Learn how to apply highlights and lowlights at home and get professional-looking results. Coloring kits cost much less than going to a professional.
Don't use the brush that comes with the coloring kit.Purchase some flat 1/2 and 1/4 inch acrylic brushes that may be found in art supply stores.These brushes will make your hair color look more natural because they give you better control.Also, be sure to use a good pair of tight-fitting latex gloves.The ones that come in the coloring kit will probably be too large to fit well, and loose gloves can make it hard to tell exactly what you are doing.
Only use highlights that are a couple of shades lighter than your natural hair color.And only use colors that are a few shades darker than your natural hair for lowlights.You want your new hair color to look natural.It's also a good idea to test a small, hidden piece of hair before you color it all.That way, if you don't like it, it's not too late to use a different shade.
It's best to apply color to small sections of hair (less than a quarter of an inch wide), and clip the rest of your hair out of the way.Try not to add too many streaks.Remember, less is more.You can always apply more highlights or lowlights later on if you want, but it's much more difficult to take them away.It's best to start applying color at the back of your head, and work forward.This way, you won't smear the pieces in frontby reaching over them to do the back.
After washing the color out of your hair, make sure you use the deep conditioner that came with the kit.If a conditioner was not provided, use your own.This is a very important step because hair coloring can make hair dry.You should also replace your regular shampoo and conditioner with a brand that is specifically for color-treated hair.
Whenever your roots need touching up (this is usually about every 3-6 months), only apply color to the regrowth.Then smooth it over the previously colored hair a couple of minutes before the processing time is up to avoid damaging and overprocessing your hair.