How To Highlight Your Own Hair
I did a post about home highlighting a couple of years ago but it was pretty minimal and didn’t give too much advice. The main reason for this was that I didn’t want to encourage people to try it unless they felt confident. I have since realised that people will always give home hair styling a go if they are that sort of person anyway, and it may be helpful to share what I have learnt in the 3-4 years I have been doing this.
|It isn’t perfect, there is some colour bleeding but I often get that in salons too.|
This should take around an hour and half.
Warning. I am not a trained hairstylist and this is just what works for me and my hair. Please research thoroughly before attempting.
Products & Tools
This is very important – you must buy professional tools. You can’t expect a semi professional job with dye bought from Boots. The first time you buy all this kit it will be about £40. But then it will do at least 10 half head highlights so it works out as a complete bargain. This is what I use, but you could use different bleaches and developers and still get decent results, this is just what I have tried.
Wella Blondor Lightening Powder– around £15
Wella Welloxon Developer 12% 40vol– around £13 – I use 12% 40 vol
Ultrameche Long Box of 250 Sheets– around £12 (I use the generic brand as they are identical, I use around 10-16 a go)
Mixing Bowl and Brush – around £2 (though mine was £1 in Poundland, not always in stock though) any old plastic bowl will work though
Tail Comb – around £2 – try Wilkies, Superdrug or Poundland if you don’t have one hanging around at home.
You need both bleach and developer which activates the bleach and causes the chemical reaction that lightens your hair.
Before You Begin
To mix your bleach and developer you will need a plastic bowl
The ratio of Blondor to Welloxon is part Blondor to 1 or 1.5 parts Welloxon
So if you use 20mls of Blondor you need either 20 or 30 mlx of Welloxon. The more Welloxon you add, the slower the reaction time and less strong the mixture. I have always done this by sight without any issues, but I recommend using the measurements on the bowl.
Weaving and Colouring
Start by sectioning off the parts you wish to colour. I am just doing my parting and so I have sectioned it off and tied the rest back, this allows me to see what I have still to do.
Now take a horizontal strip of your hair and weave the comb through. I use sections about 6-7cms wide and around 1cm deep, if I want a super natural results I use only 5mm deep sections. Make sure that the back part of the section gets put behind and then push the Easimeche as close to the scalp as possible. Press the hair onto the adhesive strip to hold it into place. You can now paint on the bleach. I use one hand to hold the hair on the strip, so it doesn’t budge and the other to paint. Don’t let the bleach go in front of the strip near the scalp, if it does wipe it away with a tissue or baby wipe. This will stop the colour bleeding onto hair that you don’t want lightening.
Is It Ready Yet?
Is it the same colour as the rest of your hair and not orangey?
- Hell yes – then get yourself in the shower
- Not Really – then sit tight for a few more minutes and watch some Youtube videos
- I just get in the shower and pull the Easimeche out in there, once wet they just slide out.
- Wash very thoroughly twice with a good strong shampoo (I use Aussie Aussome Shampoo), taking care not to rub too much and tangle my hair up (wish the hairdressers were so gentle!)
- Put on an intensive conditioner and brush through with a paddle brush.
- Wait a couple of minutes then I rinse and dry as usual.
- I always add oil to my hair after washing, so use something very nourishing like Organix Oil or any of the silicone/argan oil mixes (see post on this here)
It Looks Kind Of Orange
My Colouring Routine
I don’t tone my hair, as I feel it rarely needs it. I do have a full head twice a year at the hairdressers, where I get a 2:1 of blonde:cool brown put through my hair. This brings the blonde back down and stops me having block blonde hair, it also sorts out the back. I don’t feel the need to have perfect blonde hair underneath as true blondes don’t and it would be too damaging (plus expensive)
Hopefully this is of help to some people. As I mentioned I am not a hairdresser, but I have done this around 30 times and so I thought it would be fair to share what exact products and method I use. In the last few years I must have saved over £2000. Please feel free to comment with any recommendations about better products or what works for you. I am still learning all the time.