This is the time of year lots of people go in for expensive highlights designed to make them look like they've been spending all their time on a beach somewhere in the Carribbean. For those of us who can't cough up the money for that kind of thing, though, there's a pretty sweet at-home trick to help us get pricey-looking highlights at home: Just braid before you color.
First, section your hair off into three or four tight braids starting from the scalp. Then paint your lightener on the top side of the braid, leaving the underside untouched. The result is shimmery, natural-looking highlights. You can also use a colored hair glaze or demipermanent hair color to get more prismatic hair without committing to the bleach.