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The best hair colour highlights for dark skin tones

Looking for the prettiest highlights for a gorgeous dark skin tone? There's a heap of hair colour highlights for dark skin that will perfectly complement your complexion! Let's look at some of the different shades on offer...

Blonde highlights for dark skin

Dark skin looks fantastic with a few strategically-placed blonde highlights over dark hair. Some of your options involve buttery blonde or champagne sections placed where the sun would naturally hit the hair, and help to bring radiance to your face.

Light ash also works well when applied to the tips of dark natural hair. Ask your stylist whether you have warm or cool tones in your skin, which will help you choose the best blonde highlights for your hair.

Alternatively, if you really want to stand out, you could embrace some colour contrasting with an all-over platinum blonde look. Visible roots are also now a popular hairstyle trend, so a few inches of grow-out is a look of its own if you want to be low maintenance with your colour!

Brunette highlights for dark skin

Here are a few of the most flattering brunette highlights for different dark skin tones:

Light brown skin: from caramel to dark honey and even vibrant cherry red, light brown skin is showcased with red and orange warm highlights, which help to make your complexion glow.

Medium brown skin: If you've got medium brown skin and cool undertones, the best highlights (and lowlights) for your hair are shades of coffee, chocolate or mocha. Or try a combination of all of them, they certainly sound delicious!

Dark brown /black skin: Dark brown and black skin colours look incredible with deep red, and dark mahogany highlights. You could even throw in a hint of purple to add depth to your hair.

Bright hair colours for dark skin tones

Speaking of purple, why not think outside the square and try some vibrant colour highlights in your locks?

These days, hair colours are like make-up: you can play around with unlimited combinations from right across the rainbow. It doesn't matter if it doesn't look "natural", it's about expressing your creativity (helped by your stylist!), Get your imagination gears grinding with options from silver/grey highlights to bright pink tips or a more discreet dark blue that shimmers in the light.

Hair highlighting vocabulary 101

Struggling to understand the difference between foils, balayage, ombré, dip-dye and, the latest technique of "strandlighting"? They might all be ways to introduce a different shade of colour to your hair, but it's important to know the difference when it comes to asking your stylist for a new look.

Here is a simple glossary for you to refer to:

Foil: the traditional way to add highlights, where the hair is placed in aluminum foils, lightened, then painted the desired colour. Stylists often apply a variety of shades to different foils to create a natural, sun kissed effect.

Balayage: Freehand painting of colour, instead of using foils.

Ombré: a technique where the hair colour is gradually lightened down the lengths. Most commonly seen in brunette-to-blonde transformations. Sombré, as you'd probably guess, is the darker and more subtle version.

Dip-dye: literally where the hair appears to have dipped in a different colour. The demarcation between the two shades is far more obvious that with a balayage or ombré, especially on a dark hair base.

Strandlighting: the most natural-looking of all hair colour techniques, no matter what shade you go for. The hair is placed in foils, like with traditional highlights, lightened, then coloured. Except the sections are made up of just a few strands each time (hence the name). We've seen examples of rose gold, silver and even rainbow strandlighting that you'd swear were from Mother Nature...

Remember to always care for coloured hair using a colour-protecting shampoo, conditioner and weekly hair mask! We recommend the Vitamino Color A-Ox range from Serie Expert!

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