are by far the most the most popular colour choice but are so
often simply perceived as just being 'blonde/white streaks'.
creative, imaginative and well trained hairdresser can come up
with several options to suit your needs but there is not always
one of those on hand. So you may have to rely on your layman's
knowledge of what is possible which limits what you are able to
ask and the problem is the hairdresser may think that all you
want are basic blonde streaks if that is all you ask for!
always with VirtualHairCare we try to give you the knowledge to
be able to get exactly what works for you the first time round,
so here goes your crash course in understanding 'highlighting'.
- They make your hair lighter.
- You would only normally be colouring a percentage of your hair. This means
a less obvious regrowth and less frequent update visits.
- They are permanent (will grow out rather than fade out).
- If you don't get too many or go too extreme with your colour choice you
can let them grow out easily if you change your mind.
- They are normally done with foils these days but a few salons do still
use the 'cap' method to give you a cheaper option. The cap method
is not suitable for multiple colours or long hair.
- They can even simply be painted on to the surface of your hair if your
haircut is suitable and fairly short.
- They do not have to be blonde but can be any colour that is lighter than
your natural hair.
- They are a great way to add interest, complement and enhance our face and
achieve a change without cutting all your hair off or committing
yourself to 6 weekly touch-ups.
The Options with Foil Highlighting:
Depending on your haircut, and what you want to achieve, you may never need to get a so called ‘full head’. Full head, when hairdressers talk about high and low lights does not mean doing all of your hair one colour but rather where on the head the lights are scattered. Differing haircut shapes require lights to be place in different areas of the head for effect or simply due to cost and time constraints you may only want to have a limited amount of lights. Your options usually are:
Full - scattered lights throughout the whole scalp area. Most hairdressers would take 1hr 15min to 1hr 30min for this type of application then you have to add on processing time and rinsing follwed by the cut and style. All together you should really allow 3hrs in the salon.
Half - lights scattered over the crown and everything forwards of the ears. This is usually all that is needed if you have a bob shape. Allow 2hrs 30min total salon time with cut.
Crown and parting - lights placed only where it shows usually this is done to extend the time between full and half head applications. Allow 1hr 30min salon time with cut.
The more highlights
you get the more expensive it gets and the more time it takes.
salons will charge by the foil packet so you can literally decide
how much you want to spend. Personally, I don't think this is
a great option as it limits creativity and can work out more expensive
in certain cases.
foils' (which can highlight a certain feature of hair like the
fringe) can simply be placed where needed. For example, in the
fringe and along your parting can be a good option as the hairdresser
gets to put in only as many as are required and you can ask for
a price up front so you know what you are spending.
sure the hairdresser notes how you wear your hair especially if
it is long and you tie it up or back in a ponytail. Certain parts
of your hair become more important in these instances and may
require a different application.
Textured Pieces also known as Slices:
“Texture”, a much used word in hairdressing, a bit like ‘product’, but what does it really mean? Texture in hairdressing-speak is about giving the hair a more choppy, broken unstructured look to it. This doesn’t mean your hair has to look messy we are just not talking smooth and sleek. When colouring or highlighting to give the hair texture, the pieces of lightened hair would be scattered and often each piece would be of a different colour and thickness to give the hair more “texture”. This would always be done to suit the cut or style so if you are going for the ‘big haircut change’ at the same time it is a good idea to get the cut first. This is not the normal way a salon would book a cut and colour service, so it may need to be discussed when booking.
Don't get too many highlights if your natural colour is quite light as
your hair will generally get lighter over the summer and you can
end up too blonde and looking like you need your regrowth doing.
Don't pick too light a colour for your highlights if you are naturally
dark. It can look fake and even yellow.
Highlights don't have to mean bleach in your hair. Permanent tint can be
used which is far less drying although you can't always get the
lightest colours this way.
For a subtle result never go more that 2 shades lighter than you are naturally.
On the day
with all these new facts you should now be able to walk into the
salon and understand what is being discussed. You should also
be able to pick the real professional from the dodgy operator.
Don't make the mistake of telling them exactly what to do, use
your knowledge to spark a more creative solution to your colour
the end of the day it is only really possible to come up with
the right answer when armed with all the facts and all the facts
have to take into account things like the condition of your hair
and lifestyle suitability which the hairdresser should be judging
for you. Limits to what can be done need to be clearly explained
and before any work begins you should have a clear picture of
what the finished result will be. Good luck with getting your
best colour ever!
Visitors to this page also went to:
The Quick guide to salon colour services
Finding the colouring method to suit your needs:
Permanent (Colour that grows out)
Semi permanent (Colour that slowly fades out)
Temporary (Colour that washes out in one or two shampoos)
All Over Bleach (If you want to be really blonde)
Highlights (Streaks of lighter colour)
Lowlites (Streaks of darker colour)
Free hand Colouring (Special Techniques)
Panel Colouring (Special Techniques)
The Re-growth Look (Special Techniques)
Alternative Colouring Methods:
Colouring using Henna or Plant based products.
How do I choose a colour to suit me?
Thinking about Highlights? Check here first!.
Changing Your Hair Colour
'Deeper, Richer, Warmer' colours for your hair
Blonde, Blonde and more Blonde
Caring for Coloured Hair
All you need to know about Allergies to Hair Dye and Henna
Patch Testing for Allergies
Colour and the rumours about links to carcinogens
Other pages not related to colour that were visited are:
Blow dry and styling
Hair cuts to suit your face
Hair style gallery of looks
Your hair - dealing with particular hair types and their needs
Permanent hair straightening