Hair Highlights Can Look Awkward As These 38 Celebrities Prove (PHOTOS)

08/31/2012 09:00 am ET | Updated Oct 02, 2012

When done well, highlights add depth to the hair, create texture and the illusion of a natural sun-kissed color. When done badly, they appear as though you had too much fun with a box of at-home hair color.

In the early 2000s, I thought Kelly Clarkson's hair was major! And it was. She had the "Rachel" flip and a voluminous center part. However, the most appealing detail were the chunky, streaky, blonde highlights on her dark brown hair. Fortunately, my mom talked me out of getting highlights à la Kelly, or my middle school photographs would look like the celebrities in the pictures below.

What do you think of awkward hair highlights? Vote on the stars' styles in the slideshow.

Hair Highlights (PHOTOS)

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