Have Dark Hair? You Can Still Rock Blonde Highlights — Here’s How

February 11, 2021
Samantha Holender
By: Samantha Holender | Makeup.com by L'Oréal

Dark brown or black hair is gorgeous as is, but if you’re looking to switch things up, don’t rule out blonde highlights. You may think that a lighter color isn’t in the cards for you, but a bit of blonde against a rich chocolate or deep chestnut base color can actually add a ton of dimension and brightness. So whether you’re looking for a natural brown balayage or some standout highlights, we’re sharing inspiration for dark hair with blonde highlights, below. 

Money Piece 

If you want to achieve a blonde feel without fully covering your natural shade, ask your colorist for a money piece. The brighter front pieces will make your eyes pop, but you’ll still maintain a richer color at your roots. 

Blonde + Brown = Bronde 

For major dimension, a bronde balayage is the way to go. Your darker tone will seamlessly blend into a lighter hue from the mid-hair shaft to your ends. Customize the specific tone of your bronze-meets-blonde color with your stylist. This look is also very low maintenance and will grow out naturally if you decide the blonde life isn’t for you. 

Just a Pop 

If you have dark black hair and just want to dip your toe into the blonde world, ease into it slowly. Add a few wispy pieces throughout to test the waters before completely committing. The high-contrast look is definitely trending right now and gives off an edgy vibe. The lighter areas will really stand out when you pull your hair into a ponytail or bun. 

Chunky Highlights 

Give your dark hair dimension by layering in swaths of caramel and blonde color throughout. Chunky highlights have made a comeback and it’s no surprise why. The hair color technique gives your hair instant warmth and lets you play with a few different tones to help customize your new color. 

Ashy Accents 

If you’re toying with the idea of blonde highlights, we suggest easing into by opting for an ashy tone. While it’s not a true blonde, the lighter shade will help lift your color and still give you a bit of brightness. Test this subdued shade out for the winter and then go all-out with a lighter blonde come spring or summer. 

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