Do you want beautiful blonde highlights without having to spend a small fortune at the salon? Follow our guide to DIY blonde highlights and we’ll show you exactly how to do your own hair hairlights at home, at a fraction of the cost.
How to do your own hair highlights — what you’ll need:
- Home highlighter kit (latex gloves and a colour wand applicator will be included in the kit)
- Colour-care shampoo
TIP Choose colour changes that are within 2 to 3 levels of your own colour. Go for cool neutral colours rather than warm ones to avoid a ‘brassy’ look. Stick to the development time and instructions that come with the highlighter kit.
How to do your own hair highlights — step-by-step guide
1. Choose the right kit
- Forget those old-fashioned rubber caps — new-age highlighting kits now come with a brush, which makes it really easy to paint colour exactly where you want it. For example, if you wear your hair in a ponytail, try highlighting a few strands underneath for a subtle flash of colour when you put your hair up.
- If you’re colouring your hair for the first time, even if you’ve read this article on how to do your own hair highlights, it’s better to take a ‘less is more approach’ to minimise mistakes.
- Never dye permed, straightened or relaxed hair at home — only a pro can determine if your hair is up to taking a dye as well.
TIP ALWAYS do a skin test before you apply colour. Mix a tiny amount of all the ingredients and apply just behind your ear. Wait for 48 to 72 hours. If you have an adverse reaction, then don’t go ahead with the colour.
2. Now apply the dye
- Part your hair as you usually wear it and concentrate on applying fine streaks of colour along the parting and around your hairline.
- When learning how to do your own hair highlights, it’s important to remember that thick slices of colour will look unnatural and will show regrowth much more quickly, so take your time to apply thinner strips of colour.
- If your hair turns out too stripey, re-dye it with a semi-permanent colour similar to your natural shade — this will tone down the stripes.
- If you drop a big blob of highlighter on your hair, remove it immediately with damp cotton wool, dry your hair and re-apply the colour.
3. Keep checking the colour
- It may sound obvious, but not all dye kits are the same, so developing times will differ. To get the desired shade, check the colour every 15 minutes until your hair reaches the right lightness.
- Never leave the dye on your hair for longer than the time stated on the pack.
- Once the developing stage is complete, rinse your hair in warm water using a R1-coin sized blob of shampoo to ensure all the dye has been removed. Squeeze the water from your hair, and comb through a colour-care conditioner before rinsing, then blow-dry on a low heat.