Beautiful Hair Highlights At Home
By Beverly Smith
Highlights consist of selecting small or
thick strands of hair that are then lightened at least 2 shades lighter
than the rest of your hair. Highlights should compliment your natural or
artificial color. You should never go more than 3 shades lighter then the
rest of your hair color. The object of highlighting is to
give you a sun-kissed look and to bring depth and light to your overall
So if you want to achieve salon perfect
results at home when you highlight your hair, here's what the pros say:
- Use a clarifying shampoo
on your hair at least two days before coloring.
- Never shampoo the day you color.
- Check the expiration date on the
package. And once you mix the color, use it right away!
- Toss out the brush that comes in the
box and buy flat 1/2 and 1/4 inch acrylic brushes. These brushes, used
by artists, are available at art supply stores (they'll give you better
control and more natural-looking results)
- Make sure you have on hand a pair of
good, tight-fitting latex gloves (the ones that come in the package
don't always fit well).
- Start from the back of your head and
work forward. By working from back to front, you won't smear the pieces
in front by having to reach over them to do the back.
- Apply the highlights only to the top
layers of your hair. By leaving the hair underneath alone, you'll create
depth and a sun-kissed look that looks completely natural!