Partial highlights, as opposed to full head highlights, are usually only the top of the head, the crown and part, as well as sometimes on the sides. Highlights themselves are a popular choice for those that want to enhance their appearance without changing their overall hair color. Some people, however, have a difficult time making the choice between getting full or partial highlights.
Partial highlights can be a good choice for those that don’t want a dramatic change but want to have an improved yet understated appearance. That said, they might not be the right decision for those who want to add an optimal amount of vibrancy to their look or change the full appearance to the hair. Partial highlights are most commonly used to enhance a certain feature or hairstyle, experiment with hair color, or maintain your current look between full head or full foil highlight services.
A few partial highlights in sections around the top of your head or around a special cut feature can enhance that section or add depth and dimension to a hair style. Highlights in conjunction with low lights can also be applied add a more natural blending of colors. They can be placed around the front of your head to frame your face. Partial highlights are also a great way to test the waters, so to speak, of highlighting, before committing to a full head highlight.
Partial highlights are also less expensive than a full head of highlights and can be a great way to maximize the length of your color by covering the roots and crown of your hair to lengthen the time between full head highlight services. However, if you put your hair up, you may want to forgo partial highlights or have a few extra ones placed around the sides of your hair where it is pulled up. One selling point I like to tell my clients is, (why damage all your hair when you can change your look dramatically and still keep most of your hair health).
Just offering a little of my experience and knowledge.