In case you haven’t heard yet, blondes are going to have a serious moment in 2021. If you have blonde hair, chances are good you’re no stranger to highlights—but have you ever considered lowlights? If you feel like your blonde hue is a little flat, lowlights are one of the best ways to add some much-needed dimension. Not sure which lowlights are perfect for you? You’ve come to the right place.
We’ve rounded up 20 blonde hair with lowlight colors you’re going to be able to get enough of. Whether you have platinum blonde hair or ash blonde strands, lowlights are here to take your hue to the next level.
What are lowlights on hair?
The simplest way to explain lowlights is that they’re the exact opposite of highlights. While highlights require your colorist to use bleach to lighten small sections of your hair, your colorist will darken small sections of hair with a hue one to two shades darker than your base color to create lowlights.
Can you put lowlights over bleached hair?
If you’re opting for a full head of blonde hair, the last thing you want is for your hue to fall flat. That’s why so many colorists recommend lowlights on blonde hair for creating a natural-looking, seamlessly blended shade with depth, dimension, and contrast.
What lowlights look good with blonde hair?
To create a natural-looking blend, you should ask your colorist for lowlights that are no more than three shades darker than your blonde hair color. Depending on your skin tone and your current blonde shade, ask your colorist for lowlights with darker blonde or deep brown hues. If you’re beginning with light platinum or ash blonde hair, opt for ash brown lowlights to enhance the depth of your cool-toned hue. For those with warm-toned blonde hair colors like honey or caramel, stick to warmer brunette shades like chocolate.
Do lowlights damage hair?
While both highlights and lowlights are great ways to add dimension to your hair color, highlights require damaging bleach. Because your colorist doesn’t have to use bleach to create lowlights, they’re much gentler on your hair and require less upkeep.
Can lowlights cover gray hair?
If you’re looking to keep your gray strands hidden, lowlights are also a great option. Adding lowlights that match your natural base color can help to blend and conceal gray hair seamlessly. Not only that, but lowlights can help you stretch the time between touch-up appointments a bit longer.
Can you get lowlights and highlights at the same time?
When it's time to head to your appointment, you might want to ask your colorist for a blend of highlights and lowlights. While highlights lighten and brighten your mane, lowlights can add more depth and dimension to your look and make the color look more natural. Lowlights can also help create a more natural-looking grow-out process.
How To Care For Blonde Hair With Lowlights
If you're new to blonde hair with lowlights, it's time to overhaul your hair care routine and pack it full of products formulated to protect your new hue. Start by swapping out your regular shampoo and conditioner for Kérastase's Blond Absolu Bain Lumiére Shampoo and Cicaflash Conditioner. The shampoo is formulated with hydrating agents for weightless purity and natural shine to help illuminate highlighted and lightened hair. The conditioning treatment features all of the repairing properties of a hair mask without the weight. Ultra-care and a protective shield are delivered in an opalescent lavender milky gel making this a must-have for every blonde. Once or twice a week, swap out the Bain Lumiére Shampoo for a purple shampoo like Kérastase Blond Absolu Bain Ultra-Violet Shampoo. This deep indigo, iridescent shampoo is brass-reducing with blue and purple dye for instant blonde illumination and undertone neutralization.
Are you dealing with significant bleach damage? Opt for a shampoo like Redken Extreme Bleach Recovery Shampoo. This reparative, strengthening shampoo for ultra-sensitive, damaged hair adds softness, suppleness, and shine in just one use. When you’re trying to repair damaged hair, shampoo alone won’t be enough. You’ll also need a hair treatment like Redken Extreme Bleach Recovery Lamellar Water Treatment. This rinse-out treatment instantly fills the porosity of the hair while providing instant softness, smoothness, and shine.
While lowlights will make your blonde hue a bit more low maintenance and a breeze to grow out, you should still plan to head back to the salon every six to eight weeks to keep your color in tip-top shape.
Will purple shampoo lighten my lowlights?
Purple shampoo won’t lighten your lowlights. However, it will tone the lighter strands of hair to keep your mane brass-free.
Convinced blonde hair with lowlights is the perfect hair color for you? Continue reading for 20 blonde hair with lowlights hues you’re going to be completely obsessed with.
The Best Blonde Hair With Lowlights Looks
Honey Blonde With Caramel Lowlights
Lowlights don’t have to be incredibly dark to make a major difference. We love the way these caramel lowlights perfectly complement the honey blonde ringlets, making them appear brighter and shinier than ever.
Ash Blonde With Milk Chocolate Lowlights
Ash blonde hair is one of the hottest hair color trends of the year and with good reason—it looks absolutely stunning on everyone. If you want to take your ash blonde locks to the next level, consider adding some milk chocolate lowlights. The sweet brunette shade will perfectly complement your ash blonde strands and help blend with your roots to make growing your color out a breeze.
Icy Blonde With Brunette Lowlights
If it’s drama you’re looking for, icy blonde hair with brunette lowlights is perfect for you. These contrasting colors make both hues stand out for a final look that’s bound to turn heads.
Warm Blonde With Toasty Lowlights
Lowlights typically darken your hue, but they don’t have to. If you’re interested in lowlights but don’t want to darken your color too much, opt for a warm blonde with toasty lowlights. The lowlights add dimension to your hair while making your blonde strands appear warmer.
Platinum Blonde With Charcoal Lowlights
Platinum blonde hair is a serious commitment that requires a whole new hair care routine and frequent trips to the salon. If you want your platinum hue to be a bit more low maintenance, consider adding charcoal lowlights to your ‘do. Ask your colorist to focus the highlights near your roots for some much-needed dimension and to make growing out your color easier than ever.
White Blonde With Light Brown Lowlights
Lowlights don’t have to be dramatic to make a difference. If you want to add a little dimension to your white blonde hair without completely changing your hair color, ask your colorist for subtle light brown lowlights to warm up your frosty color.
Platinum Blonde With Ash Lowlights
If you love the ash blonde color trend but don’t feel like coloring your entire mane an ashy hue, consider ash lowlights. The low maintenance lowlights allow you to try out the trend without getting changing your beloved color.
Gray Blonde With Charcoal Lowlights
If you’re looking for a grunge take on blonde hair with lowlights, look no further than gray blonde with charcoal lowlights. The charcoal lowlights do double duty helping to darken your hue while making your gray blonde strand appear lighter than before.
Cream Blonde With Ash Lowlights
You don’t have to completely change your color to embrace the ash hair color trend, simply pop a few ash lowlights into your creamy blonde mane.
Cream Blonde With Light Brown Lowlights
If you love the look of bronde hair color but want your hue to be a touch more blonde than brunette, opt for this creamy blonde with light brown lowlights.
Neutral Blonde With Ash Lowlights
Nude blonde is like the fable of hair colors: not too dark, not too bright, just right. Give your neutral hair color some depth with a few ash-colored lowlights.
Straw Blonde With Rooty Lowlights
If you want to keep your lowlights concentrated within one section of your mane, opt for rooty lowlights that make growing out your hair color a breeze.
Platinum Blonde With Nude Lowlights
If you love blonde hair so much you can’t imagine having any other color in your mane, opt for nude lowlights. The nude blonde will add some much-needed warmth and dimension to your icy platinum blonde strands.
Platinum Blonde With Golden Wheat Lowlights
Looking to add a golden hue to your platinum blonde man? Golden wheat lowlights will really pop against your white strands.
Wheat Blonde With Auburn Lowlights
Wheat blonde is one of the most stunning hair colors around, but it can wash you out if there’s not enough dimension. Auburn lowlights bring some much-needed depth while giving your blonde mane an all-over glow.
Dirty Blonde With Caramel Lowlights
You don’t have to have very light hair to qualify as a blonde. This dirty blonde with caramel lowlights look is a stunning combination of darker blonde hues.
Blush Blonde With Dark Blonde Lowlights
If you want to add a subtle pop of color to your blonde, opt for a blush shade and add dimension with dark blonde lowlights.
Caramel Blonde With Chocolate Brown Lowlights
This caramel blonde shade with chocolate brown lowlights is perfect for bringing out the glow in dark skin tones.
Dark Ash Blonde With Dark Brown Lowlights
If you want to try a toned-down version of the ash blonde hair trend for winter, you’ll love dark ash blonde. Ask your colorist for dark brown lowlights to give the look even more depth and dimension.
Golden Blonde With Golden Brown Lowlights
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