Highlighting Techniques to Suit Everyone

Highlights, babylights and balayage, we wish that we could tell you that they all mean the same thing. But that would make us liars! They are names of different highlighting techniques that all achieve different results, and there is plenty more where that came from. Sorry, we don’t mean to scare you with the technical hair lingo. Instead, we want you to feel confident when choosing your next colouring service. So, with that in mind, it’s time to talk you through the most common highlighting techniques. You will be a pro in no time.


Not only do they have a cute name, but they have even cuter results. We are talking about babylights, of course. This highlighting technique is mainly used for creating mega lift blondes. However, babylights compliment all different hair lengths and colours. It is because the results from this highlighting service are natural and seamless due to how fine the weaves are.

Weave – the section of hair the lightener is applied to.

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Highlights are the most common highlighting technique. But that doesn’t make them any less special than the others, they are a classic for a reason after all. Highlights involve taking specific strands of hair a painting them with a lighter colour than your natural base or bleach. This technique usually involves foils so depending on whether you are opting for a full head of highlights or half, expect to look like a robot character out of a sci-fi movie.

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Unlike highlights, lowlights are darker than your natural base. Lowlights are usually used alongside highlights to add dimension and depth to your hair. Hairstylists add lowlights to break up blocks of blonde and create contrast.

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Chunky Highlights

Chunky highlights are back in trend, and they have had a makeover. Forget the stripey memories you have of them from the 90s. Today’s take on chunky highlights are a lot less drastic and tend to be blended in with smaller weaves. Therefore, making them a lot more blended. This highlighting technique is ideal for creating contrast in the hair.

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Balayage is one of the most popular highlighting techniques, and it involves painting freehand highlights onto the hair. This colour service is ideal for people who love low-maintenance hair.

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Face Framing Highlights

One of our favourite things about face framing highlights is that they suit everyone. This highlighting technique is tailored to each client as it revolves around you and what best suits your unique facial structure.

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