Partial Highlights Vs. Full Highlights: Which Hairstyle Is Better For You?

If you're ready to make a change to your hair, but you're not sure you want to commit to a whole new color, chances are you've considered highlights. Typically, your stylist will use foils and lift the color out of small, woven sections of your hair. This method adds dimension to your locks, L'Oréal Paris reported. But, of course, as with many things you do with your hair, it's not as simple as going into the salon and asking for highlights. There are different levels, styles, and specifications. For instance, you can get full highlights, delicate babylights, or partial highlights.

If you're trying to decide between getting full or partial highlights, it can be a difficult choice to make. It mostly depends on if you're going for a subtle adjustment or a dramatic change. Plus, according to The Right Hairstyle, how you wear your hair typically could sway your decision. If you're struggling to decide, read on to find out the pros and cons of each type of hair lightening method.

Here's are the differences between full and partial highlights that you should be aware of

According to The Right Hairstyle, your stylist may call partial highlights a half head of foils. Typically, this color method adds subtle color to the front and top of your hair to brighten it. The pros to this are that partial highlights take less time, cost less, have less potential for damage, and look like natural highlights from the sun. Of course, the cons are when you pull your hair into a ponytail, it's noticeable that your color isn't over your whole head. It's also not possible to get a dramatic overall color change with this method.

For full highlights, your stylist will use foils through all the layers of your hair. One significant pro is that you can achieve dramatically lighter hair without having to lift the color in every single strand. Unfortunately, if you have heavy full highlights, there's a greater potential for damage, and it can cost more since it takes more time and products for your stylist to achieve the look. 

One nice thing is you can start with full highlights and do touchups with partial highlights as your hair grows out. Before you make the decision, take your hair's condition, your goals, your time commitment, and your budget into consideration. Once you've gotten your full or partial highlights, L'Oréal Paris suggested that you use a purple shampoo and conditioner to help tone down brassiness between touchups. If you have any questions, ask your stylist for guidance.