20 Ways to Brighten Up your Dark Hair with Highlights

From subtle to striking, we've got the trendiest options for you.

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

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Mix in 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

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Make it face-framing.

Try ombré highlights near your face and only at the front of your hair.

3.  Honey and Caramel Highlights

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Two warm tones together.

Go with two highlight shades: honey and caramel, to create depth.

4. Heavy Blonde Highlights

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Thick highlights can change your look.

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

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Bronze warms everything up.

Add warmth to dark hair with bronze highlights.

6. Chocolate Brown Highlights

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Chocolate brown is a warm highlight.

Add subtle warm chocolate brown highlights to dark hair.

7. Caramel Highlights

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Highlights are so subtle; they look natural.

Add a warm tone to your hair with caramel shades.

8. Sun-Kissed Balayage

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Paint it on. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com.

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

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Two hot styles look great together.

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

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Playing with dark and light highlights.

Mix bands of neon and dark green highlights. Let your natural shade peep through.

11. Blorange Ombré

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From dark to bright. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com.

Cast blorange shades through dark hair and finish off the style with a unicorn braid. Keep hair shiny with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum.

12. Scarlet, Orange, and Red Ombré

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Like a flame.

Be on fire with highlights for dark hair that range in warm shades from scarlet to orange.

13. Gradient Highlights

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A seamless red is always a fashion-forward option.

The color goes from mild to intense at your ends.

14. Colors of the Sea

Highlights for Dark Hair blue and green highlights.
Better than being a mermaid.

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

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Dip Dye! Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

Only the mid-length to the ends are highlighted with a teal blue shade.

16. Cherry Cola Highlights

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Go bold.

What colors look good with dark hair? Use cherry cola to frame your face.

17. Rainbow Highlights

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Be the rainbow.

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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Curly hair with blonde tips. Photo credit: Unsplash.com

Need more color inspo? You’ll love Partial Highlights for Brown Hair: 7 Ways to Switch Up Your Look.

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