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Should You Get Color or Highlights? Or Both?

Posted by Mickey B.

da-raborn-michael-anthony-salon-dcHave you been thinking about adding some pizzazz to your hairstyle with professional hair coloring but don’t know which service would be best for you? If so, you aren’t alone. The stylists here at Michael Anthony Salon and I get asked these questions all the time.

Two of the most popular color services in the salon are overall color and highlights. Both are great options for livening up your locks and adding interest to your style. But how do you decide which one to choose? You might even want to do both. So, how do you know what’s right for your hair and individual style? Here are a few pointers:

Choose overall hair color if:

  • Your hair is extremely short
  • You have more than 30% gray
  • You look better in warm, vibrant colors such as red
  • Your cut is already trendy enough and you don’t want to overdo it

Choose highlights if:

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  • You’d like to add dimension to a simple, unlayered haircut
  • If you have dark blonde or light brown hair
  • If you have a little bit of gray that you would like to blend away
  • If you can’t commit to getting your roots touched up faithfully
  • If you look best in cool colors such as blues, purples, and greens
  • If your style needs a little interest around your face and a few chunky highlights would do the trick
  • If you’re afraid of a big change

 

Do both if:

  • You have a lot of gray but would still like the effect that only highlights can obtain
  • You want to add red or warmth and still have some chunks of lighter color around the front
  • You are trying to correct or change another hair coloring application before you get highlights
  • If your hair has become too light due to over processing and sun damage or was lightened too much during your last color process

There are many other reasons why people choose the hair coloring services that they do, and those reasons can be as varied as the people themselves. So, if you have a color idea, do not be afraid to talk to your stylist about it. Also, do not hesitate to ask for advice if you really aren’t sure what what you want but you know you want something. By working together, you and your stylist can find the perfect color combination to give you your best look yet.

Enjoy your hair!
Mickey

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