How to Add Highlights to Hair

Choose the Right Color

There are various methods available to add highlights to your hair, such as baby lights, lowlights, balayage, and ombre. It is essential to select an appropriate hue that complements your skin tone. Warmer skin tones should be yellow and golden tones, while cooler skin tones prefer blue and pink hues. Dark hair colors look beautiful with browns, caramels, and mocha brown-black chocolate brown highlights. If you have blonde hair, lighter shades tend to work best.

Take Your Time

When lightening your hair at home, take the time and care for successful results. This is especially important when creating highlights, as they usually require bleaching and toning. Rushing this step may result in lighter-than-intended colors or ones that need to match better with your skin tone. Read your highlight kit directions carefully and practice using the applicator tools if needed.

Leave the Bleach on for the Right Amount of Time

To minimize damage, leave bleach on for a maximum of 30 minutes. The duration depends on factors like your hair color’s impact and texture. Darker tones generally require more bleach to lighten than lighter locks. Coarser hair tends to lighten more quickly than finer strands. Perform a stretch test with a few strands to check if the bleach has over-processed your hair.

Don’t Overdo It

Adding highlights can enhance depth and dimension, but avoid creating an unnatural stripiness by ensuring the highlight shade is no more than two shades lighter than your base color. Look for kits with toner to eliminate brassiness and make your highlights appear more natural. Use aluminum foil to isolate the bleached section and protect your scalp.