Lowlights Versus Highlights: Which is Right For You?

  • By Trixiee the Pixie (Image source) [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]
  • via Wikimedia Commons

What are the differences between highlights and lowlights? Which one is best for each hair colour and skin tone? Which one is best for you? These are the sorts of questions that are best answered before you enter the salon.


Highlights should complement your natural colour, so in some cases lowlights are required to tone them down. Too many highlights can make the skin look faded, so using lowlights regularly in place of highlights will help you blend your highlights with your natural colour. This will also avoid the need to have your dark roots coloured every month and a half.


Highlights can make the skin look paler. For a hair colour that doesn’t detract from your complexion and yet gives a vibrant look that can bring out your eye colour and skin tone, you should consider lowlights.

So Which One is Right for You?

This depends greatly on your natural hair colour. Highlights for woman with dark hair shouldn’t go more than three shades lighter than their natural colour or the effect will be unnatural. Lowlights should be in tones of red as it looks natural. This is because dark hair goes through various shades of red when it lightens naturally. Blonds don’t have to go three shades lighter. For blonds, copper and gold work best, especially if your skin is very fair.

Final Word

The difference between lowlights versus highlights is that highlights lighten the colour whilst lowlights darken the hair. Whichever process you use will incorporate two or three colours to create a multifaceted effect. No matter what length, condition or style of hair, highlights and lowlights can benefit your look. Both are a great way to update your look without a major change.

United Kingdom - Excite Network Copyright ©1995 - 2016