Highlights are a popular colouring technique that most of us have been opting for since school days. They add movement and dimension to the hair and keep your hair from looking flat. However, it’s not the only technique that adds life to your hair. Lowlights is another popular colouring technique that adds dimension to your hair. Wondering what’s the difference between the two?
Read on as we discuss in length about the difference between highlights and lowlights:
What are highlights?
Simply put, highlights are nothing but sections of hair coloured a few shades lighter than your natural hair colour. This technique helps to add some dimension, movement and softness to your hair. Highlights is an umbrella term that includes common hair colouring techniques such as balayage, foils, ombre, etc.
For your highlights to look absolutely natural, you should never opt for colours that are more than three shades lighter than your natural hair colour or the base colour of the global hair colour.
What are lowlights?
Lowlights are the complete opposite of highlights, in the sense that this technique uses hair colour shades that are a couple of shades darker than your base colour. The main purpose of this technique is to add more depth and texture to your hair. It is usually placed in strategic positions to create the desired effect. Lowlights are usually added to the roots as they help in lifting them up and creating the illusion of volume. Sometimes they’re also placed all over your hair to create a beautiful contrast and add more depth to your hair colour.
Here are the main differences between the two…
- Highlights are usually done on darker hair to add more light to it, while lowlights are usually performed on lighter hair to prevent it from looking limp and provide the illusion of more volume.
- Highlights can damage your hair a little because it usually involves bleaching darker hair to ensure that the lighter colour shows more prominently and provides the desired results. Lowlights, on the other hand, simply requires dying the lighter strands of hair in a darker colour (which doesn’t require bleach) and hence causes much less damage.
- Highlights are perfect for anyone who is getting their hair coloured for the first time, as it doesn’t always require you to colour your roots. Lowlights, on the other hand, are perfect for anyone with over coloured, bleached or processed hair, as it helps to add a bit of warmth to brassy strands.
- The main purpose of both these hair colouring techniques is to add extra depth and movement to the hair, but highlights give your strands a very just-back-from-a-beach-holiday look, while lowlights work to make your strands appear fuller.