Beauty & Hairstyle
Differences between highlights and lowlights
Aside from getting a haircut, there are a lot of different ways to creatively diversify your casual hairstyles, in which one most popular way that many young ladies prefer to do on their hair is getting a pop of color in the hair. There are hundreds of dyeing techniques such as balayage, ombre, somber, highlights, lowlights, babylights, etc. that you may be overwhelmed if you just put a foot in the hair coloring industry. Furthermore, the fact that their names don’t give an actual sort of indication to what they look like in reality, and obviously you will be even more confused. Don’t worry, you will no longer have to “walk in the fog” as this post will be the first “instructor” bringing you deeper into the dyeing technique world.
As the first step, let’s start with the basics! Here I will introduce to you the two most basic and well-known techniques of hair coloring – highlights and lowlights.
Both highlights and lowlights are partial or spot dyeing techniques that only color a few sections of your hair. The primary purpose of these dyeing methods is to create some gorgeous dimension, movement, and depth to your hair. The result will turn out to be even more alluring if you do both techniques at once as they blend perfectly to give a fabulous sunkissed look.
So, what are highlights as well as lowlights? What are the differences between these two? Keep reading to find out the answers yourself.
What are the highlights?
Highlights are strands or sections of hair that are dyed two or three tones lighter than your hair base color. The primary intent of adding highlights to your hair is to supplement softness and dimension to the hair as well as make it look brighter overall. Your highlights shade is determined based on your skin tone and your natural hair color. No matter what the base color of your hair is, the highlights tones that considered to be used should never be more than 3 shades lighter than it, unless you want to be a zebra or a skunk. For example, if you have the natural blonde hair, your highlights should be a shade of platinum or a lighter tone of blonde, jet black hair should go for a shade of dark brown, etc. You should ask for the help of your professional hairdresser to choose the best highlights shade for your hair.
Highlights, when it is done properly, will create an illusion of just having a vacation in a tropical paradise as it will give your hair that dreamy sun-kissed glow. Because of its natural-looking, this dyeing technique is preferred by many women around the world.
What are the Lowlights?
If highlights are some lighter sections or strands of your hair then lowlights, which can be predicted from the name, are completely in the opposite direction. Instead of picking some thin or thick sections of hair and coloring them in a few shades lighter than the base color of your hair, you will go with a tone or two darker for lowlights. This dyeing method not only helps add movement and depth for your hair but also makes it look thicker and more voluminous in general. In fact, people are more familiar with highlights than lowlights since this dyeing method is usually considered as a complementary technique. People usually blend in some lowlights after they have highlighted their hair with the intention of adding more dimension and movement for hair or just basically want to fix their overly lightened strands.
What are the differences between highlights and lowlights?
Right from the name of these two dyeing techniques, you must have realized that there is something different between the two things. Indeed, these two hair color techniques are different from each other in many ways. Let’s take a look at some of the differences between highlights and lowlights:
- Although there is no official research, with the long experience, the professional hairdressers believe that highlights look better on dark hair while lowlights will work better on lighter hair.
- The second difference point is about some particular steps in the dyeing process. As for highlights, some bright shades such as platinum or lighter blonde tone may require you to bleach your hair before highlighting. And this obviously will somehow seriously damage your hair. Lowlighting, however, simply requires putting color onto your hair to dye it (this will still damage your hair though but on a very lower level).
- These two techniques both work well to add dimension on your hair, highlights give more movement to hair and create a sun-kissed effect while lowlights so better on adding depth and volume to your strands.
Well, now you have already know what highlights and lowlights are and the differences between them. What are you still waiting for without trying these dyeing styles right away to have a more dynamic summer? In case you’re concerned about damaging the hair due to the anilines, then why don’t you consider using hair extension? If you want to buy hair extensions, don’t hesitate to come to MACSARA’s store and find the best products for you.
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