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What Are They

Hair highlights for men gained popularity during the early 2000s, with boy band members constantly flaunting their insane hairstyles. Highlights are when you dye certain parts of your hair a lighter shade than your original hair color.

What this does is that it adds more dimension to your hair.

Hair Types That Work Best

You can add highlights to any hair type. Regardless of your hair’s length, texture, and your chosen style, you can complement it with highlights.

15 Best Styles

Brown On Black

Brown highlights capture the light and give your hair more depth and dimension. In addition, since brown blends well with black, even if your hair grows out, you don’t necessarily need to have your highlights touched up.

Blonde Streak On Long Hair

This will work incredibly well if you have long, straight hair. The highlights will catch more light and give your hair the illusion of more volume.

Bearded Man With Long Blonde Brown Highlighted Hair and Beard

Purple Curls

If you want to show off your fun side, you can add slight purple highlights to your hair. Purple hair might not work as well on blondes, so only do it if you have dark hair color.

Messy Brown

The highlights will bring out the layers of your hair, giving it more dimension and volume.

Medium Brown On Black

Black hair tends to look flat and dull, so adding medium brown highlights makes it look more voluminous and alive. This is one of the ideal hairstyles for men with glasses.

Light Brown On Dark Brown

This is a subtle way of improving the look of your hair. And because the colors are pretty similar, you do not have to worry about repeated salon trips to cover the dark roots. This is the ideal choice of color if you want a surfer hair look.

Ash Brown 

This color adds the illusion of more volume, and the light gray tones will also make your hair look shiny and healthy. You need to be careful with this, though, as too much will make your hair look like it is graying.

Blonde On Light Brown

This is another classic pairing of hair tones. It is subtle, but you will still notice the improvement it does to your hair.

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Caramel On Brown

This dark golden color works well on brown hair because of its visible but not overpowering contrast. If you have wavy or curly hair, this will look good on you.


If you have dark brown hair, you can try getting copper highlights. However, you should be careful when choosing bright red copper tones as they are hard to pull off.

Blonde On Black

This is yet another tricky combination that is difficult to pull off. It will look like you got dated frosted tips if you are not careful. However, the blonde highlights can perfectly catch the light when done correctly and tastefully.

Bright Blonde On Brown

This is a combination that only a professional hairdresser should do. The contrast between these two tones is so much that it will be difficult to blend. However, the highlights will make your hair look thicker when done right.

If you have dark brown or black hair, you need to have this done sparingly. Go easy on the contrast because you can quickly look like a discount Guy Fieri, which is why it is often called a fat guy hairstyle. This is also quite popular in 90s hairstyles.

Blue Top With Undercut

There is nothing subtle about blue hair. If you work in a field that encourages creativity and self-expression, then go for it. However, this might be a bad idea if you are in a more professional field and you need to meet with different people in a professional setting.

Teal Man Braids

If you regularly get two braids hairstyles, adding a splash of teal will give your hair a bit of personality. However, take note that teal is quite a bright color, so make sure you have the personality to suit it.

How to Style and Maintain

Step 1 – Choose a color that suits you

As much as possible, choose hair color ideas that are just a shade or two lighter than your actual hair color. This will help you get a feel for highlights before committing to them.

Step 2 – Get a professional to do it

Unless you have extensive experience with coloring hair, you should not attempt to do your highlights. Not only is it a tricky process, but it also takes a lot of time and energy.

Step 3 – Maintain properly

Colored hair is more prone to damage, especially when you get highlights because the strands were bleached beforehand. You should not shampoo your hair often and use a hair conditioner.

Step 4 – Use the right hair products

Remember that coloring your hair, even just highlights, causes damage, so you must use the right hair products. This means you need to use color care shampoo and conditioners.

Quick Tips

  • Choose a highlight color not too far from your natural hair color.
  • Use a gentle hair dye if you have thin or thinning hair. Also, use a hair trimmer to keep it the right length.
  • Make sure that you decide whether you indeed want highlights or change your hair color entirely.
  • Get your hair color touched up every couple of months or so.


Which hair highlight is best for men?

It will depend on your natural hair color and texture. Ideally, the highlight color should only be several shades lighter.

Can I do highlights at home?

Technically, you can. However, it would be ideal to have it done by a professional hairdresser.

Do highlights damage men’s hair?

Yes. Because you will bleach and dye your hair, you will be damaging your hair quite a bit.

How long do my highlights last?

It will depend on the quality of hair dye used and the rate at which your hair grows. On average, highlights can last anywhere between 6 to 8 weeks, which is why you need to get it retouched every month or so.

How to make highlights last longer?

You will need to use the right hair care products to care for bleached hairstyles. Use color care shampoos and conditioners for men, and shampoo your hair sparingly.