Everything You Need to Know About Highlights

Summer is the perfect time to try out some lighter, brighter looks for your hair. But it can be confusing to know where to start—should you get highlights? What kind: balayage or a shadow root? Thankfully, our beauty gurus at Thirty Hair, the best salon in Columbia, have all the details on which highlight technique is best for you.


A shadow root is a great highlight option for anyone who wants lighter locks but doesn’t want to commit to the maintenance a typical blonde look requires. Having intentionally darker roots means the fade will be much slower and more natural, meaning you can stretch color appointments to every 4 or 5 months.


Balayage is a color technique that uses traditional hand painting to give a very natural, sun-kissed look all the way up to the roots. People love it because it delivers dimensional color (that looks especially fabulous on curly hair and beach waves) that makes you look like you just left a beach vacation.

Two of our stylists, Kara and Emma specialize in highlights and would love to help make your light hair dreams come true. Read all about our color services here, then book your appointment!