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Holidays are about upon us, and it’s the perfect time to add a little somethin’-somethin’ to your look. If you’re not open to a complete color change, there are still ways to add some great oomph to your hair color, less radical than a complete new color.

Highlights
Good news for all you brunettes and red heads: highlights aren’t just blonde streaks! Instead, it’s dying strands of hair at least two shades lighter than your primary color. This means you can keep the color you want and can just have lighter, complimentary strands with it.

If you want a really light look, you can go three shades lighter than your primary color. More than that and you won’t have a naturally sun-kissed look; you’ll have two completely different hair colors.

For a really dramatic look, many people use “chunks” of highlights, which are really just thick areas of hair that have been highlighted. The thicker your highlights, the more obvious and less natural looking they’ll be. The thinner, the more natural. If you want a subtle look, ask your stylist at Health and Style Institute to go for “contrast.”

If you want to change your hair color, highlighting can be the way to go. Just widen the highlighted area a little more every time you go to Health and Style Institute, and you’ll have a completely lighter hair color before you know it.

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Lowlights
These are the often misunderstood and misused treatment of the coloring world. Luckily, Health and Style Institute stylists know just what they are and how to use them.

Lowlighting is basically highlighting, but you go darker instead of lighter. Your lowlights are 2-3 shades darker than your primary color. If you color your hair, lowlights are fantastic at making your new color blend with the old. When your darker, natural hair starts showing at the roots, it looks like it’s just complimenting your lowlights.

If your hair’s a little on the thin side, lowlights on the underside of your hair can give the illusion of depth and dimension. It’s basically creating shadows where none exist.

Do Both!
To create an incredibly dramatic look considering doing a combination of highlights and lowlights. However, please do not try this at home. It’s complicated and easy to give yourself a freak-ish color. Instead, visit the Health and Style Institute so the professionals can give you the look you want.

Call now to book your appointment to stay colorfully ravishing for the holidays! And SAVE with our November special: Get a FREE Keratin mask (a $15 value) with any full-priced highlight service. Good November 1 – 31, 2014. See our full salon menu for all our affordable services!