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Feeling drab-add some higlights and lowlights to your hair

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Highlights by Catherine

With everything looking so brown and drab during the winter months it is easy for one to start to feel down and depressed.  You can help eliminate some of that by adding some highlights and lowlights to your hair.  Highlights and lowlights add beauty to your hair and will make you feel marvelous when you look in the mirror.

What are highlights and lowlights?  They are multi-dimensional colors throughout the hair.  Your hair color should enhance your complexion but if  too many highlights have been added, your skin will look faded. By adding some low lights, which are darker than highlights, your highlights will blend better with your natural hair color, and will save you trips to the salon for retouches.

If you have trouble deciding what will look good on you, the following are some helpful tips to assist in your decision.   If you have dark hair, your highlights should not be more than three shades lighter than your natural hair color.    As far as lowlights, try reds and blends of copper and gold (tortoise), because when brown hair lightens naturally it has to go through shades of red first, and as a result, red lowlights makes highlights look more natural on brunette hair.

Blonds should choose lowlights that are a deeper blond or colors such as bronze, caramel, toffee, or honey. However, blonds should avoid cream and hay colors.  Redheads should stay within the shades of their natural hair color or choose golden brown or brunette if the hair is dark red.  For the best coverage when the hair is gray, choose colors that are one or two shades darker than the natural hair color, the lowlights will need to be blended in very carefully for a more natural look

If lowlights are close to the natural hair color they will last longer.  Also, in order to keep highlights and lowlights looking vibrant be sure to use shampoos and conditioners that are designed to protect hair color.


  • Kisha Garrett 5 years ago

    Hi Cathryn! I really enjoyed the article. You really covered some important facts in regards to high lights and low lights. You are an excellent writer, keep up the good work!

  • Ron 5 years ago

    Nice Article. I never knew there were so many colors and shades from which to choose.

  • Bettye Poole 5 years ago

    Thanks again for such vital information! I love highlights in my hair, but had no idea of the difference in "high & low" highlight vs. my complexion. Keep up the good work. Would love to meet you one day.

  • Harlene 5 years ago

    Nice article. What would you recommend for women who want to go 'natural' but want color applied to their hair?

  • Regina 5 years ago

    Once again great information. Do the tips on highlights and complexion apply to African Amerian women too?

  • Catherine 5 years ago

    Regina- the same concept for highlights and lowlights apply for African American women as well. Harlene-the type of color added to natural hair depends on the style-for afro type styles I recommend using a beautiful rich color in a single shade. If the natural hair is pressed higlights and lowlights would work fine. Happy coloring ladies!

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