Ideas for lowlights

Updated April 17, 2017

Changing your hair colour is a fun way to create a new, softer look. If you want to get creative with your hair but don't want to take on anything too drastic, try lowlights. Lowlights create dimension in the hair by going at least one shade darker than the hair's natural colour, allowing the natural colour to standout. This look works on every hair type and shade.

Lowlights for Brunettes

When choosing lowlight shades for darker hair, it is important to choose shades that are a couple of hues darker than your normal colour without going too dark. For those with medium brown hair, opt for a warm caramel lowlight. This will pick up the lighter shade of your hair, creating a textured effect.

For those with dark, almost black hair, choosing a dark chestnut lowlight. Those with very dark hair or women of Asian decent may even try a blue-black colour to add depth and shine.

Lowlights for Blondes

Lowlights are a great option for blondes during the fall, when very light blonde hair may stand out too much. Lowlights will pep up blonde hair but also soften the tone. Make sure your stylist keeps the lowlights away from your face so that the dimension and focus of the lowlight stems from the crown and blends with the back of the hair. Choosing warm shades like a honey blonde tone or a light caramel can give your hair a warm tone like Jennifer Aniston's.

Lowlights for Redheads

For natural redheads, adding lowlights will add subtle drama to your already eye-catching locks. For those with darker red hair, opt for a deep, auburn lowlight as seen on actress Kate Walsh in the past. Choosing a brownish-red tone at the crown of the head will add major dimension. Women with naturally brighter red hair may want to try adding deep amber tones, taming the brightness a bit and adding warmth.

Things to Remember

Lowlights are used to do the exact opposite of highlights, which is why they are typically used during fall and winter months. Lowlights should always warm the hair's natural shade and soften the appearance. For those with blonde locks, choose warm shades that won't make hair appear mousy or brassy. For those with brown and red hair, choose darker but not in a way that appears as though your roots have grown out too much.

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Nicole Gordon is a graduate from the University of Central Florida and has been a freelance writer for over seven years. During her freelance career Gordon has written for such publications as the Orlando Sentinel online, Axis magazine and various other websites.