Everything You Need To Know About Men’s Hair Highlights

12th July 2022

Listen up guys, highlights are no longer exclusively for the girls and if you’re looking to add a pop of colour or to switch up your hairstyle this summer, men’s hair highlights are one of the most on-trend ways for you to achieve a new look.

Here’s What You Need To Know About Men’s Hair Highlights

Ready to get the lowdown on hair highlights for guys? Let’s take a look at what you need to know.

1. They work on all hair types and textures

Seriously. Highlights look good on anyone. It doesn’t matter whether your hair is thick or fine, poker straight or curly, or caucasian, Asian or afro, provided that you choose a professional barber shop with a colourist who knows what they’re doing, you’ll be sure to love your new look.

First time considering highlighted hair and not sure where to start? No problem. Our barbers will be able to advise what type of highlights for men will work best with your hair type and your original colour.

2. Highlights last between 8-10 weeks

Due to the fact that most men’s hairstyles are on the short side, men’s hair highlights will generally last for around 8 to 10 weeks, depending on how quickly your hair grows.

And as long as you look after your hair with products that are designed to treat it with respect, such as Aveda’s Invati Men™ Nourishing Exfoliating Shampoo, you’ll be able to switch up your look every couple of months. 

3. They add dimension to your natural colour

Highlights for men add visual texture to your hair. The clue is in the word ‘highlight!’ Your colourist will know exactly how to accentuate the natural tones of your hair with colours that are a few shades lighter distributed throughout. 

As we mentioned, highlighting works well on any type of hair, but it can really help give fine hair a boost, thanks to its ability to add the appearance of volume and texture. 

4. They are a healthier option than scalp bleaching

Scalp bleaching is a technique that involves painting bleach directly onto your whole head of hair in order to lighten it. However, highlights are only painted onto certain strands or sections of the hair before then being wrapped in foil. 

This means that if your hair is more susceptible to damage, opting for highlights is a better option as it’s not quite as intense as a full head of colour. And if you do have hair that needs a little extra TLC, try using a product such as Aveda’s Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo which is extra gentle on fine hair. 

The other advantage highlights have over scalp bleaching is that they require less maintenance as root growth is far less obvious. 

5. Men’s hair highlights are on the natural-side

While there’s nothing stopping you from adding a pop of colour to your hair with bright red highlights for example, the general idea of highlighting men’s hair is that it errs on the side of a more natural look.

Imagine you’d spent all summer surfing (as opposed to being stuck in the office) and picture what your hair would look like then. In fact, we suggest getting your hair highlighted just so you can pretend to people you haven’t seen in a while that you have been surfing all summer…  

Cheating? Maybe. But that’s what good hair colour is all about!

6. They take around 1.5-3 hours at the barbers

Okay guys, we know that if you’re coming for a haircut, a beard trim or any of our grooming services, you don’t normally block out 3 hours in your busy schedule. But highlighting men’s hair is a little different, and you may need to spend a little longer in the chair.

To get the best possible results, your barber will carefully section your hair to create natural-looking dimensions. The bleach also needs to be left to develop and the time it takes to do this will depend on the length and type of your hair, as well as your original colour. 

But this is a good thing – trust us! After all, both of our salons are great places to hang out and our friendly team of barbers are always on hand for some pro styling tips (or some banter). Plus our ability to pour a quality shot of Jamesons is second to none.  

Should Guys Highlight Their Hair?

Okay, we understand why you might be asking the question. After all, the common misconception is that hair highlighting services are still something that you’d find in a salon, as opposed to at a barbers. 

The good news is that anyone can highlight their hair. And that includes you, friends!

There are so many cool hair colour trends out there for men at the moment, but if you don’t want to go all in with a bleached ‘do or know that pastel pink hair wouldn’t go down well with your boss, hair highlights for men are an excellent way of staying on trend without being too in your face.

Do Highlights Damage Mens Hair?

Harsh bleaches and chemical-laden dyes can irritate scalps and hair which is why at Cutters Yard we only use Aveda colour. Aveda colours are up to 96% naturally derived meaning they’re a lot gentler on the hair, thereby reducing damage and leaving your hair in prime condition. 

Aveda colour is also vibrant and resistant to fading. It’s actually designed to improve your hair, not hurt it. 

Highlighted hair also requires a little extra care to keep it looking and feeling good, which is why we recommend using hair care products that don’t rely on additives but that work based on pure plant power. 

Try Men’s Hair Highlights at Cutters Yard London

Ready to see the light? At Cutters Yard we offer a range of colour services and our talented colourists are ready and waiting to help you achieve your highlighted hair goals. 

Book your appointment at our London Bridge or Southwark barbers today.