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Full and Partial Highlights

Feeling a little frustrated by your hair color lately? When natural or dyed hair lacks dimension, it can appear flat, lifeless, and just plain boring. An all-over color process can help by brightening up your color, and add in that variance you crave. So, what’s a woman to do? The easiest fix for this common problem is to choose between full and partial highlights.

The Highlighting Process

Weaving is a type of highlight application technique that focuses on lightening the hair in targeted zones – such as your crown or close to the face. Color is diffused throughout the hair to create dimension and add depth. This is ideal when natural or colored hair appears flat or lacks variance.

What makes weaving so different from other highlight techniques, including balayage, is that Elena changes the size of each section as she move across your head. While all remain small, some contain more hair, while others contain less; this creates a much more “organic” look and feel.

Both full and partial highlights can be tweaked and adjusted to suit your look or your mood. The tighter they’re woven in, the lighter your overall hair will look. Dispersing them further apart maintains more of your overall color instead.

With that said, go dramatic with full, tightly-woven highlights across every zone. Or, keep it natural and subtle with healthy dimension and glow. You can take it anywhere you want! Ultimately, full and partial highlights are all about YOU. And isn’t that the basis for great hair you can really love?

Full Highlights or Partial Highlights?

Curious about the difference between full and partial highlights? Here’s a little explanation to help you understand.

Full Highlights

In full highlights, Elena focuses on lightening varied sections of hair across every part of your head – the front, the sides, the crown, the nape of your neck, and the back.

Why Full?

It’s less subtle than a partial application, but this bolder look injects more dimension and depth than almost any other technique. Adding a ton of highlights lets you go from dark to light without needing to bleach, which can be ideal because it’s less damaging to sensitive hair.

Plus, it’s also possible for Elena to use a mix of shades; this makes it easier to cool down or warm up your all-over color. Placement for full is a little more specific, but there’s still plenty of room to tweak. Just ask Elena to explain your options next time you’re in!

Partial Highlights

In partial highlights, Elena adds color or lightens hair only in a few specific places. The most common pattern focuses on areas where the sun hits your hair, including the top half and the sides.

Why Partial?

The biggest reason is because it mimics the way hair naturally lightens when exposed to sunlight. You get a sunkissed appearance, and that’s perfect for framing a pretty face, drawing attention to soft curls, or even just creating flow without a major change to all-over color.

The ideal placement for partials depends on the shape of your face, the length of your hair, and even what you want from your hair. Elena can help you decide exactly where to place the highlights to get the right effect.

Hair Color Maintenance and Touch-Ups

Full and partial highlights do require a little bit of maintenance, but it’s minimal. If you aren’t changing anything in a big way, you’ll only need to come into the salon to have your roots adjusted once every two to three months. Elena can also boost any brightly colored sections (amp up those red-golds) at the same time, if that’s something you’re interested in.

As far as taking care of highlights at home, that’s easy, too. The biggest factor is moisture and preventing further damage with heat protectants and safe hair management strategies. Ask Elena if you want to learn more!

Ready for a change? Elena is standing by to help you love your hair more than you have ever loved it before. With full and partial highlights, you can blend into the crowd or stand out, and you can adjust anytime. It’s all up to you!

Feeling Indecisive?

Hey, we get it! Your hair is a natural expression of your personality, and you don’t want to commit to something that may not match it in six months time.

The incredible benefit of full and partial highlights is you can start subtle and add more in as you go. So, if you just want to try on some warm, face-framing golds and coppers, you can do that. If you decide you want to take it further or step it back, it’s really easy to change later on down the road.


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Full and Partial Highlights - HER Hair by Elena

I was referred to Elena and I was nervous to try a new hairstylist. Our first consultation was an eye opening experience. She listened to my ideas and gave me her expert option. I appreciated her honestly and believe she had my hair's best interest.

She was able to take out the red dye and turn me into a blonde. I never thought I could have healthy long blonde hair before her. She is talented and very patient with me. I definitely recommend to call and book an appointment with Elena Rosas!!!

Los Angeles, CA

When I first went to Elena I had never colored my hair because there was never anyone I was able to trust with that responsibility. The first few times I went with her I just got cuts until I started to see her work. I took the chance and allowed her to do her "magic" on my hair & I am so happy that I did. I have not once been disappointed. She is 100% honest and refuses do a session on your hair that will damage your hair in one sitting.

When I first wanted my hair colored I showed her a color that was about 5x lighter than my actual hair color and she refused to do it in one sitting because it would damage my hair tremendously. I wasn't upset I was glad that she was honest because majority of stylists will do it in one session which makes hair look very unhealthy. She is unlike any stylist out there, she is an incredible woman with a whole lot of talent who knows her job better than anyone I know! I love Elena, she's the BEST!!

Santa Paula, CA

I drove an hour and a half round trip to have Elena fix some highlights-gone-awry and a haircut that I knew was off but was too afraid to be critical of it. Rome can't be built in a day but she wisely suggested a gradual route towards fixing and moving towards what I'm sure will turn out to be perfectly natural highlights and a great cut that just needs a little time to grow into itself.

If you want wonderfully natural highlighted hair, you can tell by her pictures & Instagram that she completely knows what she's doing! She's so skilled at her craft and she takes your hair seriously - both its health and color and what you're able to keep up. Go to Elena if you are looking to take your color to the next level and not just settle for what is typically offered; she does a great job!

Santa Barbara, CA