Halo Highlights is a new subtle hair color trend


  • Halo highlights are when hair color is placed around the face to frame it.
  • The hair color trend is subtle and low maintenance.
  • Famous hairstylist George Papanikolas explains more about the technique.

If you’ve ever colored your hair, chances are you’re familiar with highlights, but what you might not realize is how many types of highlights there are. Each technique can give you a completely different look, and knowing your options is key to getting the results you’re looking for. For example, if you want a color that delicately frames your face, you should consider halo highlights.

What are Halo Highlights?

In a way, halo highlights, aka ring highlights, make it look like you’re walking around with a spotlight on your face. “[It] gives a lighter face-framing effect by adding highlights closer to the face, leaving the rest of the hair darker,” says George Papanikolas, Celebrity Colorist and Matrix Brand Ambassador.

Unlike traditional highlights, which are spread all over the head, halo highlights are concentrated around the face. However, unlike the silver hair color trend, which also sees the color frame the face, halo highlights are traditionally very subtle and only a few shades lighter than the rest of your hair. The color should be delicate at the roots and gradually get thicker and heavier towards the ends of your hair. “Going very strong and thick at the roots can seem harsh, so it’s recommended to soften the root zone with a toner so that the highlights are only a few shades lighter than the base color,” says Papanikolas.

To get the right color, Papanikolas says to stick to the universal rule of highlights: The color should be “within four shades of your base color to be the most flattering.” When done correctly, halo highlights are very low maintenance because the root color is so soft. “If you opt for a stronger root, the regrowth will be more obvious.”

See examples of halo highlights ahead.


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