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Secrets to Highlighting

Nov 16, 10:16 pm

1. Sun lightens most hair colors, whether they are dyed or not. While sunlight is the best source of getting natural looking highlight, limit the sun exposure to a half hour daily to avoid over drying.

2. Do not douse hair with lemon juice.

3. Apply highlights with a toothbrush for more control, and a touch of baking soda. Use a single-color process a half shade darker in the summer, because the summer sun gives just enough lightening to keep the same coloring year-round.

4. Use the highlight only on a few strands on top layers for the most natural looking shading. Highlights should be 2 to 3 shades lighter than your natural hair color.

5. Do apply leave-in conditioner after heavier sun exposure.

6. Brunettes can become dull in the summer. Using a silicone enhanced shine product, or having a stylist apply a non-peroxide color glaze combined with extra conditioning will help keep the coloring more alive.

7. Highlighting and streaking are like permanent coloring, so select the highlight coloring that you can live with for a long time.

8. Sun-drenched hair is more porous, so fragrance from shampoos and conditioners cling to hair fibers even after you have rinsed. This effect helps you smell more airy and pleasant.

When Should I Go to a Professional?

    You can do a pretty good job at home thanks to the advanced technology in home hair-coloring products, but during following conditions, it is best to leave it to the pros.

  • 1. You want to lighten or darken hair more than three shades.
  • 2. You need recuperation from a home-coloring disaster.
  • 3. Your hair is damaged or previously permed.
  • 4. You want a major haircolor change.


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