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Say you're a fiery redhead with some highlights to spice things up. Hey, highlights are awesome. They instantly add depth and dimension to your hair. But how to style your newly highlighted locks? There are plenty of different hairdos you can try, and a few in particular that you're sure to love.
Blow-dry your hair while it's damp, using a round brush to pull down on your strands as you dry. You know how you always get the best blowout when you're at the salon? This is how your stylist does it, because he's got the tension on your hair from being at a higher angle. Go over your locks afterward with a flat iron to make them smooth and sleek. Finish with some smoothing serum and pin up a 1-inch section of hair on one side of your head.
A perky half-up style shows off highlights all around your head, so no matter where your color is placed, you get to show it off. This I-just-rolled-out-of-bed look works no matter what event you're heading to, and this 'do is so easy to do. Work texturizing cream through your tresses, then tease your hair around the crown to build some volume. Part your hair down the center and pull up some hair on both sides. Bring the hair back together just below the crown of your head and pin it in place.
A fishtail braid is funky and flirty, and it's a chic way to show off your highlighted red hair. It works for casual and formal events, so it's really one of the best turn-to hairstyles when you need a fast, easy-to-do style that works no matter what the occasion. Divide your hair in half, holding one side in one hand and the other side in your other hand. Cross a section of hair from the outside of the left section, about 1/4- to 1/2-inch wide, over to the inside of the right section. Cross a section of the same size from the outside of the right section over to the inside of the left section. Repeat this crisscross pattern, alternating from one side to the other, until you reach the ends of your hair. Secure the ends with an elastic and pull the braid over one shoulder.
For a fun take on the basic bun style, try a figure-eight bun. It's a big, voluminous, notice-me style that really turns heads. Start by making a low ponytail on one side. Leave a few tendrils out on each side at the front for a flirty, face-framing effect. Twist the ponytail hair a couple of times and form it into a figure eight against the back of your head. Secure it with bobby pins and pull out the hair in the bun a bit, to get a loose, effortlessly chic effect. Mist with a lightweight hairspray.
When you have highlighted hair, you need to take special care of it. No point in getting highlights in the first place if you let them fade and go brassy. Keep them fresh and fab with color-protective hair products including shampoo, conditioner and hairspray. A toning product added into the mix once in a while also helps, by preventing brassy tones so your hair doesn't turn a funky color.