25 Gorgeous Ways to Highlight Your Hair

Highlights will always be in vogue. Of course, single-process color can be a serve, but adding those extra tones to your dye job gives texture and dimension to all hair types, even fine strands. A few well-placed ribbons of a lighter color can be just the thing to enhance your cut, carve out cheekbones, or even add an enviable boost of radiance to your skin. Highlights can also be a really easy way to wake up your hair color when you want a change, but not a drastic one. Plus, they can look really natural and, if you’ve got a colorist who knows what they’re doing, be super low-maintenance aftercare-wise.

We know. We’ve got you thinking about taking a trip to the salon for a freshening up now. And you’re in luck, because there is no shortage of gorgeous options to consider this season. As for the vibe? “Warmth is back for 2022,” says colorist Matt Rez of the brondes, caramels, and gold-spun shades that are giving hair a richer feel right now. 

Whether you’re a blonde looking to weave in a few lighter threads, a brunette seeking soft face-flattering highlights, or someone wanting to add definition to curls, there’s a dye job trending that will do all those things — at the same time, even! Allure chatted with some of the most sought-after colorists to find out what’s trending right now and what to ask for at the salon if you like what you see. 

Scroll down for a guide to the 25 biggest highlight trends for 2022 as seen on your favorite celebrities, plus tips on how to choose what’s best for your strands in terms of base color and maintenance.