Throw out the rule book when it comes to dark hair with highlights. Dark hair with highlights ideas ranges 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 them 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
Does dark hair or highlights make you look younger? Scatter a few ash-blonde highlights throughout your hair to achieve a refreshed, youthful look.
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 and conditioner (they prevent both fading and brassy shades) like TRESemmé Pro Collection Purple Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner.
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.
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
The 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 your hair untouched.
15. Teal Ombré
Only the mid-length to the ends are highlighted with a teal blue shade.
16. Cherry Cola Highlights
What colors look good with dark hair? Use cherry cola to frame your face.
17. Rainbow Highlights
What color highlights look best on dark hair? Highlights upon highlights upon highlights! There are no rules; keep everything shiny and glossy.
18. Bleached Hair Tips
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