Break Out of Your Hair Rut
In the SalonYou Want: More Volume and Movement
The Technique: Foil highlights involve sectioning the hair, weaving out select strands from those sections and coating them with color before wrapping them in foil. "You get softer, less obvious regrowth than you would with single-process color, plus beautiful dimension, which gives the illusion of fullness," says Finch.
Best For: Those with fine hair in need of body who want a low-maintenance option. "By adding just a few foils around the hairline and going only two shades lighter, the color grows out very naturally, and there's little damage to hair," says White. What's more, highlighting can work on any color. Brunettes should experiment with chestnut or light brown, and redheads can play with copper and gold.
Get It: "See a pro for foil highlights," says White. Bring in a "hair envy" photo for reference, and tell your colorist to work his magic just around your face (doing your entire head can look dated and obvious). Stay within three shades of your natural color for the best results.You Want: A Brighter Skin Tone
The Technique: Lowlights (darker strands of hair) add depth to your color, which gives you a more luminous complexion. "They're essentially an extension of your God-given shade, which is why they're anti-aging," says Finch. The color at your roots is selectively carried through the length of your hair, using a color product that's slightly lighter than your natural shade.
Best For: Reintroducing deeper, darker tones to hair that's been over-highlighted or bleached out by the sun. "There's really no better way to break up solid, all-over color or brassy ends," says White.
Get It: At the salon. "Since color is being applied to already chemically treated hair, you'll want to rely on an expert who knows how to choose the safest, gentlest products," says Finch.
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