Whether your hair is naturally black or has been dyed darker, there are numerous ways to add drama and elegance to it. Always use color-safe products when styling new hues to maintain them!
Highlighting Techniques for Drama
Shatush Highlights for Raven-Black Locks
Highlighting your raven-black locks with light status highlights will create an instantly eye-catching style, best suited for a long bob or lob hairstyle.
Golden Hair Color for Elegance
No matter the length or style, golden hair color gives an elegant and youthful appearance. Unlike bleach, this hue won’t lighten the natural shade of your locks; instead, it adds warmth and shine that make strands appear full and healthy-looking.
Butter Blonde Balayage for Natural Finish
Request that your colorist create a butter blonde balayage over your black base for a more natural finish. This blend of warm and cool tones is ideal for brunettes who wish to lighten their locks without going all the way blonde.
Recreating Beyonce’s Honey Brown Locks
Those inspired by Beyonce’s iconic honey brown locks can recreate this vibrant shade by consulting their stylist and adding highlights or lowlights of golden tones to their hair. Add these golden tones from ear length to ends for a sun-kissed appearance, or start them from roots for an undone style. Remember to maintain this new hue with regular mask treatments to keep it shiny and sleek!
Tips for Highlighting Dark Hair
Challenges of Highlighting Dark Hair
Highlights can contrast black hair colors in many ways, from ombre to balayage. However, highlighting dark hues can pose unique challenges, as brassy tones could increase and cause your paint to fade faster. To avoid this, take an incremental approach over multiple coloring sessions.
Choosing a Stylist for Dark hair Highlighting
Highlighting dark hair can be more risky than lighter hues, so you must choose a stylist with experience highlighting darker shades.
Maintenance of Blonde Highlights
Blonde highlights require regular touch-ups every 4-6 weeks to maintain their elegance and sun-kissed effect. If you prefer a low-maintenance option, babylights might be better suited for you.
Dramatic Effects with Balayage
Create Natural-Looking Highlights with Balayage
The balayage technique creates natural-looking highlights that blend seamlessly with your hair’s base color without an awkward gap between light and dark shades. This versatile technique makes adding any hue imaginable possible!
Golden and Caramel Tones for Sophistication
Golden and caramel tones add depth and sophistication to a blonde balayage on black hair, giving off an effortless beauty vibe. Wavy or curly locks particularly benefit from this gorgeous hue combination.
Subtle Beige Highlights for a Lovely Look
Enhance your black locks with balayage by adding subtle beige highlights. This neutral hue looks lovely on any strand but particularly well with straight and wavy locks.
Vibrant Copper Red for Dramatic Effects
Balayage can also be used to achieve more dramatic effects. Vibrant copper red is ideal for those who want something bold without going full-on blonde. Remember to use a shampoo specifically for colored hair to prevent brassiness and maintain color health.
Experimenting with Semi-Permanent Dye
Safer Options with Semi-Permanent Dye
Semi-permanent dye is the ideal way to experiment with new hair colors without making a permanent commitment. Unlike endless options, these non-bleach formulations are safer at home if your existing locks have blonde or lightened shades.
Temporary Pigment with Demi-Permanent Dye
Demi-permanent dyes create temporary coats of pigment that gradually wash away with every wash. They’re usually ammonia-free and last anywhere from 12-24 washes. Demi-permanent dyes are an excellent option if you still decide to commit to a fully permanent shade.
Application and Maintenance
To apply semi-permanent dye, section your hair into sections and use the product according to the instructions on the label. After the paint has been set, rinse and style as usual before clarifying and deep conditioning it 1-2 times weekly to keep your tresses looking vibrant and healthy.