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Best Hair Highlights Techniques | Top 6 Techniques

With summer coming up, it’s time for many of us to change our style for family gatherings, BBQs, family photos, and more. One of the best ways of adding some color to your life is with highlights. Whether you have blonde, red, light, or dark brown hair, there is a color and type of highlights for you.

This blog will look at the best hair highlight techniques for the summer.

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Things you need before highlighting

If you want to do highlights yourself, you will need a few things, depending on the style you’re going for. Generally, you will need the following:

  • A highlighting kit
  • Hairbrush
  • Gloves
  • Hair clips
  • Old towels or a cape
  • Foil or plastic wrap
  • Timer
  • A deep conditioning treatment, such as a color-safe shampoo and conditioner

Best techniques for highlighting hair

There are many different hair highlight techniques to choose from, so let’s have a look at the most common and exciting ones!


Balayage is the French word for “sweeping.”. It involves painting a bleach or lightening product onto the hair in a sweeping motion, creating a soft, natural-looking gradient effect. Balayage highlights typically start at the mid-lengths of the hair and extend toward the ends. This technique creates a more graduated, natural effect as the underside of the hair remains darker. It also adds dimension, just like traditional highlights, making it a great choice to make thin hair appear fuller. 

While Balayage highlights may look simple, the process can be pretty complex. As there are no foils or guides, making the highlights look natural can be very challenging, especially on the back of your head. It’s recommended to consult with an experienced hair stylist for the best results.


As the name suggests, Foil-age is related to Balayage. The main difference is that the stylist will use foil to amplify the lightening effect on some strands while leaving others uncovered, like in the traditional Balayage.

Like Balayage, the Foil-ayage effect can be pretty challenging to achieve independently. Experienced professional salon stylists can help you achieve your desired look.


Ombré is French for “shadow” or “shade.” This technique creates a more dramatic effect, with the hair staying darker at the top and then getting lighter at the bottom. Generally, the darker shades fade into blonde down the length of the hair, making it look like the natural color change you usually experience during summer.

Because Ombré paints the highlights onto your hair in a gradient, achieving an even, natural-looking result can be challenging.

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Like Ombré, Sombré hair (which means subtle ombré) also has a gradient in color but is more subtle. The transition between the dark and lighter sections is softer, creating a natural, sun-kissed look. The look is achieved by using the balayage technique, and due to the intricacy of the process, it is best left to a professional.

Foil Highlights

Foil highlights are the most traditional way of doing highlights and one of the best DIY hair highlighting techniques at home. In this technique, the areas you want to highlight are covered with aluminum foil strips when dyed. This traps the heat and helps the color process faster.


Babylights apply very fine, subtle highlights throughout the hair, mimicking the natural highlights on children’s hair. This technique creates a soft, natural-looking effect. The method is the same as foil highlights but involves much smaller sections.

Contact Professional for Hair Highlighting

VIP Hair Salon is a professional full-service hair salon in Boca Raton, FL. Contact us today at (561) 808-2788 or fill out our convenient online form to schedule a consultation with one of our expert stylists. They can advise which highlighting technique is the right style for you and help you realize it.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can use many techniques to achieve highlights in your hair, each giving you a different look. If you want to go for a dramatic look, consider Ombré; if you want a more natural-looking gradient effect, Balayage might be the right technique for you.

The four basic types of hair highlights are Balayage, Foil-age, Ombré, and Sombré.

Generally, Balayage and Sombré are considered very natural-looking highlighting techniques.

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