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Colour Options for Dark Hair Balayage vs. Babylights vs. Highlights

June 27, 2023

Introduction: When it comes to transforming dark hair, there are several techniques that can add depth, dimension, and brightness to your locks. Dark Hair Balayage, babylights, and traditional highlights are popular choices for achieving a stunning and personalized look. In this blog post, we'll delve into the differences between these three techniques and help you decide which is best for your dark hair.

Dark Hair Balayage:

Effortless Sun-Kissed Balayage's have taken the hair world by storm, offering a natural, sun-kissed effect that mimics the way hair naturally lightens in the sun. This French technique involves hand-painting the hair in sweeping motions, allowing for customized placement of lighter tones. Dark Hair Balayage creates a soft, gradual transition from dark to light, making it ideal for those seeking low-maintenance and effortlessly chic hair.

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Dark hair Balayage


  1. This technique involves applying ultra-fine highlights throughout the hair, creating ultra-dense highlights that give an all-over lightening effect. Babylights are perfect for lifting the hair to a light colour, giving it a bright and tonal effect. With a root colour, they blend seamlessly with your base colour as the highlights are extremely thin, making them a fantastic option for those looking to avoid heavy dimension in the hair while still leaving you with a dimensional colour. Depending on the number of baby lights in the hair the overall colour can range drastically; a full head of baby lights can lift your colour to a light brown or blonde depending on your desired outcome.
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Full head of baby lights on dark hair


  1. Classic and Versatile Highlights have long been a staple in the hair industry, offering a versatile way to add dimension to dark hair. This technique involves sectioning the hair and applying foils to lighten specific strands. Highlights can be tailored to your desired look, whether you prefer a soft, natural effect or a bold contrast. They can be placed throughout the entire hair (full head ) or concentrated in specific areas, such as the top (T-section or half a head ) or face-framing sections.
Full head highlights on dark hair

Choosing the Right Technique:

Now that we've explored the characteristics of dark hair balayage, babylights, and highlights, it's time to determine which one is best suited for your dark hair. Consider the following factors:

Desired Look:

  • If you prefer a seamless, sun-kissed effect, dark hair balayage is the way to go. For drastic lightening effect, babylights on dark hair are an excellent choice. If you're open to more contrast and lightness, traditional highlights will provide the desired effect.
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  • Dark hair Balayage and generally require less maintenance compared to traditional highlights and Babylights. The soft and blended nature of balayage allows for a more natural grow-out, reducing the frequency of touch-ups. However, there are options for each technique to create a more gradual grow out such as applying toners or semi-permanent hair colour to make highlights and babylights a closer match to your natural colour; or blending the highlights with a root colour. there are 3 different techniques of blending your root colour and your highlights. Check out this blog to find out the difference between Root taps, Shadow roots and colour melts

Styling Versatility:

  • Dark hair balayage tends to create a more effortless and versatile look. The soft transitions and subtle brightness complement various hairstyles and can be easily styled for both casual and formal occasions. Traditional highlights, on the other hand, can create a more pronounced and edgy appearance. You may have limitations when it comes to updos and styling choices if you opt for a half head or t-section of baby lights or highlights, this is due to the lower half of your hair not being coloured so it isn't as suitable for hair ups. Ask your stylist about scattered highlights if you are looking for a subtle pop of colour but would like to still have flexibility with hair ups


When it comes to enhancing dark hair, balayage, babylights, and highlights each offer unique benefits. Consider your desired outcome, maintenance preferences, and styling versatility to determine which technique is the perfect fit for you. Whichever option you choose, trust that your dark hair will be transformed into a stunning masterpiece that accentuates your natural beauty.

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