Highlights

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I'm toying with the idea of getting a few highlights to bring out my curls. I love dark hair, but I think that the highlights might really compliment my hair and face. I'm not a fan of obvious ones, so I don't want anything too blonde. I was thinking of getting highlights the color of my eyes (medium brown). What do you think? Also, what are you general thoughts on highlights?
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I think they would look great if they were nice and subtle. The only thing I would be afraid of is damage from the dye.
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i think something in the copper family would be great for you.

highlights are fine as long as they work w the haircut and skintone. anything overbearing is a bad idea. also, we do so much to keep our hair hydrated, color can be iffy. for instance, honey has lightened my jet black hair, but im afraid to darken it for fear that the dye will dry me out.

but at the end of the day, its all about what you wanna do
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i think something in the copper family would be great for you.

highlights are fine as long as they work w the haircut and skintone. anything overbearing is a bad idea. also, we do so much to keep our hair hydrated, color can be iffy. for instance, honey has lightened my jet black hair, but im afraid to darken it for fear that the dye will dry me out.

but at the end of the day, its all about what you wanna do
Originally Posted by jazzijenni81
I second that, and sunnedelight's concerns about damage. I've heard that Robert Craig has really gentle hair dyes. . . are there also highlights available in this brand? Maybe check that out?
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I share your concern becuase I would like to get color or highlights/ lowlights when my hair gets much fuller. It's my understanding that there have been advances in coloring for dark hair that doesn't lift as easily. Of course if you're like me, you'll grill your colorist/ stylist before receiving a service anyway! Good luck on your decision!
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I had highlights done about a 1 & 1/2 months ago. I love them and I haven't had any damage. I only had a partial done (front, sides, and crown). I do make sure I deep condition every week. My stylist recommends protein deep conditioning for several weeks after getting them done to rebuild the cuticle. She also recommends using certain conditioners (i.e Kenra Color Lock) to help protect the hair and keep the highlights from fading or turning too brassy.

I acutally plan to get more for the summer and may go lighter. This was my first time so I was very conservative with the color. I definitely don't want to go so light that I will need bleach. That is when highlights can be come extremely damaging.

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I promise to take some time to create an album of my hair soon, so that I can share photos.
Originally Posted by curliej
please do!
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go for the highlights!

i usually do two major colorings a year, once in the summer (overall color lightening with highlights) and once in the winter (over all color darkening with highlights). i never get blonde because...well because thats just not my style. earlier this winter/fall when i had my color done i asked for chocolate brown base color with highlights to match. i think they look most natural when you get a variety of colors, lowlights and highlights. u havent had any damage from getting my hair colored, but then again ive been coloring my hair since i was 12. literally. good luck on whatever you choose, and make sure you post pics!
I finally created an album, though you really can't see my highlights very well.
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I love getting highlights, but don't love the damage that comes about 6 months after: the dryness and the breakage.

I'm fighting getting them again, but I may succumb.
I am totally tempted to highlight as well. I've had them twice before, once with no problems (copper-y), and another time blondish, which looked fantastic for a couple of months until they highlighted hairs turned to straw. I wasn't on CG then, though, and I also had my hair texturized underneath the highlights.

A lot of people here don't seem to have any damage from highlighting which is encouraging. Urbancurl comes to mind, I seem to remember discussing it with her. Also, another poster, jerseycrl72 gets her hair highlighted regularly at Devachan, and has for several years. I asked her flat-out about damage, and she said that she piles on the conditioner and has no detectable damage. I think she does strict CG, though.

It's very encouraging, but I'm still scared to do it. I can't even deal with the thought of my hair getting damaged after finally getting some useful length on it. The thought of having to cut out damaged hair . . . good grief.
Also, another poster, jerseycrl72 gets her hair highlighted regularly at Devachan, and has for several years. I asked her flat-out about damage, and she said that she piles on the conditioner and has no detectable damage. I think she does strict CG, though.
Originally Posted by st. louis blue
I do strict CG too...I have for 2 years. I've gotten highlights at Devachan twice, with James, and both times I've had dryness and breakage (a few months after). Maybe it depends on the person's hair.
I got highlights for the first time in November. My hair seems to be doing fine, although I have noticed some breakage/dryness in the front (that area was a bit dry/brittle before, and it seems even more so now). I'm very lazy when it comes to deep conditioning, so maybe the breakage is preventable.

Overall, I'm happy with my choice and can see myself highlighting again.
I have noticed some breakage/dryness in the front (that area was a bit dry/brittle before, and it seems even more so now). I'm very lazy when it comes to deep conditioning, so maybe the breakage is preventable.
Originally Posted by susu
That's precisely where I have problems with breakage/dryness, right in front. I never do deep conditioning, so maybe that's my problem?
Aaaagh! Breakage in the front is my worst fear, on my head it's just so hard to hide it there!

Query: are lowlights as potentially damaging as highlights? It seems like maybe merely depositing color isn't as treacherous as lifting it. Thoughts?
That's precisely where I have problems with breakage/dryness, right in front. I never do deep conditioning, so maybe that's my problem?
I don't know. I think deep conditioning would help. But I should add that my texture in the front was kind of strange to begin with - not as springy and much more brittle and breakage-prone than the rest of my hair.
My stylist told me the lighter you go, the more damaging. I have not had ANY damage but I am pretty serious when it comes do deep conditioning and I always condition my hair overnight with moisturizing products like shea butter. I have also been told that protein treatments are important after highlights as with any chemical treatment. The color does break down the bonds in the hair some, so it needs to be rebuilt to prevent damage.
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