Highlights are one of the most common hair color procedures women love to get done, and it is for a good reason. Highlights instantly make your hair look new, and the color choices are endless. Here is everything you need to know about hair highlights.
What Are Hair Highlights?
Highlights are strands of hair starting from your head’s crown down to the ends, having a different color than your entire hair. It is a very common and stylish hair change, and it has been popular among women for many years. A lot of actresses and models sported the highlights, and it made women go crazy for them.
Highlights are a straightforward process to do, and there is not a lot of commitment involved either, unlike a complete color change. You only color some strands of your hair to make it stand out, and the rest of your hair is natural. You can give highlights a go if you are someone who wants some change in their hair, but don’t want to go all out and change the entire color of your hair.
Things You Need To Know About Highlights
Here are some things you need to know about highlights before committing to getting them.
1. Foil Highlights Are The Traditional Way
The foil method of getting highlights is probably the oldest and the first method that came to mind when highlighting. Foiling the hair isolates each chosen strand of hair that needs to be colored, and the rest of the hair is not exposed to the hair dye. The foil method is also the fastest method, with the whole process being just under 3 hours for medium length hair.
Foil highlights are done by isolating strands of hair in foil, then the colour pigments inside the hair strand are removed with hair lightener. After the natural hair color has been removed, a new hair color, generally 2 to 3 shades lighter than your natural or base hair color, is applied to your hair. After repeating the same process for as many strands as you want, the lightener will process for up to 45 Minutes. After this, your hair will be washed to remove excess lightener, a treatment will be applied to ensure the hair surface is sealed to lock in the color and finally you can have it styled to your liking.
2. Highlights Vs. Lowlights
We already know what highlights are. When the base hair color is darker than the strand hair color, it’s called a highlight. Lowlights are strands of hair that are darker than the natural or base hair color. Lowlights are popular among many blonde women since the darker color is more noticeable over the light base. Lowlights will most commonly be used to add depth to your hair color. It can be done on medium-dark hair, but the result can be much diffused and almost look the same. Lowlights are not a good option for darker hair colors because the color will not show through the dark base, and it will look no different from your natural hair. So, for darker hair, highlights are a good option.
3. Ombre Highlights/ Foylayage
Highlights have come a long way since they were first introduced. Now, there are also ombre highlights, where the color gradually lightens as you go down from the root to the tip. It gives your hair a gorgeous appearance, and it looks exquisite. Think of ombre highlights as a blend between getting ombre hair color and getting highlights. Ombre highlights is a perfect and harmonious mesh of the two procedures, giving you a natural and sunkissed look.
4. Should You Get Partial Highlights?
Partial highlights are also another unique type of highlight. Partial highlights are mostly done around your face to give your face a dimension and frame your face. Think of partial highlights as a contour for your face. Partial highlights are a good option if you are looking to add structure to your face, with some highlights, mainly around your face’s perimeter. It will give your face more definition and can make a face look slimmer as well.
5. Slicing Highlights
Hair slicing is a chunkier and thicker type of highlight. If you want your highlights to be super thick and chunky and want them to be more noticeable on your hair, instead of being diffused, then slicing highlights are your way to go. The strand of hair that is foiled is thicker, and it is lightened and colored the same way as traditional highlights. This technique gives more noticeable and prominent highlights.
There you have it!
Now there should be nothing stopping you from choosing the highlights, that suit you best.
So, what are you waiting for?
We offer complimentary consultations, where we sit down with you and walk you through the process of adding highlights to your hair, help you choose the right shade of blonde, and take you on a journey to a blonder side.
Your team @HairHeavenEmporium
Hair coloring is a great way to add instant change to your entire look. If you want to jazz up your hair, whether it’s for a new season, a wedding, or just for fun, then getting your hair colored is the best option. In this article, we will discuss balayage. How is it done? Its cost, its effects on your hair, etc. We have you covered from head to toe. Keep on reading to find out more about balayage.
What Is Balayage?
You might have heard of the hair coloring technique, known as ombre. Balayage is very much similar to ombre. But the main difference between balayage and ombre is the continuous streaks of color with no breaks. Balayage is a more continuous version of ombre. There is hair color blended throughout the entire hair. It looks very natural, which is why a lot of women prefer it.
How Is Balayage Done?
Unlike most hair coloring techniques, balayage is a straightforward procedure to do. You don’t need any special equipment to do balayage. The beauty of balayage is that it is all done by hand. It is a freehand technique, and no two balayage will be the same. Think of balayage as a dream hair color, with different neutral shades peeking through your hair. Once the sun hits your hair, you can see the different colors shining through, and it looks stunning. The cost of a balayage depends on several things. First of all, hair length matters a lot. The longer your hair, the more hair dye you will need, and the cost will add up accordingly. Every salon has its rates, and you have to choose according to that. Also, the more difficult your hair is to work with, the price will also add up.
Effects Of Balayage On Your Hair
Here are some things to consider when getting balayage done:
1. Will Balayage cause damage to your beautiful hair?
First thing you should know when choosing balayage with us at Hair Heaven Emporium, is that we will strive to achieve your desired colour and look using the best lightener on the market, which will naturally reduce the strain on your natural hair significantly. Yes, we actually pride ourselves on using the most expensive and most gentle lightener on the market, which keeps your natural hair as healthy as possible.
All our staff have gone through extensive training and have industry leading expertise in balayage applications, so you can feel at ease throughout the process. It used to be that every hair coloring technique took its toll on natural hair. However since the introduction of Plex treatments such as Cor.Restore, Olaplex and Blondpro, all of which we use in our salon, the industry has come a long way in dramatically reducing damage caused to your natural hair in any colour application, as well as balayage. In fact balayage is by far the most gentle of all lightening services.
2. What You Like
Before getting your balayage done, you want to consult with your hair specialist and show them what you want your hair to look like. It would be best to make things clear with your hairstylist about what things you don’t want on your hair. We offer complimentary consultations, that typically take 15-30 Minutes, where we cover all your wishes and needs as well as some potential limitations in regards to your current hair condition, such as brittleness and porosity. If you don’t want a drastic color change, brassy hair, etc. then you need to make it clear with the hairstylist. Otherwise, things can go southwards, and you won’t be able to turn it back. So, making things clear with your hairstylist about what you want and don’t like is a good idea.
3. Professional Opinion
Balayage is a simple freehand technique, but you still need a professional to do it for you. Professional hair stylists will make it look extremely natural and effortless. If you go for an inexperienced hairstylist, they might not get a grip on the technique and mess up the whole style. The main focus of balayage is its blending with natural hair. Ensure you are giving your money to the right place because the results will be memorable and, as promised by the professional.
4. Can You Dye After Balayage?
After balayage, it’s challenging to dye your hair again. You have to wait until the balayage thoroughly wears off. So, no, it is not recommended to dye your hair after balayage. If you do, you might mess up the entire look, and the balayage will be ruined. If you really want to dye your hair after balayage, you have to go to a salon and get the balayage removed or stripped off your hair, in a gentle way. Only then you can have a blank canvas to work on for a new hair color. This process should be followed to avoid unnecessary strain to your hair, to keep it healthy and looking its most natural way possible.
Until you hear from us again,
Stay fabulous and keep looking after your hair
Your team @hairheavenemporium
When it comes to hair we and all our guests at Hair Heaven Emporium believe in healthy hair, that looks fabulous all year round. To keep your hair healthy, in some cases we will recommend a big chop. Once you make the decision to cut your hair, it will usually take at least some months to grow it back healthier. But, what if you want long hair real quick? Well, this is where clip-in hair extensions come in super handy. Hair extensions have come a long way since they were first introduced. They are now available in various options, natural finishes, and a lot of color options. Here are some of the reasons why our clients opt for clip-in hair extensions.
1. If You Want A New Hair Color
Who says hair extensions only exist to add length to your already existing hair? Clip-in hair extensions can be used for a variety of reasons. Imagine you’ve made plans with your besties for a night out and want to instantly spice up your hair color without having to invest hours of your time to get a colour done at the salon. You’re absolutely right, your clip-in hair extensions are your best companion. Just one set of clip-ins can create a perfect ombre or balayage look for you, where your hair on the base will be dark and gradually turn lighter. All you need to know is where to place the extensions so that they don’t look unnatural or discontinuous. We don’t want anyone to notice right? The right placement of hair extensions can become the game-changer and we’ll show you the ins and outs and share our expert tips and tricks with you.
2. Add Instant Length
Hair extensions, when they were first introduced, were used to add length to your hair primarily. As the name suggests, hair extensions extend your hair length by attaching hair clips on your hair’s base. It makes the natural hair blend in with the clip-in hair extensions and make it look very much like your own hair, but magically longer. Isn’t that amazing!
You can change your hair length any time you please, and all you need are 15 minutes to clip in your extensions and style your hair the way you love it. Now, there should be no excuse not to try out that hairstyle you wanted to so badly, just because you don’t have enough length in your hair.
3. Add Volume To Your Hair
Hair extensions can be a great tool to use if you want to add volume to your flat and frizzy hair. Applying hair extensions on your head’s crown will add volume to your hair, and it will look fuller and thicker. Now, you don’t need to use a teasing comb or a blow dryer for an hour to add volume to your hair. Just clip in the extensions, and you are ready to turn heads.
We’ve asked our clients and it wasn’t a surprise that most of them agreed on voluminous hair being a massive confidence booster, so now you have a comfortable and hassle-free way of doing it and making your hair look thicker and voluminous.
4. Avoid Heat On Your Natural Hair
If you are hesitant to use heating tools on your natural hair, you can use them on your extensions, simply remember to use quality heat protection spray. It’s also a good idea to style your extensions before putting them on. This will give you more control and precision, and you won’t accidentally use heat on your natural hair. So, curl or straighten your extensions before putting them on your hair, spritz them with hairspray to hold the style, and pin them on your hair. Voila! You have a complete hairstyle on your head, within no time at all, and you didn’t even use heat on your natural hair.
This is a great way to prevent heat on your hair if you plan to grow your natural hair and keep your natural locks protected from damage and breakage.
5. To Add A Change
We get you, there are some of those rare special occasions where you need to feel a little extra! Hair extensions are not just there to add length to your hair. There are also hair extensions in the form of layers, fringes, bangs, etc. You can instantly add bangs or fringes to your hair without having to use shears. This will give you a whole new look, without any commitment, and you can take it off any time. You can also use shorter extensions and make them look like layers throughout your hair, or we can customize a set of clip-in hair extensions to the style you like the most.
5. Perfect For Our Babes With Thinning Hair
There is no doubt that sometimes life takes over and we find ourselves lacking time for good nutrition and care for our beautiful crowns. As a result we sometimes end up with thinning hair before we pick ourselves back up and get our nutrition back on track. If you find yourself in a situation like that, we’d love to help you get your healthy hair back. With our holistic approach both with nutritional advice and a treatment plan, we can customize a perfectly seamless look for you with clip-in hair extensions. And while you wait for your hair to grow back fuller, thicker, and healthier you can always rely on your hair extensions to give you a confidence boost whenever you need one.
Until our next blog,
Stay fabulous Babe
And wear your hair like a crown!