Doing highlights at home for the first time?

So I have 3B curls, pretty dark brown hair.

Recently, I decided that I really wanted to get just a few red highlights in my hair. I've never done anything to my hair before...never dyed it or anything, so I'm a little nervous about doing this after reading about how complicated it can be and how easy it is to mess it up.

One of my roommates, who has dyed hair on many occasions (but her hair is straight) said that she would do it for me, but now that I know that highlighting curly hair is very different.

Any tips on more or less successful ways to add just a couple of highlights to my hair? I've read that braids work, and alternating layers, etc

Kind of wanted it to look subtle, like this (also this is sort of what my hair looks like now)

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Have a professional do it, go to a curly hair salon/ specialist if you can afford it or to a hairdressing school if you cannot. Whole head dye is fairly easy if you have a helper, lowlights are not. If you really want to go ahead do strand tests on shed hair from your plughole, your hair may be much less or much more porous than your friend's.

Be aware that red is the fastest shade to fade, you may want to consider changing your haircare routine: conditioner only washing in cold water, leave in instead of rinse off conditioner to reduce water exposure, always cover your hair when in sunlight. If you already have any sun damage you may find a high pigment semi permanent dye left on several hours will take to these areas but wash out of the healthier/ virgin hair underneath really fast giving you a canopy of soft red lights. If it does not give the effect you want it will not have damaged your hair and will wash out with time.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
When I first had my hair highlighted properly, I used different dyes beforehand to determine what it would do to my hair. Wash in wash out dyes or semi-permanents are a good idea because you can get rid of them once you get a feel of how your hair will react. When the dye is actually in your hair, it's likely to dry it out a little, so lots of deep conditioning and hair milk helps.
you said you had dark brown hair? you can get reddish highlights by just bleaching with a little peroxide (if you dont mind a teensy bit of damage) or even sitting in the sun this summer. my friend has really dark hair and thats the way she gets her chestnut highlights. its super pretty and the damage isnt really visible at all. good luck!

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