Lowlights are the oft ignored cousin of highlights, but, despite this neglect, lowlights can be just as wise, if not wiser, a style choice for some. Just as with highlights, lowlights can help bring out a woman's natural beauty, including highlighting her facial features and adding dimension to her hair.
Lowlights can work or alone or as compliments to highlights. For those with darker hair colors, lowlights can help highlights look more natural. For example, if a brunette decides to add highlights to her look, a red-toned lowlight can allow the look to appear more natural. For those with naturally light hair though, lowlights alone can be a good option. As with highlights though, generally lowlights should be fairly close to the natural color of your hair and done in small chunks, though these rules is somewhat less important with lowlights.
Lowlights can also be a very important style asset in winter. Highlights are generally reserved for when the weather is warm as they aim to mimic the effects of the sun. In the wintertime, then lowlights may work better for a more natural look.
Lowlights can be done at home or in a salon. While doing them in a salon is far more expensive (typically at least $100), especially when combined with highlights, it is a better idea for first timers, as the colorist will be able to find the best shade and placement for the lowlights or even if lowlights are right for you. If going to a salon is extremely cost prohibitive for you though, you can try a kit. There are many great kits on the market, depending on what you are looking for, and they often provide detailed instructions and applicator brushes.
Regardless of where and how you decide to have your lowlights applied, remember that they will require upkeep. Special shampoos for color treated hair and touch-ups are part of the game, so make sure you consider this investment before you dye!