Ideas for Highlighting Dark Hair
Highlights on dark hair can be soft and subtle, or they can be bold and create a stunning contrast. Whether you are interested in a high contrast, edgy style or natural sun-kissed highlights, there are many options available for highlighting dark hair. Pictures can spark ideas and help you define your style.
Chunky highlights in blonde and light brown create a fresh, modern appearance on dark hair.
Frosted Dark Hair
Frosted highlights add brightness that is well-blended with dark hair for a touch of sexy glamour. Frosting can add texture and distinction to wavy hair.
A frosted look can be subtle and provide a sun-kissed look.
Warm and Subtle
Red-toned and rich brown highlights in dark hair look soft and subtle. This can add warmth and life to really brighten up a one-dimensional color.
Warm honey-colored highlights can also be quite flattering on brown hair. This is particularly true when the highlights begin at the crown of the head and then taper gently down.
Medium-thick highlights in warm shades like a combination of cinnamon and warm blonde offer a stunning look for women with dark hair. The effect is one that is noticeable, but not overly dramatic, making it wearable for women in a wide range of ages. Multi-toned highlights add richness and depth.
Subtle red highlights are a great choice for dark hair. The shade looks more natural than blonde shades when matched with your dark color and the process is usually gentler on the hair.
Copper is a shade that blends well with warm skin tones. This shade lights up very brightly in the sun to create a natural, eye-catching look.
Dirty Blond Highlights
Dirty blond highlights are fantastic on darker hair because brunette hair can typically take to this color with a minimum amount of damage. As you can see, the overall effect can be quite pretty.
Get a naturally pretty look with caramel highlights. Highlights spaced evenly throughout the hair is a classic style; vary the thickness for a more modern feel.
Single Chunky Highlight
For a more modern look, consider getting just one chunky caramel highlight rather than all-over streaks. A bold streak of caramel in dark brown or black hair creates a signature look that's all your own.
Apply highlights just to the ends of your hair for a subtle, chin-framing style. This darker on the top, lighter on the bottom look is a great option for those with shoulder-length, tapered cuts that flip in toward the face.
Face-Framing Golden Highlights
Golden hair highlights that frame the face can draw attention to your eyes and facial features. These types of contrasting highlights are especially popular with teens, but women of any age can wear them.
Dramatic Blonde Chunky Highlights
Pale blonde highlights can work well for dark-haired ladies with cool skin tones, but they can be difficult to achieve at home. Visit a salon to keep from ending up with brassy or orange-colored highlights.
Bold chunks of highlights near the face offer a dramatic, edgy look, but they'll need to be touched up often to keep the style.
To solve the problem of roots, women often opt for peek-a-boo highlights where the highlights are placed under a layer of the dark hair, making the growth less noticeable. Peek-a-boo style highlights can be done all over the hair for a consistent look, or just a portion for an edgier style.
Curl Emphasizing Highlights
Emphasize your styling efforts with golden highlights that frame your curls and waves. This look is both romantic and elegant, and adds a warm glow to dark hair.
Intense shades of red, pink or blue or green can look wonderful on brunette hair if you like punk rock style. The key to getting this striking look lies in reaching for a bold color of highlights rather than a more subtle shade.
Streaks of Pink
Surprising colors can look just as good on short hair as they do on longer locks, and they don't always have to have a punk vibe. The bright pink highlights here could definitely work in the alternative music scene, but they'd also look vibrantly romantic paired with a flowing, lacy dress.
Highlights can be used on any style, including the most edgy looks. Here, white and platinum highlights are used to accentuate a short haircut styled into head-topping spikes.
Choose Your Look
There is a broad range of looks for dark hair with highlights, including numerous color and placement options. Whether you want a touch of sun-kissed color or a dramatic punk look, highlights can break up a monotone hair color and add interest to your style.
You can get more great ideas by discussing your needs and preferences with a professional stylist.