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Highlight Basics

Hair highlights are a popular hair coloring technique that adds dimension and depth to your hair. They involve lightening certain strands of hair, creating a contrast with your natural hair color. Hair highlights can be subtle or dramatic, depending on your preference and technique. Here are some things you should know about hair highlights.

Types of Highlights: There are several different types of highlights, each with its unique look and technique. The most common types are:

  • Foil Highlights: This is the most traditional type of highlight, which involves wrapping sections of hair in foil and applying bleach or hair color to the hair. The foil helps to keep the paint from bleeding onto other areas of hair.

  • Balayage Highlights: This type of highlight creates a more natural, sun-kissed look, with color painted onto the hair freehand. The color is concentrated on the mid-lengths and ends of the hair, making a more gradual transition from your natural hair color.

  • Ombre Highlights: This type of highlight creates a gradient effect, with color gradually lightening from the roots to the ends of the hair. The color is usually more dramatic, with a distinct line between the two colors.

  • Babylights: This type of highlight involves using smaller sections of hair, creating a more subtle, natural look. Babylights are usually used to create a softer, more natural-looking highlight.

Pros and Cons: Like any hair coloring technique, highlights have their pros and cons. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of getting hair highlights:


  • Adds dimension and depth to your hair

  • It can brighten up your complexion and make you look younger.

  • Can work with many different hair types and lengths

  • It can be customized to your personal preference and style


  • It can damage your hair, especially if you have fine or thin hair.

  • Requires special care and maintenance, such as using a specific shampoo and conditioner for color-treated hair

  • It can be time-consuming and expensive to get and maintain

  • It may not look as natural as other hairstyles and can sometimes look dated if not done correctly.

In conclusion, hair highlights are a great way to add dimension and depth to your hair. With several different types, you can find a highlight that works for your hair type and personal style. However, weighing the pros and cons before getting highlights is essential, as it can be damaging and requires special care and maintenance. If you're considering getting highlights, schedule a complimentary consultation with

a Belt Salon stylist to determine if it's the right choice.

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