Partial Highlights. You are ready to schedule your highlight appointment with your hair stylist and you are presented with an option. Your stylist asks you if you want full highlights or partial hair highlights. This question leaves you even more confused because until now you did not know there was a difference. The only thing that you are positive of is that you want highlights added to your hair that will make your coworker jealous. You believe that the details of the service should be left to the professionals.
If you believe that you should not have to choose the type of highlights you get, you are partially correct. A professional hair stylist will help you make the best decision for your hair based on:
- The stylist’s experience and knowledge
- Your budget
- Your understanding of the difference in the services
If you do not have a regular stylist, or you want to know more about partial hair highlights before your next appointment, the following information will help guide you into making the best decision for your hair.
What Are Full Highlights?
Getting a full hair highlight service is exactly what it sounds like. A hair stylist (colorist) will highlight every section of your hair from the back to the front and every section in between. Full highlights can be very heavy, and can transform a natural red head into a blonde. This type of highlight can also be subtle and can soften the hair’s natural color.
Some clients who initially receive full highlights will often alternate between full and partial highlights in order to save money and to only highlight areas of new growth.
What Are Partial Highlights?
Partial highlights are only applied to certain areas of hair. Partial highlights are typically applied to the top area of the head although they can also be placed on the sides. The stylist can place the color on one or more sections depending on the look you want.
These highlights are designed to be soft and provide the same effect of color as natural sunlight would have on the hair. However, partial highlights can also be more dramatic.
Remember, final decisions about highlights do not have to be finalized until you are at the salon. Any questions you have regarding partial hair highlights before your appointment can easily be answered by your stylist through a simple phone call, email or text. You can also bring pictures of highlights and styles you like so the stylist will have a better idea of the style you are seeking.
Ashy Blonde Hand Painting
The ashy blonde tone on this design is magnificent, but you have to be very keen to notice it since it is only on the strands at the top. This hue melts in with the other blonde tones on the wavy hair to create a fantastic design that you can easily achieve through balayage and by choosing the right shades.
Partial Baby Lights
These long straight locks have an incredible volume and texture, but this is not sufficient to make them a top notch headdress. Although it also has a lovely balayage color the baby lights give it a soft touch and hence making the wearer look very trendy.
Lovely Blowout Curls
A blowout is a very classy hairdo, and it appears even more special if you give it some nice full curls. However, this particular design takes thing further with some color and makes a rather simple blowout look exquisite. Rather than coloring all the strands only a section of them get the lovely blonde hue to create a fantastic look.
Elegant Hand Painted Honey Tones
These beautiful hand painted honey tones show just how attractive creative and skillful coloring can be. Although the design has a couple of shades in it, they are all in moderation to create the perfect partial lights look.
Partially Foiled Loose Waves
Foils may not be as popular as they were a couple of years back due to the coming of modern dyeing techniques such as the balayage but they can still give you a refined look. In this headdress, they are used to create lovely golden streaks on the natural black hair.
Bronde Balayage Highlights
When you combine brown with blonde, you can be sure of an eye-catching look. Although they create a perfect color melt when you hand-paint them, you can make yours different. The good idea is to paint a few locks at the back with a pure light blonde shade so that they can stand out from the rest of the locks.
Classical Partial Lights
This style is an example of highlights designed correctly, and it can look great on any woman provided she gets the shades right. The colored streaks are very subtle but do not cover all the hair, and so you can easily conceal them if you do not wish to show them off.
Perfect Beach Waves
Some ladies have lovely natural locks, and so it would be very unfortunate if they ruined their appearance with a flat color. This headdress is an example of a beautiful hair with perfect shade. The beach waves in this style have some soft light brown highlights that accentuate and brighten the wearer’s face.
Light Brown Partial Ombre
This medium haircut has some lovely colors that also have an attractive shine. The locks are cut to perfection and styled with a side part and by layering them. However, what makes them special is the light brown partial lights that bring some uniqueness to what would otherwise be a typical ombre pattern.
Short Bob with Sunny Highlights
Blonde strands will always look wonderful whether you keep them short or long, but it is always a good idea to make yours unique. This particular one looks different from the common short bobs due to its sun-kissed appearance that comes from the soft highlights on the face-framing front locks.
Eva Longoria’s Soft Chocolate Brown Streaks
Even a beautiful face needs a good hairdo, and this is the reason Eva Longoria always has a stunning headdress. Here she gives her naturals strands a soft touch with the introduction of a few chocolate brown streaks on the lower half of her voluminous natural wavy locks.
Long Blondie Locks
It is hard to see any highlights on this style since the blonde shade is overwhelming but if you look closely, you can notice some moderate light brown lights. The light brown streaks may not be very visible, but they achieve their goal which is to bring some color balance to the lovely long blonde locks.
Cute Subtle Highlights
Although this headdress has an intense natural color, the highlights are what make it a top notch look. It is also very easy to replicate since the cut is very simple and you can even do it without professional help. However, the highlights may be a little tricky if you don’t know the right shade to use and so you should use professional services.