97 Hair Highlights Examples for Women (Photos)

Dark, short hair with blonde highlights.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jessica Biel looks absolutely stunning with her highlighted look with a mixture of soft brown and gold tones going all over her hair. This has to be one of the simplest and decent hair looks with subtle highlights throughout the hair.

Jessica Biel looks absolutely stunning with her highlighted look with a mixture of soft brown and gold tones going all over her hair. This has to be one of the simplest and decent hair looks with subtle highlights throughout the hair.

This is Jessica Alba looking pretty with honey-gold hair that has darker shade highlights going on in the inner section of the hair.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Taylor Swift has always been a fan favorite not just for her songs but also for her looks and style. She looks gorgeous in her highlighted hair that has shades of blonde and silver going on throughout. The fact that the hair has been cut into a sleek, short bob simple takes the highlights to a whole new level.

Taylor Swift has always been a fan favorite not just for her songs but also for her looks and style. She looks gorgeous in her highlighted hair that has shades of blonde and silver going on throughout. The fact that the hair has been cut into a sleek, short bob simple takes the highlights to a whole new level.

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.

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.

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.

Selena Gomez dons this highlighted look

Selena Gomez dons this highlighted look

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

This highlighted look includes dark brown hair at the crown followed by curls of honey-ombre highlights.

Highlighted hair doesn’t always require one to let their hair loose. This is a gorgeous messy, knotted bun with shades of golden and brown that have highlights starting from the back and look absolutely gorgeous.

Highlighted hair doesn’t always require one to let their hair loose. This is a gorgeous messy, knotted bun with shades of golden and brown that have highlights starting from the back and look absolutely gorgeous.

9 Types of Highlights

Nine Highlighting Techniques That Can Drastically Change Your Look For The Better

1. Babylights

Babylights hair highlights for women.

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.

2. Balayage

Balayage highlights technique.

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

Chunky highlights hairstyle.

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

Frosted highlights hairstyle.

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 hairstyle.

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.

6. Slicing

Slicing highlights technique.

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.

7. Shatush

Shatush highlights technique.

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.

8. Ombre

Ombre highlights technique.

The ombre highlighting technique is something that has become one of the most popular kinds of hairighting options that women all over the world are choosing to go in for. This technique involves gradually making the hair appear lighter, even if its 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.

Click here for dozens of ombre highlight examples.

9. Foliyage

Foliyage highlights.

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 getting added, 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 to 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 cheek bones, 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!

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