9 Gorgeous Hair Highlighting Ideas for 2022

January 12, 2022

Whether it’s the start of a new year, new season, or new school year, one thing is certain about new beginnings: They’re the perfect occasion to revamp your look! And there’s no better way to do this than with some gorgeous, perfectly-placed, and flawlessly-executed highlights! From face-framing highlights to babylights and everything in between, highlighting techniques offer so many options when it comes to refreshing your client’s look in a way that truly complements their natural beauty.

Whatever the occasion may be, highlights will always be in style. It’s time to celebrate these moments of inspiration by creating some head-turning color transformations for your clients in the new year. Below, we’re revealing our top hair highlighting ideas to help take your highlighting techniques to new levels in 2022.



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Dark Hair

Dark hair can be one of the most difficult shades to lighten because of its depth. However, there are certain styles and techniques with which you can highlight the hair and make it look both elegant and natural. If you’re working on hair that is naturally brown—or you have chosen to color it with a brown base color (such as the very luminous 5.14 shade from Revlonissimo™ Colorsmetique Color & Care)—there are many different ways to make those highlights shine in 2022. Below, we’ve listed a few of our top recommendations to keep in mind when highlighting dark hair:

1. Black Base With Blonde Highlights

Highlights can create a very dramatic look for black hair, making them the perfect option for your bolder clients who want to experiment with a fresh new look in 2022. To achieve the perfect highlights on black hair, you’ll want to lift the hair using Magnet™ Blondes Ultimate Powder 9 to lighten the tone as much as possible. Next, tone with Color Excel Gloss by Revlonissimo™ in .01 mixed with .02 and Clear. This will create the perfect contrast for a flawless final look!

2. Dark Base With Red Highlights

To add a warmer touch of color and greater depth to dark hair, try adding some beautiful, rich red highlights. You can create your red highlights using any technique of your choice, such as balayage, classic highlights, or babylights. As another option, you can also create a trendy new style—like the #stripedhair look from award-winning stylist @pierreginsburg. Whichever way you choose to achieve this look, red highlights are an excellent way to add stunning dimension to your client’s hair in the new year.


3. Brown Base With Blonde Highlights

This hairstyle is an absolute classic when it comes to highlights. To master this blonde look, you can use babylights (to make the contrast softer) or create a more dramatic effect with traditional foils. In addition, don’t forget to use MAGNETTM products both for protecting your client’s hair before and during the service, as well as maintaining that perfect hair color result for as long as possible.

4. Brown Base With Caramel Highlights

To add a touch of warmth to brunette locks in 2022, try creating warm-toned caramel highlights. After choosing the highlighting technique you think best suits your client (such as the popular balayage technique), tone the hair using a copper tone—like .435 from Color Excel Gloss by Revlonissimo™.

5. Dark Brown Base With Face-Framing Highlights

For a look that is bound to be a huge hit in the new year, you can create the “money piece” (also known as face-framing highlights) over a dark brown base. This trendy face-framing hair color technique has been a big hit among influencers and celebrities and makes the perfect option for highlighting those beautiful facial features with a contrasting color. The “money piece” can be as bold or subtle as you’d like and is achieved by using a balayage technique to lighten a few strands at the front of your client’s hair.



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Blonde Hair

When working on clients with a blonde base in 2022, you can let your styling imagination go wild! Blonde hair is one of the most vibrant bases for getting creative and playing with different shades and tones—from platinum blondes to honey blonde looks, and more.

6. Blonde Base With Brown Highlights

Brown highlights in a shade darker than your client’s blonde base (also known as lowlights) are the perfect option for adding volume and vibrancy to blonde hair that tends to fall flat. You can also customize this style as needed, making your lowlights thicker or thinner as needed, depending on your client’s hair and desired look.

7. Blonde Base With Pastel or Rainbow Highlights

For your trendiest of clients who aren’t afraid to go for beautiful, bright color trends, try experimenting with bright-colored highlights. Apply our trendy shades from Color Excel Gloss by Revlonissimo™ to turn that blonde hair into a carousel of light and color, from orchid pink to lavender or rose gold!


Red Hair

In 2022, it’s time to refresh and revamp that gorgeous red hair with some expertly-placed highlights. Get inspired with these sophisticated and flattering highlight ideas for your red-haired clients:

8. Red Base With Blonde Highlights

To create beautiful blonde highlights on red hair, use Magnet™ Blondes Ultimate Soft Lightener Cream to add a touch of natural highlights to the hair and bring out their natural color like never before. The right blonde shades also complement wavy hair beautifully, which will also be very on-trend in 2022.



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Gray Hair

And for your naturally gray clients looking to enhance their gorgeous gray hair, highlights are a must for 2022! The new year is the perfect opportunity to be bold and try new looks, such as adding white highlights to effortlessly beautify their shades of gray.

9. Enhance Natural Grays

You can give gray hair a more iridescent effect and neutralize yellow and brassy tones with the help of Color Excel Gloss by Revlonissimo™. In addition, don’t forget to recommend color care products to help keep their gray hair looking fresh, radiant, and luminous. We recommend Eksperience™ Color Protection Blonde & Grey Hair Cleanser, our delicate, sulfate-free hair cleanser, infused with violet colorants that moisturize the hair fiber while helping to fight yellow tones.


For more highlighting ideas and inspiration to create unforgettable looks in 2022, be sure to read our guide on how to enhance gray hair with highlights.