
12. Scarlet, Orange and Red Ombré
Be on fire with highlights for dark hair that range in warm shades from scarlet to orange.
13. Gradient Highlights
Color goes from mild to intense at your ends.
14. Colors of the Sea
Using the colors of the ocean as inspiration, this is a cool look that leaves only your roots and under hair untouched.
15. Teal Ombré
Only the mid-length to the ends are highlighted with a teal blue shade.
16. Cherry Cola Highlights
Use cherry cola to frame your face.
17. Rainbow Highlights
Highlights upon highlights upon highlights! Keep everything shiny and glossy with TRESemmé Smooth & Silky No Frizz Shine Spray.
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