DIY Home Highlighting Tips

March 1, 2000

You don’t have to panic if you are doing colour at home. As one Sydney colourist says, “Store bought dying kits do give pretty good results if you know what you are doing and buy the right colour for your hair.” She says you should stick to these few tips and it won’t all in end in tears.

  1. Make sure you buy a hair kit with the colour you want. If you are after a sun-kissed effect, pick a package that has two different colours. Try L’Oreal Accenting Highlighting Duo. For more noticeable scattered streaks, use a one-hue kit with a perforated cap through which you pull sections you want to lighten. Try Clairol Nuance Highlighting.
  2. Wash your hair no less than a day before, so your scalp’s natural oils will protect you from irritating chemicals.
  3. Brush your hair into your usual style so you can see exactly where you want highlights. The most natural-looking places are on your bangs, the top of your crown, and around the sides of your face.
  4. Once your strands are painted, you’ll need to wait for the colour to develop. Most formulas do take up to 15-30 minutes. But if you’re dying to check it, squeeze out the cream from a small section on the ends to see if your strands are light enough.

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