Chunky Highlights Are Back – But Not As You Know Them

While some nineties hair trends belong in the past (butterfly clips, ‘The Rachel’ and zig-zag partings), one throwback look from the decade is proving popular once more. Chunky highlights are having a moment on Instagram, and a host of celebrities are getting on board – from Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé to Jennifer Lopez and Kylie Jenner.

But, these aren’t chunky highlights as you know them. Where once they appeared stripey and brassy, 2021’s bumper ribbons are softer, subtler and more seamless, with a statement-making edge. By combining them with other techniques, such as balayage, chunky highlights have morphed into the new year’s chicest look. Here’s everything you need to know about creating these ‘lights for your clients…


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