Does anybody know of a cheap and easy way to do your own 'longterm highlights' that's wont damage my hair? And does anybody have a price range from salons that highlight long hair?
I have light brownish hair - originally more strawberry blonde, and I put in highlights with ordinary hydrogen peroxide applied to dirty hair with cotton balls, left on for 10 minutes, and then using a combination of red/blonde shampoo (also left on 20 mins) and conditioner. The highlights come in gradually, I touch up only at the hairline/part, around my face, as the hair grows out, sparing the ends. This process produces natural-looking, gentle strawberry blonde highlights that even hairdressers/stylists have marveled at! And is done cheaply and easily, too! (Of course, my hair is in good condition to start with, and I rarely blowdry or use heating curlers, etc. - but try to let my hair air dry...)
What "Pamphyila" wrote may work for her light-med hair, DON'T try just peroxide it if you have dark hair! I have a very dark brown hair and I did exactly what she does when I was a teenager and my streaks turned out an ugly orange color. You can't get an exact cost on highlighting unless you tell them if you have, short, med, long or very long hair. For each, the price is different. If I was you, I'd simply get the yellow pages out & turn to "Beauty" where you'll find salons in you area. Just get yourself a pen and paper and start calling each one to ask for their prices. You can take your chances and go to a "Beauty School" (for less money) but if you do, be sure to ask for an "Advanced Senior" (someone who is ready to graduate!) This way, you'll get someone who is more experienced. If you have a choice of "Do it yourself" and a Beauty School (or "Beauty college") have it done by someone else. It's hard to reach the back of your head and not pick up big chunky strands. If you do decide to do-it-yourself, have a friend there to help you. You can buy your supplies (like the pros) from a beauty supply store and they'll give you exact directions.
* The bad thing about highlights is they DO grow out. If you part your hair, you'll end up with "roots" (where there is no highlights) after 2 or 3 months. This is unavoidable. (unless you have hair that has no part) Highlights look great on light& med colored hair. If you hair is dark brown or black, they probably won't look like you'd expected they would. Be careful not to leave the striper on to long or you'll end up with streaks that look unnatural. Maybe you should do just a few streaks at a time to see how long to leave the solution on.
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It's more expensive, but I've used L'Oreal Color Experte - it's highlights and color in one. Instead of a cap, there'a a wand that looks like a giant mascara wand that you use. It's easy, and surprisingly turns out looking natural.
I just tried the L'Oreal Color Experte (sp?) also, and was pleasantly surprised. I got my two daughters, 12 and 13 1/2, to help me, and it was pretty cool! It didn't quite look like the professional job I had done for my older daughter's wedding, but MUCH CHEAPER! I even had a compliment from my regular hairdresser. AND a great bonding memory maker for my growing-up-too-fast girls. :o)
Next time I'll know to use wet hair instead of dry, use lots of highlight on every piece, and use smaller pieces. Great job for the first time.
I use a wide tooth comb, and start UNDER my hair at the back, combing from back to front, all the way around. Then I part it off and go over my whole head.
Yes, my sister tried that L'Oreal highlighting kit and it really worked. But don't go for a big contrast, it looks weird. She got dark brown and then an amber color, which looked good, while my other sister got a blonder color- too much of a contrast. It looks really great, as long as you do it right. (09/04/2007)
It's easy, and it's called, funny enough, 'foiling'. You select a few strands (as many as you want) of hair and place the foil underneath,as close to your scalp as possible. This separates it from the rest of your hair. Then apply the bleaching mixture or color over it, and wrap the foil around the hair, sealing it inside. keep doing this for as many highlights as you want, then use heat to color the hair inside. Remove the foil, wash your hair and enjoy! However, before doing this, I would seek professional advice as to what products and colors suit you best. Maybe try a rinse to start off with? Just in case you are not happy with the permanent result. Good luck! (09/28/2007)
By Cathy in Townsville, QLD