Chunky highlights: Dua Lipa and Co. are bringing back the '00s hair trend with wide block strands...
We know chunky sneakers, chunky boots, chunky rings... almost everything in fashion has at some point already experienced a chunky update and has become bulkier, chunkier, and more impressive. But what could be behind the hairstyle trend around chunky highlights? This means wide block strands, as we know them from the 90s and early 00s, and as they are now being rediscovered by stars like Dua Lipa, Bella Hadid, and Co. How to get the hairstyle on your head, we explain here.
What makes chunky highlights different from ordinary highlights? On the one hand, they are wider (up to two finger widths), on the other hand, they stand out much more in stark contrast to the rest of the hair color. While hair coloring in recent years has primarily been about making the transitions in highlights and colored strands appear more and more subtle and natural, which has brought about trends such as balayage or baby lights, chunky highlights are setting a counter-trend. Then as of now, their wearers are not interested in naturalness, instead, they want to stand out and make a clear statement with their hairstyle.
In the '90s and early '00s, there was a hype about wide block strands and hardly any pop or Hollywood star could do without them. From Christina Aguilera to the actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston to the British girl band Atomic Kitten - chunky highlights were part of the sometimes shrill aesthetics of this time and completed many a stage look. In the course of the general revival of the 90ies and noughties in fashion and beauty, the hair trend around chunky highlights is now making a comeback!
Dua Lipa, Bella Hadid, and Co. love the new hairstyle trend
And again it was a pop star who started the new hair trend: singer Dua Lipa showed up with broad block strands for the first time at the 2020 Grammy Awards. However, in a new, particularly expressive variant of the hairstyle: While in the 90s and noughties mostly combinations of blond strands with brown natural hair were worn, now hard contrasts from peroxide blond to black or highlights in bright (neon) colors are popular, such as these Present model Bella Hadid, influencer Brittany Xavier or musician Rina Sawayama on Instagram.
The latest examples of chunky highlights show two variants: either block strands adorn the entire top coat, which occasionally inspires those who don't like the hair trend to compare zebras; or in the sense of "face-framing", only the front strands that frame the face are colored, which skillfully emphasizes it.
In any case, chunky highlights can make a hairstyle look very lively. They look best when the hair is cut to a specific length and worn with a center or side parting. Although the dyeing technique is not as complex and time-consuming as other currently popular stranding techniques, such as French balayage, shadow blonde, or ombré, it is still advisable (especially for inexperienced people) to make an appointment in the hairdressing salon the to agree on trust instead of experimenting at home.
A hairstyle with a wow factor: It all depends on the right technique
How striking the result of the strands technique largely depends on which hair color combination you choose. If you want the chunky highlights to be a little softer, it's a good idea to choose just a shade or two lighter or darker than your natural hair color. Then the contrast is less intense and the roots don't have to be touched up as often.
Chunky highlights in silver or ice blonde, on the other hand, are particularly effective with otherwise black and dark brown hair. Silvery or pink strands, which go very well with the light shade, are particularly suitable for blondes. In brown hair - see Bella Hadid - blocks of reddish nuances can have an interesting effect. The following always applies: the broader the highlights, the clearer the statement.