Chunky highlights have been a popular hair trend for decades, and now they are back in a big way. These bold, face-framing highlights add extra depth and dimension to any hair color or texture.
Chunky highlights first became popular in the 90s and early 00. Celebrities like Christina Aguilera and Kelly Clarkson loved rocking this look. In more recent years, chunky highlights have made a comeback, with everyone from beauty influencers to A-list celebrities sporting the trend.
One of the best things about chunky highlights is how versatile they are. They can be customized to suit any hair type and color and can be as bold or subtle as you want. For those with darker hair, chunky highlights can provide a pop of color without having to commit to a full head of highlights or a drastic color change. For those with lighter hair, chunky highlights can add depth and texture to an already sun-kissed look.
1. Shaggy Curly Hair with Layered Haircut
Up first it is this beautiful mid-length hairstyle for women. She has kept her chunky highlights a classic blonde and brown style with side bangs. This would be a perfect style for women with naturally curly hair!
2. Stunning Layered Hair with Baby Bangs
Up next is this stunning hairstyle with a lovely orange hue and chunky blonde highlights. To get this look you will want to add beautiful face-framing layers and wispy bangs. Then add a vibrant orange color throughout and add plenty of blonde highlights. Curl the edges in and you are all set.
3. Dimensional Straight Hair with Ash Blonde
Here is a spooky style using a base of dark hair with even blonde highlights added throughout. She kept it long and straight and it gives her such a sleek vibe. But, this style would be just as pretty if you added a few waves or curls.
4. Long Wavy Hair with Thick Highlights
Up next is a style for women who are working with thick and wavy hair. Here she went with a mid-part and styled her long hair with plenty of waves and of course, chunky highlights. You can finish this style off with even waves, or keep it natural for a messy look.
5. Vivid Medium Hair in Red Chunky Highlights
Black and red will always be a classic color combo. In the photo above she is wearing her short hair with a deep red base with a few pops of black added. Be sure to add bangs and keep it short to get the whole vibe of this photo.
6. Short Bob Hair with End Curls
Tired of your same old bob haircut? Then, this next look would be perfect for you. Here she has her short hair cut right along the shoulder line and styled with a few waves. To get this look you will want to first pick a red hue, then add in chunky blonde sections and you are all set.
7. Glossy Wavy Hair With Light Hairdo
Up next is this fierce hairstyle with long glossy locks. She has kept the top section of her hair natural and dark with a bright blonde ombre coming in about halfway down. Keep it wavy and add a money piece to get the whole style of this beautiful style.
8. Two -Toned Gorgeous Curly Hair
Up next is a dark midnight hairstyle. She has used a two-tone style here with dark black on the top and a lovely deep blue peeking in through the back. She has extra long hair here, but this style would look just as great if you had a shorter style.
9. Shiny Dark Brown Hair
Shiny hair is healthy hair, that is what we always say. In the look above she has styled her short locks with a lovely auburn brown color on top with her natural dark hair on the bottom. Coloring your hair this way will help keep your hair natural, and healthy, and give it that shine.
10. Colorful Brunette Highlights
If you can’t decide to go with highlights or chunky lowlights, this next style would be perfect for you. Here she has added both red and blonde highlights and finished it off with a lovely curl. You could wear this style any time of the year and be right in style.
11. Smooth Wavy Hair with Light Golden Blonde
Here is a perfect example of how to wear your hair smooth and wavy. She has added chunky brown lowlights in here and kept the rest of her hair a bright blonde. Wear it soft and shiny, or keep it natural for a messy vibe.
12. Stunning Blonde Messy Hair
This next hairstyle for women has a stunning blonde color and she went with a natural and messy finish. This type of hairstyle would work best for women with thick hair and who want to go blonde. Add in side bangs, and a few waves, and you are all set.
13. Dark and Light Brown Shaggy Hairstyle
Another way to go when adding chunky highlights is this dark-to-light hairstyle. She has gone with rich pops of golden blonde but has kept most of her hair a neutral brown color. Part it down the middle and add in big curls and you will love the way you look.
14. Shiny Straight Hair with Thick Magenta Highlights
Up next is this hairstyle with beautiful chunky magenta highlights. She has gone with black for a base color and styled it pin-straight. But, this style would look just as good if you wanted to add in a few curls.
15. Silky Purple Straight Hair with Bangs
Black and purple will always be high on this list for two-toned looks for women. In the photo above she has gone with a deep purple with chunky black highlights. Be sure to tell your stylist you want wispy bangs and add the purple color in there as well.
16. Short Layered Pink Highlights with Side Fringe
Up next is a bright pink hairstyle for women with short hair. She has styled her hair with lots of layers and went with a messy curly vibe. You will want to keep your highlights alternating on the top but leave most of the hair purple, and you are all set.
17. Long Wavy Hair with Color Blocking Hairstyle
For women with long wavy hair, this next highlighted hairstyle would be so easy to pull off. Here she has gone with a dark base, bright white money piece, and white highlights. Keep it curly to get the style above, or go with straight hair for a sleeker style.
18. Long Blonde Hair with Light and Dark Brown Hair Color
Up next is a long blonde hairstyle with both light and dark highlights. To get this look in the photo above you will want to keep most of your hair long, and add long face-framing layers. She has kept it straight and it looks so natural and cute.
19. Short Pastel Pink Highlights
Now here is a beautiful hairstyle that would look amazing on women of all ages. Here she has styled her natural blonde hair with pastel pink highlights and went with a wavy look. Keep your hair on the shorter side to get the most out of this look.
20. Shaggy Curly Hair with highlights
Up next is a shaggy style for women with thin hair. To get this look you will want to tell your stylist that you want plenty of wispy highlights and add a deep chocolate color with bright blonde highlights.
21. 90’s Dark Brown Bulky Highlights
The 90s are back and better than ever. In the photo above she is rocking her 90s hairstyle with chunky highlights and a fresh mid-part. To get this look you will want to go with a dark brown base and add golden brown highlights throughout.
23. Artistic Straight hair with Colorful Highlights
Wow, here is a beautiful hairstyle for all the artsy women. Here she has added 3 separate colors to her long, straight hair. Be sure to check in with your hairdresser and make sure they can pull this look off before you commit.
24. Short Copper Hair with Curtain Bangs
Copper hair color is always beautiful, but it shines during the fall months. In the look above she has pretty copper hair styled with thick curtain bangs and a few long layers. To get the most out of this look keep your curtain bangs curled back neatly.
25. Long Mystical Mint Highlights
Here are the chunkiest of chunky highlights. She went with a lovely aqua teal color here and it blends in with her hair to create a mint chocolate chip hairstyle. Part it down the middle, and keep it wavy and you are all set.
26. Bright Medium Length Hair with Orange Ombre
Up next is a perfect style for all the women out there with natural, or not-so-natural, red hair. She went with a mid-length style and added the prettiest highlights. Finish your fresh new style with loose waves, and you are going to look so beautiful.
27. Glossy Straight Hair with Black and Blonde Chunky Highlights
Another way to go when thinking about a highlighted hairstyle is this masterpiece. Here they went with alternating chunky sections of blonde and black. This style will leave you looking and feeling so fabulous.
28. Beautiful Long Straight Hair with Chunky Highlights
Another way to go when trying a chunky highlighted look is this long straight style. Here she has gone with a bright blonde money piece, with chunky light and dark brown sections in between. She went with a straight finish, but it would look just as pretty with a few curls.
29. Colorful Medium Hair with Alternative Chunky Highlights
One of the best ways to show off your creative side is to add vibrant and funky colors to your hair. Here she went with bright hues of yellow, pink, and purple. This style is best worn straight and parted down the middle.
30. Dark- Colored Layered haircut with Burgundy and Red Chunky Highlights
Here is one of the best ways to add subtle highlights to your hair. She went with dark red and purple tones here and added just a few long layers. This style would be so pretty all year long but would work best in the winter.
31. Short and Wavy Hair with pink highlights
Blonde and pink are a girl’s best friends right? In the photo above she is wearing her mid-length hair with a blonde base and plenty of chunky pink highlights. She has kept it just long enough here to be able to pull it up into a high pony, or even a top-knot.
32. Extra Long Straight Hair with Balayage
Wow, here is a unique style that women with long hair will love. She has kept most of her hair long and thick, with one thick section cut around her chin line. If you had short hair and wanted some extra length, this is a good example of what hair extensions look like.
33. Gorgeous Wavy Hair with Golden Lights
Up next is this gorgeous style with golden highlights. She has a medium brown hair color for the base and went with highlights just a few shades lighter and the results look very natural.
34. Glossy Straight Hair with Stark Color
Up next is a glossy straight hairstyle for women who like long straight hair. She has gone with alternating sections of light and dark here and the contrast it creates is incredible.
35. Ash Blue Highlights on Box Dye Hair
Ash blue is one of the most requested colors this year for highlights. Here she went with a dark black base color and added thin ashy-blue highlights. She has then styled her new hairstyle with loose waves and it looks incredible.
36. Vivid Brunette Hair with Front Bangs
Up next is a lovely look for women who want to try a fiery red color. To get this look you will first want to add a dark black base and then add two chunky red highlighted sections in the front and your bangs.
37. Silky Long Hair with a Dimensional Hairstyle
Here is another dimensional style for women with shoulder-length hair. She has pulled her inspiration from the 90s here with the chunky sections, but just like most vintage styles, it is back and better than ever.
38. Stunning Spiky Hair with Side Bangs
Up next is a unique way of wearing red and blonde hair colors. To get this look you will want to keep your length extra long and add a few short blonde highlights on the top. Then you will want to add a chunky money piece section in the front and you are all set.
39. Spiky Wavy Hair with Blonde Red
Another red and blonde hairstyle to see, this must be such a popular color combo this year in women’s hairstyles. She has kept most of her hair a rich red hue and added the smallest amount of blonde. Keep it wavy or go with a straight and sleek style.
40. Shiny Curly Hair with Dark Blue Highlights
Here is another shiny hairstyle, but this one uses black color with dark blue highlights added throughout. You could wear this beautiful style any time of the year because blue is always in fashion.
41. Flowy Layered Hair with Side Bangs
Flowy hair will always be in style. In the photo above she has cut her hair short with thick bangs, and face-framing layers. Then the real magic starts with blonde and red chunky highlights. To get this vibe you will want to curl your hair as she has done here and you will look amazing.
42. Bright Wavy Hair with Platinum Highlights
Are you thinking about going platinum? The look in the photo above is a perfect style for you then! Here she has chunky blonde highlights mixed with an ashy-blonde hue and it looks amazing.
43. Artistic Kinky Hair with Two-Toned Bangs
Up next is a beautiful style for women with long hair, and who want to try something new. Here she has kept most of her hair long with thick bangs. Then she went with a two-toned style in the bangs and added red chunky highlights throughout and the results are so cool.
44. Beautiful Frizzy Hair with Highlights
Women with thick hair have a hard enough time finding the right style. But you can stop your search now because this next style is big, blonde, and so beautiful. She has kept most of her hair a dark brown color and added the perfect amount of blonde highlights.
45. Medium Length Curly Hair with Layered Fringe
Here is a lovely look for women with medium-length hair. Here she went with a golden hue and it is shining styled with her fresh curls.
46. Short Flowy Hair with Side Curly Bangs
Red and blonde are back from the 90s and all the stylish women are wearing them again. Here she went with a middle part and curled her side bangs back and out of her face. Be sure to add the chunky highlights on the top to get the most out of this look.
47. Elegant Wavy Hair with Parted Side Fringe
Up next is a black and blonde look. Here she went with mostly dark colors with a few blonde highlights and the contrast it creates is so elegant. This style would look amazing on women of all ages, so try it out today!
48. Smooth Layered Haircut with Curls
Up next is a perfect example of what chunky highlights are. Here she went with both blonde and dark sections and added the slightest curl along the bottom. This hairstyle for women would look just good styled in a pulled-up pony.
49. Long Straight Cut Hair with Highlights
Thinking about adding pink color to your hair? You have to give this stunning style a change then. Here she has kept her hair extra long with a bright blonde money piece and lovely pink and purple highlights.
50. Stunning Caramel Highlights with Waves
Here is a classic color combination that women have been wearing for years. She is a natural brunette and added just the right amount of blonde to make her hair pop. Style it with curls as she has done here and you will look fantastic.
If you’re looking for a hair trend that’s bold, versatile, and customizable, chunky highlights were made for you. With the right hairstylist and proper care, you can achieve a look that makes a statement and enhances your natural beauty. Please let us know in the comment section if you have ever tried this beautiful hair trend!
I’m a wanderlust-filled hair enthusiast. I am passionate about exploring new places and cultures, and I also love experimenting with new hairstyles and products. I believe in the power of self-expression and I love to inspire others to find their own unique look. I have been traveling and trying new hairstyles for a few years now.