If you really want to lighten or ombre your tips, you should leave that type of color service to the professionals. I've had great results with highlights done by my stylist and didn't experience any issues with the health of my hair. Because I keep my hair moisturized and DC every single week as part of my regular wash day routine, I feel that was detrimental to the success of maintaining healthy highlights. Besides, my stylist (who successfully got me through a long-term transition) would have discouraged me from getting the highlights if she felt I didn't take good care of my hair. So it is definitely possible to have healthy colored (light or dark) hair but it's important that your hair is healthy to begin with and that you are committed to the necessary upkeep to maintain your color. I give kudos to everyone who is able to color their own hair as I am scared to death and will happily pay my stylist for this type of service.

Also be careful with just bleaching the hair as I've been told that since the bleach lifts the color from your hair, you should always deposit some type of color after;this may be toner but my understanding is bleaching should always be a 2 step process.

I have to add that I don't blow dry or straighten my hair so the elimination of potentially "damaging" styling practices in general is something to seriously consider once you decide to dabble in color.

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Last edited by NYCgirl; 09-17-2013 at 12:47 AM.