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Spring is right around the corner for Denver folks and that means out with the old and in with the new — new hairstyles of course! Nothing captures the sunshine better than lightening up your look. Can’t decide whether you should start the spring with highlights or lowlights? Not sure what the difference is or which would look best on you? Never fear! The salon pros at Deseo Salon & BlowDry are here to help!

Seize the Day with Radiant Highlights

Wake your hair up from hibernation with a pop of brilliance. Highlights are a great way to add shine, texture, and depth to dull, tired hair. Lighter tones are achieved by painting individual strands of hair with a lightening product. Natural highlights give your hair an effortless, sun-kissed glow. Trendy takes on this classic look range from ombre to balayage and everything in between.

The key to highlights is accentuating your natural beauty. Highlights are different than streaks, which are typically chunky, brighter and less natural in appearance. A softer, just-back-from-the-beach look can be achieved by adding highlights to blonde, light brown, or brunette hair. Your color experts can help you match the right highlight to your hair type. From almond to platinum, beige, and more, a professional salon can help you achieve your perfect highlight soulmate.

It’s a good idea to get highlights prior to summer, as intense sunlight can lighten the color immediately after treatment. Highlights are also not a great fit for very short hair. However, medium length straight and curly lobs go great with the added texture and fullness a professional highlighting treatment can bring. Best of all, highlights fade naturally and are low maintenance. You’re good to go anywhere from three to six months between salon sessions, so you can stay fabulous all summer long!

Own the Night with Sultry Lowlights

Embrace your shadowy side with the subtle mystique of lowlights. Unlike highlights, lowlights are two to three shades darker than your natural hair. This color technique is perfect for creating dimension in light to dark brunette hair. A sombre — a darker version of an ombre — is an increasingly popular look. Lowlights can also work well with mocha, blonde tones, and even red hair! For a more dramatic effect, try a lowlight treatment on lighter hair.

Unlike highlights, lowlights lighten less quickly in the sun and fade to a blended aesthetic within roughly three to six months. Lowlights enhance volume and depth, while highlights are best for creating the illusion of dynamic movement. With both styles, it’s a good rule of thumb never to go more than three shades lighter or darker when trying to achieve a natural vibe.

Be a Sun Goddess and a Moon Goddess

Did you know lowlights and highlights are not mutually exclusive? Creating layers through different coloring techniques adds visual dimension and mystical intrigue to everyday hair. This look works well with longer hair, especially when hair is curled or worn up in a ponytail or bun. The key to rocking both highlights and lowlights is enhancing your natural color and shine. Too many layers will create the skunk or zebra aesthetic — not a great look for any summer goddess!

Your stylist can help unlock your hair’s true potential by inspiring chic designs and colors that will keep your hair glowing all year long. Perfection is our standard at Deseo Salon & BlowDry! Locally owned and operated, our color pro’s are ready to create your best summer style. Looking for more ways to lighten your look? Check out Balayage vs. Ombre and discover which lightening treatment is best for you.

Sitting down with your hair guru prior to getting your dream color treatment is key for matching the best lowlight to your hair. Find your inspiration, then stop by for a consultation!

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