Home Hair Highlighting Kits

Are there any professional hairdressers here? I need to get my hair highlighted and want to know if the at home kits are safe. I only need a few done and it's so expensive in the salon and even the beauty school charges the min. of $30. Last time I had my hair done, the stylist went on and on about the home ones not being safe- that some contain lead and copper? Any suggestions? thanks

Mindy

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November 21, 20070 found this helpful
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Yes they are safe. I am a hair dresser and I do my neighbor's hair with L'Oreal. She has always been pleased with the results. The only thing I do not like is they do not usually give enough bleach for the lightning part. Always use a conditioner afterwards.

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November 22, 20070 found this helpful
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Home kits seem to have only one difference that I can find which is that they don't seem to be quite as strong/potent. This problem is usually remedied by making sure that you leave it on your hair the maximum amount of time and do a strand test before washing it out to be sure that you have the result you want. You can log in to Clariol and find a wealth of information to help you also.

In case of a bad result, they have a hotline to tell you how to make color corrections.

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November 24, 20070 found this helpful
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Yes they are safe. I am a professional as well and they are exactly the same as what they use in the salons. The only reason it wouldn't be safe would be if your pregnant. Highlighting your hair is essentially bleaching it so you just want to be careful, if you have chemically straightened or permed your hair ( or plan to) it will fry your hair when you lighten it more than 1-2 shades. Most hair colors these days are much gentler than they used to be and more often than not will leave your hair in better condition than it was before you colored it.

Good luck!

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November 20, 20070 found this helpful

Yes,

I'm a professional hair dresser. I'm not sure about the home kits not being safe. You can find out if this hair stylist was lying to you or not, by checking out the two products yourself. Take a trip to Walmart or a local pharmacy and read the ingredients on the box of hair color. Write down the product name, and all the specifics, especially all the ingredients that are listed on the box.

Take that information with you and stop at a Sally's Beauty Supply Store and look at the professional products and compare the ingredients. Or better yet telephone a beauty supply store and ask the clerk if they can grab a product off the shelf and have her read you the ingredients over the telephone.

I hope that I've answered your question.

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November 20, 20070 found this helpful

Go to a beauty supply store ( I buy at Sally's) and get the highlighting cap & needle. I use Quick White to lighten and 40 volume developer. Then I apply a toner. The home kits don't lighten my hair enough. But to be on the safe side ask the person that is working at the supply store. They should know what you need.

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November 21, 20070 found this helpful

I've highlighted my hair every few months for the past four years with either the Garnier Nutrisse home kit or Herbal Essences one and have had nothing but great results. Plus you get free conditioner with it!

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November 21, 20070 found this helpful

I think the suggestions above are good ones. However, I can add that I have used the drugstore products many times for several years and have not had any problems. I would seriously doubt that these products contain either lead or copper as these are substances that could be hazardous. Products which DO contain either lead or copper such as art supplies-- paint, or pottery glazes, have large warnings on them. I don't think that the companies producing hair products would be any less vigilant. Just my opinion.

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November 23, 20070 found this helpful

Hi, I don't know either about the ingredients in products, but I CAN testify that I've had GREAT success with L'Oreal Coleur Experte--you color and then highlight your hair with the same kit. I've colored my hair at home for 6 years, and then this summer went to my DD's hairdresser to get highlights for her wedding. Loved it, but didn't like the $90 that it cost. So the next time, with my younger DD's age 13 & 12, tried out the Coleur Experte. Done this twice now, and TWICE someone has asked me, "who does your hair? I love it!" The trick is to have a plan as to where you want your highlights to go..and leave it on long enough. There's lots of highlight product, and the wand is like a thick mascara wand, that helps you be pretty precise. The highlight product is ice-blue in color so you can see it on top of your hair. Don't be afraid, and get someone to help you. I get a great kick out of telling people that my young daughters help me...and then one DD uses the leftovers to streak her own hair! Expect to pay from $15-19. Have fun, and NO FEAR!!! By the way, my hair is naturally dark brown, and I've used the auburn/copper colors, and then last time went back to being brunette. Worked great both times. :o) Kim

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March 18, 20080 found this helpful

After years of paying close to $100 every six weeks to color and highlight my hair, I tried L'Oreal Experte and love it! I have done it twice now, and both times I get great results and like kljohn above, I get compliments on it all the time! My 14 year-old daughter helped with the highlights in the back, but other than that, it was so easy. I colored my hair and styled it as I normally would, then went back and did the highlights and washed and styled my hair again. Even though it was a little time consuming this way, everything worked out great!

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March 18, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks for all the advice. I did look at the ingredients but wasn't sure as things can have different names for the same thing. I will be trying out your suggestions! Thanks!

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April 2, 20080 found this helpful

I have had my hair highlighted for the past 10 years, but want to start doing my own to save money. Which highlight kits really work well, and are easy to use? My hair is over due for a highlight now. It's been 3 months and I need help now. My color is light brown and blond.

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