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How to Make Your Highlights Look Natural

It's all about the placement.

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Q: I'm planning on highlighting my hair for the first time since high school. I want to give it a fresher look and hide any white hairs that keep poppin' up. 

I'm thinking something that looks natural and may not need regular maintenance... if this even exists. Any advice for a brunette who doesn't want to walk away with "Cali blond" hair? I want to make sure I am following the trends. — Jaye

A: Jaye, great question. 

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The best way to approach this is with the location of your highlights. 

Highlights around the temple areas are very important. Your highlights should also be scattered around unevenly, through the top layers of your hair only.

As for the shade, you do not want to go any lighter than a gold blonde.

If you go to baby blonde and then stack the highlights (i.e. put them through the middle layers of your hair), then you will reach the California blonde that you do not want.

So stick to the gold blonde at the temples, scattered around. You will be happy and it will have flair.

Tony Chaar is one of Canada's top celebrity hairstylists and the owner of Tony Chaar Salon at 140 Avenue Road in Toronto. Call 416-920-9965 to book an appointment.

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