Step by Step to Get Great Hair Highlights on Short Hair

Posted by HaircolorChameleon on Thu, May 10th, 2007
Planning to create a new hair highlight all by yourself? Don't start it until you read through this article.

Step 1
First find the ideal pictures of highlighted hair that you like on magazines or printed out from Hair highlights can be vary, so, keep your eyes peeled for bold streaks and subtle shading to see which you prefer and most important which fits you.

Step 2
When purchase a home highlighting kit, make sure it is designed for your hair length. Kits for the short hair only includes a cap and hook, while kits for the long hair includes a special application brush that lets you 'paint' the highlights on.

Step 3
Purchase a hair highlighting color which is only two to three shades lighter than your natural or colored hair color for a subtle effect try buying a color. Try a light blonde or bold red as your highlight if you are looking for a bolder look.

Step 4
What kind of colored person are you? If you skin tone go well with cool colors, such as purples, cool blues or bright yellows you are a 'cool' colored person. Choose platinum or ash toned blondes or violet based reds. If you go well with browns, warm orange colors or warm reds then you are a 'warm' person. Stick to golden or buttery blondes and orange based reds such as auburns or flame reds.

Step 5
Do not highlight your hair less than 24 hours after your last shampoo. The natural oils of your hair will help protect your strands during the coloring process.

Step 6
Better highlighting your hair in either a bathroom or kitchen. Avoid messing up the place with the colors. 

Step 7
Put on an old cloth that you won't be worried about ruining. Also, have some old towels on hand to wrap around your shoulders and protect counter tops.

Step 8
Brush hair thoroughly until it is smooth and tangleless. Remember to brush your hair into the style you usually wear it in. This will ensure you place your highlights at the right place for the most impact.

Step 9
Open the highlighting kit and read the instructions from start to finish first, especially all cautions or recommendations, as well as the toll free help line numbers on the box, just in case you hit a snag in your hair highlighting endeavor.

Step 10
Drape your shoulders with one of the old towels and secure with a hair clip. This will help catch drips.

Step 11
Place the hair highlighting cap on your head and pull it down, make it sit snugly on the head. Tie the strings tightly, not to make you uncomfortable.

Step 12
Grasp the hook included in the kit as you would with a pencil. Starting as close to your front hairline as possible, carefully puncture the designated holes of the cap with the hook. For the best results have the hook come in at a slight angle.

Step 13
For a thinner hair highlights, only pull out thin sections of hair from the punctured hole. This is best achieved by not letting the hook penetrate your hair too deeply once the cap has been punctured. For thicker and bolder highlights pull larger sections out by going deeper into your hair.

Step 14
Keep pulling out the desired amount of strands carefully until you satisfied. You may want to pull out sections only in the front for a subtle lift around the face or all over for a lighter effect throughout.

Step 15
Once finished pulling out the hair through the cap, put on your protective gloves and mix the coloring agents according to the directions. Make sure to shake the bottle well before applying to the hair.

Step 16
Coat all the pulled out sections thoroughly with the color and use your fingers in a lathering motion to make sure no hair is missed.

Step 17
Set timer for the designated processing time according to the kit's directions and place a plastic loosely over highlights to keep the heat of your scalp intact. This heat will faster the color process.

Step 18
Once the time is up, use a towel to gently remove the color from one or two of the strands. Grab a section of the towel in both hands and place the hair between your hands. Rub back and forth in a gently scrubbing motion until the strands are mostly free of color. Check to see that the color is close to what you wanted. Remember, your hair is still damp from the color so it will dry slightly lighter.

Step 19
Once the color is done remove the cap and rinse your hair thoroughly. If possible, avoid shampooing your hair to remove the color as the cuticle, or outer layer of the hair is still slightly open. Washing may prematurely remove or fade your new hair highlights. Instead,  rinse very well and apply a conditioner to seal the cuticle and moisturize the hair shaft.

Step 20
Towel dry hair and use a blow dryer to dry your hair. This will allow you to check out those new highlights in all their glory. If any problems are apparent call the toll free number and speak to a professional.

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i have always colored my hair black. I've always wanted to put fusia streaks in my hair what do i have to do in order for the streaks to show up i tried to dye my hair with the fusia last night abd the only thing that turned out was my roots please help
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