Hairstyles and Highlight Colors for Pale Hair

Ashley Olsen wears a streaked bun at an event in New York City.

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Pale hair runs the spectrum from platinum blond to light brunette. There are many options of coloring flaxen hair, from natural two-tone looks to bright neo-punk highlights. Ashley Olsen is one blond celeb who plays up her sleeked tresses with chunky, yet natural, honey-toned streaks. For a more dramatic hairdo, you can look to reality star and style maven Lauren Conrad, who interjected soft color into her light brown locks.

Two-tone Shag

Feel like a modern take on a classic style? Try a lighter, brighter shag on for size. The multi-layered haircut has been worn by starlets such as Reese Witherspoon, with longer cheek-grazing bangs. Feather the shag by razoring the edges of the hair to promote hair movement. Two types of blond color can accentuate this look, with lighter highlights on top and honey-colored tresses underneath. Add a dollop of anti-frizz serum and flip the hair out with a 1-inch flat iron to give your layered locks a sleek look.

Streaked Knot

The clavicle-length pageboy is a classic cut that can be upgraded into the realms of chic with chunky coloring. Inject bold, lighter sections through the crown to create a look that is far from your mama’s haircut. To create a chic chignon for evenings, divide the hair down the middle and massage a quarter-size amount of holding pomade throughout the dry tresses. Use a paddle brush to smooth the hair back, gathering it at the neck’s nape. Secure the hair with an elastic, and twist the hair tightly around the ponytail's base. A bit of shining mist will keep the fly-aways in check.

Peachy Waves

Not all pale color has a natural look, as pastel colors can liven up blond or light brunette hair. One sophisticated trick is to place the lowlights behind the ears and close to the neck’s nape -- which is more subtle than the crown area. Light peach can jazz up long layers, making the traditional cut more conversation-worthy. Style the hair with soft waves by adding a texturizing pomade to damp tresses and scrunching the hair during the blow-drying process. The result is a more tousled, straight-from-the beach look.

Bright Bob

From subtle to ballsy, channel your inner neo-punk rocker by adding bright neon colors to your asymmetrical pixie. Go bolder with chunky layers that gradually get longer from crown to fringe. Add a bright pink hue under the swooped bangs for a cute peek-a-boo effect that frames the face. Run a pea-size amount of volumizing product through damp tresses and blow dry the hair while brushing them forward. This technique will help build body, while providing a tousled effect. Finish the look by sporadically adding holding pomade to the hair that frames the face -- only a smidgen here and there is need.

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