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Are You Asking for The Right kind of Highlights?

Surprisingly, most women cannot tell the difference between a lowlight and a highlight not to mention the techniques used to achieve both looks. Before heading to the hair salon to ask for lowlights or highlights, you need to know some of the basics about these hairstyles.


Highlights are strands or sections of hair that have been dyed some shades lighter than your hair’s base colour. Highlights are mainly added to hair in order to brighten one’s overall hair color while adding dimension and softness to it. Your highlight shade is usually determined by your complexion and your hair’s natural or base colour. Stylists often recommend that you avoid going more than 3 shades lighter than your base colour. If, example, you hair is jet black, you should go for dark brown highlights. If you are a brunette, you should opt for caramel or copper hues and if your hair is blonde, you should go for lighter shades of blonde. If you go any lighter than 3 shades, your look has a risk of backfiring. There are two techniques for highlighting your hair. The Balayage technique, which is popular and new, involves hand painting the highlights into your hair. There is also the conventional foil technique in which the hairdresser uses pieces of aluminum foil to separate the hair sections you want to highlight. This keeps the color from getting onto the hair surrounding these sections and it gives you the end result you want.


Lowlights are strands or sections of hair colored a few shades darker than your natural/base hair colour. Lowlights are added to hair to give it dimension and depth. They also make your hair look more voluminous and thicker overall. Lowlights are usually added if someone has highlighted their hair a few times to bring some colour back  into the over-lightened sections. Lowlights are also dyed into hair using the tinfoil and Balayage coloring techniques.

Differences between Lowlighting and Highlighting

Highlighting and lowlighting hair are essentially opposites of each other with some significant differences between the two.

  • Generally, highlights give a better appearance to darker hair specifically black and brown shades while lowlights give an eye-catching effect to lighter hair (light brown and blonde shades).
  • Highlighting can damage your hair since it the stylist needs to bleach the hair in order to lighten it. Lowlighting includes depositing colour onto the hair in order to dye it into your desired shade.
  • Both lowlights and highlights are beneficial to generate dimension in the hair. Lowlights are beneficial for adding volume and depth to hair while highlighting gives it more movement
  • The season also dictates when to rock lowlights or highlights. Given that lowlights have a darker coloring, they are better for the winter while highlights are better for summer styles because they offer a sun-kissed look.

Hairdressers and stylists at Gloss Hair Boutique understand all the right methods and hair treatments involved for the proper application of highlights and lowlights to ensure clients are happy with the results. At Gloss Hair salon, we also make sure to use protective hair products to protect your hair as much as possible from harsh coloring treatments like bleach. We always have your welfare at heart.


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