9 of Our Favourite Hair Highlights Ideas for Blondes, Brunettes and Redheads

We’ve all heard of them, but what exactly are highlights in hair?

woman with blonde highlights shaking out her hair

Highlighting is a technique where you lighten strategic strands of hair to create brightness and dimension. 
Highlights can work on any hair colour, making them perfect if you are looking to brighten your current colour, or transform your look without the commitment of a completely new all-over colour. A few strategically placed highlights can even make thinner hair types look thicker. 
But how long does it take to highlight hair? The time it takes depends on the colour of your natural hair, its texture and how light you want your highlights to be. For example, do you want chunky, sculptural strands or a subtle sun-kissed look? All in all, you’re looking at spending around two to three hours at the salon. 
So whatever your hair colour, hair highlights are definitely a good idea! Now you just need some inspo to take to the salon for your next colour update. Keep reading for nine of our favourite hair highlights ideas for every hair colour...

Brown hair with highlights: terrific tips and inspo
Darker locks can be transformed with a few well-placed highlights. Whether you’re after a sun-kissed look or a more reddish hue, here are 3 ways to spice up your brunette style… 

1. Brown hair with blonde highlights

Subtle blonde highlights through darker hair can instantly transform and brighten your style and flatter any complexion. They also enhance textured or layered waves for the ultimate beach babe look. Keep those blonde bits bright to stand out from your darker base colour by using our Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Shampoo & Conditioner

side profile of a woman with brown hair and blonde highlights

2. Brown hair with caramel highlights

The classic combination of dark hair with caramel tones looks great with an ombre or balayage technique. Warm caramel and rich darker hues melt into each other to illuminate your ends for a dimensional and luxurious-looking colour. Sound good to you? Read our guide on all things balayage for everything you need to know about this colouring technique. 


back of the head of a woman with brown hair and caramel highlights

3. Brown hair with red highlights
Red highlights are a fun way to add a jolt of colour to darker locks without the commitment of an all-over colour. Define which shade of brunette you are by visiting our guide to 10 shades of brown hair to get a feel for the kind of highlights that’ll work best for you. 
Blonde hair with highlights: brighten up your locks
We rarely see all over solid blonde hair, and that’s because highlighted blonde hair is just too pretty to miss out on. –Not only do blonde highlights look stunning, root regrowth is less of a problem as the highlighted strands will help blend darker roots! We’ve rounded up three hues of blonde highlights to update your look... 

back of the head of a woman touching her blonde highlighted hair

4. Blonde hair with pink highlights

Want to give your blonde a vibrant update? Try adding some pastel pink highlights throughout your locks. This perfectly pretty rosy shade blends seamlessly into light blonde hair. If you’re wanting to try this look yourself, check out our tips on hair colouring at home

5. Blonde hair with caramel highlights

If you have darker blonde hair and want a lighter look, ask your colourist for caramel highlights. This warm shade of blonde will give you a lighter look that looks great styled in voluminous waves, which helps to show off all those blonde tones. 

6. Golden blonde highlights

If you want a sun kissed look without spending hours in the sun, go for golden blonde highlights. By adding this warm shade to your strands, you’ll brighten your hair and your complexion as well. Keep those golden tones from fading by using our Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Shampoo & Conditioner every time you wash and condition your hair. 

Red hair with highlights: tips for looking radiant
Red heads can totally rock highlights too! The trick is to keep your base colour vibrant to let the highlights shine through. Red hair is notorious for losing its vibrance easily, so check out our top tips for how to stop your hair colour from fading and invest in our Radiant Red Red Boosting Shampoo & Conditioner to keep your locks looking luscious! 

back of the head of a woman with red highlighted hair wearing an off the shoulder blouse

7. Red hair with blonde highlights

If you have a light ginger coloured base, a few well-placed blonde accents can really help brighten your hair colour and your complexion. The subtle tonal changes are easy to maintain too as they blend seamlessly into your base colour. 

8. Red hair with copper highlights

Copper highlights are a great way to warm up a block red base colour. They work on most shades of red and look great all year round to add some luminosity to your style! Just make sure to keep your locks hydrated once highlighted, to make sure they stay in great condition. 

9. Red hair with caramel highlights

Caramel highlights look perfect on a berry base to create a tonal look. Check out our round-up of 10 different shades of red hair to determine which base colour you have and then decide on the right shade of highlights for your red locks. 


Now you’re ready to freshen up your look without much commitment at all... thank you highlights! Should you decide to jazz up your look further and go for all-over colour, check out our guide for colouring your hair at home. 

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