of the best and most versatile ways of coloring hair
is to have hair
highlights can also be the most economical way to color
your hair. The
color does not wash out with every shampoo nor do you need
to re-color the re-growth as often as with another
color. With highlights you want contrasting hair colors which
includes your natural or base color. Usually the highlights
are lighter than your base color. (When strands of
colored darker than your base color it is called "Lowlighting").
They can give you the most natural looking hair colors or the
Highlights create three different effects and you may want to have an idea what kind you want and what
would look good on you before you start. Let's have a look
what effects you can achieve with highlights. (Also check
out the article on this Web site, "How
You Can Be Sure Your New Hair Color Really Suits You"
are a several reasons why you may want to highlight your hair. One
is to color small or large sections of your hair in
a totally different
color(s) than your base color. This will create
a look that is extreme but can be great fun if that
you are looking
for. This method of "highlighting" is the new trend.
However this type of highlighting is not intended to enhance
your looks. It will not be congruent with the rest of you,
your skin tone and your eye color. However if you want to
go "crazy" with different hair colors and want people
to notice you then this is the type of "highlighting" you
The second reason to highlight your hair
is to lighten your hair. This
is the best way to create stunning light blonde hair colors
are the right color-type. There are two color-types best
suited for this kind of highlighting: the Soft-Cool (Summer)
and the Soft-Warm (Spring) color type. (Check out the different
color-types in the article "How You Can be Sure That
Your Hair Color Really Suits You" on this Web site).
If you are a Soft-Cool color-type
your highlights should be light enough without looking yellow.
When the highlights blend in with the rest of your hair color
they create the most beautiful cool blondes which look much
better than a one solid blond color. (Hair that is colored
all over). The exception to this is white/gray hair that is
colored very light blonde in one solid color. The trick to
doing these highlights is to make sure that they are not too
white or yellow. This type of highlighting also makes
white/gray hair look very light blonde eliminating the gray
If you are a Soft-Warm (Spring) color-type
and want to brighten your hair you can also benefit from this
type of hair highlighting. But your hair highlights will be
light gold, medium or dark gold. You can combine two colors
such as a light and a darker gold. These color tones are amazingly
striking and can make your whole face light up.
The third reason for highlighting your
hair is to make your hair color more interesting.
Remember that if you want to look your best you should always
consider your color-type. For instance if you have brown or
dark brown hair, you can add some red highlights. However,
if you add so many highlights that your hair color looks more
red than brown, the effect is lost because the color is wrong.
Add enough strands to enhance the color, but not so many as
to get a totally new tone.
Which highlighting technique is the best,
streaking cap, foil, etc.?
Regardless of what highlighting technique is used, the main
objective is to separate the hair strands or sections with
the applied hair color from the hair that is not highlighted.
No one method is the only method. Here are some basic techniques.
There is the streaking cap
where strands (to be colored) are pulled through holes in
the cap. This is a method that has been around a long time
and works well. The addition of silicon caps has made this
process more comfortable. It is best suited for short hair
and one color highlights and, is much faster and less expensive
than foil or Saran Wrap. (The hair should be colored close
to the roots). If bleach is being applied at the same time
as is done when using a streaking cap (for a very light blonde)
it doesn't remain on the hair as long compared with foil.
The shorter time the bleach is on, the better it is for your
hair. Using a streaking cap is also better for the environment.
Then there is the method
of highlighting hair with foil or Saran Wrap. Again, sections
of hair which have color applied are wrapped in foil or Saran
Wrap to avoid the colored hair coming in contact with the
uncolored hair. The advantages of this method are that now
you can have more than one tone and it is suitable for long
Another highlighting technique
involves the use of cotton wool to separate the colored hair
from the uncolored hair.
The exception to the hair separating
highlighting technique consists of "painting" highlights
on your hair. In
this case you dip a brush that looks like a mascara brush
prepared color. Take
a strand and lead it through the brush with the color and
place it on your hair. You do not need to separate the sections
of hair from each other because the strands of hair are placed
on top of the head and not through the entire hair. It is
almost impossible not to touch some of the hair underneath
with the color of the hair that has been painted. When this
occurs the color will "bleed" and make blotches
on the hair underneath. "Painting" highlights is
also called "balayage".
Should you have a toner on your highlights?
A toner is often used at the end of the highlighting procedure
to add a more intense tone or to neutralize a tone. (For example
to eliminate yellow or orange). The disadvantage of using
toners with highlighting is that they wash out after a few
shampoos and you are left with a color that has changed. The
highlighting should be done in such a way that a toner is
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