Straight Talk On Highlighting

Every day millions of women go to the salon of their choice to have their hair highlighted. For many coloring their hair is not an option, but a necessity in their lives. But is highlighting for you?

You are a natural blond but your hair isnít as light as it was as a child and you want to brighten it up a bit. Hair painting or baliage may work for you. Itís best to have this done by a stylist experienced in this technique. The bleach or high lift tint must be applied in one fluid movement to avoid hot spots or bleeding of the color. The results are subtle and very natural looking. For a more dramatic look a multi color weave may be for you. You can add neutral blond, beige and copper highlights to your natural color. This adds more depth and enriches the overall effect.

If you are dark brown and have always wanted highlights, here is something for you to consider. When dark hair is lightened there will always be red tones involved because of the color levels it has to go through to become blonde. Sometimes if the hair has been previously tinted the hair wonít bleach past the orange stage without major damage. The red/orange can be reduced with a toner to deal with this. But often unless an ultra-dramatic look is desired the contrast of light blonde and dark brown is way too drastic and definitely not natural looking. Why not bring your hair up to a rich golden tone, not orange but a shimmering gold. If you are adventurous put another color along side your gold and brown, like a rich coppery red. The dramatic effect will be dazzling.

Highlighting can blend gray hair but it wonít cover it. If your hair is mostly gray you may have to tint it first to provide a base color, usually a light brown or dark blonde, then highlight over it. This is a high maintenance procedure and can be expensive. The base color should be touched up every 4 to 6 weeks and the highlighting should be done 3 or 4 times a year.

All these hair color procedures change the structure of the hair because of the chemical process involved. Once you have made the decision to highlight your hair you must commit to take better care of it. Your hair is somewhat weaker and should be treated gently. Use a wide tooth comb and a good leave- in conditioner after shampooing to remove tangles. We recommend Structural Balance Leave-in Reconstructor. Deep condition once a week with a good protein reconstructor and use color protective products that are sulfate free and have UV protection. Structural Balance is a complete line of color protective products.










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