Bronze Highlights in Black Hair

Opt for a few well-placed bronze highlights like Kelly Rowland's at the MTV Staying Alive Fundraiser and Farewell event.

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When you've been rocking black hair for a while -- or all of your life -- you know that certain colors seem to disappear in your raven locks while other colors create a way-too-bold contrast. When your goal is to enhance your look, go for bronze highlights. This warm, medium-brown-meets-caramel tone stands out just enough to make a statement without appearing severe. Oh, and these days, the term "highlights" doesn't just mean allover streaks, so get inspired with new ideas before making your final choice.

Ombre Effect

You've most likely seen it but might not know what to call it. Ombre hair coloring is a gradual shift in color from light to dark. If you've seen women with dark brown roots that slowly shift toward blonde ends, that's ombre. For a softer effect on black hair, opt for ombre highlights that move from black hair to bronze tips -- it's a super modern look and requires little upkeep since having dark roots is the goal.

Allover Streaks

If you consider yourself a woman with more of a classic sensibility when it comes to hair color, stick by your style with allover streaks. Rather than skinny highlights that make your hair look lighter from a distance, streaks offer a ton of depth due to the contrast of bronze against your natural black. Oh, and if you want the brightness around your face without going all out, ask your stylist for some chunky face-framing highlights -- just as beautiful with much less commitment.

Multi-dimensional Highlights

Just because you're planning on rocking some bronze highlights in your black hair doesn't mean you're cornered into these two colors alone. Instead of going for the traditional bronze highlights throughout all of your hair, punch up the look with multi-dimensional highlights in a variety of tones. Ask your stylist to go heavy on the bronze while including a few baby blond and dark brown highlights mixed in for added interest.

Peak Placements

When you've spent a good portion of your life sporting classic highlights painted throughout all of your hair, the novelty often wears off. This is especially distressing when you're a fan of one particular color. Don't stress too much -- you can stand by your trusty bronze hue by opting for interesting color placement to liven up your look. Consider a few new ideas such as lightened locks on top with black under-layers, peek-a-boo highlights that sneak out beneath your black hair or a few random highlights here and there near your face.

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