The 3 best box hair dyes to cover highlights – How to apply the hair dye the right way


The best box hair dyes to cover highlights are:




  • Choosing the right shade and applying it correctly are as important as choosing a hair dye brand.
  • If you want to match the rest of the hair with the same color of the highlights, you should choose the highlights’ shade.
  • Alternatively, if you want your highlights to be the same color as the rest of your hair, you should choose the shade that your hair had before you bleached it.
  • It sounds complicated, but don’t worry. I’ll explain how to choose the best color to cover your highlights. 


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OMG! What a day I had at the salon today.

It seemed like all my clients had agreed via Whatsapp to visit me and make just one request: highlights.

I understand. Highlights suit all needs and ages. They’re useful both to lighten up the face and to disguise gray hair.


Apart from my clients’ request to get highlights for the first time, many also wanted to cover their highlights.

That’s also understandable. Although highlights are a very versatile technique, they can also be tiring. That’s why, after many years, some clients want to cover the highlights to try a new look.



 Now, if you’re tired of highlights and don’t want to go to the salon or can’t afford it, covering them with a box hair dye can be an excellent idea. But, BEWARE! 


We’re not talking about running out and buying just any coloring kit to apply over your different hair shades.

I’ve seen many women covering up their highlights with a dark color only to regret it. For them, the only alternative was bleaching.

However, it doesn’t have to be that way in your case. Do you know why?



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Highlights consist of bleaching small strands that make up only 30% of all hair. The remaining 70% remains your base color.

Therefore,  in addition to the hair dye brand, you must decide whether you want to wear the color of your highlights in all your hair or, instead, if you want the color of the rest of your hair in your highlights.  The result, in either case, will be different.

Let’s start with what you’re most anxious about, shall we?



Best box hair dyes to cover highlights

If you want to cover your highlights, remember these names: Revlon, Garnier, and L’Oreal. Why?


They’re the best hair dyes to help you achieve your goal.

 They’re the best due to their intense, premium-quality pigments that ensure up to six weeks of extra hold.  Do you want to know more about them?



Revlon Color Silk to cover highlights on badly damaged hair

match hair color with highlights color

Do you feel that your hair is so damaged that you can’t detangle it?


Then, don’t hesitate any longer. This is the hair color for you. Why?

It doesn’t have ammonia. So, you’ll color your hair without damaging it any more than it already is.


Also, it offers a wide range of colors from blue-black 1.1 to ultra-light blonde 12.0.


It has a post-color treatment as well, which is formulated with silk proteins that deeply moisturize and repair your hair.

I also recommend it if you want to cover a lot of gray hair as well as the highlights.


Garnier Nutrisse, ideal for covering highlights with chocolate or brown tones

various colors


If you don’t have much coloring experience, I recommend Garnier because its creamy texture will facilitate the application to get a neat color.

The kit includes a post-color treatment for your hair to look new and with a lasting fragrance.


L’Oreal Excellence creme, ideal for covering blonde highlights

box hair dye

The world’s leading brand offers a line of permanent hair dyes with triple color protection due to its exclusive blend of collagen, ceramides, and keratin.

Its pre-color protection formula will leave your hair ready for the application of the hair dye ensuring healthy and shiny hair.



Now you know which are the best box hair dye brands to cover your highlights. Which color should you choose?


Which hair color to choose to cover my highlights

To know which color to choose, the first thing you need to do is look at your hair and try to imagine it in the future.


Which would you like better? Would you like all your hair to be the color of the highlights? Or would you rather prefer the highlights to take on the same color as the rest of your hair?

  • If you want all your hair the color of the highlights, you should choose the same shade of the highlights.
  • If you want your highlights the same color as the rest of your hair, you should choose your hair shade.

Which option do you prefer?


It’s time to choose the shade.


  • If you want all your hair even with the color of the highlights, the first thing you need to do is to know what shade you are looking for.

When you choose the hair dye, I recommend that you compare one of your highlighted strands with the photo of the box hair dye. Then, you’ll see if you need to do some previous steps on your hair.

What do I mean?


 If you have almost white highlights and the rest of your hair is brown, you’ll need to bleach your hair to even out the tones and cover your highlights. But this is just an exception.


The most popular shades to cover highlights with this option are:

  • Light blonde 8.0
  • Very light blonde 9.0
  • Extra light blonde 10.0

You can also choose a hair dye with ash or gold undertones for a special color touch.


  • If you want your highlights to be the same color as the rest of your hair, you should apply your hair color, i.e. the color of the strands that are not bleached.

It’s easy to identify that color because 70% of your hair is not bleached. Instead, it’s your base color.


You can probably identify the color if you’ve been touching up your highlights for several months. I recommend that you choose the tone comparing your darkest strand with the box hair dye photo. Your darkest strand is the color that your hair had before the highlights. 

The most common shades to cover highlights with this option are:

  • Light brown 5.0
  • Dark blonde 6.0
  • Blonde 7.0


In this case, you can also choose ash, golden, or copper undertones for a cool and relaxed style.



How to apply the box hair dye to match your hair with the highlights

highlighted hair

In this case, you should start with the lengths. As the roots are younger hair, they’ll take on the color quickly.

If you follow this advice, you’ll see no difference between your highlights and the rest of your hair.


  • Style your hair with a middle parting and hold each section with a hair clip.
  • Prepare the coloring mixture. Put on your gloves, apply the hair dye to one of the sections you separated ONLY ON THE LENGTHS, and repeat this action on each section of your hair.
  • Leave the hair dye on for 25 to 30 minutes. Then, apply the rest of the mixture to your roots covering the entire surface. Leave it on for another 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Finally, rinse with plenty of lukewarm water.