4 Steps to Better Highlights

By Erica Metzger

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Customization

The colorist takes time to customize your highlights.

Forget about one-size-fits-all highlights, as your current color, hair health, and even hair length play a role in the final look. A good colorist will also consider your hair's texture. For instance, according to Matiz, chunkier pieces suit curly hair. "Skinny highlights break the curl apart and make it look frizzy and dry," she says. Similarly, shorter, layered hair looks best when the color is focused on longer pieces in front. Highlights on the shorter layers in the back can look like cheetah spots, warns Matiz.


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