Lowlights For Dark Hair, What’s the Deal?

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Do you want to spice up your dark hair, but don’t want to nuke it with bleach or some other hair-lightening product? A good alternative will be to get lowlights for dark hair. 

We all have already heard of highlights. They are great at adding dimension and style to your hair. But what about “lowlights”? What are they? Can you add lowlights for dark hair too?

Lowlights, just like highlights, help you add a little bit of color and dimension to your hair without being too committed to it. It’s a great way to update your look, and you can even do it at home. 

This technique involves selecting a hair color that’s a shade or two darker than your natural or base hair color. The darker streaks that you produce due to the darker hair color chosen are essentially the opposite of highlights. 

Nevertheless, it still adds depth to your main. Just like highlights, there are different patterns that can be followed and created to achieve a beautiful mane

If you are thinking of getting lowlights on your hair at a salon or at home, below is some relevant information that you should first know. 


Lowlights For Dark Hair: Is It Possible?

Hair highlights are always in style and on-trend. With it, you lighten the hair in several areas and sections in order to achieve the look that you want. 

But has anyone ever heard about lowlights? Lowlights are the opposite of highlights. Instead of lightening some hair sections and strands, you darken them to help create shadows that also create depth to your hair. 

In order to do that, you need to select your colors well. It should be about two shades darker than your natural hair. For those with naturally light-colored hair, this can be easy because you can easily find darker shades for your hair. 

Just remember not to get ones that are too dark. The goal here is to create shadows and not the striking very dark lines on your hair. 

If it is so easy to get lowlights for those with lighter hair color, how about those that have darker hair color? Are they limited to only getting highlights?

Some people might think that those with dark hair don’t need to bother getting lowlights because their hair is already dark and it may not be really visible. However, dark hair with lowlights still looks great as it creates dimension and depth on the hair. 

As long as your hair isn’t jet black and you are still able to find a hair color that’s two shades darker than your hair color, then you can still have the lowlights on your dark hair.

Getting Lowlights

The easiest way to get lowlights is by going to a salon. If you have it done by a professional, you don’t have to worry about how it’s done and what pattern or style they use. It’s much more likely to turn out successful, especially if it’s your first time doing lowlights.

They can assess your hair and help you choose the type of lowlight that’s suitable for you.

However, if you have an idea in mind or a picture for inspiration, that would be better. Peekaboo style can be fun. You can show it to them so that they’ll base the low light on it. 

On the other hand, you can also create lowlights on your own at home. You can consider this as a DIY project for self-improvement. It is fairly easy to do as compared to highlights because the lowlights blend better with your natural hair color. 

How To Create Low Lights

If you’ve decided to take on this project on your own, the first thing that you’d have to do is to choose the hair color that you’ll be using. It should be about two shades darker than your natural hair color. 

Obviously, if your hair is dark brown to black, you’re not going to be able to go darker. But if you’re in the medium brown/chestnut range, you still have some options.

If your hair is dark brown to black, you’re not going to be able to go darker. But if you’re in the medium brown/chestnut range, you still have some options.

Once you’ve selected your shade and prepared all the tools you need, read the instructions for your specific product. Make sure you understand how it works.

Comb your dry hair so that it is tangle-free. Then section your hair into four sections. 

Prepare your hair color and mix the ingredients that you need. Also, prepare some foils so you can wrap the sections you colored and avoid contaminating the rest of your hair. 

When coloring your lowlights, make sure you take thin sections only. Start by placing the foil underneath the section and wrap it afterward. 

Move on to your next section until you cover everything you want lowlights on. Afterward, wait the required amount of time before rinsing it out. 

Once the time is up, remove the foils and rinse out your hair. Apply some conditioner to help soften the hair and seal the hair color. 

When making your lowlights make sure that they are really thin. Usually, lowlights are thinner than your highlights. Also, make sure that you move around and don’t just stack them up on top of each other. 

Also, when positioning your lowlights, avoid placing them on the top of your head like you would if you were creating highlights. Lowlights mimic shadows. So it is best to place them more in your bottom sections. 

Caring For Your Lowlights

Once you’ve successfully created your multi-toned hair by using highlights, the next step is to properly take care of them. You certainly want the color to last, don’t you?

The best way to do that is to make sure that you switch to shampoos and conditioners that are safe for color-treated hair. There are lots that are specifically formulated to make sure that the hair color remains beautifully vibrant. 

Lowlights, just like highlights and other hair coloring products may eventually need to be touched up. You can do this every six weeks. 

To prevent your hair colors from fading, you have to protect it from harsh environments as well. The sun can have detrimental effects on the hair especially if they are exposed for prolonged periods of time. 

Additionally, you also have to protect it from water. The more often it gets wet, the more likely the lowlights are to fade. 

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Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).