27 ways to change your look (for the better!) with hair highlights

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
27 ways to change your look (for the better!) with hair highlights

Lea Michele’s low-maintenance blonde highlights brighten-up just the ends of her hair to a honeyed, tawny hue.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

Naturally a dark blonde, Julianne Hough’s golden blonde, face-framing highlights are accentuated with a backcombed, high-volume style.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

Ciara’s standout honey blonde highlights brighten up her beachy, textured bob. Ask your colorist for an ombré spectrum, leaving roots darkest and your tips sunny blonde.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

Glam waves showcase Fergie’s two-tone caramel and honey blonde highlights. If you’re naturally a darker brown, your pro will lift your base to a dark blonde before adding foils to keep the shades close in range.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

Actress and hair-color chameleon Scarlett Johansson looks most natural with dark butter blonde highlights painted throughout a light brown base.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

Model Molly Sims keeps her golden blonde highlights from looking over-saturated with lots of lowlights—ask your colorist to blend a darker shade close to your natural base with a brighter blonde for a natural contrast and less upkeep.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

Long layered locks and subtle copper highlights give Nikki Reed’s dark hair movement. Have your pro weave some super-thin spaghetti steaks throughout and then focus a bit of lightening on your tips.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

To enhance her blue eyes and the red tone of her hair, Emily Blunt’s flaxen highlights are woven through a dark strawberry base. For this gingery blonde blend, opt for just a few face-framing wisps of baby blonde on a darker, warm base.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

Cheryl Burke lightens up her mocha hair with copper and auburn highlights. To mimic the look of outgrowth, ask for lowlights at your crown, thin highlights at ear level, and concentrated pigment on the ends.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

Bronzy blonde highlights on Shawn Johnson blend best with deep blonde low lights and a few sunny caramel streaks.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

Lauren Conrad bumps up her natural brown base to a caramel color—the perfect match for beachy blonde highlights. For this soft ombré effect, ask your colorist to keep your highlights two or three shades lighter than your base color, and to highlight from the mid-length of your hair not from the root.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

Ashley Tisdale’s colorist weaved platinum highlights throughout her mane, letting some of her natural brown color show through for contrast. Heavy highlights are less of a commitment than a single process, but the look still requires maintenance every three to four weeks if you’re straying more than a few shades away from your natural base color.

Photo Credit: Eugene Gologursky/WireImage, courtesy of iVillage

Ciara warmed-up her complexion with buttery, caramel highlights. Ask your pro to place just few precise foils around your face in a honey shade that will compliment your darker, natural color.

Photo Credit: Valerie Jean/Filmmagic, courtesy of iVillage

Jennifer Aniston’s trademark blend of highlights is a go-to client request at most salons, thanks to its universally flattering “bronde” color combo. If you don’t already have a light brown base, ask your colorist for a single process before highlighting with a golden blonde hue.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

Toffee and honey highlights on Jennifer Lopez start from mid-length down, letting her test out a blonde spectrum without dealing with dark roots. keeps her hair as sexy as the rest of her look with loose curls and subtle highlights.

Photo Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

Copper-kissed highlights give Jessica Alba's chocolate brown hair major dimension—if you have warm undertones and a dark base, this low-commitment style does the work for you.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

Face-framing honey highlights on Penelope Cruz let the star stray from her natural rich brown color. She maintains this shiny finish and cuts brassiness with a clear gloss color treatment once a month.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

Jessica Biel's highlights transform low-maintenance into glam—subtler than ombré of seasons past, Biel lightened up her cool, dark chestnut hair with a few flaxen highlights on her ends.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

Serena Williams brightened-up her bob with blonde highlights. Ask your colorist for thin highlights in a cool champagne shade to get this same contrast.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

Actress Rachel Bilson pioneered the ombré highlight trend in Hollywood. A flaxen and caramel combo on Bilson’s lightly curled ends gives this cool style a bit of polish.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

Miley Cyrus was craving blonde when she requested these sun-kissed highlights throughout her dark brown hair. Leaving underneath layers and roots dark, the color combo pairs well against her dark eyes and brows.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

Natural-looking blonde highlights on Leona Lewis mean fewer visits to her colorist—ideal for busy clients who don’t want to be at the salon more than every three or four months.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

Coppery-bronze streaks on British singer Alexandra Burke add softness to her geometric bob and heavy fringe.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

Hot pink and blue highlights pop against singer Katy Perry's raven locks. Your colorist will have to bleach a few strands in order to add the pigment—try clip-ins for instant color and less of a commitment.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

Subtle caramel highlights infused into Minka Kelly's chestnut base give her skin an all-over glow. Your colorist can highlight just one shade lighter than your natural color and then warm-up all-over strands with a gloss.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

Copper highlights keep Mila Kunis' cool, dark brown base from weighing her down—just a few highlights lighten up her look and give her skin tone a warming glow.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

Heather Graham brightened her strawberry blonde base with some cool blonde streaks. Have your pro lift your base to match this ginger hue, then paint on just a couple face-framing blonde highlights.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, courtesy of iVillage

of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

Click through the gallery to find out how you can add dimension to your hair with the best highlights for your hair color!

More from iVillage:

Hair Inspiration Gallery: Hairstyles with Bangs
Hair Inspiration Gallery: Wavy Hairstyles
Hair Inspiration Gallery: Super Sexy Hairstyles
Hair Inspiration Gallery: Cute Short Hairstyles

Photo Credit: Getty Images (Courtesy: iVillage)

Read Full Story

People are Reading