Choosing the Best Highlights for your Hair

Getting your hair-lighted can be fraught with difficulty these days, as there are so many different options to choose from. Should you go bronde? Have foils or try out balayage? And then there is the question of whether you should pick warm or cool colours.

If you are thinking about having highlights, check out our ultimate guide to choosing the best highlights for your hair.


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The best way to determine whether you should go warm or dark is to see what colour jewellery you prefer to wear. If you like silver then you are probably going to suit cool colours, if you tend to wear gold then warmer colours will be better.

Another way to is to look at the undersides of your wrists and look at your veins. If they are a green colours you are warm toned, if they are blue you are cool toned.


There are two ways of doing highlights: foils and balayage.


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Photo: Matt Baron/BEImages/RexUSA

Foil highlights are the traditional method of introducing highlights and are more noticeable than balayage. They are targeted at the roots and the middle of the hair and blend at the ends.

They can look like invisible rows but when they grow out are quite visible, so can be quite high maintenance, so will require frequent trips to the salon.


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Photo: Matt Baron/BEImages/RexUSA

This method is much more low maintenance, as the colour is painted on in a much more freestyle way. This means that the colourist can create fat or skinny highlights, depending on what kind of look the client requires.

They can also leave sections and over paint others to give a more sun-blasted look. This is a good method for those who don’t want frequent salon visits.




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Photo: REX Shutterstock/RexUSA

For blondes that want warm, soft highlights, babylights are a great way to add finer highlights to your hair.

These highlights allow finer areas of colour to be added throughout the hair, using delicate balayage pieces for a lovely, soft baby-blonde finish.


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Photo: Carlos Tischler/REX Shutterstock/RexUSA

Redken have launched a new Champagne Blur in salons this month, which is ideal for cooler blondes.
This colour features blurred highlights which creates a cool-blonde look that is perfect for darker blondes, and is said to be inspired by the shimmer of Champagne hues.




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Photo: REX Shutterstock/RexUSA

Bronde is the latest buzzword to hit salons this season, and is for dark blondes or light brunettes who want a warmer tone.

Blondes can add caramels and coppers to go darker, whilst brunettes can lighten their hair with golds and bronzes.


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Photo: Picture Perfect/REX Shutterstock/RexUSA

Ecaille, which means tortoiseshell in French, is employed via the balayage method, and is a more natural option to the popular ombré the past few seasons.

This method is soft and effortless and not as shocking as the two colour distinctive ombré.



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Photo: Camilla Morandi/REX Shutterstock/RexUSA

Many redheads will opt for lighter copper or blonde highlights, but salons are now offering darker and deeper reds, which can add amazing depth and dimension.

For lighter redheads who have fair skin tones, try a rich strawberry blonde that has warmer tones.



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Photo: Carlos Tischler/REX Shutterstock/RexUSA

Sombré is the new version of ombré, and is a more subtle and natural take on the old ombré method.

Instead of the distinctive two colours, with a very clear divide between the colour change, sombré is a much a softer, more wearable version that everyone can wear, and is a more flattering look, but particularly on brunettes.



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Photo: Carlos Tischler/REX Shutterstock/RexUSA

Base-breaking means to lift the root in order to soften the base color. This is ideal for those with black, or very dark brown hair. It is done to either take the edge of regrowth, to dye a base color to make highlights less noticeable on dark hair, or to cover greys.

It can also soften very dark browns in readiness for highlights.

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