For women who do not want drastic changes in their ebony mane, highlights are a good choice for a natural look. Though getting blond ones sounds like a daring and radical thing to do, it is no longer the dominion of punk rockers. It is also becoming popular with the more conservative people.
How to Get Blond Highlights in Black Hair
While some people may be comfortable with the process, it may be something new for others. If you already have black hair, there is not much work to do except for coloring a few strands blond.
If you have blonde hair or any other hair color, the first thing you need to do is to completely dye your hair black. This should be done in a rinse and not in a color which is permanent. This is because rinse is more of a coating as opposed to a shaft penetrating color, so it becomes easier to remove when you apply the highlights.
Comb your hair straight back after the rinse has been processed. Put on a special highlight cap which resembles a swimmer's cap, with the exception that it has small holes. Pull small sections of your hair through the holes with a rat comb.
Keep your cap on and wash the hair that is pulled through the holes. Soak the pulled sections in a clarifying shampoo, rinse, and repeat the process. This will help in removing the maximum amount of the previously applied hair rinse, after which your locks will be ready for 'lifting'.
Now you can apply the desired shade of blond. Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully, process, and rinse. Remove the cap and apply conditioner to your hair. Wash and style as usual.
With time the black rinse will fade from your hair, following which you will need to repeat it. Your previous highlights will be much lighter and may even have a bluish or greenish tinge. Tie the original highlighted sections in loose ponytails. You can choose to re-rinse these in black or lift them for re-highlighting.
When beginning with the process of highlighting, you can either choose a kit where everything comes pre-measured for your convenience, or you can visit a beauty supply shop where you can pick and buy your own supplies.
If this is your first experience, the kit will give you a step-by-step introduction. If you are already familiar with the process, you can purchase your own supplies which will allow you to select custom shades as well as specialty caps.
Precautions to be Taken
While lifting the black hair, consider doing it over a period of few weeks. Doing this helps you control the health of your hair. Unless and until a hair specialist advises you, do not exceed the time recommended on the kit.
It may result in frizzy and damaged hair. Also the damaged hair absorbs color more quickly, so it is better to check the highlighting stage frequently.
It is always necessary to shampoo your hair before applying blond highlights. But whatever you do, it is better to take professional help especially if you are new at this. Try it out, you will definitely like your new sporty look.
Disclaimer: This content is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert advice.