Stunning Celebrity Highlights to Inspire Your Spring Dye Job

by Nikki Brown
May 16, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ET
Stunning Celebrity Highlights: J-Lo
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Hair color is one of the easier ways to quickly change your look, but an entirely new hue can be intimidating; especially if you’ve never done it before. Although hair-color techniques like balayage and ombre have taken precedence in recent years, we’re still smitten with good old-fashioned highlights.

Taking a few pieces of the hair and dyeing them a shade lighter or darker than your natural one not only adds depth and dimension to your mane; it also delivers the same head-turning impact of other hair-color techniques. And with summer on the horizon, we can’t think of a better time to lighten things up … or down, depending on your mood.

Ahead are some of the fiercest examples of highlighted hair, modeled by a handful of famous ladies. Get the inspo you need to take the plunge below.

Originally posted on StyleCaster.

1 /18: Beyonce

Beyonce
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1/18 :Beyonce

If you’re thinking of a honey-blonde ’do, à la Beyonce, create dimension by adding in a couple different shades.

2 /18: Ciara

Ciara
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2/18 :Ciara

Curly brown strands with a hint of light brown took Ciara’s wild mane to the next level.

3 /18: Donatella Versace

Donatella Versace
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3/18 :Donatella Versace

If you’re going to go big, opt for neon-bright strands like Donatella Versace’s.

4 /18: Halle Berry

Halle Berry
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4/18 :Halle Berry

A mix of thick and thin highlights, like the ones on Halle Berry, will brighten up a sun-kissed skin.

5 /18: Issa Rae

Issa Rae
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5/18 :Issa Rae

Even just a hint of hair highlights can keep fine, textured hair from looking flat; just ask Issa Rae.

6 /18: Morrocanoil Protect & Prevent Spray

Morrocanoil Protect & Prevent Spray
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6/18 :Morrocanoil Protect & Prevent Spray

The brand’s new Color Care collection includes this leave-in spray, formulated with enough antioxidants to protect strands against sun exposure and deliver hydration after a color treament.

$30 at Morrocanoil

7 /18: Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez
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7/18 :Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez’s thick, blonde highlights are beautiful inspo for anyone who wants to throw an ombre effect into the mix.

8 /18: Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel
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8/18 :Jessica Biel

Highlighted strands along the hairline, like the ones on Jessica Biel, brighten up the face.

9 /18: Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie
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9/18 :Margot Robbie

If you’re a blonde like Margot Robbie, highlighting your hair into different golden shades will have everyone convinced you spent a day at the beach.

10 /18: Bumble and bumble Bb Color Stick

Bumble and bumble Bb Color Stick
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10/18 :Bumble and bumble Bb Color Stick

This velvety, dry fiber stick is key to covering up roots in between dye jobs.

$26 at Bumble and bumble

11 /18: Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo
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11/18 :Olivia Palermo

If you start with balayage, but decide you want to break up the color, simply add highlights over it like Olivia Palermo.

12 /18: Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez
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12/18 :Selena Gomez

Take a bob from basic to runway-ready with just a few highlights, à la Selena Gomez.

13 /18: Serayah

Serayah
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13/18 :Serayah

If you’re getting a protective style, choose hair in a variety of colors to create a highlighting effect, similar to the one on Serayah.

14 /18: Zoe Kravitz

Zoe Kravitz
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14/18 :Zoe Kravitz

Who says you can’t sprinkle a super short pixie with color? We love how Zoe Kravitz incorporated light brown into her dark-brown cut.

15 /18: Logan Browning

Logan Browning
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15/18 :Logan Browning

Logan Browning had the right idea when she amped up her brown faux locs with pops of blonde and caramel shades.

16 /18: Paris Jackson

Paris Jackson
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16/18 :Paris Jackson

You can also channel your inner rockstar with brightly colored highlights like Paris Jackson.

17 /18: Madison Reed Color Reviving Hair Gloss

Madison Reed Color Reviving Hair Gloss
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17/18 :Madison Reed Color Reviving Hair Gloss

This gloss, with both transparent and color-specific options, refreshes faded color, while adding vibrancy to hair.

$30 at Sephora

18 /18: Whitney Port

Whitney Port
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18/18 :Whitney Port

Chunky highlights may be so ’90s, but just one, as spotted on Whitney Port, can still look current and chic.