hair color ideas 20 Fun Ideas For Black Hair With Highlights
Give your black strands a boost.
Give your black strands a boost.
Jet black hair is striking on its own, but have you ever wondered what your onyx hue would look like with highlights? When you have ultra-dark hair, it’s easy to believe highlights are off the table. But believe it or not, this hair brightening technique isn’t solely reserved for sun-kissed brunettes and natural-looking blondes. That’s right — if you’ve convinced yourself that lightening black hair with highlights isn’t a possibility, it’s time to revisit the idea.
Whether you want to add depth or simply perk up your hair color without diving into a full-on dye job, black hair highlights are the perfect solution when you want to switch up your look. If you’re not sure where to begin, check out these 20 gorgeous highlight ideas for black hair.
Gone are the days where silver and gray strands are something to stress over. Besides being a gorgeous look, silver highlights are a great option if you’re already going gray. If not, they’re totally achievable with bleach and permanent dye or with a temporary hair color spray like the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Silver.
The combination of black with a deep cherry shade is stunning and natural looking. If you want the deep red highlights to blend seamlessly with your black hair, look for a colorist who specializes in the balayage technique to subtly brush on vibrant hints of color. This technique not only looks less chunky than traditional highlights, but it’s also super low maintenance.
Looking to embrace the grunge look? Platinum blonde highlights will do the trick. Pairing your jet black strands with platinum highlights will create a stark contrast, giving off a street-chic style. Since this hair color requires hair bleach, it may be best to leave this to the experts.
On the other hand, if you’re confident in your hair dyeing skills and want to DIY your highlighted head of hair, reach for a hair color bleach like the L’Oréal Paris Féria Hyper Platinum Advanced Lightening System Bleach.
If the sun-kissed brunette hair flooding your timeline has you envious, get in on the look. The trick to achieving beautiful black hair with sun-kissed looking brown highlights is to opt for chocolate tones that will most closely resemble the way the sun would naturally lighten dark hair. Of course, you can go lighter on the brown spectrum, just keep in mind that the more contrasting the color combo is, the less natural it will look.
It’s clear that mahogany hair color is having a moment. As one of the year’s hottest colors, it looks amazing when incorporated into black hair for a deep, rich look. If you want to get the look from home, try the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Rich Mahogany.
Another subtle highlight option for black hair is opting for navy blue highlights. While navy blue is a unique, fun hair color to experiment with, it’s not a major contrast from black hair, making it a great option if you’re looking for something muted.
Playing with various undertones is a great way to add an eye-catching element to your hair. For a light, sweet touch give caramel highlights on black hair a try. We particularly love this pairing when done with the balayage highlighting technique, as it places caramel highlights throughout for a beautiful dimension without an overly stark contrast.
Another hair color idea practically made for people with dark brown or black hair is cool-toned balayage. Rather than creating blonde streaks, as you would with a traditional balayage, this technique involves lightening strategically-placed strands for subtle, natural-looking highlights. Once hair is highlighted, it’s toned one more time to produce a cool, subtle effect.
This edgy hair trend was thought up with dark hair in mind. Inspired by the mix of magenta, purple, cobalt, and green colors reflected in puddles of gasoline and oil on the pavement, oil slick hair is the perfect option for those with black hair who want to sport some rainbow hues.
A softer ombré, called sombré, is an excellent choice if you want lightened ends but are hoping to avoid the stark contrast that ombré often produces. The key is to pick a shade that’s just a few shades lighter than your current color — it’s all about creating a gradual, subtle transition.
Adding rose gold hair color to any base shade instantly gives it a romantic twist. Add some softness to your black strands by testing out rose gold highlights with the L’Oréal
The Money piece is one of the most popular hair color trends of the season. Get in on the trend by opting for a money piece in a flattering blue hue that complements your black hair. The face-framing strands work wonders to accentuate your features.
Consider adding a soft and playful element to your rich hair color with pastel blue highlights. The cool-toned shade is flattering against black hair, and the light color adds just the right amount of brightness to the look. Try it out with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Pastel Blue.
Speaking of pastel hair color options, black hair with pastel purple highlights is striking. This trendy color is all about keeping your roots nice and dark and transitioning them into a super pretty purple hue. Not one for the faint-hearted, you can expect this hair color to make a big impact. See what all the hype is about — for a day — with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Pastel Lavender.
While neutrals might be more within your comfort zone, you’d be surprised to see how raspberry highlights can complement your dark hair perfectly. This rich, mid-tone shade combines red, pink and purple and makes for a gorgeous addition to black hair. Give it a (temporary) go with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Color in Raspberry.
Green hair is certainly not for the subtle, but it’s a stunning trend so don’t be afraid to rock it. If you’re ready to amp up your black hair with highlights, mint highlights are a great way to dip your toes into the world of green hair. If you want to try it without committing, opt for the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Pastel Mint.
If you’re into gemstone hues, you simply cannot go wrong with emerald. It’s a rich color that flatters a wide range of skin tones. Black hair with an emerald ombré is a super cool way to sport green hair. Flirting with an edgy, cool-girl aesthetic, this shade provides your mane with a gradual transition in color with dark roots and lighter ends.
If you’re down to play with warm tones, but want to keep it fairly neutral, copper highlights are for you. This red-orange hybrid shade with hints of brown adds warmth and brightness to your look. The result is an edgy yet sophisticated hair color that will make your hair look anything but basic.
There’s something about hot pink hair that just screams fun and happy. To liven up black hair and add some spice to your look, go for hot pink highlights. If you’re unsure about how long you’ll want to sport this vivid shade, take it for a test drive with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Hot Pink to see if these highlights are right for you.
If you want to brighten up your hair while staying in the natural realm, gold highlights are for you. They’re customizable and universally flattering. In other words, it’s just what you need to take your black hair highlights up a few notches.
Edited by: Alyssa Kaplan, Photo Credit: Mel San Vincente-Landestoy