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How to Decide If Your Hair Should Have Highlights Or Block Colour

By Imogenl @ImogenLamport

Should you have highlights or block color hair?

Hair Texture and Highlights or Block Colour

Once you have figured out how to find the most flattering kinds of hair colours to suit your complexion so you look glowing, healthy and gorgeous, the second consideration is that of block color versus higlight and lowlights.  The answer to this conundrum comes down more to hair texture and cut.

Highlights and lowlights look great, add dimension and define:

  • Curly hair
  • Short textured hair
  • Wavy hair
  • Layered hair

Block color is best on smooth straight and sleek hair with minimal layers (or layers that are there to remove bulk but not provide lots of dimension or movement).

When to get highlights and when block colours look best

If you tend to wear your hair sometimes smooth and sometimes wavy or curly, then very fine highlights (otherwise known as babylights or micro higlights are the way to go.  They mimic natural highlights created by the sun.

Balyage techniques such as Sombre (that’s a soft ombre) work better on wavy hair rather than dead straight hair too, highlights can just look a little ‘zebra’ on very straight hair.

Then of course, you’ll want to think about the texture and sheen of your clothes so that they harmonise beautifully with your hair and skin.  Discover how to choose the right textures in your fabrics to flatter.

Further Reading:

Not Going Grey Gracefully parts 1, 2, 3 and 4

How to choose a flattering hair colour

Going blonde – choosing the right shade

How to know if your hair color is wrong

7 steps to Style - discover your style once and for all

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