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    Color Blocking Hair Ideas to Spice Up Your Style

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    Bored with Highlighting Your Hair?  Try Color Blocking – A Fresh New Approach to Hair Color

    As the weather changes, it’s never been a better time to warm up your style with a change in hair color. Color blocking offers a great opportunity to add style and dimension to your hair, without committing to traditional highlights. Color blocking is a hair coloring technique that colors larger portions of hair, leaving the rest a contrasting color. While I often use this technique for clients that love drama, it can also be subtle when using more natural tones.

    Peek-a-Boo Highlights

    Gabrielle Union: dark long layered hair with caramel highlights

    “Peek-a-Boo” highlights are pops of color that are added underneath the top layer of hair. Sometimes you see it, sometimes you don’t, making the word “peek-a-boo” very fitting. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, and Gabrielle Union are taking a different approach to highlights with dark beautiful tresses mixed with “peek-a-boos” of caramels and blondes. This look can be beautiful and subtle on longer hairstyles or fun and edgy on shorter bobs.

    Color Paneling

    dark layered bob with red peak-a-boo highlightsKaty Perry blonde bob with pink highlights

    A “color panel” is a horizontal or vertical section of hair, a quarter to a half inch thick, that is colored differently from the rest of the hair. I prefer to place it beneath the natural part so that a thin layer of natural hair falls over it for a subtler look. This also offers the option of moving your part so that the color panel shows, for a more playful, dramatic look. This color technique is effective for edgy or layered haircuts. Bangs and face framing layers are taken to another level with pops of complimentary color.

    Two-Tone Color

    Rihanna Hairstyle: Short hair with side swept bang and blonde highlightsCassadee Pope: Long dark hair with peek a boo blonde highlights

    Two-Tone Color” is a high drama look that combines a contrast of a lighter and darker color. Usually one color is concentrated underneath the top layer of hair creating a shadowed effect. Cassadee Pope’s hair color from “The Voice” is a fun example of a two-tone look. Other celebs who have been spotted rocking this playful hair color include Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, and Christina Perri. Any haircut can be complimented with this exciting technique, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Two-tone color is ideal for those seeking a high impact look.

    Christina Perry: Long Dark Hair, Side Bang, Blonde Highlights

    The change of season is a perfect opportunity to spice up your look with an exciting new hair color.  I recommend color blocking to my clients that want a look that is fun, flirty, and totally unique. The color block technique can be customized to your specific vision and hair color needs. It also offers versatility, as one technique can be styled to achieve different looks. Plus, because blocks of color are often worn beneath the natural part, it means root retouches can be less frequent. Ditch traditional highlights and say hello to a dynamic and versatile approach to hair color.

    For more great hair color ideas check out our Pinterest Hair Coloring Ideas Board.

    Hairstyle Blog contributing author Lindsay Hausch
    Contributing author Lindsay Hausch has provided clients with professional cutting edge color and cutting techniques at exclusive Paul Mitchell and Bumble and Bumble Signature Salons for the past seven years. She co-founded Sedona Beauty Team, which represents a team of artists that offer luxury, on-location beauty services. She enjoys writing articles that share her expertise. You can follow Lindsay on Twitter and FaceBook.

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