At the Oscar Blandi Salon — where I color hair all day, every day — I have the good fortune to be surrounded by some of the most talented colorists in the industry. Our department includes 21 pros doing all manner of coloring, but ask any of us what the overwhelming request among our clients is, and the answer will be the same: highlights.
I consider myself something of a highlighting specialist: I've been doing it for over 25 years, usually 10 to 20 heads a day. While there's a range of looks, I firmly believe that the most beautiful and interesting is multi-tonal. Monochromatic color can be dramatic, striking, and a host of other flattering adjectives, but place some highlights on it, and the look becomes magnificent — like ribbons of light that run throughout the hair.
Highlights can accentuate eye color, bring out cheekbones, and even slim faces, which some women appreciate. They show off the lines of your haircut, and they create depth and the illusion of fullness. They're a great first step in changing your hair color, and, honestly, even though I'm clearly biased, I sometimes can't think of a single reason why everyone shouldn't get them.
I've put together my top Hollywood highlights and why I think they're the best — perhaps these'll inspire you.