The secret to natural looking highlights

Remember back when you were a kid and your hair would get lighter during the summer because of the sun’s natural effects? Well, unless you’re spending the next four months on a beach, then your highlights are going to come from a bottle. We’re of the mind that everybody should sport highlights whether your hair is darkest brown or fairest blonde, weaving in lighter, brighter shades brightens up the face and adds much-needed dimension to every hair type and style.

In order to make your man-made streaks look natural you should only go one or two shades lighter than your base color. But the real secret to gorgeous highlights is all in where you place them. It might sound weird to leave out your roots, but the results are really pretty, plus you can go way longer between color appointments. If you try this technique at home, ditch the applicator that comes in the kit and use a Q-tip to paint on the streaks exactly where you want them. Here is the secret to natural looking highlights.

When you talk of hair, level refers to lightness or darkness. The more natural you want your highlights to look, the closer the level should be to your own. In other words, if your hair is black and you put in blonde highlights, the result will not be very natural-looking. If your goal is a natural, sun-kissed appearance, stay fairly close to the same level of lightness/darkness of your other hair.

Tone actually means how warm or cool your hair color is. Is your hair golden? Or ashy? Or red? When doing natural-looking highlights, the tone in most cases should be kept slightly on the warm side, because this is how hair naturally lightens. Now if your hair is black or in a darker shade, highlights should be a medium brown or caramel color. If your hair is light brown or blonde, highlights should be a golden tone or platinum tone, respectively.

The last is the application. This includes how the highlights are put into the hair- the technique and tools used, how thick or thin the highlights are, and where the highlights are placed. For the most natural look, highlights should be applied to extremely thin sections that have been separated with a very fine weave.