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7 Tips for DIY Hair Highlights ...

By Talynn

Looking to highlight your hair at home? Why spend the extra money when you can pinch your pennies and do this in your home spa? With these 7 tips, you’ll be set to go!

1 Start with Clean Hair

Start with Clean HairPhoto Credit: Giusi-gurL

Make sure your hair is clean and free of oil and hair products. Don’t even attempt highlighting with oily hair!

2 Make Sure You Chose the Right Kit

Make Sure You Chose the Right KitPhoto Credit: mmmfruit

If your hair is blonde, add light beige highlights. If you hair is light brown, go for dark blonde streaks. For medium and dark brown hair color, place caramel brown slivers through and through. If your color is jet black, light brown highlights look more natural.

3 Always Perform a Strand Test

Always Perform a Strand TestPhoto Credit: Snakelady

If the highlights are too dark, use a lighter shade of dye. If it’s not light enough, use more dye and wait 5 more minutes.

4 Highlight Close to Your Face

Highlight Close to Your FacePhoto Credit: Lin Pernille ♥ Photography

Highlight the parts of hair around your face first. Use small strands of hair. If you can see through the strand, then you know the strip of hair is the perfect size.

5 Next, Highlight the Top of Your Head

Next, Highlight the Top of Your HeadPhoto Credit: Jeanique

Use the 3-finger guide. Place your fingers as if you were counting 3 fingers and place them at the crown. The areas your fingers touch are the places you need to add the highlight.

6 Highlight 9 Areas, Total

Highlight 9 Areas, TotalPhoto Credit: studiosizzle

Be sure and do this 3 times, for a total of 9 highlight areas. Leave the dye on for the recommended time, then rinse and shampoo. Now, stand back and admire a job well done!

7 Keep Your Color Longer

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Maintain your new highlights by using shampoo for color treated hair, going easy with blow dryers and flat irons, and applying a glaze about once a month.

Have you ever given yourself highlights at home? Do you have any tried-and-true tips to share? I’d like to hear about it!

Top Photo Credit: Happy.Phantom

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