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The change of season always calls for an update to your style. Whether you’re looking for a fresh new length or a way to upgrade your hair color — you probably have that nagging feeling to make a change. Do you wish your blonde was a little brighter? Looking for more dimension from your hair color? Instead of another round of highlights, adding lowlights is the key to getting what you want.

What Are Lowlights?

Lowlights are kind of like highlights in reverse. Where highlights are woven pieces of hair placed to add lightness, lowlights are woven or sliced sections of hair placed to add depth. Highlights use a lightener to lift the hair brighter, while lowlights use a deeper shade to create darker pieces.

How Do Lowlights Work?

After multiple rounds of highlights, when hair is all the same color, it can actually begin to look flat. By adding darker pieces to your look, it can create dimension, meaning your lighter pieces look much brighter.

When To Ask for Lowlights:

While it is best to discuss any individual hair goals with your stylist, there are a few key indicators that can signal the need for lowlights.

  • Hair looks dull or muddy
  • You want a small change without a complete transformation
  • You want more brightness and dimension from your style
  • You’re looking for more natural highs and lows
  • When you need to enhance movement and texture

What Products To Ask For in the Salon

Just like any highlight service, lowlights are entirely customizable. They can be tailored to enhance your haircut, how you style your hair, and the finished look you're after. Depending on your upkeep plan, you can request a few options using either demi-permanent or permanent hair color.

Demi-Permanent: Wella Professionals Color Touch

If you’re unsure what the plan is for your hair, a demi-permanent hair color option is ideal. It can give you a temporary taste of lowlights before committing. For this service, ask your stylist to use Wella Professionals Color Touch. It is a vibrant demi-permanent hair color with 90+ shades with up to 70% grey coverage that lasts up to 24 shampoos.

Permanent: Wella Professionals Koleston Perfect

If you know your hair color, are set with your routine, and know you want consistent results, a permanent hair color option like Wella Professionals Koleston Perfect is your match. This line has up to 100% grey coverage. It is the first and only professional hair color combining uncompromised color performance with Metal Purifier and ME+ Dye Technology for true-to-tone color and protection from damage. For a more permanent, longer-lasting lowlight result, ask for Koleston Perfect in the salon!


Lowlight Upkeep

For hair that has been highlighted and lowlighted, it is imperative to add Wella Professionals Color Motion+ to your home care routine to improve the strength, resilience, and longevity of your hair color. This system offers up to 8 weeks of color protection*, and over time, ColorMotion+ improves the strength from root to tip**, leading to easier manageability and better looking and feeling styles. *When Using Structure+ Mask **With Structure+ Mask Vs. No Treatment


Wella Professionals ColorMotion+ Shampoo ($25.00), Wella Professionals ColorMotion+ Conditioner ($25.00), Wella Professionals ColorMotion+ Structure+ Mask ($25.00).


Get to know Wella Professionals Shinefinity

Wella Professionals Shinefinity is a glossing treatment that improves tone while creating a shine you can feel. In addition to creating unbeatable shine and beautiful true-to-tone results, you can look forward to the following with Shinefinity:

  • 37 Demi-Permanent Shades that are intermixable for endless color options
  • Offers up to 250% shinier hair*
  • Up to 50% smoother hair**
  • Up to 50% softer hair**
  • Tones that last up to 6 weeks
  • Innovative formula regulates the pH of the hair to ensure it doesn’t fall below 6.5 for balanced, optimal color results.
  • Can be used on natural hair color, after lightening, or in addition to grey coverage services.
  • Pick from 2 developers: Bowl and Brush Activator or Bottle Activator
  • Pick from Cool, Warm, Naturals, or Booster color palettes or the just-launched Signature Naturals collection featuring 5 shades ideal for counteracting warmth or creating root shadows.
  • Use Shinefinity to create shine, refresh color and highlights, add tone, enhance dimension, or correct color.
  • 1 Shinefinity tube sold every 10 seconds in the world.

*versus untreated bleached hair

**Instrumental testing vs. our regular demi