5 Types Of Highlighted Hair with Pictures (Updated 2022).

Highlights and lowlights can be multidimensional colored hair that has streaks of a different color to the base color (the color you have before you highlight).

5 Types Of Highlighted Hair with Pictures (Updated 2022).

Highlighted hair

Highlights and lowlights can be multidimensional colored hair that has streaks of a different color to the base color (the color you have before you highlight).

Highlights can be added to the hair with lightener, color or direct dyes.

Highlights are pieces that are lighter than your base colors, while lowlights are darker.

This involves having your stylist "weave out" tiny hairs to create a stripe. Also known as a highlight in hair,

To ensure that the product is not touched by the base color, the hair is first woven out.

Perhaps you've just started a new job or broken up with your partner. Or maybe you are going on your first date with someone you've been eyeing.

You feel like your hair needs a makeover. Highlighted hair is your solution. You have many options for getting your hair highlighted.

This guide will help to decide the right highlights for you, so that you are ready for your consultation at salon.


Highlights can be placed in a variety of ways.

Let's talk about partial highlights vs. complete highlights.

A full highlight is the easiest to understand. This means that all your hair will be highlighted.

If they wish to add variety to their entire head, they can choose to have a full-length highlight. For clients who prefer to have their hair down or up, full highlights can be a great option.

You can ensure consistent color by placing highlights all over your head.

Highlight services can also be done with full highlights to give you the best look possible.

You may be able to get partial highlights if you don't want to change your entire hairstyle.

Partial Highlights

Traditionally, a partial highlight includes the hair at the front of the head and the area above the ears.

When partial highlights are applied, the under-cuts of the hair will not be highlighted.

This section of hair will remain the same color as the client's original.

Partial highlights are sometimes preferred by people who like the solid color to pop through because it gives the hair depth. Particularly if your hair is shorter.

Partial highlights are often cheaper and more cost-effective than a full highlight. This two-tone look may not suit a client who has their hair up half.

For clients with short hair, partial highlights may be recommended. Too short hair can sometimes result in what I call "cheetah spots" on the hair.

Dimensional Highlights

You can also request dimensional highlights.

These highlights are often used by stylists to enhance your hair.

A stylist might choose to foil your fringe if you have a thick side bang. This will add some style to your front.

You might find that your asymmetrical haircut isn't enough to express your personality. To draw attention to your cool style, consider adding dimensional highlights to your longer side.


You can request babylights if you don't want a typical highlighted look but still desire something natural and sun-kissed.

These hair pieces are often called micro weaves.

These tiny bits enhance hair color and don't give it a shabby look.

You will also notice a difference in how they grow, which allows you to have more time between appointments.

Although babylights may give you more time between appointments, they are usually a bit more expensive than traditional highlights.

A highlight's thickness is usually an individual preference. However, babylights can be great for clients who prefer a blended look.

You can brighten up your hair by having lots of babylights.

This prevents outgrowth from being a straight line, as you might see if your hair were solid blonde.

You can experiment with many color combinations, regardless of which placement option you choose. Let's look at some of these options.

Highlights and lowlights - What is the difference?

Hair stylists are often mistaken for believing that clients fully understand our hairstylist terminology and fancy terms.

In my 15+ years of hairdressing, I learned that we can't assume everything and that this is often not the case. Many times, clients have asked me to do "highlights", or "low lights" or whatever it is called.

Let me explain the difference. Highlights are lighter than your base color. Low lights are darker.

Let me give you an example. Let's suppose Betty has blonde hair.

She would like to give her hair more depth, but isn't ready to dye her hair dark brown. Betty can give her hair some low light.

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