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Hair Lowlights – What is it? Can I do it at home?

Blonde with Lowlights

Hair Color Lowlights Hair Should be Done by a Professional

Hair color lowlighting and high lighting are techniques best left to a professional hairdresser. What may look like a savings when you buy an over-the-counter hair color lowlights kit can end up costing you easily $100.00 or more to remedy at a hair salon. Not to even mention the embarrassment of a bad hair color lowlighting job. Corrective hair coloring lowlights is not cheap.

It’s not that I’m against home hair color lowlighting. This type of hair coloring takes a special technique that is undeniably best left to a professional hairdresser. Even for the hairdresser it is a skill that is built on and perfected after lots of experience. It takes an artistic eye as well as a skilled hand and a know-how of hair coloring to achieve stunning results. The difference between stunning and tiger stripes lowlights is huge!

Hair color lowlights hair may best be explained as the same technique as high lighting but with the introduction of darker hair color tones instead of lighter hair color tones. This can especially add depth to hair that has been over-lightened. The hair colorist may weave sometimes up to three different hair colors into your hair.

If a dramatic, chunky look is the goal, heavier chunks of hair will be colored. If a subtler look is what you are after, the finest of sections are taken to add lowlights to.

The size of the sections as well as where the hair color that is applied makes all the difference in the end result . . . not to mention the hair color formulation! Normally, this is done with foil in order to keep the hair color off the rest of the hair and the scalp.

Can you see now why hair color lowlights is best left to those who have much experience at it?

TIP : Your best way to find a great hair colorist is to ask around. Start noticing hair color, and stop the woman whose color you really like and ask who she goes to!


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How to Get the Dark Hair with Caramel Highlights You Want!

Dark Hair with Caramel High lights

Learn how to ask your hairdresser for the dark hair with caramel highlights you want!

Don’t go to your next hair color appointment unarmed!! You must do your best to communicate what you hope to attain for the result. For clients who have a hair color or a hair color technique that they are looking to create, I always would suggest they bring in a picture or two of what they have in mind. A picture in this case really does speak a thousand words! A picture in hand will put us both on the same page and from there we can talk.

When it comes to asking for “dark hair with caramel highlights,” check out the slight differences these celebrities get because of the techniques used. There are a number of effects you could come home with in just asking your hair colorist for “dark hair with caramel highlights,” and knowing precisely what you are asking for may make the difference of having good or bad hair days to come!

Dark Hair with Caramel High lights
Kate Beckinsale Dark Hair with Caramel Highlights

Kate Beckinsale’s dark hair was first lightened all over followed by then adding the highlights. Therefore there is less of a contrast from her dark hair and the caramel highlights than Elsa Pataky’s hair below. Kate Beckinsale’s caramel highlights are also more noticeable because when highlighting the hair colorist weaved out slightly larger pieces to be highlighted from slightly wider sections than those of Elsa Pataky’s hair.

Dark Hair with Caramel High lights

Elsa Pataky’s dark hair has subtle caramel highlights in it and it’s gorgeous on her! If you want this type of hair color effect, ask for caramel highlights to be placed in the hair by weaving very small amounts of hair out of very small sections. This type of sectioning makes the hair look sun-kissed all over rather than creating streaks of highlights throughout dark hair.

Dark Hair with Caramel High lights

Balayage Highlighting

Eva Longoria’s dark hair only shows a few pieces of caramel highlights framing the face and on the crown in the left picture. This type of highlighting may be all you need to change-up your dark hair. This can be done freehand by hand painting the pieces in the area you choose. The term for this type of highlighting is Balayage, which originated in Europe. This type of highlighting affects the top layers of hair only.

In the picture on the right, Eva Longoria still has highlights but they are placed in her hair by weaving fine strands out of very small sections. Instead of caramel highlights these are a bit warmer and show more warmth.

Under Color Balayage

This highlighting technique is unique and fresh! The underneath layers are lightened to contrast with the natural base hair color. Highlights frame the face but start a few inches from the roots. There is nothing symmetrical about this highlighting technique and when done in subtle hues, it has a ‘haunting’ effect. You definitely want to bring in a picture if this is your goal.


Dark Hair with Caramel High lights

Chunky Highlights

Chunky highlights describes this highlighting technique quite well. When the high lighted pieces are this clearly visible, they are weaved in big chunks out of wide sections of hair.

If you are looking to lighten your dark hair with caramel highlights, make sure to bring pictures of what you have in mind . . . you’re much more likely to come out with what you are hoping for! For more highlight ideas check out our Pinterest Hairstyles with Highlights Board.



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Hair Styles with Lowlights for Fall

Blonde with Lowlights

Summer Hair Color Fade-Out? Try Hair Styles with Lowlights!

Have you been seeing the ravages of too much summer sun on hair around you lately? Not only do we see the dried out look of too much fun in the sun, but hair color is looking faded-out making for blah looking brunettes, burnt-out looking redheads and washed-out looking blondes.

“Hair Styles with Lowlights this Fall” Hair lowlighting is a great way to add depth to over-lightened hair. When blondes become too light, they need to add warmth back into the hair. Hair lowlights that are too ashy in tone can look dull or gray. A gold shade of medium to dark blonde can be added to give the warmth they need. The placement of the foils is also a strategic art form and if you hope for a beautifully enriched color, see a hair colorist who specializes in how to do this and you won’t be disappointed.

How do you find that person? Stop the woman with a beautiful hair dye job, and get the number of her hair colorist. Word of mouth is usually about as good of marketing a professional can get, so ask around. The site offers you some board certified hair colorists in your zip-code area. To be board certified requires extra training and testing which is explained further on the site.

Hair styles with lowlights
Hair style with lowlights

Hair lowlights are also a great way to subtly blend gray hair with blondes, brunettes and redheads. When the correct levels of hair color are chosen with an added knowledge of good judgment in the placement of foils, the gray hair can be artfully disguised.

If your hair is in less than desirable shape, try an at-home deep conditioning treatment, before going in to your hairdresser for lowlights. Allow for one shampooing after your deep conditioning, before going in for a hair color treatment. Not sure of the validity of this one, but have heard the hair may not grab the hair dye quite as well if it was just deep conditioned . . . so shampoo it once.

There are lots of conditioners that will work well as deep conditioners. Actually, any thick and creamy conditioner will work if you don’t have one specifically formulated as a “deep conditioner.” My conditioner of choice lately has been, Paul Mitchell Color Protect Reconstructive Treatment. It leaves my hair, shinier, softer and more full of body especially when I use it with heat, as a deep conditioner.

This seasons hairstyles with lowlights are done to look more natural so that they blend better. The most natural looks have a mixture of both warm and cool tones where the deeper tones are placed in a more subtle way. The heavier, more dramatic look of stripes, is gone this season, but for more highlight ideas check out our Pinterest Hairstyles with Highlights Board.



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