An expert hairstylist's guide to every kind of highlight imaginable—full highlights, baby highlights, ombré, and more.More
Model-turned-actor Rosie Huntington Whiteley has just a few face-framing highlights.
"A partial highlight generally includes the hair that would fit under a ball cap. The nape of the neck is not included," says Lorean Cairns, co-founder and creative director of Fox and Jane salon. If your hair is already light, and you'd just like some definition, then partial highlights are the best (and more affordable!) way to go. Just don't expect a super-dramatic change.
"Give me the full!" —Shay Mitchell to her stylist, probably.
Full highlights cover your entire head, but that doesn't mean they'll totally change your hair color. "A full highlight means that your colorist will add sections of highlights starting all the way at the nape of your neck and move toward the face," says Cairns. "This doesn't mean they will cover every hair." Full highlights will, however, add significant definition all over. If your hair is thick or dark, and you want your highlights to really stand out, this is the option for you.