20 Stunning Ways to Wear the Highlighted Curls Trend

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As the weather heats up, there’s nothing like switching your current hair color for something to match the seasonal change. If you’ve been blessed with a curl pattern and want to make your look pop- keep reading. Warm-toned hues and lighter, brighter locks seem to be everywhere in our social feeds, serving an endless stream of inspo to swoon-over. But this year, highlighted curls have made the biggest impression on us – a trend we predict will stick around for years to come.

Highlighted curls take a slightly different approach than the typical route, which is why we always recommend leaving this to the pros to handle. Hairstylists carefully select strands to add color, ensuring proper placement and correct tone are always performed. The result? A gorgeous head of curls that are ready for their close-up.

01. Warm Caramel

We’re obsessing over these strategically placed caramel pieces which give an added warmth to the overall look.

02. Ash Blonde

If you skin is cool-toned, these ash blonde highlights are the perfect option for a dimensional look.

03. Golden Light

If you want to appear sun-kissed, ask your stylist to go a few shades lighter than your natural hair color. This light-dark color combo, like the golden highlights pictured above, looks especially flattering on darker skin tones.

04. Ultra-Subtle

Not looking for an extreme change? Try just a touch of bronde (blonde and brown mixed together) for the most subtle dimension.

05. Chocolate Brown

These gorgeous chocolate-brown highlights still showcase the natural roots for a more lived-in effect.

06. Honey Blonde

We have a feeling these tight coils would look perfect with any hue. But we can’t get enough of this honey blonde for a major pop of brightness.

07. Au Naturel

These layered curls coupled with softly-tinted highlights are totally wearable- not just for the summer months but the entire year.

08. Copper Craze

Want a slightly greater transformation but still keep the look wearable? Try weaving copper highlights throughout the hair for an extra oomph.

09. Burgundy Tones

Burgundy is the ultimate companion for dark hair. Next time you’re in the salon, switch things up by adding this reddish-purple hue, and don’t be surprised if you’ve become the next trendsetter amongst your friends.

10. Fiery Red

For those who want to make a bold statement, this vivid red is bound to turn heads. Plus, we are completely captivated by this transformation (see the before and after photos for yourself).

11. Coiled to Perfection

This color mix is so chic. Paired with layered curls for added bounce and volume makes this entire look a showstopper.

12. True Blonde

Taking a moment to admire these blonde highlighted curls which look oh-so flattering on medium skin tone.

13. Brown Accents

How gorgeous is the volume of these curls? Combine this with soft brown tints – and I’m sold.

14. Catching the Light

These fresh curls are giving us serious summer vibes and we’re beyond obsessed.

15. Pop of Purple

Who says you have to stick to lighter tones? This deep electric violet is giving us major color inspo.

16. A Seamless Blend

It’s nearly impossible to determine where these highlights begin and end – making this blend pure perfection.

17. Chestnut Brown

There’s nothing like a warm chestnut hue to brighten up your mane.

18. Rich Color Melt

Freshen up your current look with this awe-inspiring color melt. This deep auburn and copper fusion is a genius pair for soft waves.

19. Light and Layered

Long-haired curly fans – take note of this multi-faceted approach (think lots of layers and lightened ends) for a look that’s equal parts stylish and modern.

20. Bright Lights

Add some fun to your look with this bright color combo. We love the thin strands of pink and purple hues scattered throughout, still allowing the natural roots to shine through.