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You’ve heard of highlights—and chances are, you’ve probably even had them added to your hair at some point. They’re definitely one of the most popular hair color choices out there. Typically, when you highlight your hair, you’re adding blonde streaks to help brighten up your mane, resulting in a sun-kissed look. But have you ever heard of lowlights? ICYMI, lowlights are different than highlights in that they darken strands to help add depth and dimension—and they look seriously pretty on brown hair. Looking for a way to boost your brown strands so that your color doesn’t look so one dimensional? Here, learn all about lowlights and how to take care of brown hair with lowlights.
Unlike highlights which are lighter than your natural hair color, lowlights are generally at least two tones darker than your natural hair color. When you add lowlights to brown hair, your natural hair color becomes the highlight for a seriously dimensional look. A lot of times, a colorist may add both highlights and lowlights to your hair to help avoid your hair color from becoming overly frosty-looking from too many highlights. Since highlights and lowlights require a certain skill to apply and get just right, it’s probably your best bet to visit a pro if this is something you’re interested in trying out yourself. A colorist will be able to expertly place highlights and lowlights in your hair for the most multidimensional look. Also, be sure to bring a photo with you of how you’d like your hair color to look in the end so that your colorist can give you what you in terms of creating and highlights and lowlights—you want to walk out of the salon with a smile on your face!
Got lowlights added to your brown hair? Congrats—we bet they look super-pretty! But when you have color-treated hair, you may need to switch up your regular hair care routine in order to help keep your hair looking and feeling its best. Not sure where to start? Just follow our advice below.
1. Use a system of shampoo and conditioner formulated for color-treated hair. When it comes to washing your hair, use a system of shampoo and conditioner that are formulated for color-treated hair, like the L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner. After applying the shampoo to wet hair, gently massage it into your strands, then rinse out. Follow up by applying the conditioner. Leave it on for one to two minutes, then rinse out.
2. Make a hair mask your new BFF. Once or twice a week, show your color-treated brown hair with lowlights some much-needed love by swapping out your conditioner for a hair mask. On those days, use the L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Ultra Recovery Mask instead of the L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner after shampooing with the L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo. Apply the mask, leave it on for three to five minutes, then rinse out.
3. Give your heat tools a rest. Excessive heat styling can lead to damage, so put your blow-dryer, curling iron, and flat iron away when you can and try styling your hair sans heat tools. Show off your lowlights in a pretty loose braid or embrace your natural texture by letting your hair air dry. When your hair is wet, apply a dime-sized amount of the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Undone Style Cream and let your hair air dry. You can also apply a tiny bit of the cream to dry ends.
4. Set reminders for your touch-up appointments. Highlights and lowlights aren’t exactly the most low-maintenance color choice, so be sure to schedule touch-ups in advance if you don’t want regrowth to be super-noticeable.