Looking for a way to freshen up dark, wintery hair hues? Lowlights and highlights are partial colouring techniques, that add a different shade to certain strands of hair that results in depth, texture and various complementary hues. Both of these techniques are used to add dimension while also keeping a “natural,” overall hair colour. These techniques differ to other dying methods such as streaking as the desired look is to add natural looking light back into the hair. Firstly let’s define the major differences between low lights and highlights:
“Highlights” is a general term that refers to strands of hair that are lighter than the base color they’re being laid upon. It’s commonly believed that a highlight is blonde, but actually a highlight only refers to a color that’s not as dark as the base strands, (source).” The colourist will determine a variety of factors such as how light you are able to go, tone and placement of the highlights. Clearly communicating the style and colours you are after is essential in getting the desired effect. We highly recommend bringing a photo of what you are picturing to the salon to ensure everyone goes home happy. One of our favourite highlighting techniques is the “balayage.” Balayage is a freehand technique in which small sections of hair are taken from the whole head of hair and painted with a lightening agent. “A French word meaning “to sweep,” balayage actually refers to the sweeping motion produced by the brush when the colorist paints swatches of hair, (source).” It produces a casual, beachy look and is extremely low maintenance in regards to touch ups.
“Basically the dark opposite to highlights, lowlights add dimension to hair by blending in strands of darker color, (source).” Lowlights are meant to recreate the effects of the sun on the hair which means strands at the top of your head tend to be lighter, while the ones at the nape of the neck are darker. “Lowlights help create a vibrant hair color that brings out your skin tone and eye color,(source).” This is a great method to ensure hair avoids becoming monochromatic and washed-out. Over time ends may become too dark and look “muddy,” if not monitored. Choosing a stylist that works with you and ensures you know the maintenance level of your hair is essential.
Keeping highlights and lowlights looking fresh and multi dimensional requires regular care and maintenance. When client’s come in to dye their hair we also ensure we have a discussion about not only what products to use but exactly how to use them as well. For highlights and balayage choosing a high quality shampoo and conditioner will stretch the amount of times between appointments and also resist “brassiness.” Davines Alchemic silver shampoo and conditioner tone down yellow and brass hues so colour lasts longer and stays fresh.
Overall highlights and lowlights can make a huge difference in freshening up darker hues for summer. We highly recommend bringing a picture of what you would like and also booking in a consultation with one of our experienced stylists to ensure you get the look you want. Contact us for an appointment now!