3b Curls and Highlights: Is it possible?

I LOVE highlights in my hair (see pic attached), but every time I get them, they damage the holy heck out of my hair. My curls look beautiful initially, but then after some time, my hair starts to look like tumble weed as a result of the stripping of the highlighted hair. The ends get so damaged that it becomes plain "skank".

Now that I am CG and have learned how to really moisturize and care for my curls is it possible for me to get highlights again without the damaging results?
Is a weekly deep conditioning and CG products really going to allow me to have the highlights without the major damage and dryness?

Are any of you 3b's able to handle highlights? So tempting. Need advice.

Thanks!
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I have the same issue, love them but then hate the damage they cause. I have been reading alot on here about protein treatments after coloring and I am going to try that. Try posting this directly to Struttswife and see if she can help. Post it on the general board so she can see it or send her a message.
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I've been highlighting for almost 40 years! I wonder if it's the product being used--because I know the new products are MUCH gentler--or the starting point, I don't notice a difference anymore. Of course, I was blond into my 20s, dirty blond into my 30s and now I'm a fairly light brown.

I do regular protein treatments and use AO GPB once or twice a week.
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I have the same issue, love them but then hate the damage they cause. I have been reading alot on here about protein treatments after coloring and I am going to try that. Try posting this directly to Struttswife and see if she can help. Post it on the general board so she can see it or send her a message.
Originally Posted by curlyclaudia
I pm'd Struttswife like you said. Thanks for that suggestion. I am excited to hear how the protein treatments effect your hair with highlights.

My 3b hair is very fine and very porous, it can suck up moisture for days. Although fine, there is a ton of fine hair. I am wondering if that is the difference between some curlies being able to highlight and not. A curly with thicker strands would seem to me to be able to handle highlights better than a very fine curly head.

I know that Devachan salon in NYC does Pintura but I dont think it is very durable. IDK. Please let me know how you fair with your highlights and protein. Hoping that you can give me hope.

Kathymac, thanks for your advice. Due to my ignorance about my curls, I have never done protein treatments when getting highlights or conditioning treatments nearly as much as I should have for that matter. Ah look what ignorance does. It causes destruction! Well at least I am learning now.
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I have fine hair, so I don't think that's a factor. When I was young, I had a lot of it--but not anymore. It may be the porosity that's the factor, my hair is low porosity, although my stylist has never commented on having issues with color work. And, he's the only one who's touched my hair in almost thirty years!
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My hair is medium to darkish brown, fine/medium, semi-porous and I've had good highlights with little damage and horrible highlights with a lot of damage. It all depends on the skill of the stylist, the products they use, and what products you use afterwards. A protein treatment afterwards will def. help the health of your hair.
Lorraine Massey (whose hair is very heavily bleached) says: "I treat myself to bleach because I take care of my hair well." And she's right. If you are committed to avoiding sulfates and non-water soluble silicones, you are halfway there to maintaining healthy hair, even with a caustic process like bleaching.

When you put bleach on your hair, the process literally creates holes on the inside of your hair shaft. It is extremely important, therefore, that you have a protein reconstruction treatment about 24-48 hours after the lightening process, which will fill those holes in. Regular protein treatments are also a good idea for those with fine hair who lighten.

If you are fine, your stylist also has to be extremely careful since that particular texture is very easy to overprocess. Some of your past damage could also be due to possible overprocessing in addition to lack of protein reconstruction.

Speckla hit it right on the head: successful highlights depend on the skill of your stylist, the quality of the product used and how you care for your hair. If your hair is in good condition, you have a good stylist and you make the commitment to take care of your hair well, you shouldn't have any issues
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Lorraine Massey (whose hair is very heavily bleached) says: "I treat myself to bleach because I take care of my hair well." And she's right. If you are committed to avoiding sulfates and non-water soluble silicones, you are halfway there to maintaining healthy hair, even with a caustic process like bleaching.

When you put bleach on your hair, the process literally creates holes on the inside of your hair shaft. It is extremely important, therefore, that you have a protein reconstruction treatment about 24-48 hours after the lightening process, which will fill those holes in. Regular protein treatments are also a good idea for those with fine hair who lighten.

If you are fine, your stylist also has to be extremely careful since that particular texture is very easy to overprocess. Some of your past damage could also be due to possible overprocessing in addition to lack of protein reconstruction.

Speckla hit it right on the head: successful highlights depend on the skill of your stylist, the quality of the product used and how you care for your hair. If your hair is in good condition, you have a good stylist and you make the commitment to take care of your hair well, you shouldn't have any issues
Originally Posted by StruttsWife
Thanks so much for your input. I am going to take this year to really learn about my hair type and how to best care for it now and after highlights. Then I will attempt to find a good quality colorist to do my highlights. Even more important before I do anything with my hair is to really learn about my hair as far as the porosity and how much it loves or dislikes protein etc. I saw that you have a book out and am thinking about getting that to help me learn. I told myself I would never get highlights but I wasn't prepared the last time I got them. I will educate myself then I will get them and finally be happy. Thanks all for your responses.
Thanks Speckla too for your very helpful response.
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I vote yes as well. My Colorist is VERY experienced and up on the safest products and techniques. I never get damage from my highlights - HOWEVER - I also stay with a few shades of my natural base color. We add dimension by doing some lowlights in tonal shades of red. Comes out rich, lush, warm and natural looking!
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