These past few years I haven’t really highlighted my hair too much, but when I do want to add some color I want it to be very low maintenance (something that will look nice for at least 4-5 months without requiring another trip to the salon). For my current hairstyle, I got my blue and purple Hairloc hair extensions removed (click here to read my review on Hairlocs) and replaced them with low-maintenance highlights for the summer. Usually “low-maintenance highlights” for me means peek-a-boo lowlights that only cover a small triangular section of hair behind each ear. Although the placement of these types of lowlights can look great for several months without needing touch-up (I had them for one year!), they don’t add too much color to my hair. This time around, I wanted to come up with a low-maintenance highlight look that can be very bold yet can still grow out without the roots being too visible.
When I went to the salon, I told my stylist that I wanted highlights similar in concept to the peek-a-boo ones, except just create bigger sections on each side. I also got a small section towards the front that will show up when I side part my shorter front layers. Here’s how it turned out:
Without flash, my hair looks like I only have a few splashes of golden blonde highlights. (I had just removed my makeup when I took these pictures haha :))
Here are some pictures with flash so that you can see the golden blonde highlights even more:
Here’s a candid outdoor picture that shows another view of my hair:
My boyfriend took this picture while I was trying to take a picture of a bird during our hike. Depending on how I part my hair (or how the wind eventually positions my hair, like in that picture), my highlights can look even bolder, which is the look I wanted to achieve.
If you want natural looking low-maintenance highlights, ask your hairstylist to weave in strokes of color to make your own hair color look brighter. Also mention that you want the roots of the colored strands to be (for the most part) hidden.
Remember that hair that has been highlighted can tangle more easily, so it’s important to condition your hair regularly!