As more women, including celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwyneth Paltrow, embrace their grey hair as opposed to covering it completely, herringbone highlights have become a popular option for blending grey hair.
Herringbone highlights are not just for grey hair, though! They offer a low-maintenance, natural-looking, and timeless hair color that can be customized to suit a variety of hair types and styles.
What are herringbone highlights?
Herringbone Highlights are highlights that are divided into diagonal overlapping sections.
Each section is lightened or colored and lays on top of the previous section...Just like a herringbone pattern.
What is the difference between herringbone and traditional hair highlighting techniques?
The main difference between herringbone and traditional hair highlighting techniques is the pattern in which the highlights are applied to the hair.
In traditional highlighting, the color is usually applied in vertical or horizontal sections throughout the hair, with a consistent amount of color applied to each section. Depending on the thickness of the sections, traditional highlights can create a blended effect or a more distinct, chunky pattern.
Herringbone highlighting, on the other hand, involves applying the highlight color in a diagonal, overlapping pattern as mentioned above, creating a herringbone effect that adds more dimension and depth to the hair. This technique can create a more natural look and is particularly effective at blending highlighted pieces of hair with the natural color of the hair, especially grey hair.
The advantage of herringbone highlights as compared to traditional highlights is the overlapping pattern. Any areas left out of the highlight will have hair that has been highlighted fall over that to cover the natural hair in a more subtle and blended effect.
Why are herringbone highlights for grey hair?
Herringbone highlights work so well for grey hair because they are a low-maintenance option, as they tend to blend well with the natural grey color of the hair and require fewer touch-ups than traditional highlights.
Additionally, the herringbone highlighting technique can be used on any length or texture of hair, making it a versatile option for anyone looking to add some dimension to and enhance the natural beauty of their grey hair.
Maintenance & Care for Herringbone Hair Highlights
Tips for maintaining the color of your herringbone highlights are the same as with most hair color treatments including:
1. Use a Sulfate-Free Shampoo
Sulfates can strip the hair of its natural oils, which can cause the color to fade faster. Opt for a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to keep your herringbone highlights looking fresh for longer.
We recommend the following sulfate-free shampoos:
2. Protect Your Hair from Heat
Heat styling tools like blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons can damage the hair and cause the color to fade faster. Use a heat protectant spray or serum before using heat styling tools, and try to limit your use of these tools as much as possible.
We recommend the following heat protectant products:
3. Avoid Chlorine and Saltwater
Chlorine and saltwater can cause the color to fade and dry out the hair. If you plan on swimming in a pool or ocean, protect your hair by wearing a swim cap or applying a leave-in conditioner before entering the water.
Frequently Asked Questions about Herringbone Hair Highlights
How much does it cost to get herringbone highlights?
At BLS, herringbone highlights are typically priced the same as a full highlight, depending on the level of stylist.
What celebrities have herringbone highlights?
The list of celebrities sporting herringbone highlights include Gwyneth Paltrow and Sarah Jessica Parker as well as Jennifer Aniston, to name a few.
What color highlights go with grey hair?
Usually a highlight color of light ash tone of blonde blends best with grey hair.
What color are herringbone highlights?
Herringbone highlights can be any color that blends well with your skin tone and eye color.