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 & I did exactly what she does when I was a teenager & 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 & paper & start calling each one to ask for their prices. You can take your chances & 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" & a Beauty School (or "Beauty college") have it done by someone else. It's hard to reach the back of your head & 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 & 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.
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, & 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 marvelled at! And 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...)
Does anyone have a better way to highlight hair besides putting on the little cap and pulling your hair through the little holes on the cap? Seems like this damages the hair. I heard that it is easier to use aluminum foil but I don't know how to use it. Any advise?
By Cathy in Townsville, QLD
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