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10 Ideas for Black Hair with Highlights in 2020

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10 Ideas for Black Hair with Highlights in 2020 10 Ideas for Black Hair with Highlights in 2020 10 Ideas for Black Hair with Highlights in 2020

Have you ever looked at your jet black hair and started sighing over your inability to hop on board the highlight train? Well, 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 with highlights is the perfect solution for switching up your look. Ready to get in on the multi-tonal fun? Here are 10 gorgeous highlight ideas—from black hair with blonde highlights to black hair with blue highlights—to consider, along with tips for caring for color-treated hair.

THE BEST IDEAS FOR HIGHLIGHTS ON BLACK HAIR

Looking for natural-looking highlighted strands? Or are bright pops of color more your bag? There are a myriad of highlight options for you to choose from if you have black or dark brown hair. Keep in mind that adding highlights to black hair can be quite a dramatic hair color change, and your best bet may be to visit a professional colorist as the process often requires bleaching and multiple sessions to achieve your desired look.

FOR A TRENDSETTING MANE…TRY BLACK HAIR WITH SILVER HIGHLIGHTS

Want to make a statement with your highlights? Consider giving black hair with silver highlights a try. Long gone are the days where silver and gray strands were something to stress over. Instead, more and more people are looking to achieve this look by choice!

Besides being a trendsetting look, silver highlights are also super easy to achieve at home—with the help of an at-home hair color spray, of course. Pick up the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Silver and use it to give your black hair some DIY silver definition. Even better, there’s no need to commit. This hair color spray washes out in just one shampoo so you can go ahead and try another highlighting trend the next day!

Editor’s note: Want a step-by-step tutorial on how to use a hair color spray for DIY highlights? Check out our article, How to Get Easy Highlights At Home with a Hair Color Spray.

FOR ADDED SPICE…TRY BLACK HAIR WITH RED HIGHLIGHTS

Although it’s one of the rarest natural hair colors in the world, red is easily one of the most commonly requested shades in salons. When it comes to trying black hair with red highlights, 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.

Which shade of red will complement you best? The trick to rocking red is finding the right shade to match your skin tone. Typically, if you have fair skin, a bright orange-red or deep auburn will look the most stunning against your skin—without washing you out. Medium skin tones tend to look best with warm-toned copper and golden reds, and dark skin tones pair beautifully with blue-red shades like burgundy highlights on black hair. Before heading into the salon, feel free to browse the L’Oréal Paris Feria Hair Color Chart for inspiration.

FOR AN EDGY LOOK…TRY BLACK HAIR WITH PLATINUM BLONDE HIGHLIGHTS

Looking to embrace your inner grunge? Platinum blonde highlights will do the trick. Together your platinum highlights and jet-black tresses will create a stark contrast, giving off a street chic style that’s sure to turn heads wherever you go. If you’re confident in your hair dyeing skills and want to DIY your highlighted head of hair, use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach in All Over.

FOR NATURAL-LOOKING HAIR…TRY BLACK HAIR WITH CHOCOLATE BROWN HIGHLIGHTS

Ever wished you could rock sun-kissed hair like your brunette BFF? Good news: You can! The trick to achieving beautiful black hair with 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, the less natural it will look.

FOR SOPHISTICATED, ROMANTIC-LOOKING LOCKS…TRY BLACK HAIR WITH BURGUNDY OR NAVY BLUE HIGHLIGHTS

It’s clear that burgundy and navy are having a serious moment. As some of the year’s hottest colors, you better believe they look amazing when incorporated into black hair. Black hair with blue highlights in particular is a look that has been circulating our social media feeds, and we’d say there’s no better way to try it out for yourself than adding a touch of navy to your mane.

FOR A MANE THAT’S OH-SO SWEET…TRY BLACK HAIR WITH CARAMEL HIGHLIGHTS

Sure, they say blondes have more fun, but what about those who have black hair with blonde highlights? We’d dare to bet they have just as great of a time! To lighten and sweeten up your mane, give caramel highlights on black hair a try. We particularly love this pairing when done with the balayage highlight technique, as it places caramel highlights throughout for beautiful dimension without a stark contrast.

FOR NATURAL-LOOKING DIMENSION…TRY BLACK HAIR WITH A COOL-TONED BALAYAGE

Another hair color trend practically made for gals with dark brown or black hair is cool-toned balayage. Rather than placing blonde streaks throughout, as you would with a traditional balayage, this technique involves subtly lightening strategically-placed strands for subtle, natural-looking highlights. Once hair is highlighted, it's toned one more time to produce an even subtler effect.

FOR A TRENDY, COLORFUL LOOK…TRY OIL-SLICK HAIR

This edgy new hair trend was pretty much made for dark-haired gals. 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 a perfect option for those with black hair who want to get in on the rainbow hair color trend. Not only do you get to be on-trend, but this look has another upside—it doesn’t require excessive bleaching or damage!

FOR SUBTLE SOPHISTICATION…TRY BLACK HAIR WITH SOMBRÉ HIGHLIGHTS

A softer ombré, called a sombré, is a great choice if you want an all-over lightening of your hair but are hoping to avoid the stark contrast that ombré often produces. Bonus: It’s also easy to do. The key is to pick a shade that’s just a few shades lighter than your current color—it’s all about a gradual, subtle transition.

FOR A COOL, CHIC LOOK…TRY BLACK HAIR WITH ASH BLONDE HIGHLIGHTS

If you’re interested in blonde highlights but platinum blonde feels a little too bold for you, ash blonde highlights may be more your speed. The ash blonde color is a smoky, cool-toned hue, and while it’s flattering on almost everyone, this is another trend you probably want to consult a professional about rather than trying at home. That’s because it will require some bleaching of certain sections of your hair.

HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR BLACK HAIR WITH HIGHLIGHTS

Whether you’ve opted to highlight your hair at home or visit a professional for your new hair color, one thing’s for sure: It’s important to take care of your color-treated hair to help preserve the life of your color and keep your hair looking and feeling its best. So, keep the following in mind when it comes to your hair care routine.

TIP #1: SWITCH YOUR SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s worth re-stating: Use a shampoo and conditioner combo that’s sulfate-free and safe for color-treated hair, like the L’Oréal Paris Hair EverPure Moisture Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner, which gently cleanse and replenish moisture without stripping hair.

TIP#2: USE A PRE-SHAMPOO TREATMENT

For added detangling and extra conditioning, use a pre-shampoo treatment, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm, on damp hair before you shampoo. Leave it on for three to five minutes before rinsing and aim to use the treatment a couple times a week (or as needed) to give your locks a boost in strength and shine. When your hair’s feeling extra dry, you can also use the balm as a hair mask after washing.

TIP #3: SHOWER IN LUKEWARM WATER

Yes, you read that right—unfortunately, it’s time to kiss long, hot showers goodbye! Piping hot water can strip your hair of moisture and color, leaving your locks dry and dull. Turn the temps down to keep your hair’s moisture levels happy. Lukewarm water is what's best for your hair and surprise, surprise, it's best for your skin too!

TIP #4: USE A HAIR MASK REGULARLY

Once or twice a week, swap out your regular conditioner for a strengthening and repairing hair mask, like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair Extreme Emergency Recovery Mask. Apply the hair mask after shampooing and leave it on for three to five minutes, then rinse off.

TIP #5: PREP YOUR STRANDS BEFORE YOU USE ANY HOT TOOLS

Oftentimes, colored hair can feel dry, and using a heat tool like a blow-dryer, curling wand, or flat iron can add to that. If you’re going to heat style your strands, it’s crucial to use heat protectant first to protect your strands and your color. Try the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray.

TIP #6: AIR DRY YOUR HAIR

An alternative to heat styling is air drying. Embrace your natural texture and show off effortlessly tousled waves. Spritz a wave spray onto towel-dried hair, then braid your hair. Once it’s dry, undo the braid for pretty, loose waves!

TIP #7: REFRESH WITH DRY SHAMPOO

Keep your locks looking their best and most voluminous with a few spritzes of dry shampoo whenever you need to refresh your look. Reach for a dry shampoo that won’t leave any residue that could spoil your beautifully highlighted hair.

TIP #8: GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP… ON A SILK PILLOWCASE

Beyond feeling extra-luxurious, sleeping on a silk pillowcase is also good for your tresses (and it’ll make your blowout last longer). That’s because silk super soft and won't cause hair breakage when you toss and turn in the night.

TIP #9: USE A HAIRSPRAY WITH A GLOSSY FINISH

Can’t make it into the salon for regular hair gloss treatments? No problem—set your style with a hairspray that will leave a shiny, gloss-like finish, such as the L’Oréal Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray. This formula will lock your look into place and also help keep damaged hair smooth and hydrated, thanks to a formula that includes silky argan oil.

Next: Highlighting 101: How to Master At-Home Hair Brightening