Best Lowlights & Highlights for Dark Blond Hair

Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar shows off highlights and lowlights in her hair.

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With your dark blond hair, you have lots of options for the different colors. Choose colors that make your hair look more natural in the end, as though you were born with those gorgeous highlights and lowlights streaking through your tresses, or those unexpected hues for a dramatic look. Determine your goal for the end result before you bring dye anywhere near your hair, so you'll end up looking just how you planned.


The purpose of highlights is to lighten and brighten up your face. With your dark blond hair, a lighter shade of blond appears really soft and natural, but add enough contrast to create texture and volume. For a more dramatic change, opt for a contrasting shade such as hot pink or a vibrant, fun color like orange to really shake things up and get a different look.


Lowlights are typically darker than your starting hair color, with the same sort of purpose as highlights. Lowlights create depth and dimension in hair, making it look fuller and more voluminous. Whether you choose to add only lowlights or opt for a combination of both lighter and darker pieces, any shade from chocolate brown to jet black works in your dark blond hair.


When you're deciding on the size of your highlights and lowlights, it really depends on how noticeable you want the color. The wider sections you color, the more dramatic a color change you get. For natural-looking highlights and lowlights, keep each section you color to about 1/4 inch wide, but for a thick, chunky look, make them up to 1 inch wide.


One important decision when coloring your hair is where to put it. Color placement is everything, because no matter how fabulous the color is, if it's in the wrong spot, you're not going to get the look you want. For the most natural, professional-looking dye job, scatter highlights randomly around the top of your head with the lowlights focused on the bottom layer.

Color Maintenance

You can get the most precise color placement and vivid, rockin' hues added to your hair, but if you don't take care of it, all that fabness isn't going to last long. Use color-safe hair products -- shampoo, conditioner, hairspray -- and don't overwash your hair. This just strips the color right off your hair over time, fading and dulling it out. Don't wash everyday; three to four times a week is more than enough.

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