Pieces or strands of colour (tint
or bleach) generally lighter than your own hair. Some hairdressers
use the term to mean only made using bleach, or using bleach or
permanent tint as long as the pieces are lighter than the rest
of your hair. You can use several different coloured strands in
combination to get some stunning effects depending on the method
of application and how creative you are feeling. The time this
process takes varies greatly anything from 1 hour to 3 hours then
add cut and blow-dry time. It is all dependent on how much hair
you have the skill of the hairdresser and the method they use
to make the "highlights".
or cap methods
can be used to separate the
strands from the rest of your hair which is not to be coloured.
Consult the special section devoted to the pros and cons of each
method. At VirtualHairCare we recommend foil highlights but the
skill of the hairdresser is very important, as they can look shocking
if they are not done well.
The foil method is broken down into
portions of your hair that need to have highlights added. This
varies depending on your hair cut, the effect you want and how
many highlights you got the last time:
Full head: strands spaced
throughout all of your hair, normally what you have the first
time you try this type of colouring. Note this does not
mean that all of your hair is coloured.
Half head: if your hair is
long or hair cut suits, you may not need a "full head" every time.
This costs slightly less and strands are placed everywhere except
the nape area.
Crown and Parting: this is
when you need a quick set of highlights or an emergency touch-up
between a full head or half head. The stands are placed as the
Last note on highlights. It is easy
to get carried away with the idea of having just a few more highlights
each time in order to be "just that bit blonder". There is a point
with highlights where you may as well have a full head of blonde
hair, or that what was originally beautiful due to the contrast
with your own colour now actually looks darker as there is no
contrast left! It's just worth knowing this so that you can remember
it when you ask for a few more and even the best hairdressers
find it hard to say no!
Other pages of interest:
Changing your hair colour
Big, bold and blonde
Caring for coloured hair