Highlights are a tried and true favourite of many, despite the rising popularity of the balayage! We’ve seen magazines and celebs only speak about the same trend 

Highlights are classic for a reason; stylists have been weaving heads for a very long time and know their stuff!

What are highlights? These are root-to-tip strips of lightened hair lifted with foils, as opposed to a blended look that comes with a balayage.

The foils can create an extra lift to the hair. The lightening product needs some heat to lift better, and the foil gives it just that. That means that even for clients having a natural base that is very dark, we can reach exceptionally light blondes.

The application of the foil allows an even lift throughout the hair from root to tip. This is also why clients with highlights have a fuller all over blonde that looks like the hair grows out already blonde.

The weaves can be adjusted to the client’s hair. We can create some dimension by adjusting the size of the weaves when creating the highlights. Babylights or micro highlights are a lot smaller and create a more all over blonde look and a softer overall result. 

The lightness of the colour allows more freedom to choose the toner. Many colours such as baby pink, baby blue, icy, pearl or vanilla to name a few will need a base almost white to sit perfectly on. If the colour stays orange or yellow, it will be impossible to proceed with those. Highlights are then the perfect technique to achieve these ultra pearlescant colours.

Highlights can also be multi-tonal! If you feel that you are too blonde, ask your stylist to break up the colour by adding different tones to it. You can use some darker colours or just changing the tone around the same palette. Using a high-lift colour can also be a solution for those who like gentle dimensions.


Highlights are the perfect base to create ultra light blondes, thanks to the use of root-to-tip foils. If the client has an ultra light base or is committed to a few sessions, a super creamy or icy blonde can be achieved – or even pastel shades!

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Our talented stylists can change the size of the highlight weave, creating a different overall effect. Babylights are a much smaller weave creating an higher impact, more all over blonde look. You can also achieve a face frame or scandi hairline with a more traditional highlight weave.


The age old question – highlights or balayage?! A balayage is a more blended, natural looking colour. However highlights are root-to-tip, and create a brighter and higher impact lift. If you have a darker root colour and are looking to achieve a bright blonde, you might want to choose highlights to enable your hair to lift brighter. Highlights can also be higher maintenance, with regrowth more noticeable – but the pay off is brighter!

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Pop into a Live True London Hair Salon and have a consultation with one of our talented stylists to discuss how balayage will work for you.