In 70% of cases, a woman who wants a change in her life is registered at a hairdresser or independently studies the range of professional stores for beauty masters. Changes not only the length of the hair, but also their appearance. In particular, high demand for highlighting continues to be maintained. And if simple staining is already available to everyone today, not everyone knows how to make highlighting at home.
This procedure is a separate direction in hair dyeing, when not all of the curls are exposed to color change, but only its longitudinal parts. When highlighting only got into the list of fashion trends, it only allowed to lighten the hair by strands. Then the procedure went through a number of modifications, as a result of which such subspecies appeared as coloring (adding other colors), affixing highlights, shatush, and many others. other
Some of them are available only to qualified craftsmen because of the large number of subtleties in the creation and the overall complexity of the work. However, part of the new variations, as well as the classic version of highlighting, is easy to do on your own. Firstly, it will save your budget considerably, and, secondly, you will vary the strand thickness, intensity, frequency and color saturation.
In addition, it can save you time. But it is worth preparing in advance for the fact that if the usual hair coloring takes 10-30 minutes (depending on their length and thickness), then the process of applying the composition to individual strands will take up to 1 hour. Therefore, it is better if someone helps you in this challenging business.
As in the case of classical coloring, you will need a mixture of dye and its activator (oxygenant), you may have to buy a proofreader if you want to modify the color nuance, as well as a plastic or ceramic bowl, a flat and narrow brush, a comb with a long sharp handle, short hairdresser clips, ducks and foil. The last material is needed a lot: each strand will be sealed with a double layer, so you have to count according to the length of hair and the number of curls that need to be dyed.
The method of highlighting the hair when using foil is the most optimal for those who have never resorted to such a procedure. In addition, due to the fact that the strands will be in an enclosed space, the color on them will appear softer. The final contrast with the canvas of hair that has not been subjected to chemical attack will not be so striking. This technique is suitable for people who want to get the most natural effect.
There is another way of home melirovanie: through a special cap, in which, according to a certain order, holes are made. The product is put on the head, after which a strand of hair is pulled out through each hole. Staining occurs when in contact with oxygen, it is not necessary to seal the curls after applying the mixture. This option is recommended for girls with short hair, because it is the most convenient for them. The cap can be purchased at a professional store, and you can make it yourself by taking a simple cellophane for the shower. In the latter case, the width and frequency of the slots are easy to vary at their own discretion, and, of course, it is much cheaper than buying a product in a store.
Classic highlighting at home: videos and tips
Simple highlighting is considered the easiest to do on your own: even on the back area, the risk of spoiling your hair is minimal. The coloring mixture is chosen the same as for bleaching, and it is best to purchase it from a professional brand. In particular, for Estel it is the S-OS line, for the Cutrin the Special Blond series, for Igora in the Royal line of the 12th level tone. Shades are selected on a cold base: pearl, pink, ashy, less often - golden.
Consumption of funds for highlighting often goes 2-3 times less than with full staining. And since classic highlighting is the same clarification, it is worth taking care of good care even during the procedure itself. For example, add an ampule of the Estel chromoenergy complex to the mixture: it will not affect the chemical composition and color, but will serve as protection for the hair.
In addition to the purchase of cream-paint, you must prepare and activator lotion, otherwise referred to as oxide or oxigent. Here it should be remembered that 3% changes the shade only in the area of level 1, so the choice is to be made between 6-12%. The maximum percentage of oxygenating agent is allowed only for girls with very dark and thick hair, because it is too aggressive. 9% is considered universal for a base of 5-2 levels, as well as for normal hair, not exhausted by frequent dyeing, styling with thermal instruments, etc. In addition, it is not so acutely perceived by the scalp. And 6% oxide changes the tone by 2-3 levels, therefore it gives the most natural and easy lightening, and is also recommended for girls with weak, porous and exhausted hair. Although with such a state of clarification is undesirable.
Before starting the procedure, the shoulders must be covered with a cape, which can replace an old towel. It is also advisable to treat the skin with a fat cream: the color falling into this area will be washed off more easily, without having time to enter even into the upper layer of the epidermis. It is desirable to highlight hair that has been washed a day or 2 ago, in order to preserve the natural protective layer on the scalp.
The hair is carefully combed and divided into zones: occipital, parietal and crown. The process of coloring is recommended to start from the occipital region, moving from it gradually up, sideways and forward. The top layers are processed at the very end.
The foil is cut into strips, whose width depends on the desired width of the straightened strands. The length should be 18-20 cm longer than the length of the curl, if the hair reaches the waist. A stretched and ironed strip of foil is placed under the selected and brushed strand; its upper edge must be bent 0.5-0.7 cm inwards. Then the ink mixture is evenly distributed along the strand with a brush, the free part of the foil bends, closing the curl from above, and sealed on the sides. This procedure is repeated for all strands that need to be highlighted. After the required time, the strands are alternately washed in the same order in which they were painted.
How to make Californian highlighting?
California or Venetian highlighting is a kind of highlighting of the rods. Its attractiveness lies in the natural effect of burning hair, which makes it possible even less often to visit a hairdresser for color renewal: the transition between the colored and the natural part will not be noticeable.
At home, Venetian highlighting is much more difficult to implement than the classical one, since the accuracy of the distribution of the chemical composition, which is no longer represented by the usual paint, but wax-based paste, is important here. But the indisputable plus of this tool is in its respect for the hair. So, the girl who is afraid for the condition of her curls can make the Californian highlighting. The foil is not used here, so the clarifier evaporates, which means it causes less damage to the hair.
The next nuance in Venetian grinding is the knowledge of the fundamentals of color painting, because instead of the 1st color, 4 related ones are applied to the strand at once, smoothly merging together. The lightest, which is a glare, falls on the tip of the curl, and as it rises to the roots, the shade darkens. In addition, if classical highlighting made it possible to make a lot of thin strands, in Venetian it is necessary to take wider ones, and in total their number by area will prevail over the natural hair.
Californian highlighting looks the most advantageous on dark blond and brown hair, especially since shades from brandy to champagne and honey are used for it. The more nuances to mix and impose on each other, the more expensive and interesting the effect will be. When choosing light shades that contrast with your natural base, you will get a classic Venetian or multi-ton californian highlighting. And with a softer level difference (cognac or coffee strands on chestnut linen), the technology will be called the classic Californian.
After any type of staining, it is recommended to apply a nourishing balm on the curls, since lightening affects them more negatively than the usual change in tone of 1-2 levels. And be sure to subsequently choose a quality and strong care that will keep your hair healthy and shiny.