Adding a youthful look to your hair by deciding to add blonde highlights to your natural hair color is a great way of blending grey hair. Giving your hair a natural sun streaked look or achieving an overall much lighter appearance to your hair.
A lot of women prefer to highlight their hair with blonde rather than an all over color due to the aspect of the blend of a few shades that can be achieved with a high lighting technique.
By weaving out fine sections of hair and placing them into foil and applying bleach or a blonde shade you can create a shimmering effect on the hair
Highlights Attract Attention.
Lets look at the definition of the word highlight.
To attract attention to something that is very interesting or exciting. And that’s what we as hairstylists want to work at doing when we place those high lights in your hair.
The original idea of adding blonde highlights was in fact to create a youthful look to the hair.
As we age our hair has a tendency to dull down and in fact appear more or less as one color.
Now if you take a look at your childhood photographs or look at a child’s hair in the sunlight you will be able to see many lively reflections coming off their hair and this is the basic concept as to the effect highlights are meant to give.
Today various methods such as Balayage which is a freehand painting, Ombre which is coloring the end part of the hair. Or even Sombre which is a toned down version of Ombre by using a third color to connect the roots and ends.
Are also placed under the high lighting banner. These three techniques I will talk about in a later post.
Personally I like foil placement because I feel that I get better control over where I am placing the color.
4 Techniques For Blonde Highlighting Which One’s For You.
Gradient Blonde Highlights.
The blonde highlights that require the least amount of upkeep from you can start only a couple of shades lighter than your own color near the root area. Then progress lighter towards the ends of your hair.
Depending upon how light you want to go. Let’s say from a dark blonde to honey blonde or a honey blonde to a platinum blonde gradient.
As the root area of the highlight is only a couple of shades lighter than your base color the regrowth can go unnoticed for a few months.
Heavy foils are in fact referring to the percentage of your own hair that you have decided to have highlighted blonde.
There are two ways in which heavy foils are achieved. One is to work with fewer individual foils but using a thicker weave whilst the secound is to have a large amount of fine blonde highlights foiled all over your hair.
The maintenance on heavy foils would be approximately every eight weeks. So it does take a good amount of commitment if you don’t want noticeable roots.
Also for maintenance to keep the color true you should use a toning shampoo or conditioner weekly. Use a purple shampoo if your high lights are cool and a gold shampoo if they are warm.
Frame The Face With Baby Highlights.
By contouring your face with a few fine bright blonde highlights placed around your front hairline. You will add luminescence to the skin as well as create a nice focal point to your hairstyle. This in turn will attract people to your eyes when they look at your face.
This is a very easy maintenance look because with only a small amount of highlights the regrowth will hardly show as it grows out.
Blonde Highlights For Depth or Dimension.
It is a good idea not over highlight your hair so that it ends up looking one blonde color. Because this will tend to give your hair a flat and unsophisticated highlight look.
If this has happened to your hair already. Or you want to create a look of dimension to your hair which is ideal if you happen to have fine hair.
Think of having three to four shades of different tones maybe going slightly darker underneath. Because this will give your hair depth and a very natural look.
3 Points For You To Consider Before Blonde Highlights.
One of the first things you should consider before going for blonde highlights is about the maintenance of the color.
Think about how often are you willing to go for a touch up and how much money you are willing to spend.
Because the lighter your blonde highlights are against your own base color and the higher percent of your hair you have colored.
The faster you will find that you notice the roots of your hair starting to show.
Color Or Tone.
There are many different shades and tones of blonde when it comes to blonde highlights. From platinum to beige, ash or honey so have a good idea on the sort of color you would like you finished look to be.
The best bet is to take a long a couple of pictures of the sort of color you would like to see.
Because this will help in your communication with your hair stylist. As the saying goes “one picture is worth a thousand words”.
Always have a contrast between your blonde highlighted hair and your skin tone.
Match your blonde highlights to your hairs natural tone therefore if you have a warm base you should have warm high lights and on a cool base a sandy or beige color would look great.
For a natural and sophisticated result good hair condition is one of the most important factors. Ask your hairstylist to add a bond repair system like Olaplex when lifting your hair color.
Remember when highlighting your hair you are having a procedure that is lifting pigment from your own hair. This in turn will tend to have some degree of a drying effect on your hair.
So ensure that you use a deep conditioning treatment once a week afterwards so as to get your hair back into great condition and by the way try not to go overboard with your heated appliances.
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