What Are Lowlights?
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Let’s start with the main question of today’s post: “what are lowlights?”. Lowlights come as picked strands or sections colored in two tones darker than the initial hair color. This technique is meant to create a more dimensional, deeper look that can also make your hair appear thicker and more voluminous. Ladies prefer to go for such coloring after a couple of highlight sessions to bring their color back.
Lowlights Vs Highlights
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Now, it’s time to separate highlights from lowlights and get closer to their difference. In simple words, the first technique works in an exactly opposite way than the latter: it dyes your strands a few shades lighter. Its aim is to provide hair with softness, natural movement, and effortless look. So, you only need to decide what effect you want to achieve before making a color choice! And for a win-win decision, keep in mind these basic tips:
- The technique is totally up to you, yet modern colorists claim that highlights work best for dark hair, and lowlights go well with lighter bases.
- Unlike lowlighting, highlighting involves bleaching, which means it can bring some damage to you.
- For a more authentic, effortless look, it’s better to go for highlights in the summertime, and lowlights in cooler seasons.
- If you’re working with grey hair, lowlights will be the best choice. Although you can use both highlights and lowlights to cover gray hair, the technique that brings no damage is always a better option for weak locks.
How To Do Lowlights?
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The second question that you may come up with is probably “how to do lowlights?”. Even though any at-home coloring may result in trouble, you can try getting lowlights yourself, as this technique doesn’t involve bleaching so your mistakes can be easily corrected. Just get yourself a dye designed for lowlighting, a pair of gloves, and a highlighting cap that helps you to separate off the strands. Apply the dye in a sweeping technique so that the color graduation is even and smooth.