The summer season and highlighted hair have had a close relationship for longer than we can remember; for some reason, the sun just seems to inspire us to lighten up our locks. More than likely you’ve ended up here, reading this very article, because summertime has got you interested in a lighter do. In previous years the decision to “highlighting your hair” left you to choose between two options: thick and chunky highlights, or thin and piece-y streaks. Thankfully, artist of the beauty world has provided us with more than a few choices today.
Being that a girl’s highlighting choices aren’t as limited as they once were, we have pulled together a few different highlighting style options. Take your time reading through the highlighting possibilities, that way you know exactly what you want when you make your next salon appointment.
A Summertime Balayaged Lob
What better way to rock the hottest haircut of the moment, the l(ong b)ob, than to bring in some added dimension with a tortoiseshell balayage to lighten things up?! Tell your stylist that you’re interested in an ecaille balayage, let him/her take the rest from there.
Light and Long Summertime Hair
If you’re the person who wants highlight your hair as much as possible, without actually going all-blonde, you’ll love the idea of light and long highlights. This works best on hair that is a natural light brown, but can be achieved in the double process as well for those of you who have darker hair. Either way, explain to your stylist that you want a full set of dimensional blonde highlights.
Heavy Highs and Lows
For those of you that love the look of thick, chunky highlights, you should opt for a partial set of highlights mixed with a partial set of lowlights. Make your look stand out every once and a while a by curling your hair to revile each and every low and highlight.
Subtle and Strong Summer Highlights
If you know you want highlights, but are scared that you’ll look too blonde, this is the perfect look for you. Your stylist will create somewhat of a hybrid ombre; your highlights will start ¼ to ½ the way down your hair shaft. Some streaks will be thick and rather subtle, while others will be a bit stronger. The alternating pattern creates an illusion of natural sunkissed highlights, the only difference is the highlights are right where you want them.
Brown + Blonde + Honey hues
If you’re interested in a dimensional look, but don’t necessarily want the look of artificial highlights, you are the perfect candidate for tai-colored highlights. Tell your stylist that you’re in light brown lowlights, blonde highlights and honey highlights. Did we mention that this look looks radiant on just about every skin tone?
Frosted in the Summertime
Do you already have blonde hair, but find that you still wish to go lighter for the summer? That’s okay! This can easily be done with a partial highlight, just a few shades lighter than your base blonde, and a total toning treatment. A week or so later you may notice the silver or frosted tones begin to fade, to keep your hair just as silver and vibrant as the day you walk out of the salon, go ahead and buy a high-quality toning shampoo.