Lowlighting is a hair colouring technique that introduces varied tones that are darker than the overall hair colour. Lowlights provide greater depth and shine to flat blonde shades and to blonde hair that has become too bright or brassy as a result of excessive lightening procedures. Lowlights also help to disguise darker areas of re-growth on "bottle-blonde" hair. For a soft and subtle effect, choose lowlights to complement your shade of blonde and your skin tone. Alternatively, choose contrasting colours and more exaggerated lowlighting techniques to accentuate funkier and edgier hairstyles.
Twilighting techniques introduce natural-looking lowlights of up to three shades darker than the overall hair colour. Twilights provide subtle emphasis of layered hairstyles, such as short pixie crops and choppy bobs, for a gently textured look. For one-length, flat blonde hairstyles, the application of thinly-weaved twilights creates an appearance of movement, and a sun-kissed look that says "Beach Babe," rather than "Blonde Dolly." According to the Compton Hair website, blondes with very fair skins should choose lowlights in warm tones of copper and gold. Caramel and honey tones complement golden blondes, while neutral shades of light brown create subtle depth for light blonde or ash blonde hair.
Two-Tone & Chunky Lowlights
Two-tone lowlighting is where a darker shade goes underneath layers of hair or as a colour band to accentuate sharper hairstyles. For example, accentuate an asymmetric, ash blonde bob by applying a darker shade, such as a light brown shade, underneath, or on top of the longest part of the hair. The application of a darker shade underneath straight, fine blonde hair gives an appearance of fullness and volume. Chunky lowlights, which are painted onto specific areas of the hair by using baliage or weaving techniques, emphasise wavy and curly blond hairstyles. Chunky, weaved lowlights create stripes at the crown and a funkier look for mid-length, layered blonde hairstyles.
"Sharp dip-dye" hairstyles feature hair ends that are coloured in a shade that contrasts with the rest of the hair. For example, the ends of blonde hair are dipped in dark brown dye. Sharp dip-dye techniques create a funky look for short blonde crop cuts and spiky hairstyles. "Subtle dip-dye" techniques provide a softer look for long blonde hairstyles that are either straight or curly. For example, hair is coloured brown from the roots to about mid-length, and then becomes gradually more blonde from the mid-length to the ends.
For a more dramatic change and a funkier look, choose lowlights in alternative colours, such as pink and green. While natural hair colours should complement your hairstyle and skin tone, "alternative hair colour is more about matching your outfit and look," says hair stylist Anna Goy, at the Mooky Chick website. You can create unlimited colour combinations by using any chosen lowlighting technique but platinum blonde hair is an ideal base colour for lowlights in alternative colours. For example, wear a platinum-blonde, chunky blunt-cut fringe that features pink, dip-dyed lowlights. Goy recommends "aquatic" colours, such as blues, greens and purples but advises you to avoid yellow on its own as it can resemble a "bad bleach job."