Getting highlights is a great way to add more tones to your hair, and give your hair a lighter look without being to drastic. Highlights can be done thick or thin, very noticeable or more natural looking, or in the ombre look. Getting the best highlights by a stylist can be determined by your haircut, color and the look you want to achieve. Here are some great ways to makes sure you are going to get the best look possible.
Highlights come in a variety of shades. You can highlight your hair by making it any color lighter then your existing color. You can make them dramatic by going very light against your dark color, or more natural by only going a few shades lighter then your existing color. When you are going to get your hair highlighted it is important to remember what look you want and what type of haircut you have. When you have shorter hair, highlights look more noticeable then when you have longer hair. If you have bangs, keep the highlights thinner. It will make your bangs look thicker. If you have a blunt haircut (where the hair is all one length and symmetrical) your highlights need to be symmetrical as well. It is easily noticed if they are not.
Why you shouldn’t do them at home.
Just because the commercials say it is easy to do and you just paint the highlights on it really is not that simple. You need to know the proper color and developer to use to get the color you are looking for. Just because the box says your highlights will be blonde, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will work that way. And you can not see your whole head, so you can’t see where all the highlights are being placed. Instead of doing it yourself, and it not turning out exactly how you were expecting, it is best to leave it to the professionals.
Getting Your Highlights
Do not shampoo your hair on the day of, the natural oils of your hair help it from becoming as damaged. The colorist will help you decide what shade you should go with, but don’t try to use colorist terminology. It is best to compare what your looking for to a food or have a picture so the colorist knows exactly what you are looking to achieve. It also makes it easier for them to tell you what there going to do and how you are going to achieve this look so that way you know what is going on. After the highlighting process is done, you should always get a deep conditioning treatment to help repair the damage that was done to your hair. Also, for the best looking color ask the colorist for a gloss treatment. It is usually about $20 extra (depending on the salon) and really adds a great shine to your and makes your new hair look even better.
At Home Care
Now that you have a new hair color, it is time for a new routine. Do not shampoo your hair everyday. It can cause the color to fade quicker, and it removes the natural oils in your hair that help keep your hair healthy. Also use a color protecting shampoo. It helps reduce fading and keeps the color bright. Use a heat protecting spray. Anytime you are going to blow-dry, straighten, or curl your hair this is a must. It protects the hair from the high heats, and keeps it looking shiny. Do a deep conditioning treatment once a week to help repair any damaged ends. You just put it on your hair for 5-10 minutes once a week and rinse.
Getting highlights is just like getting your hair colored or cut. You need to get it done every 4-6 weeks to keep the look the best it possibly can be. Change up your look, by getting your hair highlighted today.