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For the last few years color trends have moved away from distinctive highs and lows to blended looks that blur and fade one shade into the next. But in the coming year, we expect to see traditional highlights making a comeback. We’ll be seeing more delicate placements of finely interwoven hues that flow from roots to ends. This doesn’t mean that ombre is over, in fact we expect to see lots of looks that blend the two techniques. Find out more about highlights big comeback in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

Step: Modern highlights should be extra thin and placed away from hairlines to avoid a stripey effect.

Step: To give highlights a natural look, combine with ombre by hand painting sections between foils to add extra brightness at ends.

Step: For the softest effect, lift highlights 2-3 levels above your base shade and glaze with a tone in the same color family.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA

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