Lowlights involve darkening strands of hair by using colors that are darker than your natural color. In contrast, highlights use colors that are lighter than your natural shade.
Lowlights are called such because they are generally slim strands of color that is darker than the hair’s natural color. You can add lowlights to the hair to create a more dimensional look and deepen the hair’s overall color profile, and generally, the more colors you incorporate, the richer and more natural the color result.
The benefit of lowlights also includes the fact that since the formula does not have to lift the existing color level – merely deposit color into the hair – the formula is less stressful on the hair as a whole. It also means that lowlights can be added using semi- and demi-permanent color formulas which means that you can try out the look without a permanent commitment to changing the color of your hair.
Lowlights are also great for correcting cases where the hair is “over-highlighted” such as when the individual has had so many highlights placed in the hair that the hair looks out of balance. It lets you create a more natural look by targeting the exact areas that you want to add color. (In normal cases of “over-highlighting” the solution is often an all-over toner application that darkens all the hair in order to create a muted effect.
Highlights aren’t just blonde streaks! Instead, it’s dying strands of hair at least two shades lighter than your primary color. This means you can keep the color you want and can just have lighter, complimentary strands with it.
If you want a really light look, you can go three shades lighter than your primary color. More than that and you won’t have a naturally sun-kissed look; you’ll have two completely different hair colors.
For a really dramatic look, many people use of highlights, which are really just thick areas of hair that have been highlighted. The thicker your highlights, the more obvious and less natural looking they’ll be. The thinner, the more natural. If you want a subtle look, ask your stylist at Health and Style Institute to go for “contrast.”
If you want to change your hair color, highlighting can be the way to go. Just widen the highlighted area a little more every time you go to Health and Style Institute, and you’ll have a completely lighter hair color before you know it.