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Highlights versus Lowlights? What does it all mean?

Updated: Oct 16, 2022

Changing your hair colour will directly impact how you feel about yourself. You don’t need to jump from blonde to brunette, or vice versa, to create your look. Through Team Rixon highlights and lowlights, you can breathe new life into your hairstyle with various subtle changes.

Highlights and lowlights are a texture of colour instead of a complete transformation. They either brighten (highlights) or deepen (lowlights) with your natural shade without completely overhauling the colour you already have. They also help add dimension to a single shade and can do away with any flatness or dullness you’re dealing with in your colour. But how do you choose which is best for you in the battle of highlights vs. lowlights? Aside from talking to your Team Rixon stylist and asking every question you’ve got (because, FYI, a proper consultation is just as crucial for us as it is for you!), here are some tips on deciding.


Rixon Highlights are one of our most common colour processes and can apply to several different processes, from foils to balayage and all in between. They tend to be 2-3 shades lighter than your base colour, so for brunettes, they can range from honey to golden to caramel; for redheads, something in the strawberry blonde family is usually gorgeous; and for blondes, they air on the side of bright-blonde and platinum. Depending on your desired look, highlights can be applied strand by strand for a glowy, sun-kissed look or in larger panels for a bold, chunky effect.


Are you looking to add some contour to your look? Go with Rixon lowlights, which are 2-3 shades darker than your base. They work to deepen your natural hair colour, adding richness and dimension to any length. Lowlights can also help you fake some optical volume in your hair if your hair looks a bit flat. And if old highlights look dull (or if you want to darken them up when the seasons change), lowlights are a great way to give them a bit of drama and depth. Your Team Rixon stylist may use highlights and lowlights together to make the result its most natural and effortlessly textured appearance.

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