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From Blonde to Purple: 24 Photos of Highlights You Have to Try

28 August 2017
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Emily Arata

Senior Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L’Oréal, Emily works with celebrity stylists to make finding the right cut, color, or style easier than ever before. She's previously written for Allure, Elite Daily, and First We Feast.

Getting highlights can be an intimidating process, especially if it’s your first time. Whether you’re considering purple highlights or a natural blonde, we’ve broken down the best colors out there. All you have to do is choose one.


Best for: Brunettes

When you have very dark hair, creating highlights can be a challenge. Chestnut is a classic shade, one you won’t regret. When in doubt, always choose a natural-looking color pick.

Cinnamon Swirl

Best for: Brunettes

Cinnamon swirl is a delicious mix of coppery gold and darker brown notes, creating instant dimension and texture. If you’re working with long, single-shade lengths, cinnamon swirl will take your strands to the next level.


Best for: Brunettes

Honey is a no-fail hair color, one that’s flattering on ladies of all skin tones. Whether you’re in search of a summer vacation shade or just want an update to your base hue, honey is the right choice.


Best for: Brunettes

Like honey, hazelnut is a universally flattering shade that leans toward gold. When placed around the face and throughout the lengths, it’s a beautiful way to create natural-looking highlights.


Best for: Brunettes

This red-brown hue is rich and opulent, making it an excellent choice for the colder months of the year. If you’re in search of a way to give your hair more depth, mocha will do. On pale complexions, the color is a sure win.


Milk Chocolate

Best for: Brunettes

Is your stomach growling,? We feel the same way. Milk chocolate highlights are creamy and subtle, bringing understated brightness to dark brown strands. It’s the right move for ladies who like the most natural-looking color possible.


Best for: Brunettes

Ash is in, whether we’re talking medium brown or dark blonde. For a chic, fashionable take on hair color, this summery hue is the way to go. Just don’t forget us when you’re a famous Instagram influencer.


Best for: Light hair

Auburn hair is always in style, adding brilliant red flashes to any ‘do. If you’re working with dark blonde hair, auburn is an excellent addition to your look. Being a redhead is never a bad thing.


Best for: Light hair

Have you taken the plunge and given pastels a shot? These bright, spring-like shades add a touch of whimsy to any hair shade, whether you’re dealing with dark blonde or light brown locks. The look is youthful and punchy, just like you are.


Best for: Light hair

On the hunt for the ultimate California babe blonde? We can’t recommend beige highlights enough. The color sharpens and adds to any golden base shade, creating a cool-girl color that’s highly customizable. For extra depth, ask your colorist for dark blonde lowlights.


Best for: Light hair

Ginger highlights get a bad rap, but it’s undeserved. This brilliant red shade adds spice to your base color, brightening your look. To make sure you’re getting a ‘do that feels modern, look for a colorist with plenty of experience building natural highlights.


Best for: Light hair

Ever caught yourself wishing that your hair had a little more shimmer and life to it? If so, we’d recommend you try caramel highlights. The shimmery shade is beloved by celebrity colorists for its versatility.

Light Mocha

Best for: Light hair

Looking for a subtle way to show off your moody side? Light mocha is it. This shade contains hints of dark gold, meaning it’ll add a reflective quality to your ‘do, no matter the season. 


Best for: Light hair

Once women go gold, they rarely go back. It’s with good reason, too: Golden highlights make you a true stunner. They’re rich without looking too over-the-top, adding an expensive feel to any hair color.


Best for: Light hair

Copper is a gorgeous blonde red color that plays nicely with many different shades of light hair. If you’re feeling a little adventurous or aiming for more of a strawberry blonde effect, ask your colorist for a copper consultation.

Cherry Cola

Best for: Black hair

Think of cherry cola highlights as a dark purple-red shade, one named after the appearance of dark soda in the sunshine. They’ll add a mirror-like finish to black hair, bringing added depth to the overall look.


Best for: Black hair

While cherry cola might incorporate notes of red, plum is a true purple shade that adds vibrancy to black strands. On cropped hair, plum is a punchy style statement.


Best for: Black hair

If you’d like highlights that add dimension to your mane but still look natural, mahogany is a smart choice. This is a reddish chocolate brown, a shade that’s rich and classic.


Best for: Black hair

Then again, you might want to make a serious statement with your style. Turquoise highlights look striking in contrast to black hair, so consider them instead of pastels or blonde. Just be aware you may be in for multiple trips to the salon.


Best for: Black hair

Burgundy is a true, deep red shade, which stands out dramatically against black strands. If you’re feeling a little vampy, this hue is an excellent idea.


Best for: Black hair

Gray hair is all the rage right now. From Instagram to the runways, dozens of influencers and models are wearing the color. To tone down your jet-black mane, finely blended silver highlights are a gorgeous pick.


Best for: Black hair

On very pale skin, statement reds and purples make a serious impression. It only makes sense that you’d blend them into your black base color, enjoying two dramatic colors at the very same time.

Red Velvet

Best for: Red hair

Whereas many highlights for redheads focus on gold and blonde notes, this blue red creates dazzling, multifaceted color that’s summer appropriate and unique. Looking to step out of your comfort zone? This is the way.


Best for: Red hair

When it comes to hair, there’s never a reason not to go big. We love sunset hair, the blend of red and violet that’s taken over Instagram. The blend is electric, which makes it perfect for the summer season.

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