Deciding to get highlights can be a stressful process; if you don’t choose the right color or if they’re applied incorrectly, the results can be less than desirable. What makes getting highlights so tricky is the fact that you have to find a color that compliments both your natural hair color and your skin tone.
5 Tips to Consider for the Best Hair Highlights
Fortunately, there are ways to simplify the process of choosing a color for your highlights, which we’ll get into in just a moment. Also, using hair extensions is a great way experiment with highlights because they’re temporary and they don’t require you to add color to your natural hair. Here are some tips to help you choose the best highlights for your skin tone.
Your skin’s undertones play a big part in how certain colors look on you (this applies to clothing, hair color, and foundation shades), but undertones are a little tricky to distinguish because you can’t identify them by just looking at your skin. Differing undertones are the reason why a color can look amazing on someone with a similar skin tone but look less than flattering on you. Your undertones can either be cool (blue, pink, red), warm (peachy, yellow, golden), or neutral (a mixture of both).
One easy way to help identify your undertones is to think about which looks better on you: gold or silver. Generally, if you look better in gold, then you have warm undertones, and those with cool undertones tend to look better in silver; if you look equally good in both, then you probably have neutral undertones. Another way to identify whether you’re cool or warm is to look at your veins. If they appear to be blue, then you likely have cool undertones. If they look green, then you’re probably warm-toned. If you can’t tell, then you might be neutral. Still not sure? Don’t worry; there are other methods you can quickly research to help you answer this question.
2. Skin Tone
In addition to undertones, your actual skin tone is another critical factor to consider. Think about which colors look best on you: which colors do you find yourself wearing the most? Which colors are you wearing when you receive the most compliments? Chances are, those are the most flattering shades for your skin tone.
When it comes to highlights, this can get a little tricky because highlights are much more subtle than full-on color. However, this also gives you a bit more flexibility. Dark shades of brown and red are generally the safest bet for most people with naturally dark hair and deeper skin tones. However, golden shades also compliment deeper skin tones too, which is why it’s so crucial to think about both your skin tone and undertones. In general, you want to stick to shades that are the opposite of your skin’s undertones. In other words, if your skin has cool undertones go for warmer shades, and if you’re warm-toned, stick with cooler tones.
3. Buying Hair Extensions
Once you’ve identified which colors suit you best, it’ll be easier to choose a base color for your hair extensions. Seeing the hair in person is undoubtedly the most foolproof way to select the right color(s). However, online hair extensions suppliers almost always have high-quality photos on their websites to help make your decision easier.
If you are going for a partial sew-in or another style that leaves a good amount of your natural hair out, then choosing a base color will be easy since you’ll want it to match your natural hair color. But if you won’t be leaving any of your hair out, then you have a few more options to choose from. You can make your base color a little darker or lighter than your real hair color, as long as it still compliments your skin tone. The great thing about using human hair extensions is that you can dye them to get exactly the type of highlights and color combinations that you want.
4.Creating Highlights With Hair Extensions
There are several ways you can create the illusion of highlights with extensions. In addition to dying your extensions yourself, you can also buy hair in two different colors and incorporate both of them into your full or partial sew-in. The place you purchase the extensions from could guide you in this process if they did not just learn how to start selling bundle hair. Clip-in extensions also allow you to quickly and easily add highlights to your hair.
Typically, with clip-in extensions, it’s essential to match the hair to your natural hair color and texture, but if you’re adding highlights, you just have to find a color that compliments your natural hair and skin tone (don’t forget about those undertones!). Since you have to remove them every night anyway, clip-in extensions give you the freedom to experiment with really bold highlights on a short-term basis, which is perfect if you usually maintain a more conservative look. Don’t be afraid to experiment; after all, part of the fun that comes with wearing extensions is the ability to be adventurous and style your hair in ways you usually wouldn’t.
5. Decision Time
Hopefully, these tips will help make your decision to get highlights much easier. Fortunately, hair extensions make your options plentiful, making it all the more likely that you’ll be able to find the perfect color and installation method that suits you. Hair extensions give you the freedom to experiment with different colors and styles all while keeping your natural hair protected. It doesn’t get much better than that.