The difference between highlighting and coloring.

In the modern beauty industry, new procedures and techniques are constantly emerging that are used to create a fashionable, elegant, memorable image. Today, not every beautiful lady is capable of understanding the intricacies of the art of hairdressing or the peculiarities of the work of stylists, let alone the representatives of the stronger sex... How, for example, does highlighting differ from coloring? The names seem to be on hearing, but what do they really mean? Let's try to find out.


Highlights - it is the process of lightening several individual strands of hair. Accordingly, not all hair is processed by a master hairdresser, but only some strands, and they are selected from the total mass of hair according to a certain principle, and their thickness and width vary. During this procedure, special bleaching chemicals are used that are able to remove the natural pigments present in the hair, as a result of which, in fact, lightening occurs in several shades. The intensity of the lightening of the strands can be different, due to which a natural "play of light" on the hair is achieved, reminiscent of the radiance of sun glare. Interestingly, dark hair contains more natural coloring pigment than light hair, so dark hair is much more difficult to lighten. It is recommended to do highlighting with natural hair color from light brown to light brown. On hair from dark chestnut to black, highlighting looks too contrasting and, as a result, unnatural. And the main goal of this procedure is to give the hairstyle a natural "natural" look in order to achieve the effect of hair unevenly burnt out in the sun. Highlighting is done both in the salon and at home, even special kits are sold with everything necessary for this procedure.



Coloring is a more complex process, which also gives a more extravagant result. This is a procedure for dyeing hair or individual strands in different, often contrasting, colors, which requires a certain professionalism in execution. The hair is not lightened, but, on the contrary, is saturated with color, which allows you to create a memorable creative image. In most cases, 2-3 shades are used, but there are also special coloring options in which it is possible to use up to 20 shades of different colors. Coloring can be done on both highlighted and unpainted hair. If the natural natural color of the hair is too dark, the master pre-lightens the strands, and then dyes them. When coloring, the hairdresser distributes the hair into zones, then strands are selected from the zones, which are dyed separately in the desired colors. It is important to make sure that the colors do not mix with each other. Both the entire mass of hair and part of it are processed. Coloring can make a simple haircut effective or highlight the structure of a complex hairstyle. By combing your hair to one side or the other, you can achieve the predominance of one of the colors available in the hairstyle. It is extremely difficult to carry out high-quality coloring at home, therefore it is better to contact a competent and skillful hairdresser to achieve the desired result.



  1. Highlighting is the process of lightening hair, coloring is the procedure for dyeing it in different colors (possibly with preliminary clarification).
  2. When highlighting, an abrupt transition of shade between strands is undesirable; when coloring, the coexistence of a number of radically different colors is often undesirable.
  3. Highlights are suitable both for young girls who dream of achieving the natural effect of sun-bleached hair, and for older ladies who want to hide gray hair. Coloring is more to the liking of spectacular persons who have decided to radically change their image and stand out from the crowd.
  4. Highlights can be done both in the salon and at home. It is better to perform high-quality coloring in the salon with a trusted master specializing in this type of technique.