Herringbone highlights allow you to embrace your grays in style

Gone are the days of obsessing over every gray hair. Now let’s call these natural grays highlights. OK, not quite, but the herringbone highlight trend has colorists using each gray strand as a different one of the many highlights in your hair. We’ve seen this gray hair trend over the last few years, especially during the pandemic lockdowns when it has become increasingly difficult to schedule an appointment for gray hair.

Colorist Tom Smith took to his Instagram to show us the highlights of the herringbone pattern. He says there are three main reasons why this highlight trend works so well when you’re going gray. “It uses your natural gray hair as one of the highlight colors,” he explains. Herringbone highlights use this colorless strand and work with it rather than against it. If you’ve ever tried dying gray hair, you know how harsh it can be and how quickly that color can wash out anyway.

Next, Smith says the “diagonal arrangement of the slides” resembles a herringbone pattern, hence the name. This isn’t a new technique, he says, but it’s great because “the highlights aren’t on top of each other, they’re on top of each other.” This makes for a more natural-looking blend.

Finally, because you’re not trying to color every gray hair, you’ll likely end up with a more low-maintenance look and “fewer salon appointments,” he says. This is even true for those with darker hair. “For very dark hair, consider diffusing the highlights more gently to maintain depth but still make keeping your gray hair look intentional,” Smith says on Instagram. That way you don’t have to run to the salon every three weeks for a touch up! We love everything that saves time and money – and welcomes aging in style.

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