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Trending Now: Chunky Highlights

October 21, 2021

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The 2000’s have been back for a while, but so far it’s been all about the tiny purses and low cut jeans. Now, high contrast funky and chunky highlights are all the rage. Yes, a certain platinum pop star may have “invented” the style, but it’s the risk taking trend setters who have *reinvented* the chunky highlight and brought about its return. In the past year, celebs have put their own spin on the trend, demonstrating that chunky highlights are for everyone. They’re edgy but not obnoxious, expressive but not camp. Unless camp is your thing, in which case, there might be a bright pink striped highlight out there for you, too!

If you want something to make your facial features pop, the “money piece” is the way to go. This super trendy style entails two face framing streaks of highlight, while the rest of the hair just hangs out in the back. While that might sound a little Cruella, it’s actually surprisingly chill. Since the hair framing your face is naturally brightened by the sun, the money piece trend simply takes that sunkissed look and turns up the volume. 

For such a dramatic style, chunky highlights have an incredible range. Leave a little bit of root and opt for a softer color contrast for a surprisingly natural Y2k look. On the other hand, there’s always the option to go full Hot Topic E-girl, with thick bands of bold color. Oh yeah, color. Chunky highlights are not reserved for blonde pops; They can come in any width or shade, it’s all up to you!

Chunky highlight inspo

@schianaxbeauty rocks thick, blue chunky highlights
@carlym.ller has the money piece look so many covet
@gabby.hua's super contrasted highlights are bold and beautiful



Lee Phillips is a freelance New York based storyteller across mediums. With a BFA in writing from The New School, Phillips uses language to convey her personal truths and imagine new worlds in fiction, poetry, screen writing and non-fiction. Her non-fiction can be found in office Magazine, CryBaby Zine, Period Space, Chanel Void, Editorial Magazine, 10011 Magazine and includes editorial work for brands. Her creative writing is published in Unvaeled Journal, Rookie Magazine, and her poetry book, “Nowhere Words,”  published in September of 2020.  In all of her work, she believes in creating content that engages viewers through shared experience and authentic narratives, rather than elitism or insecurity. Follow her instagram @c.har.lee for more.

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