Karina Giglio Apr 16, 2012

From the runways to the red carpet, Crayola-colored tresses are back in a big way. But this time, it’s about a few strategically placed vibrant splashes. “Colorful highlights are a really easy way to amp up your look and have some fun with your hair,” says New York stylist Andrew Fitzsimons. Here’s how to liven up your locks without looking like Rainbow Brite. Color coordinate The hue you choose depends on your personality and the message you want to send. For an eye-catching blast of color, try flame red or purple. For more or a rock and roll look, try green or blue. And for a sweet look, try baby pink or light orange. Leave the stripping to the pros “For this look, your hair has to be bleached in order for the color to be vibrant, which is a difficult process to do,” says Fitzsimons. Instead of screwing it up at home (and potentially doing some serious damage), make an appointment at a salon. “This is just a couple of streaks so it really won't break the bank, but it could save you from something going wrong.” Spray it on For those of us who have to save the dye-dipped hair exclusively for Friday and Saturday nights, there’s spray-on color like Streaks ‘N Tips Temporary Highlight Spray, which dries quickly and washes out in one shampoo. After you blow dry hair, separate out the section you want to highlight, and use short, even bursts to fully cover strands with color. Fake it If you want the ease of popping color in and out whenever you want it, reach for juicy-hued hair extensions like Manic Panic Glam Strips. “Clip-ins let you go as crazy as you want and really customize your look,” says Fitzsimons. For the most modern effect, place pieces in the back, bottom layer of hair. Use as many pieces as you like, but space them an inch to two apart. Would you wear colorful streaks in your hair? Photo credit: thebeautydepartment and Manic Panic

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About the Author:Karina Giglio is a lifestyle, beauty and health writer whose work has appeared in numerous national publications including Women’s Health, Washingtonian, Ladies Home Journal, OK!, Allure, Fitness, Marie Claire, Bride’s and The New York Post. She was a regular contributor to makeup.com, and her articles and blog posts can be found on prevention.com, dailyglow.com, yahoo.com and huffingtonpost.com. Karina has worked onstaff at Cosmopolitan and YM, as well as being part of the original Sephora.com launch team

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