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It’s easy to get lost in the latest hair coloring trends. Luckily, one hair expert is happy to clear up one term that may still seem foggy in your mind: lowlights! Laura Gibson, L'Oréal Professionnel brand ambassador, shares her expert insight about highlights vs. lowlights.
Highlights and lowlights both involve partially coloring strands or sections of the hair, using foil or freehand painting to have a certain effect against your base color. Forget traditional notions that anything “lights’” equals harsh streaks in your hair. These sections should always be seamlessly blended, which can only be achieved with a salon touch!
Here are the top 4 key distinctions between highlights and lowlights, according to Gibson.
Though both terms have the word “light,” in them, they serve different purposes for your hair. Highlights brighten against your base color for prominent reflection and brilliance. Lowlights enhance your color with darker notes for richness, depth, and—great for creating the illusion of volume and thickness!
Highlights create brightness with bleach—up to two shades lighter at one time! That may be fine for a hair color newbie, but less appealing to those who are hesitant about bleaching due to its ability to weaken hair.
Lowlights help you darker with color that sits on top of your natural color. Whichever you choose, experts always suggest incorporating L'Oréal Professionnel’s salon-exclusive Smartbond into your coloring treatment.
Highlights produce interesting contrasts in your hair, but lowlights are subtle. Work metallic grey or ash undertones into brown shades for complexity. Copper or gold shades help tone down brighter blondes.
“Lowlights don't necessarily have to be a dark shade,” Gibson explains. “It could even be a medium blonde shade for a very light blonde.”
Sometimes it’s best to go with the flow of things and just adapt your style to the seasons. That can certainly be true for highlights and lowlights: Brighten for warmer seasons, then add intensity and depth during colder seasons. Highlights have a carefree feel, while lowlights create more mystery.
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Feel more confident in your highlights or lowlights with this comprehensive guide!
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