Highlights or Lowlights?

Should I Have Highlights? Hair Colour Advice from Haringtons Hairdressing

Whether you want to restore radiance to dull hair or just fancy a change of colour, lowlights and highlights are the easiest way to transform your shade to something much more interesting. But which look is right for you and what do you need to know before you commit to your new colour?  The hair colour experts at Haringtons Hair Salons have the answers.  Read on to find out more before booking in for a hair colour consultation or appointment at a Haringtons salon near you.  

What’s The Difference?  Lowlights vs Highlights vs Balayage

blonde balayage by Haringtons hair salon in winchesterNot sure whether you should ask for lowlights or highlights?  Let us explain! 

Lowlights involve darkening strands of hair by using colours that are darker than your natural colour. They add depth and dimension to your hair colour.

Highlights use hair colours that are usually 3 or more shades lighter than your natural shade (depending on the look you want to achieve). The aim of highlights is to lift the overall colour of your hair, usually delivering a softer hair shade. 

Balayage is where we hand paint colour onto vertical sections of your hair  The hair colour is applied from the mid shafts to the ends of the hair, with fewer highlights applied through the roots.  It tends to be a few shades lighter than your base colour, although we can also add fashion hair colours to the lengths of the hair too.  

Why Have Highlights Or Lowlights?

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Gorgeous highlights created by Haringtons in London Soho

Highlights or lowlights are ideal if you want to give your hair a lift or to boost your natural hair shade.  They are also a great idea if you are new to hair colour as you will retain some of your natural shade too. 

We can add highlights or lowlights throughout your hair, through half of your hair, or just here and there to accentuate specific areas, such as around the face or in the fringe. 

Lowlights and highlights aren’t the same as streaks. Streaks are much thicker, bolder ‘highlights’ which are intended to be more noticeable. 

The benefit of highlights and lowlights is that they tend to create a natural sun-kissed finish which illuminates your base shade (which can work wonders for your skin tone too!)  They are also fairly low maintenance, requiring fewer visits to the hair colourist than a full head of colour.


How Are Babylights Different To Highlights?

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Babylights & Balayage by the Haringtons team in Winchester

Babylights are a type of highlight. 

They are very delicate, fine highlights created to mimic the subtle, dimensional hair colour seen on children’s hair.   They tend to look very natural looking and low maintenance and will give your hair a subtle lift in colour.

Babylights work very well on fine hair, where more obvious colouring techniques may look too chunky.

They can also be applied to any hair colour or length of hair.  In fact, they are a great way to introduce colour to your hair for the first time. 

The highlights should be fine around the hairline and natural parting, with a soft graduation of colour that is lighter at the ends.

Book Your Hair Colour Appointment at Haringtons Hair Salons in Southern England

Book in for your hair colour appointment with the highlighting experts at Haringtons Hair Salons across South East England by calling us on the numbers below.  If you are new to hair colour or have not had a colour in six months or more, please book in for a skin patch test 48 hours prior to your colour appointment.