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Lowlights for Hair

Lowlights for HairThe newest craze to hit the beauty age has been lowlights. Lowlights are the exact opposite of highlights. While highlights brighten the hair, lowlights darken it. They consist of darkening strands of hair of up to two shades darker than the hair’s original color. Lowlights are great for those who don’t want a dramatic look like highlights can give. They are also great for those looking for an alternative to graying hair.

 

Choosing a Lowlight Shade

If you’re a natural blonde, look for a lowlight shade with gold or copper in it. These look best on blondes, especially if you have fair skin which most blondes do have. Avoid adding too many lowlights at the back of your head since this can look unnatural, especially in the summer months when the sun is at it’s strongest.

 

For brunettes, look for shades of red, plum or a blend of gold and copper since these will look best. Avoid anything too dark if you have pale skin or it can make you look wash out.

 

No matter what you natural shade of color, you should never go more than three shades darker than your natural color or your hair will end up looking harsh and unnatural.

 

Lowlighting at Home

It is always recommended that you visit your local salon when coloring hair, but sometimes it’s much more practical to do it at home. While there are a few manufacturers offering lowlight products, if you’re unable to find them in your local discount store, you may want to check your local beauty salon as well.

 

After you’ve chosen your lowlight color, be sure to read the instructions that came with the product and do an allergy test before you begin coloring.

 

Next, decide where you want to apply the lowlights on your hair and whether you want just a few for a natural look or a little more for a more dramatic look. If you’d like a more natural look, try placing the lowlights farther apart and avoid placing them near your part. For a dramatic look, place them no closer than an inch apart.

 

Follow the manufacturer’s directions for how to mix the lowlight formula and then begin by applying the mixture on the coloring applicator.

 

Place the applicator at least ½ inch away from the scalp and slide it through the hair to the ends. Refill the applicator if needed and repeat until you’ve placed the lowlights where you want them.

 

Once you are done, check the time indicated on the product and leave in for the indicated time.

 

When the time is up, rinse hair until water runs clear. If a shampoo or conditioner is supplied, apply through the hair and rinse.

 

That’s all there is to it! Keep in mind that with short hair, you will need to recolor in about 6-8 weeks. For longer hair about every 3 months is fine. Happy Lowlighting!

 

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