What Are Hidden Highlights?


Thinking of getting highlights but too nervous to pull the trigger? Sometimes taking a little risk but being able to hide the evidence (like a secret tattoo or piercing) is the best way to go. We heard about a new technique by hairstylist and color genius Laurie Foley (she has a gorgeous salon in the New York City's East Village and has worked with Gwyneth Paltrow and Rihanna) had to give these "hidden highlights" a try. Beautylish's intern Wafi takes the plunge with vibrant purple streaks.

"The colors I put in are more like accents than highlights," says Laurie. "The most important thing is to choose a color that suits both the client's personality and hair, and place the highlights where they'll really frame and balance the face. It's also extremely important for the hairdresser to understand the contours of the face and head shape, and put highlights in places that best suit the person. Each client is different, but the general rule is either one or three highlights. Two always looks a little strange."

Laurie started by selecting pieces to color and separating them from the rest of the hair. Because Wafi's hair was dark, Laurie first bleached the sections to create a base for the highlight color to stick to, and then applied the purple color over it.

According to Laurie, these colored highlights can be hidden when you don't want to see them, and then brought out to play when the occasion calls for it. They can be placed at the base of your hairline, so that they show only when you have your hair in a ponytail. Or you can tuck them amongst your bangs so that they pop out when you flip your hair to the side. For the girl who is apprehensive about all-out color but wants to show off her playful side, these are the perfect accents for her hair.

The highlights at L'Atelier de Laurie can cost $250 to $400 depending on the amount of color and type of hair.