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Lowlights are the new highlights

07-01-12 summer hair

A few years ago, I was sporting some seriously beautiful golden blonde hair.  But as much as I liked those shimmering blonde locks, I was itching for a change.  I didn’t want to go any lighter with my color, and I definitely wasn’t ready to lose all the pretty blonde just yet.  What other options did that leave?

That’s when my brilliant stylist suggested lowlights.

I’d heard of them before, but I really had no clue what they were or how they worked. She told me to trust her and nervously, I did.  Man, was I happy I did – the results were seriously stunning.

If you’re desperate for a new look with your hair color but don’t want to go lighter- and don’t want to go darker all over either – it may be time to consider lowlights. Like highlights, they can add eye-catching dimension to your hair but they’re a little more subtle and maybe a bit more sophisticated too.

While highlights involve adding lighter streaks to the top of your hair and around your face, lowlighting incorporates streaks of a darker color with the lower layers of your hair. The lowlight color is usually two or more shades darker than your overall hair color, though you can adjust the color to create as dramatic or subtle a contrast as you like.

Just as with highlights, you can customize your look depending on the thickness of your lowlights. Thinner lowlights tend to look more natural, but you can usually go thicker with lowlights than you would with highlights without creating too dramatic a look.

Because they give your hair added dimension, lowlights work especially well if you’ve got fine hair and want to make it look thicker. But they can also help your overall color look brighter and more vibrant – particularly when your hair is a light blonde shade. Lowlights are also a lifesaver if you’re suffering through a hair color disaster and wind up with a shade that’s too way too light by adding some much needed depth.

If you’ve already got highlights, you can combine them with lowlights for a multi-dimensional, natural look. And by adding lowlights every few times that you have your hair highlighted, the highlighted streaks will blend better with your overall color so you won’t need to touch up your roots as often.

Choosing a lowlight shade for lighter hair colors like blonde and red is fairly easy since there are a wide variety of darker shades that will contrast with those lighter tones.  When you’ve got dark brown hair, it can be tricky to find the right lowlight shade. Jet black or ebony may work, but it’s best to consult with your stylist to find the right shade for your hair color.

 

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Jennifer Blair
By: Jennifer Blair

Jennifer Blair is a freelance writer and self-professed beauty junkie. A former beauty consultant for Clinique and Bare Escentuals, she enjoys road testing new products, recreating celebrity looks, and passing on tips and tricks that she's picked up along the way. Jennifer has written for several hair, makeup, and fashion websites, and maintains a blog, There's Always Time For Lipstick , to share her love for everything related to makeup, hair, and skin care. In her spare time, she enjoys taking in baseball and hockey games, and trying to convince friends that life isn't complete without a good red lipstick.