TikTok Has Spoken—Y2K Chunky Highlights Are Back For Spring


So many Y2K trends are having a comeback this year. From blue eyeshadow to glittery nails and frosted lips, this season’s biggest makeup and nail looks are making me feel all nostalgic. However, I’ve also spotted a particular Y2K hair trend that is currently having a major revival. That’s right, I’m talking about chunky highlights.

Kelly Clarkson was rocking the trend back in 2002.

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Remember the days where everyone would want their highlights to be as noticeable as possible? Forget blended roots and soft balayage, as back in the day it was all about thick strips of blonde shades running through the hair. Now, you might have thought that you’d left this divisive trend in the past, but according to TikTok, chunky highlights are back. In fact, the hashtag #chunkyhighlights has currently got over 200 million views on the app.

Liz McClarnon highlighted hair

Atomic Kitten’s Liz McClarnon also sported the trend back in 2001.

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It’s no surprise really, considering celebrities such as Bella Hadid and Penelope Cruz have been spotted bringing this Y2K trend into the 21st century. However, it’s safe to say that we have refined our colour techniques over the years, and these chunky highlights are looking a little more natural.

Dua Lipa highlighted hair and blue eyeshadow

Dua Lipa went for a a very Y2K hair and makeup look on the red carpet in 2020.

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If you’re thinking about giving this trend a go, then keep on scrolling to check out some of my favourite, modern-day chunky highlight hair looks. I don’t know about you, but I happen to think that they are perfect for spring and summer…

How To Wear Chunky Highlights In 2024:

@nnennaechem chunky highlights

Face-framing money pieces are always a good idea.

Penelope Cruz chunky highlights

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Instead of opting for bright blonde highlights, why not try a warm, caramel shade?

@hoskelsa chunky highlights

A blended root will help keep your highlights as low maintenance as possible.