What is Hair Highlighting?

Posted by HaircolorChameleon on Tue, Mar 14th, 2006
Highlighting by definition means to emphasize or detail something of importance. In hair-coloring the highlight has been used to add light pieces to the hair in order to mimic the effects of the sun. Highlighting has evolved into many techniques and looks. It requires time, patience, and a specific skill - which is the ability to slice or weave fine pieces into the hair and placing them into a foil or meche paper.

The goal in most highlights is to accentuate or emphasize the focal point of haircut and/or overall look. The highlight is not the look it self but rather part of a look, thus completing the picture.

In today's hair-color fashions, less is more. The looks are using hidden and perimeter highlighting effects, thus eliminating the need to place 100+ foils into the hair.

Finger Painting

It is a very easy process for a subtle effect. For this you need to wear a pair of thin gloves and the finger paint needs to be carefully prepared according to the instructions. Four fingers of each hand are to be dipped into the bleach solution and then run through the hair as if pushing the hair back away from the face. Starting at the front hairline, work as far back as you want. Leave the solution on for the time period specified on the pack, and follow it by a rinse, shampoo, and conditioning. And watch the result unfold.

Step-by-step Method

  1. Hold back the hairline with clips so that streaks don't show there.
  2. Cut about 12 strips of foil which are 10cm long.
  3. Prepare the bleach according to the instructions stated on the kit, making sure it is not too thick, since it will thicken on its own when used.
  4. To start: Using a rat-tail comb, separate a thin layer of hair at the top of the head. Move horizontally.
  5. Fold a foil strip about five cm in and push it under the hair that has been separated.
  6. Take a toothbrush laden with bleach and cover the separated hair. Then cover with the foil strip.
  7. The next row to be streaked should be about 1.25 cm below the previous streak and kept 1.25 cm apart. The hair that I not being streaked should be clipped on to the foil.
  8. Repeat the procedure till the required amount of hair has been dealt with.
  9. After the hair wrapping is complete, the first wrap should be checked for colour. The colour should be golden and if it's not so, re-apply bleach and leave for five minutes.
  10. As you open out the first few wraps, keep rinsing them with warm water to remove the bleach.
  11. When all the wraps have been opened out, shampoo hair and condition. And watch a myriad hues emerge


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