Highlights have come a long way in recent years, replacing the unnatural stripes of the nineties and noughties with more understated ombré and sombré shades, and subtle lowlights. However, that doesn't make choosing the right highlights for your hair any easier!
Going to the salon and simply asking for highlights won't get you very far as your colorist will only ask you about what sort of shade you want and the kind of maintenance you're prepared to do. To give you an idea of what that might be for each hair color, we've got a cheat sheet for you below!
Which highlights are right for me?
The whole process is supposed to make your hair look naturally lightened by the sun, so it's best to avoid any radically different tones. As a general rule, you want to stay fairly close to your base color. This means choosing highlights that are roughly one or two shades lighter or darker for the best results.
1/ Blonde hair
Platinum blondes and generally very light shades can add depth with some slightly darker tones to create a sunkissed look. Light to medium blondes can rock any hue as long as it's not too drastically different from the base color.
2/ Light brown hair
Add dimension to light brown hair with ash blonde highlights through the ends and mid-lengths. Just remember that less is definitely more, unless you want a bona-fide ombré hairstyle.
3/ Dark brown hair
You can give dark brown hair a gorgeous glow with a few caramel highlights. For the most convincing results, start highlighting a few inches lower than your scalp, but a little higher than you would for ombre hair.
4/ Black hair
Rich brown tones with warm undertones are perfect for highlighting black hair. You don't want to go too light, just light enough to add some dimension to your hair color.
5/ Red hair
Redheads can use a couple of different tones to create a gorgeous, multi-dimensional look. The trick is to use two or three different colors that are are a shade or two away from the base color.