Wisteria Avenue

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Highlights in Abingdon | Didcot | Wantage | Oxfordshire

Highlights Appointments in Abingdon

Highlights are arguably the most popular hair colour service in the salon. Highlights are a great technique to introduce lighter and/or darker pieces from the root to the ends of your hair giving you a healthy blend of lighter and darker pieces all over.

If you are not sure if you’re ready for highlights and want a lower maintenance alternative, visit our balayage service page.

What do highlights look like?

Highlights (or lowlights as they are known when adding darker sections), section pieces of hair by introducing colour or bleach from roots to ends of hair. The maintenance of highlights is reasonable with the average recommended maintenance being anywhere from every 2 months plus. If you want to achieve added lightness, blending hair with grey or masking grey hair, breaking up one hair colour, adding dimension or revolutionising hair then highlights are a great option. Highlights aren’t the same for every client and will differ in some cases significantly depending on what you want to achieve.

Example Highlights

What does it mean?

  • Application: The example shown is lots of highlights packed in to create both a more striking and noticeable colour with the brief to be as light as possible. If the intention is to be as blonde as possible, this is a great option. For example if the brief was to break up a block colour and subtlety is required, 10 highlights is a better option to break up a block colour. 10 Foils in comparison to the example shown is very subtle and will only be noticeable under certain lighting with the predominant colour still the original virgin hair colour.
  • Colours: Highlights more commonly consist of anything between one and three colours. We consider eye colour, natural hair colour and skin pigmentation, your anticipated frequency of appointment, your hair history, whether this is your first time having highlights, your likes/dislikes and colours that you like when selecting these. We do this because certain colours suit certain clients more than others and select colours can require increased maintenance dependent on regrowth, life span and budget.
  • Type of Highlights: Highlights can be more delicate, spaced apart, thick, packed in or fine to name but a few options. Babylights are used in the example image which grow out gracefully however this example shows lots of babylights. They don’t need to be packed so tightly, however highlights can be applied in lots of different ways. Consultations usually cover this topic in-salon to avoid any confusion to ensure the type of highlights are right for you.
  • Visual: If you have a goal, we can usually help. Different colours, the type of highlight and the number of highlights can achieve different outcomes. In the example shown, the client wanted modern highlights and to be as blonde as possible in highlight form. The example highlights shows ‘babylights’ as the type of highlighting method and lots of these are packed in. If the example was to introduce subtle pieces, the technique, colour, type of highlight and number of highlights may likely require a different set of techniques and application method.

Highlights FAQ's

What are my options when booking highlights?

It depends. There are usually a number of factors ranging from what you want to look like, health of hair, ongoing maintenance, routine, budget to name a few. Highlight appointments can be identified in a few ways so let’s have a look at some options.

  • T-Section: If you think of your head of hair, t-section is the very top section of your hair. There is usually two reasons for booking a t-section; either you want subtlety without the upkeep of a full head highlights, or you have your hair highlighted every 4-6 weeks. A t-section is less than a half head of foils and suitable if your goal is to blend out minor grey coverage grey hair or seek to break up a block colour with a few highlights that will be noticeable under certain lighting. If you require more coverage, a full head foils or a full head tint may be better suited.
  • Full Head Highlights: When you see someone with ‘highlights’ and the whole head is covered, this is likely to be known as a ‘full head highlights’ (or full head foils). This is arguably the most popular form of highlights offered and a service that 9 out of 10 clients go for. If you are looking for 100% coverage, want to be blonde or want a change, full head highlights is the way to go. This technique covers your entire head with the trick to find at least one other colour that complements your base hair colour (your natural hair colour).
  • Half Head Highlights: The easiest way to think of a half head is somewhere between a t-section and a full head. It’s like wearing a head band; everything on the ‘top’ is highlighted, whereas everything ‘underneath’ isn’t. In short, if you wear your hair down it’ll be less noticeable. If you wear your hair up, your natural hair colour will show, leaving hair that hasn’t been touched by highlights. Some clients prefer it, however more commonly clients switch between a full head and half head every other appointment to preserve health of hair and to ensure hair doesn’t become too ‘blocky’ by over-highlighting hair. Your Stylist will be able to advise which service is best suited to you.

Why are highlights so popular?

Most clients visit with the same idea in mind; they want a big change, they want to be blonde, or they want something more natural. Highlights if done well tick every box! Highlights add depth, dimension, and brightness to the hair.  

What is the difference between highlights and balayage?

Balayage offers more subtlety and if your main concern is budget or up-keep, balayage is much more favourable. Balayage offers a natural root meaning less appointments to touch up the root area (because balayage doesn’t need it), whereas highlights involves using foils to lighten sections of hair all over from the root to ends leaving a much more highlighted and striking appearance.

What is the downside to highlights?

While highlights can add colour and dimension to your hair, maintenance is also a consideration, as roots will become more noticeable over time than say, balayage. Opting for more sensible placement of foils and complimentary colours can work wonders in reducing the need to upkeep greatly. Speak to your Stylist to help support your decision making.

How much do highlights cost?

Highlights can vary a lot. The salon’s location, the experience of the stylist, the length/thickness of hair and what you want to achieve all contribute. On average, highlights across Abingdon hair salons can range from £120 being the cheaper end to £300 or more being the higher end. Hair Salons in central Oxford tend to cost more. Consulting with your stylist will provide a more accurate estimate based on your specific hair needs and desired outcome.

The average cost in 2023 at Wisteria Avenue was roughly £150.

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Where are we?

Address

Wisteria Avenue Hair Salon
4 East St. Helen Street,
Abingdon,
Oxfordshire,
OX14 5EA

Opening Hours

Tues: 10:00 am – 16:00 pm
Weds: 11:30 am – 20:00 pm
Thurs: 11:30 am – 20:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am – 18:30 pm
Sat: 9:00 am – 17:00 pm

Contact

T: 01235 534705
WhatsApp: 01235 534705
Email: [email protected]

Some examples of our highlights

Your Questions,
Answered.

Highlights appointments can be booked in a number of different ways.

Most clients tend to book online which is the most efficient means to scheduling some availability. Online bookings can be found at www.wisteriaavenue.co.uk/bookings Booking online will also allow for the scheduling of a skin test to work through options, answer questions and run through a thorough consultation.

Alternatively, we find the second most popular method of booking is to speak with someone via telephone. The salon opens Tuesday to Saturday and across our standard opening hours we can be reached on 01235 534705. Alternatively we can also be contacted by email at [email protected] (if emailing, please ensure that you detail a contact number).

If you have a WhatsApp account, by creating a contact in your phone and using our landline number 01235 534705 you can send Wisteria Avenue a message about a booking enquiry.

Any hair colour, whether it’s highlights or not carries both a skin test and consultation.

This is to ensure that it is safe to colour hair, but to also ensure that this service is right for you!

Sometimes clients book in for a service which isn’t the best option. For this reason a consultation highlights this (no pun intended!).

Yes! We stock JOICO products in salon and we can recommend products which are bespoke to your hair colour.

We also offer in-salon treatments to help with improving the end result both in terms of colour and condition of your highlights.

Highlights aren’t the same for every client.

We don’t expect clients to know the terminology of every type of highlights! However, pictures always help. If you have a vision in mind, we encourage you to bring this with you to your consultation.

Usually the differences between highlights don’t affect the price too much. In some instances (usually thicker or longer hair carries an additional cost). In most other cases, it doesn’t.

Balayages aren’t the same for every client.

We don’t expect clients to know the terminology of every type of balayage! However, pictures always help. If you have a vision in mind, we encourage you to bring this with you to your consultation.

Usually the differences between balayages don’t affect the price too much. For example, the ‘money piece’ is a popular addition right now. This is a great option yet doesn’t affect the price.

We occasionally run promotional offers and discounts for select hair colour and haircut services. 

These often carry a timeframe before they are invalid and are at the discretion of the salon.

Usually these do not run across December, however if you are unsure please check with the hair salon before booking.

We don’t currently have any trainee or junior level stylists in the salon.

Yes!

Wisteria Avenue specialise in curly haircuts and curly hair colours!

More information on curly haircuts can be found here.

Increasingly we help clients with damaged hair.

This can be in the form of post pregnancy hair, home dye colours gone wrong, external hair salon colours that have left hair over processed or colour corrections. Balayage can sometimes require patience in order to achieve desired results. Our Stylists usually piece together a plan to help you reach your goals.

This is a more bespoke service and we would advise to speak to the salon before booking. We offer a range or treatment and colour services that aren’t bookable online which might be more beneficial.

Still have a question?

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Want to know more about highlights?

Complete the below and a staff member will contact you at the earliest opportunity with further information about our highlights appointments. Any questions, call or send a WhatsApp to the salon on 01235 534705 or book your appointment online.

Highlighting Consultations

As one of the best highlights hair salons near me in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, we would love to discuss your plans with you! To book your hair appointment or consultation, get in touch with Wisteria Avenue Hair Salon by booking online or calling us on 01235 534705. 

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