'90s "Money Piece" Highlights Are Back and Better Than Ever

The hair trends set to dominate this year are retro styles with modern upgrades. Alongside styles like '70s-inspired curtain bangs and chunky highlights à la the '90s, we've also been seeing a resurgence of money piece highlights, and even the pros agree that this is one that'll be everywhere this season.

Money-piece hair has nothing to do with being rich, but it may help you look the part. It's similar to chunky highlights that were popularized decades ago, but the location is different. With chunky highlights, the color is dispersed throughout the entire head, but money pieces are characterized as face-framing highlights that add a little bit of light to your face. You can go for a high-contrast look and pick two very different colors or stick with complementary shades for a softer spotlight on the face.

Ahead, we asked two hairstylists to share more about the look.

What Are Money Piece Highlights?

"This look is bold yet subtle, with the face-framing pieces being a tone-on-tone blend all the way to a stark contrast of lightening around the face," Matrix artistic director Michelle O'Connor tells POPSUGAR. "It's a great way to keep some depth at the roots, which makes for lower maintenance and upkeep. This is especially convenient during months where you're traditionally outside more and your hair has more natural sun exposure."

"I love the technique, because it frames the face and makes the complexion glow."

Money pieces are also looked at as a great way to lighten up your hair slightly if you don't want to commit to fully coloring your entire head, and they can even emphasize your bone structure. "I love the technique, because it frames the face and makes the complexion glow," colorist Rachel Bodt told POPSUGAR in a previous article. "It's the hair color equivalent to highlighter or makeup contour."

A contour for your hair might just be something we can get behind. Take a look at some of our favorite takes on money piece highlights ahead.

Money Piece Highlights Inspiration

Keep scrolling to see examples of money piece highlights on different hair colors.

Additional reporting by Jessica Harrington

Brown Hair and Auburn Money Piece Highlights

Money piece hair looks great when you combine warm-toned colors like brunette and auburn.

Blond Money Piece Highlights

You don't have to go for a high-contrast look to get the money piece look. This blond-on-blond look is much softer, but still has the effect.

Blond and Brunette Money Piece Highlights

For a classic take on the money piece hair trend, combine brown and blond.

Blue Money Piece Highlights

For an out-of-the-box look, teal blue money piece highlights pair well with black hair.

Soft Brown and Blond Money Piece Highlights

This cool-toned brown color is accented by the blond money piece highlights.

Brown Money Piece Highlights

You can jazz up brunette hair by adding lighter brown money piece highlights.

Brown and Orange Money Piece Highlights

Money piece highlights make it easy to incorporate bright colors into your look without dyeing your entire head.