Want to do a lil’ something with your hair? Getting highlights can be really exciting. But before you hit the salon, here are a few pointers you MUST browse through.
1. Know what you’re signing up for: Highlights or lowlights actually mean adding a new streak of colour that’s LIGHTER to the natural colour of your hair. Depending on the kind of highlights you want could also mean using two colours on your hair for a bold contrast. While highlights do not touch the roots of your hair, the base colour is global. So make sure you’ve made up your mind and are ready to invest time in post colour-care.
2. Embrace your natural colour: Making the most of your natural hair colour and what suits your skintone, can go a long way in ACING this look. Broadly speaking, most of us are either cool toned with bluish-brown undertones or have warm toned skin with overtones of orange-yellow. The hemoglobin in our body determines if we are Dark Cool/Light Cool or Dark Warm/Like Warm.
3. Know your skintone: So if you clear white or olive hued skin with natural black or dark brown hair (that’s most of us here), then you have a Dark Cool skintone. Ash-toned highlights will add a layer of freshness and complement your natural colour. If you have fair skin and natural light/dark blonde (doesn’t happen to many of us), you’ll probably fit under Light Cool skintones. Ash-BLONDE highlights will really suit you. Remember not to go overboard and ask for orange/red tones.
Creamy white skintoned women that have natural auburn or copper coloured hair usually fit under Dark Warm skintones. It looks great when they strike a contrast with shades of caramel and add a dimension to their look.
Finally, Light Warm skintypes: think peachy skintones with natural orange-blonde hair look great with neutral gold highlights. Most Indians fit under Dark Cool and Light Cool skintones. Having said that…if you want to try a semi-permanent shade of Indigo blue JUST ‘coz you’re feeling it, chuck the shade card, and go right ahead.
4. Invest in your hair: Make sure you seek out the best colourist/ hair stylist in your city if this is your first time. Ask your friends to recommend professionals’, not salon chains. Get a free consultation and go through the colour shade and the process details along with the hair expert. This’ll only give you confidence in what you’re doing. Finally, I don’t suggest getting highlights done at home, but if you are bent on it, then please invest in proper highlighting kits and use a toothbrush to be precise with the application.
5. Keep an eye out on trends: Hair colouring is a real technique so it’s best to do some research before you get highlights. Apart from foil highlighting, which is the most basic form, there are three other techniques. Off these, a technique called ‘balayage’ is a rage in the West. Herein, the colorist paints on the highlights by hand, making the colour seem more natural. Another trend called ‘sombre’ is popular on Pinterest: it means having your highlights tipped towards the end and being super blended on the roots. So keep an eye out for what’s out there, and make sure you get the best of the best!
Happy highlights to ya!
First published on PopXo.com