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Do you feel like your blonde hair seems a little too one-dimensional lately? In a world dominated by super-versatile hair colors that are full of movement and depth, we totally feel you. But just because you’re hoping for a bit more dimension doesn’t mean you need to completely change your hair color! This is where lowlights come in to play. Lowlights can help make your blonde hair color really pop. Whether you’re looking to embrace a beachier blonde or simply want loads of contrast, you can find a tailored lowlight process to fit your needs. Here, learn about how lowlights can transform your look, how to find the right lowlights for you, and how to care for colored hair once you have blonde hair with lowlights.
Wondering how lowlights can help add dimension to your blonde hair? Here’s what you need to know.
Why you should get lowlights: By adding a contrasting lowlight to bright blonde hair, you can create waves of lightness and darkness. The same way contouring can give more body to your face, lowlighting can add movement to your hair. Plus, the addition of these slightly darker colors look really natural!
What to ask for at the salon: Based on the look you want, your colorist will add lowlights to your hair that are at least one shade darker than your lightest highlight, while never going darker than your base color. Make sure your stylist knows you want a natural-looking hair color so that they can use a balayage technique to apply super-thin sections of lowlights instead of fatter ones.
Not exactly sure what to ask for at the salon? Here are a bunch of pretty ideas to guide you!
1. Beach blonde. Want to add a little warmth to your blonde hair? Try adding in some light brown lowlights that have hints of gold. The darker tones can help give that natural-looking beach babe vibe because they can help make your blonde hair look brighter.
Looks best on: neutral complexions. The additional warmth can help balance out neutral skin tones for an overall glowing look.
2. Rainbow radiance. Although lowlights are typically considered to be on the brunette spectrum, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun with other colors of the rainbow. To get the look at home on blonde hair, try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color, which is available in a variety of shades including peach, purple, indigo, and pink.
Looks best on: any complexion! It all depends on the color you choose. Just remember that you want your chosen shade to be opposite of your undertones.
3. Forward focus. If you’re one of the many women who has recently fallen in love with the lob haircut, let us let you in on a little secret. When you have this cut with a slightly deeper angle in front, it can be especially flattering to bring a bit more attention to your face-framing strands. That’s where lowlights come in! When you add dimension directly around your face with bright lowlights, this can allow your bone structure to stand center stage.
Looks best on: complexions with yellow undertones. This level of lowlights tends to be on the cooler side of the golden spectrum, meaning they look especially gorgeous with a complexion that has hints of yellow.
4. Nude blend. Nude hair is one of the “it” hair color trends of 2018. It incorporates a series of lowlights and highlights to help perfectly match your skin tone. To get the look, make sure your stylist focuses the deeper contrasting color at the roots as it fades into a lighter color at the ends.
Looks best on: e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e! Since this color is based off adding tailored lowlights to match your look, there’s no one set color scheme.
5. High contrast. When you incorporate a lot of different bold colors into your hair, you can help create the illusion of fuller-looking hair. The key is choosing shades that complement each other—and bright golden blonde lowlights can add just enough darkness while tying your whole look together.
Looks best on: complexions that lean pink. The golden hues of this high contrast shade can help add brightness and depth that balances out color for a gorgeous look.
Once you’ve decided on the kind of lowlights you’d like to add to your hair, it’s important to care for your color-treated hair properly. That means using a system of shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask formulated for color-treated hair, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment.
Interested in more tips on adding lowlights to blonde hair? Here’s How to Get Blonde Hair with Red Lowlights.