Welcome to our huge gallery featuring women with highlights.
Are you ready to make a change to your hair color?
No matter your preferred look, highlights brighten your hair, draw attention to your features, and give you a put-together look. Many women choose this attractive option to enhance their style.
The term applies to strands of hair which are made lighter than the base color of the hair. This color is added to hair by foils on select strands of hair, so the entire head isn’t colored as it is with hair dying.
You are adding color to the hair, just select pieces.
Hair highlights seem to be making quite a wave in the hair industry lately. Numerous celebrities are now seen at various events rocking beautiful layers of silver, brown, gold and honey-toned hair highlights that look nothing short of chic and stunning.
Highlights can simply turn an ordinary hair look into an extraordinary one just with the addition of a few colors. While some people go for a single color, others love to go big and bold and opt for a blend of different colors. Either way, the result is just amazing.
If you have also been looking for highlighted hair inspiration recently, check out the gallery below with numerous celebrities donning their hair highlights and low lights.
9 Types of Hair Highlights
Nine Highlighting Techniques That Can Drastically Change Your Look For The Better
Babylights are one of the most popular types of hair highlights for women that have indeed managed to make their mark on the beauty industry. This is just another one of the many highlight trends that people are going in for and is one that is definitely here to stay. The reason this kind of highlighting is known as Babylights is that of the technique that is used when trying to create this kind of hair. The main aim of this process is to create highlights that are incredibly subtle, and which don’t seem too different from one’s natural hair. If you have ever looked at a child and wondered how beautiful their virgin hair looks, babylights is one highlighting technique that can give you that kind of appeal.
With celebrities like Jessica Alba and Rihanna sporting these kinds of highlights, there was no surprise that this technique started becoming a staple way of achieving hair. ‘Balayage’ is a French word that refers to the action of painting. In accordance with that, this technique tries to ‘paint’ on the hair color onto the hair, thereby giving it a much more fresh and natural look as compared to traditional highlights. This technique entails a much more subtle color at the top of the head that gradually increases in intensity as it reaches the lowered parts of the hair. Normally, the color used in this technique is just a few shades lighter than the base color of the hair, thereby giving it a more luminous look.
Even though the technique used is not entirely the same, the end effect that one receives when getting this kind of highlights is similar to that of the ombre trend, just in the form of highlights.
Click here for our balayage gallery (loads of examples).
3. Chunky Highlights
If you lived through the late nineties or early 2000s, you are probably already familiar with chunky highlights. Almost every celebrity during this time was seen sporting these kinds of highlights, and the chances are that you secretly wanted them too. Today, chunky highlights might not be the most popular thing around, but they still are one of the more relevant highlight techniques that are being used. Chunky highlights are mainly characterized by strips of your hair being colored to a shade that is either lighter or darker than your hair.
One of the main aspects of chunky highlights is that they were not meant to blend in. The highlights in the hair were meant to be a big contrast from your base hair color and were meant to shine through. Because of this, the technique of using chunky highlights tends to give your hair the illusion of being sleeker, especially if you go all out with the 2000s hair trend of making your hair as straight as it can be.
4. Frosted Highlights
One of the lesser common techniques of highlighting the hair is the trend of frosted highlights. This is a technique that tends to be more popular amongst men than women but is nevertheless something that can look incredible if done right. The primary characterization of this kind of hair is that individual strands are bleached or lightened to achieve mixed hues. Only a few strands are lightened at a time, thereby making them seem a lot more subtle, but well blended. The technique is mainly used when trying to lighten the hair, and make it just one or two hues lighter.
5. Ribbon Highlights
Ribbon Highlights is one trend that has recently appeared over the past year and is surely something that is here to stay for a long time. If you are looking to achieve the real ribbon hair look, there are certain limitations that you may have to work with. For starters, the base hair must be one solid color; This usually means that this technique would only work well on hair that has never been colored or hair that was just colored to achieve one shade. In this technique, normally a color that contrasts well with the base color is used. This color is applied only to certain parts of the hair that make it stand out against the darker shade.
Slicing is a technique that is used to achieve highlights that look like a mix of ribbon highlights and chunky highlights. This technique is used to achieve highlights that stand out in a good way, but which still blend into the hair for a certain amount. In this technique, a certain part of the hair is taken and colored with a shade that is lighter than the original hair. This gives the hair the illusion of having more volume and is considered to be great for those who have previously colored their hair as well.
Shatush is a highlighting technique that is used to give the hair a sun-kissed sheen that is perfect for the summer. The highlighting technique involves gradually making the hair seem lighter. The roots of the hair are generally the darkest, while the tips are the lightest.
This technique only works to lighten the hair and not the other way around.
The ombre highlighting technique is something that has become one of the most popular kinds of hilighting options that women all over the world are choosing to go in. This technique involves gradually making the hair appear lighter, even if it’s just a few tones higher.
The crown of the hair is generally left untouched, and just below that is where the gradient usually begins. As one progresses through the length of the hair, this color becomes lighter, giving you an ombre effect.
Foliyage is the next best alternative for those who want to go in for Balayage highlights but have darker hair tones. This technique works similar to balayage, which is often why these highlighting techniques are often mixed up with each other. The aim of this kind of highlighting technique is to create a seamless gradient that appears to stand out from the base color of the hair
What Will the Lighter Color Look Like?
When it comes to adding brightness to your hair, a stylist should work with you on the size of your highlights, the color gets added to the tone of the color and the placement of color on your head. There is no one-size-fits-all solution because every hair type is different. It is typical for thicker hair to require chunkier color while fine hair needs thinner sections of color.
If you’ve never colored your hair before, highlights are a great way to dip your toes into the water. Just remember, if the light color added to your hair is several shades different than your natural color there is some upkeep required. A qualified stylist will keep your color within the same tonal family and only bring you two to three levels lighter than your base.
Advantages of Adding Lightness to Your Hair
Adding a few lighter strands to your hair frames your face and even draws attention to your eyes. No matter the shape of your face, a second color brings out your cheekbones, makes your face look slim, and even makes hair look full. No matter your base color, highlighting adds the dimension you want. An updated hairstyle boosts your confidence!
Photo examples of women with hair highlights
This is the stunning Cara Delevingne at the premiere of the film “Suicide Squad”, rocking her beautiful highlighted hair. This style includes golden-ashy tones at the crown and the middle, followed by bronzy-brown lowlights at the bottom. The hair has been slightly curled from the end which greatly accentuates the highlights.
For all the Julia Roberts’ fans out there, here is the incredible actress giving you major highlighted hair goals with gold and black highlights running all over from top to bottom. The hair has been slightly curled outwards which beautifully emphasizes her subtle highlights.
Jennifer Lopez never stops giving us major hair goals, and she is certainly doing it again with this highlighted look. With dark-colored highlights at the top followed by loose strands of gold-white hair at the bottom, this is an ideal combination of stylish and simple.
This is Jessica Alba looking pretty with honey-gold hair that has darker shade highlights going on in the inner section of the hair.
Vanessa Hudgens looks ravishing in this short bob with gorgeous low lights. While the top of her hair is a beautiful shade of brown, the bottom has been given blonde low lights that look funky and unique.
This is Lucy Hale looking incredibly stunning with gold, honey-brown hair highlights that have been curled from the bottom. The curls simply bring out the color of the highlights, making it look all stylish and pretty.
Emma Roberts looks nothing short of chic and modern in this amazing hair look. She has a mixture of dark brown and golden highlighted hair that look unique and simply elegant.
This is one of the famous Olsen twins looking beautiful in her highlighted hair that ash-brown from the top followed by wavy golden-blonde highlights at the bottom.
This is the pretty Kate Beckinsale in her gorgeous locks that have been colored dark brown with golden highlights that look heavily emphasized due to the curls.
If stylish, funky and gorgeous had a face, she would be it. Lauren Conrad simply rocks her long, sleek highlighted hair that has been colored using a mixture of different stunning colors. The highlights include shades of pink, yellow, subtle orange and honey-like tones that look absolutely wonderful. This look is also a little towards the bold side so for anyone looking to experiment with their hair; this hairstyle is for them.
Jennifer Lawrence is back at it again with another amazing highlighted hair look. This time she has long layers of yellow-brown and gold highlights that are a little wavy, which is exactly what brings out the color of the highlights.
The movie “The Proposal’s” famous movie star looks beautiful in this long and sleek hair look. She has short, cute fringes in the front and the rest of the hair has been colored shades of brown with subtle honey-brown highlights here and there. This is the true definition of stylish, different and absolutely chic. The addition of fringes of takes the entire look to a whole new level.
For all Miley Cyrus a.k.a Hannah Montana fans, she never stops setting hair goals for her fans, and here she is again with yet another spectacular hair look. This funky pixie cut with dark hair on the underneath and all the hair at the top has gorgeous slivery highlights that are nothing short of stylish and unique.
Jennifer Lawrence never takes it easy with her hair and always seems to come back with a bang with her usually crazy and funky hair looks. Here she is again with an amazing pixie cut that has shades of black on the underneath followed by golden-ashy highlights over the crown of her head. This is best described as stunning and extraordinary.
If you love Rachel McAdams, you must also love this beautiful highlighted hair look of hers. This is a short bob with blonde hair and very subtle gold-ashy highlights going on throughout her hair. This is best for those who love to keep their hair soft and simple.
Hilary Duff looks absolutely beautiful in her highlighted hair that is blonde throughout with slight shades of dark brown here and there. It looks really simple yet very stylish and different.
Anne Hathaway is the epitome of grace, beauty, and elegance and that’s exactly how she looks here. With those beautiful golden-brown curly highlights and subtle shades of honey-colored tones, she looks simply ravishing.
Ashley Greene rocks this shirt bob with brown and honey golden highlights that are both subtle yet show up very beautifully. The hair has been styled into waves which make it look simply stunning.
Last January 18, 2014, Mariah Carey was at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium with her highlighted and wavy hair swept to the left side and bangs covering the left eye.
Mariah Carey had a classy and sophisticated look with her center-parted, wavy highlighted hairstyle with a light tone to match the pink dress last December 2, 2016, for the VH1 Divas Holiday Concert.
Monaghan attended the Fulfillment Fund Stars Benefit Gala 2014 in a simple center-parted straight hair with highlights that somehow complements her black outfit filled with colorful flowers.
The talented Michelle Monaghan was simple yet fab with her highlighted waves tousled perfectly during the HBO 2014 Golden Globe Party held at Beverly Hilton Hotel.
During the NBCUniversal Summer Press Day 2018, the German model shows off a charming look showcasing a volumized highlighted hair accented with a stunning necklace.
Adriana Lima was at the 2006 Cipriani Deutsche Bank Concert in New York last June 22, 2006. She was showcasing a sunny smile that is mirrored by her long beach waves hairstyle with highlights.
Adriana Lima sported medium-length beach hair with soft curls and highlights at the 2008 ESPY Awards in Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles.
The actress rocks a highlighted beach wave perm on her outgrown hair during the ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Premiere on October 22, 2017. It complements well with her dark lipstick and black getup.
During the 21st annual amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala on May 22, 2014, the actress exhibited a bodice dress accentuated with a tousled hair that’s gathered on one side. She dyed it in brown with subtle highlights adding dimensions to her wavy hair.
The actress exhibited her long wavy locks with subtle layers and highlights at the MOCA’s Annual Gala “The Artist’s Museum Happening” 2010 last November 13th. It was paired with a charming yellow striped dress that flatters her skin tone.
Last June 7, 2011, Jessie J attended the 2011 Glamour Awards at Berkeley Square in London. She wore a black sequined strapless outfit that complements her earrings as well as her wavy black her with reddish highlights on the side.
The singer Jessie J’s pixie hair was dyed platinum blonde and styled with some wavy layers and highlights for texture at the ‘Ice Age: Collision Course’ last July 17, 2016.
The actress exhibited her wavy layered hair with middle parting and highlights at the WB/In Style Golden Globe Party on January 13, 2013. It is paired with a pink dress and natural-looking makeup.
Last October 27, 2019, Charlize Theron showcased her highlighted pixie with eye-skimming bangs during the 11th Annual Governors Awards at the Dolby Theater.
Salma Hayek was seen last April 21, 2017, in New York City. She was in a formal attire that goes quite well with her long highlighted hair that is parted in the middle.
Australian model Miranda Kerr looked gorgeous with her brunette highlighted locks that’s side-parted and curled. This hairstyle was worn during the Victoria’s Secret Supermodels Celebrate the Reveal of the 2010 “What is Sexy?” List: Bombshell Edition on May 11, 2010.
Cameron Diaz’s lovely face was emphasized by her bright red scarf, red lips and her simple highlighted medium-length hairstyle at the 2008 Crystal And Lucy Awards Gala in Beverly Hills, CA.
Jennifer Aniston flaunted her blonde highlighted waves with middle parting at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 25, 2015. She paired it with a deep V neck printed dress completing the sultry look.
The mom-to-be is happily wearing her flipped out loose waves with a side part and highlights at the Los Angeles Premiere of “Hall Pass” on February 23, 2011.
Julia Roberts looked sharp in a green suit incorporated with red shades and her highlighted beach waves during the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony honoring actress Rita Wilson on March 29, 2019.
Sandra Bullock looked positively stunning in her floral dress and side-swept layered hairstyle with waves at the tips at The Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars in New York last October 27, 2005.
Blake Lively’s sexy shocking pink dress wowed everyone at The 2009 Council of Fashion Designers of America CFDA Fashion Awards in New York last June 15, 2009. She complimented this with a layered and highlighted loose hairstyle.
Tyra Banks attended the Keep A Child Alive 5th Annual Black Ball Benefit, Hammerstein Ballroom in New York on November 13, 2008. She wore a beautiful red dress and her hair was a wavy highlighted masterpiece.
Tyra Banks attended the White House Correspondents Dinner on May 9, 2009, in Washington, DC. She came in a sophisticated black dress that paired quite well with her long and straight highlighted hairstyle.
Emilia Clarke with her medium length hairstyle at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2016. She is looking very sophisticated and dazzling in her low-cut pink dress and free-flowing hairstyle.
On March 29, 2009, Miley Cyrus flashed her bright smile and lovely eyes with her long layered and highlighted hairstyle at the Nickelodeon’s 2009 Kids’ Choice Awards in Westwood, CA.
Miley Cyrus wore a simple black shirt with her long side-swept wavy balayage hairstyle when she performed during the Summer Jam concert at the Jones Beach Theater on June 16, 2017, in New York.
Katy Perry exhibited an edgy look with her dark curls accentuated with blue and pink highlights during the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 12, 2010.
Selena Gomez paired her simple white blouse with a straight and layered highlighted hairstyle at the ‘A Time For Heroes’ Celebrity Carnival benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation in Los Angeles, California on June 8, 2008.
Selena Gomez went with an edgy fashion with her long, tight curls with red highlights at the Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus Best of Both Worlds Concert 3D at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on January 17, 2008.
Kim Kardashian opted for a long layered hairstyle with a middle parting at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards at the Shrine Auditorium held on August 10, 2014.
Kim Kardashian styled her highlighted locks with a pompadour half updo during The Trevor Project’s 12th Annual Cracked Christmas on December 6, 2009.
Halle Berry wore a black leather jacket over her white button-down shirt medium-length straight hair with highlights at the “Thank You for Smoking” Premiere held at The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA in New York, NY on March 12, 2006.
On November 1, 2014, Cara Delevingne wore a charming black dress that she paired with a long highlighted side-swept hairstyle with long side-swept bangs and braids at the 2014 LACMA Art+Film Gala at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Beyonce in a gorgeous yellow gown paired with her highlighted side part bun at the 2008 Sony/BMG Grammy After Party held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on February 10, 2008.
Nicki Minaj wore a form-hugging black dress that she paired well with a side-swept wavy black hairstyle that has brown highlights at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, USA on April 13, 2014.
Rihanna went for a vintage look to her feathered green dress and long curly hairstyle with highlights and curly side-swept bangs when she launched her Reb’l fleur perfume at House of Fraser, Oxford St, London on August 22, 2011.
Cara Delevingne wore an elegant colorful dress to pair with her colorful make-up and multi-colored, slick ponytail hairstyle at the Los Angeles premiere of Amazon’s ‘Carnival Row’ held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, USA on August 21, 2019.
On May 2, 2016, Nicki Minaj attended the Manus x Machina Fashion in an Age of Technology Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She went with a black sheer outfit to pair with her side-swept curly raven hairstyle with blond highlights.
Vanessa Hudgens’s simple black outfit was complemented by her lovely make-up and long, loose wavy hairstyle with brown highlights when she arrived at the “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” World Premiere on May 7, 2011, in Anaheim, CA.
Demi Lovato wowed everyone with her simple make-up and messy bun hairstyle with loose highlighted side-swept bangs at the 2011 NCLR ALMA Awards held at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on September 10, 2011, in Santa Monica, CA.
Carrie Underwood arrived at an in-store appearance for the Unveiling of Carrie Underwood Wax Figure on October 22, 2018. She styled her highlighted blonde curls with a side part and bangs to pair with her black dress and layered necklaces.
Mel B sports her brown highlighted tresses with subtle waves during the NBC Universal TV Summer Press Tour Party on July 30, 2010.
Rachel Weisz looking all charming and sweet in a green dress along with her soft highlighted waves during the photocall for her new movie “Agora” on May 17, 2009.
On September 16, 2008, Penelope Cruz made an appearance at the Los Angeles Special Screening of ‘Loving Pablo’. She wore a teal halter dress and styled her big bouncy waves with a side-swept.
Keira Knightley was at the premiere of The Jacket at the Eccles Center Theatre on January 23 2005 in Park City, Utah. She wore a fur-lined coat with her highlighted pixie hairstyle incorporated with bangs.
Ashley Benson attended the PaleyFEST – “Pretty Little Liars” at Dolby Theater on March 16, 2014, in Los Angeles, CA. She paired her lovely white outfit with a loose shoulder-length wavy sandy blonde hairstyle with layers and highlights.
Victoria Justice attended the premiere of “Shrek Forever After” at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival at the Ziegfeld Theatre on April 21, 2010, in NYC. She wore a simple black dress to go with her long and wavy highlighted layers loose on her shoulders.
On March 1, 2015, Sarah Hyland at the world premiere of “Cinderella” at the El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood. She wore a bedazzled dress that she paired with her elegant side-swept hairstyle with layers, waves, and a sandy blonde tone.
Chloe Grace Moretz was at the 14th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 21, 2012, in Beverly Hills, CA. She came wearing a black dress that she paired with a highlighted brunette half-up hairstyle with layers and a slight tousle.
Rose Byrne wore a Valentino dress when she attended the BULGARI’s 125 Anniversary Benefit Auction for Save the Children’s Rewrite the Future Campaign, Christie’s Auction House, New York December 8, 2009. She paired this with an elegant highlighted upstyle and lovely makeup.
Mila Jovovich attended the ‘On The Road’ Premiere at Palais des Festivals on May 23, 2012, in Cannes, France. She was quite elegant in her pink dress and brunette bun hairstyle that has loose, side-swept, and highlighted bangs.
On November 05, 2017, Shailene Woodley attended the 21st Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. She wore a black and white sequined dress with her side-swept, loose, tousled, and highlighted beach curls.
Aubrey Plaza was at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Beauty And The Beast’ held at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on March 2, 2017. She paired her detailed dress with a shoulder-length layered and wavy brunette hairstyle with long side-swept bangs.
Brittany Snow was at the Movieline’s Hollywood Life 8th Annual Young Hollywood Awards at Henry Fonda Music Box Theater on April 30, 2006 in Hollywood, CA. She was seen wearing a striped sundress with her half-up tousled curly blonde hair.
Jennifer Hudson was at the 2013 Do Something Awards at the Avalon on July 31, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. She wore a patterned smart casual outfit with her long straight raven hairstyle with highlights and blunt bangs.
Emma Roberts was at The Weinstein Company And Relativity Media’s 2011 Golden Globe Awards Party at Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, CA. She paired her pearly white dress with a messy and highlighted low bun hairstyle with loose bangs.
Zooey Deschanel attended the “Emma” Los Angeles Premiere on February 18, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. She paired her lovely pink dress with a long and tousled wavy brunette hairstyle with bangs.
Shay Mitchell attended the 2011 MTV Movie Awards on June 5, 2011, in a sequined dress paired with a long highlighted dark hairstyle.
The actress’s medium-length layered curls with a side part were casual chic at the “Nine Lives” Premiere on August 1, 2016.
The English actress looked extra stylish and expensive with this medium-length curly hairstyle she wore for the ‘China: Through The Looking Glass’ Costume Institute Gala last May 04, 2015.
For all those who love to experiment with their hair and have a knack for going big and bold, this is the perfect look for you. This style of highlights has been divided into three sections where the top section has jet black hair, followed by ashy silver-white hair, and then finally, hues of soft pink throughout the bottom. The short bob makes it look even more stylish and funky!
These are more subtle hair highlights where all the hair is a beautiful shade of chocolate brown with gorgeous low lights of a shade lighter than the rest of the hair.
If you love funky looks and styles, you ought to get these highlights done. This is a super short, sleek bob with light golden-brown highlights at the top followed by shades of pink at the bottom.
This is a simply beautiful highlighted look with soft brown hair at the top and light gold highlight at the bottom of the hair. The hair towards the bottom has been styled into soft curls which helps bring out the color of the highlights.
Anyone aiming for a bold and fierce hair look should definitely get this. This is a short, sleek bob with a lot of colors like orange, red, brown and yellow. These highlights are absolutely stunning and funky.
If you have short, brown hair and are looking to transform them, this is an excellent hairstyle for you. It has shades of light brown and light gold going all over from top to bottom, making it look absolutely beautiful.
This is a stunning balayage highlighted look with dark shaded hair at the top followed by a mixture of silver, ash and blonde low lights that have been slightly curled from the bottom, making it look simply gorgeous.
Not everyone can perfectly don a risky hair color combination, but for all those who can, this is the best one for you. This is nothing short of beautiful with ombre hair from the top followed by low silver lights all the way down. It is simply funky, pretty and just so unique!
Another bold look, this style consists of purple hair highlights that are almost similar to lavender. This is ideal for those who love to experiment with their hair and have a thing for flashy and bold colors.
This highlighted look includes dark brown hair at the crown followed by curls of honey-ombre highlights.