Highlighters 101

Highlights

 

Hair play is always fun, and there are loads of options these days from extreme to more subtle hair highlights. Here are some of the basics to know if you are ready to venture in or if you’re just thinking about it.

 

At the Salon:

  • Find a colorist, someone who specialized in hair color.
  • Try to be specific about what color highlights you’re looking for.
  • Find a look you like on-line or in a magazine to show as an example.
  • Be sure to express what you do not want.
  • If you hate it, don’t worry, they can fix it.
  • If you are feeling adventurous, kick back, relax, and leave it to the professionals.

 

At Home:

  • Choose your Highlighting kit based your current hair color (i.e.: “for dark brown hair”).
  • An old toothbrush works even better than many of the application tools that come in the kits. It gets better coverage and saturation.
  • Some kits come with a shower cap where you can pull hair strands through, but it’s not needed and some professionals suggest you skip it.
  • You might be excited to get started, but take the time to lay everything out, including a reliable timer and read all the instructions carefully.
  • To make sure that you have the right color you want, always test a strand first.
  • Apply starting from the front section of your hair and continue around to the back in one-inch sections of your dry hair.
  • It’s better to under highlight than over highlight, so take it easy because you can always go back and add more later.
  • Follow all the kit’s instructions for time and rinsing.

 

General Tips:

  • You may want to stay within two shades of your natural color unless you’re going for a far bolder look.
  • Always follow the instructions of your colorist or the packaging for maintenance.
  • To help your new highlights last, be sure to use color safe shampoo and conditioners.
  • Keep your new locks under a hat when you’re in the sun to keep it from getting over bleached. There is even “hair sunblock” that you can spray on.
  • Our hair is our best accessory, so relax and have some fun!

 

Also make sure to protect your skin – hair products that get on your skin and face can cause clogged pores, irritation, and more. Even if you are not getting breakouts or irritation from your hair care products, you still want to make sure that you remove them from your face by regularly using a facial wash. We recommend washing your face before bed to remove makeup, dirt, and any hair care product from your skin before it starts its nightly repair process.  Our Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Complete Clarity Facial Wash is designed for daily use -this light foaming gel cleanser is gentle on your skin, yet gives you a strong cleansing action. It will leave your skin looking refreshed and moisturized, and it is gentle for all skin types!

 

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