The key to the best hair highlights is all about getting a natural-looking result.
Highlights should subtly add radiance to your hair and face, increase the impression of volume and create healthy shine, all while looking as if you've simply spent a few days in the sun. Here are four of our favorite ways of using highlights to instantly upgrade your look.
Beige blond balayage
We melt for this icy beige blond balayage that's sure to keep you cool whatever the temperature outside. The key to these highlights is that they start right at the roots, combining different neutral and cool shades of blond all the way down to the tips. The result is an ultra-professional chic hair color that gives volume and dimension; perfect if you've naturally thin hair.
Top tip: If you have thin hair, layers can give you thicker-looking locks. It doesn't mean you can't have blunt ends, though. Ask your stylist about working in some subtle layering around the face, and opt for a slightly off-center part to create more movement in the hair.
Caramel brown hair with highlights
The best hair highlights, if you prefer your color to look completely natural with just a hint of sunkissed gold, are these caramel shades placed expertly down the lengths. The color blends in beautifully with darker hair, subtly lifting the entire look. It can also be a great way of discreetly transitioning to an all-over lighter color. Your hair colorist will take your natural skin tone and hair color into consideration when picking the best shades for your look, because not everyone suits the same tones.
Top tip: to give longer hair a glossy yet natural shine without it looking greasy, rub just a few drops of hair serum in your palms, then stroke down the lengths of the hair. This will catch the light as you move, and help keep the hair cuticles moisturized.
Ombré for mid-length wavy hair
Give your mid-length hair some peps this summer with a wavy blond ombré. Dark at the roots, blond at the tips, your ombré doesn't have to be symmetrical all the way round. Bring the sunshine to your face with highlights around the cheek and jaw level that then fade slightly at the back, for a less intense color demarcation all the way round. Wavy hair looks best with these highlights, as the different colors weave around one another and the light reflects off the blond sections.
Top tip: If you're not a naturally curly girl, use the Hollywood Waves styling collection by Tecni.ART, with a variety of tailored products designed to help create and contour the perfect waves or curls.
Blond balayage for dark hair
Often, those with darker hair will shy away from highlights (especially blond ones) because they're worried it'll look unnatural. But this is where the artistry of your hair colorist comes in. Even black hair with highlights can look beautifully effortless. The trick is about keeping the highlights where the sun would naturally hit the hair, focusing on the front layers, and using a wide spectrum of colors, from dark caramel to brighter blond, all in the same tone (warm or cool). Long glossy waves will help merge all the colors together, for a stunning polychromatic look that shimmers in the light.
Top tip: The longer your hair, the heavier it becomes, and risks losing volume and vitality. To prevent this, use a color-protecting shampoo and a conditioner that don't weigh down the hair fiber but still provide nourishment and protection. Series Expert offers Lumino Contrast, a haircare collection specifically for highlighted hair that boosts color while also reviving the hair itself.