Highlights in Amsterdam at day&night hairdressers


Highlights are a popular coloring technique where sections or strands of hair are dyed lighter than your base color. This process adds dimension, contrast, and enhances the natural beauty of your hair. From subtle sun-kissed accents to bold, brilliant colors, highlights allow you to customize your look to match your style and preferences.

The benefits

  • Healthy hair: less damage caused by partial coloring.
  • Natural growth: less frequent touch-ups needed.
  • Accentuates face: light tones emphasize your best features.
  • Versatility: suitable for subtle or striking looks.

“My hairstylist Geaneta is truly impressive. For years her magical hands have ensured that my hair and full look is described as ‘breathtaking’.”
– Sharlexa (translated from Dutch)

Transform your look with highlights

Highlights can transform your look by adding beautiful dimension and vibrancy to your hair. Whether you choose face framing highlights, balayage, foils, babylights or ombre, it is essential to use protective treatments during the process and follow a home care routine with the right products.

Read more about the different techniques below and discover the best tips to keep your highlighted hair beautiful, healthy and radiant for a long time.

1. Balayage

Balayage, a French word meaning “to sweep”, is a freehand painting technique that creates a natural, sun-kissed look. The stylist hand-paints the highlights to create a smooth and gradual transition from darker to lighter shades.


Low maintenance, natural growth, and seamless blending.


Requires more skill and time to apply.

2. Foil highlights

Foil highlights involve sectioning off strands of hair, applying lightener, and wrapping them in foil. This method provides precise, uniform highlights and is great for a more pronounced look.


Precise application, better control over the lightening process.


Can require more maintenance due to noticeable roots.

3. Babylights

Babylights are ultra-fine highlights designed to mimic the natural, subtle highlights seen in children’s hair. This technique involves applying very fine sections and lightening them, resulting in a soft and delicate look.


Natural, low-maintenance, softens facial features.


Can be time-consuming to apply.

4. Ombre

Ombre is a gradient technique where hair transitions from a darker base at the roots to lighter tips. This creates a striking, two-tone effect.


Low maintenance, trendy and stylish appearance.


Bold contrast may not be suitable for all styles.

5. Lowlights

Lowlights add darker tones to the hair by coloring specific strands a shade or two darker than the natural or base color. This technique is often combined with highlights to add depth and richness.


Adds depth and dimension, enhances natural hair color


Requires regular touch-ups to maintain contrast.

The role of toner in highlights

Toner is an essential after-care product used in the highlighting process to neutralize unwanted brassy tones and refine the color to achieve the desired shade. Depending on the specific color objective, the use of toner can be critical for creating either a cooler or warmer hue.

Using Toner

This professional product balances and refines the highlights, whether you’re aiming for ash blonde, neutral brown, or vibrant platinum. After the lightening process, a toner neutralizes yellow or orange undertones, delivering a polished finish.

Not using toner

If you prefer a more natural, sun-kissed look, your stylist might skip toner, especially if your highlights have naturally lifted to the desired tone.

Protecting your hair with OLAPLEX

Chemical treatments like highlighting can cause damage to the hair’s internal structure. OLAPLEX is a breakthrough system that repairs and strengthens hair during and after the coloring process, ensuring healthier, shinier hair.

  • Bond repair: OLAPLEX works on a molecular level, rebuilding the disulfide bonds in hair that are broken during chemical treatments.
  • Stronger hair: this system minimizes breakage and keeps hair resilient, making it possible to achieve and maintain highlights without the damage associated with traditional coloring processes.

 In-salon OLAPLEX treatment

Integration: ask your stylist to integrate Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier into your highlighting process. This step will protect the hair during bleaching and toning.

Follow-up: follow up with Olaplex No. 2 Bond Perfector after the washing out of your highlights to continue rebuilding bonds.

“Life is more beautiful when you meet the right hairdresser”

– Peter Coppola

Why choose day&night Hairdressers?

At Day&Night Hairdressers in Amsterdam, we are renowned for our personalized care and high-quality hair treatments. Our expert stylists excel at crafting face framing highlights that complement your unique style. With flexible hours and convenient online booking, we ensure you always look your best with ease.

day&night | Westerstraat

Westerstraat 123


020 – 244 16 26

day&night | De Pijp

Gerard Douplein 88


020 – 22178 80

What our customers say

At Day&Night Hairdressers in Amsterdam, we are known for our personal attention and the high quality of our hair treatments. Our stylists are experts at creating face framing highlights that perfectly match your unique look. With our flexible opening hours and the ability to make an appointment online, we make it easy for you to always look your best.

“Vanessa was my stylist both times I went to the salon and it was an absolutely amazing experience and a pleasure to have her as my hair stylist as she did a great job knowing exactly what to do and how to do my hair! I highly recommend her and with Vanessa you will not go wrong or even change places . Thank you Vanessa!”
– Victoria Calin (translated from Dutch)

 At-home care to keep your highlights looking beautiful

To maintain the health, vibrancy, and longevity of your highlights, it’s essential to use the right products and follow a proper hair care routine.

  • Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector: a weekly treatment that helps maintain the bonds in hair and continues to strengthen and repair damage.
  • To keep the color cool blonde and not yellow use Olaplex N.4P BLONDE ENHANCER TONING SHAMPOO en N.5P BLONDE ENHANCER TONING CONDITIONER.
  • Leave-In treatments: use a leave-in conditioner or treatment such as Olaplex
  • Bond Smoother to keep your hair hydrated, reduce frizz, and maintain smoothness.
  • Heat protectant: always apply a heat protectant before using hot styling tools. A product like TRESemmé Thermal Creations or Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil will shield your hair from heat damage while adding shine.

5 hair care tips for highlights

1. Limit washing: over-washing strips your hair of its natural oils and can fade your highlights. Aim to wash your hair 2-3 times a week.

2. Cooler water: wash your hair with lukewarm water and finish with a cool rinse to seal the cuticle and maintain shine.

3. Avoid chlorine: chlorine can discolor and dry out your hair. If you swim frequently, use a swim cap or apply a protective leave-in conditioner before getting in the pool.

4. Regular trims: schedule regular trims every 6-8 weeks to avoid split ends and keep your hair looking healthy.

5. The most common mistake clients make, brushing the hair when it’s dry. as soon as we brush the hair on dry, we make it thin and split until it can even cause breakage and hair loss, the recommendation is to brush or comb only on wet hair. You can take a little hair serum and run your fingers through the hair, the hair will feel flexible and beautiful.

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Frequently asked questions about highlights

What is the difference between highlights and lowlights?

Highlights are lighter strips of hair that lighten the hair and give it dimension. Lowlights, on the other hand, add darker strips to create depth and contrast. Both techniques can be used together to create a multidimensional effect.

How long do highlights last?

Highlights generally last between 6 and 8 weeks. Durability can vary depending on your hair growth, hair type and how well you maintain your hair. Regular touch-ups can keep your highlights fresh

Can highlights damage my hair?

If done correctly and cared for properly, highlights should cause minimal damage to your hair. It is crucial to follow your stylist’s aftercare recommendations and use products specifically designed for color-treated hair to maintain the health and vibrancy of your highlights. Ask your stylist about Olaplex for extra protection.

What are the best coloring techniques for a natural look?

Techniques such as balayage and babylights are often recommended for a natural look. Balayage involves manual application of highlights for a gradual, sun-kissed effect, while babylights are fine, delicate highlights that mimic naturally lit hair.