Highlights are the perfect way to bring short hair to life, give you a look that brings out the best in your haircut, and allows you to express yourself through your hair.
Highlights don't have to be obvious and using them to subtly add a contrasting lighter or darker hair color to your base color will create a classic, sun-kissed look that's suitable for any occasion. Try sparse, lighter, naturally placed highlights (pictured above, left) for a soft look that frames your face shape. Or blend multiple highlights in lighter and darker variations of your base color (right) for a look that adds texture and movement to your hair.
Adding highlights in the underneath section of your hair instead of throughout the top of your head is a great way to add splashes of color that will highlight the best sections of your short haircut and give you some variety and oomph when styling your hair different ways. You can either focus the highlights in one area, such as your bangs (pictured right), or add color in different areas for maximum impact (left).
For a look that combines the best of two hair colors use your highlights to create a two-tone look! Instantly turn a dark look lighter with light highlights scattered throughout your top section (right). Or enhance a darker base with some thick, contrasting light highlights (left).
Brightly colored highlights isn't just a party hair look. When the color is striking and used effectively it's a great look to wear every day! Try a subtle bright color (right) for just the right amount of pizazz. Or go all out with an artistically placed block of color (left) in the brightest hair color shade you can find!
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To see how you'd look with any of these short hairstyles, click on the images above. You can even change the hair color and add one of 30 great highlight options using our hair color wizard!