Choosing to add highlights to your hair is a major decision that should call for some deep thinking. This is true for those who haven't ever tried to put highlights on their hair or for those who have tried to but failed to achieve the look they really wanted. Imagine how awful it would be if you weren't happy with your hair color choice - you would have to suffer each and every time you wake up in the morning and face the mirror! That being the case, it is really important to be completely at peace with your color choice.
Decide on the look you want. Choosing highlights also means you have to decide what effect you want to achieve. Do you want to create a more dramatic look? Or would you want your highlight to be so subtle, people won't notice the additional color on your hair but would notice that you look good?
Highlights and streaks can also change the shape of your face or add drama to your skin tone. Where you add highlights, how it is placed and how deep the highlight all have major effects on how your face is going to look and how beautiful (or not) your skin is going to look as well. So how do you know what the right shade for your highlights should be?
- Identify your natural hair color. The right shade for your highlights depends on your hair color and on your natural skin tone. Most hair experts recommend that your highlight should not be more than 2 levels from your natural hair color. Highlights are supposed to naturally blend with your natural colors. A lighter or darker shade in various sections of your hair will work wonderfully to your advantage if you don't go too far from your hair's natural shade.
- Classify your skin tone. Your skin tone helps clarify which highlights will look wonderful and which may not be so good for you. Basically, there are four common skin tones - winter, summer, autumn, and spring. Your preferred highlight should not clash with your skin tone. As a guide - winter skin prefers red shades; summer skin looks good with light highlights like platinum blond; autumn skin stands out in earthy tones; and spring skin glows with strawberry blond or light brown shades.
- Pick a few different shades of the various hair colors you'd like to try. Since you now know what shades look good on you after noting down your natural skin color, your skin tone and the shape of your face, you have a general idea of what color your highlights should be. For example, if you have winter skin and have blond hair, you might be thinking about having red highlights. You can now look at patches of several shades of these like - strawberry blondes, shades of copper or various tones of violet-reds. From these selections, you can narrow it down further by choosing your top three colors out of 10 different hues of red.
Take note of all the steps outlined here and you will be able to come up with the best possible combination for your hair. And if you have been able to choose the color of your highlights wisely, you can be sure your spectacular new look will make you wake up every morning with a smile.