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DIY Highlighting Techniques for Bob Dark Brown Hair

Highlighting your bob dark brown hair with highlights doesn’t have to be a salon-only endeavor. With the right tools and techniques, you can create beautiful highlights that add a pop of color and personality to your hair.

DIY Highlighting Techniques

Balayage Technique

Balayage is a freehand highlighting technique that involves painting color onto hair in a sweeping, natural manner. The result is a sun-kissed, seamless gradient that looks modern and effortlessly chic. Benefits of balayage include low maintenance, as regrowth is less noticeable, and customization to suit any style or skin tone.

To create balayage on your dark brown bob, start by sectioning your hair and securing each section with clips. Take a thin slice of hair and apply the highlighting product starting at the mid-lengths, using a brush to create a V-shape. Continue down the length of the hair, feathering the color toward the ends. Process according to the product’s instructions.

For even application, vary the placement of highlights for a more natural look, and use light pressure to blend the product seamlessly.

Traditional Foil Technique

highlighted bobTraditional foil highlighting involves wrapping strands of hair in foils with the lightening product applied inside. This method offers precise control over the placement and intensity of highlights, making it a good choice for more defined, structured looks.

To begin, section your hair and take thin slices to work with. Place the foil under each slice and apply the highlighting product evenly. Fold the foil up to enclose the hair, leaving room for the product to expand. Repeat throughout the hair and process.

For proper placement, alternate the size and spacing of the foils for a more natural appearance.

Ombre Technique

The ombre technique transitions color from dark at the roots to light at the ends, creating a beautiful, eye-catching gradient. Ombre is a versatile option for a dark brown bob, adding dimension and interest.

To achieve an ombre look, start by parting the hair into sections. Apply the highlighting product to the ends, feathering upward to blend the color. Keep the color concentration heavier at the ends and lighter as you move up toward the roots.

For smooth blending, use a brush or comb to diffuse the color at the transition point, avoiding harsh lines. Adjust the length of the gradient based on your desired look.

Application Process


Before you begin highlighting, proper preparation is key to achieving great results. First, section your hair into manageable parts using clips. This will help you apply the color evenly and prevent unwanted mixing of the product.

Next, cover your work area and protect your skin by draping an old towel or cape around your shoulders. Apply petroleum jelly around your hairline, ears, and neck to avoid staining your skin with the highlighting product.

Applying the Highlights

Once you’re prepared, start applying the highlights using your chosen technique—balayage, traditional foil, or ombre. For balayage, begin at the mid-lengths and work down to the ends, feathering the product for a natural effect. In traditional foils, start with the roots and work down the hair strand. For ombre, focus on the ends and blend upward toward the roots.

Timing and Processing

After applying the product, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for timing and processing. Depending on your desired level of lightness, you may need to adjust the processing time. Keep a timer handy to avoid over-processing, which can damage your hair.

Rinsing and Conditioning

Once the processing time is up, rinse the highlighting product out thoroughly with cool water. Follow up with a color-safe conditioner or mask to lock in the color and restore moisture to your hair. Let your hair air dry for the best results and avoid heat styling for a few days to maintain the integrity of your newly highlighted bob.