Step Two: Get Subtle Highlights To achieve a sun-kissed look on a reasonable budget, Rona suggests diffusing hair with soft, multidimensional highlights that are two shades lighter than your natural color. The process time is fast (about 10 minutes), costs less than frequent highlights, and blends away gray hair while adding a soft, blonde glow. To add even more blonde dimension, Rona uses foils to only lighten the top layer of hair, letting the rest remain a bit darker. "This gives the illusion of more light on the surface," she says. (If foils spell f-e-a-r, don't worry. Follow this top-rated highlighting video and our at-home coloring guide for expert, do-it-yourself advice.)
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