WHAT ARE BOTTLENECK BANGS?
Bottleneck bangs are a blend between a full fringe and a grown-out fringe, with the shorter, fuller bangs falling in the center, and the grown-out pieces lending a feathered effect at the sides. This ‘best of both worlds’ style is flattering for all face shapes and most hair types. Just make sure your client is ready for the upkeep that comes with bangs (all types – not just bottleneck bangs). You can trim the middle to be ultra-blunt if they’re going for an edgier vibe, or keep the ends soft and piecey to pair with a shag. The choice is up to you and your client.
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STYLE YOUR HAIR DAILY
Updos aren't just for prom, New Years and Lois Lane. A loose, casual updo is a quick way to look pulled together. Simply finger-comb hair into a low, disheveled bun or knot and attach with a ponytail holder and bobby pins.
Koleston Perfect Lights
WHAT IS KOLESTON PERFECT LIGHTS?
Koleston Perfect Lights is a set of two new services that enhance your most popular colouring techniques Opens in a new tab with ethereal blending, boosted dimension, and a high-definition palette of shades. Our award-winning Koleston Perfect product is your tool of choice for each of the looks, giving your clients pure, permanent pigment that leaves no grey uncovered. Now, let’s dive into the services…
When you hear ‘blonde highlights’, what’s the first thing you think of? For us, visions of Blake Lively’s blushed blonde mane and Gisele Bündchen’s head of seriously sun-kissed strands instantly come to mind. Both rely on unique techniques and shades to create their signature looks, with no two journeys to flaxen-haired flawlessness ever being the same.
However, once you’ve got the know-how on every type of blonde highlights available, you’ll be ready to create all kinds of colour and placement combinations. Keep scrolling for the full highlighting lowdown, from finding the perfect technique and dreamiest shade to unlocking the ultimate maintenance routine…
BLONDE HIGHLIGHTING TECHNIQUES TO KNOW
HALF HEAD HIGHLIGHTS
Wondering what the difference is between half head highlights and full head highlights? It’s simple; half head highlights are – as the name implies – only applied to around half your client’s hair.
These root-to-tip ribbons are typically placed through the crown and sides, but you can also lighten the entire top layer, while keeping the lower layers natural. The aim is to brighten locks the way the sun does, lifting only the very surface, so you get a summery effect that appears entirely au naturel.
FULL HEAD HIGHLIGHTS
Full head highlights see all sections and layers of your client’s hair lightened, from the fringe or hairline right down to the nape of the neck. Hair can be lifted one or two levels for subtle all-over brightening, or you can use full head highlights to create a dramatic blonde transformation on a dark brown or red base colour.
Babylights are much like traditional highlights in that they typically run from root to tip – although you can combine them with a balayage technique for a softer, more painterly finish. These intricate ‘lights are micro-fine and set close together, so they mimic the shade your childhood hair would lift to in the midst of the most sun-drenched summers. To create this believable finish, colourists should wrap much smaller sections of hair in foil. This gives your client delicate ribbons that take longer to achieve, but are worth every second behind the chair.
This might just be the most coveted highlighting style of all, and it’s not just used for lightening locks – you can create balayage in every colour of the rainbow. It’s a freehand technique that sees random sections of hair painted with a pre-lightener (like Blondor Freelights), focused mostly through the face-framing layers, the mid-lengths and the ends.
While balayage sees a scattering of highlights placed in a painterly fashion throughout the hair, ombre focuses on an even graduation from darker roots to lighter ends. To achieve this gradient effect, lightener is applied to the tips of hair first – not the other way around –
then stroked upwards until you reach the point where the ombre should begin.
The clue’s in the name. Sombre is a subtle ombre that follows the same colouring process, but the shade difference between the roots and the ends is far less obvious. This technique is perfect for those who want their blonde highlights to be virtually undetectable, as it lends a hyper-real finish that suits all base colours
The French word for tortoiseshell, écaille, also describes the warmest edition of balayage, featuring caramel blonde and honey blonde highlights swept through a brown base colour. Placing the gold tones between rich brown sections lends a shimmering effect, making it the perfect highlighting technique for light to medium, warm-toned brunettes.
Need to level up the lift on your client’s balayage? That’s what foilyage is for. Swap open-air developing for foils, and those blonde ribbons will sparkle brighter than ever before. While we typically recommend Blondor Freelights for balayage (the adhesive mass stops the formula from smudging), the use of foils means you can work with any lightener. Try BlondorPlex for a boost of bond-forging ingredients.
Fact: placing lighter ribbons through the front of your client’s hair can help to enhance their complexion. It’s no wonder, then, that face-framing highlights are proving so popular right now. It can either be a few slices in the front, applied back to back in foils, or for an even stronger enhancement, swept through strands from root to tip. Try the trend with Blondor Soft Blonde Cream, which is gentle enough for on-scalp lightening, and protects wispy front pieces from moisture loss. Go for a lift two levels brighter than the base to get those money-piece highlights looking rich and radiant.
While écaille is perfect for adding a touch of brightness to lighter brunettes, twilighting is all about creating contrast through dark brown hair. Twinkling golden blonde highlights are swept through strands for a twilit effect. You’re aiming for a lift around three levels brighter than the base, with extra brightness through the front. Try toning those ‘lights with Illumina Color for an ultra-glowy finish.
The sheer, permanent formula is specially designed to play up the natural light reflections in your client’s locks.
Chunky highlights are back. No longer the reserve of 90s pop stars, these weightier ribbons are popping up on some of this season’s most Instagrammable looks. Combined with finer ‘lights, they create rich,
volume-enhancing dimension. All you have to do is section off thicker sections of hair, and stroke your chosen lightener through. You can also try this trick with the Special Blondes shades from the Koleston Perfect portfolio, which lift and tone in a single step for the most efficient colour service.
THE BEST BLONDE HIGHLIGHTS FOR EVERY BASE COLOUR
BLONDE HIGHLIGHTS ON BLONDE HAIR
Blondes can still reap the benefits of highlights. If the goal is to give light hair an extra lift, try Illumina Color in 10/1, 10/69 or 9/19 to add shimmering ribbons of icy colour. Beachy warmth can be achieved with honeyed tones and hints of gold using 9/03 or 10/36. Meanwhile, lowlights will enhance a natural blonde and create a sun-kissed contrast. Use a demi-permanent colour, like Color Touch, to achieve this effect.
BROWN HAIR WITH BLONDE HIGHLIGHTS
Mousy brown or light-medium brunette hair pairs perfectly with honey blonde highlights for warmth, or ash blonde highlights if your client has fair skin. The trick is to place a high volume of very fine weaves – also known as babylights – through the hair, starting a few inches down from the root to get the full Gisele effect.
BLONDE HIGHLIGHTS ON DARK HAIR
When creating highlights for dark brown hair, keep in mind that the lighter you go, the stronger the contrast will be. This can sometimes result in a less natural-looking result. For a softer blend with low-maintenance regrowth, opt instead for amber or caramel tones with a balance of coolness and warmth, as going too warm can veer on the orange side. There are two ways to apply this: in a bolder, root-to-tip concentration, or painted free-hand with Blondor Freelights for a balayage effect. Whichever look you create, team the lightener with our bond-strengthening treatment, WellaPlex, which will maintain the integrity of the hair throughout the colouring process.
RED HAIR WITH BLONDE HIGHLIGHTS
When adding blonde highlights to red hair, there are two key colour trends you should try. If your client is a light redhead, they’ll suit strawberry blonde, and if they’re more auburn, try pumpkin spice. Follow the same colour process you would use to create blonde highlights for dark hair (see above), then recommend your clients maintain the shade by mixing INVIGO Color Recharge Red Conditioner with INVIGO Color Recharge Warm Blonde Refreshing Conditioner as a weekly treat.