Highlights- how bad are they?

I haven't used any heat for 2 years and I've been on the curly girl method for 2 years. I am planning to do a full head of highlights since I am bored with the color. I am thinking that my hair will be okay if I continue using deep conditioners and treatments. Anyone have experience with highlighting?
3a CG
Cleanser: shea moisture's african black soap cleanser or moisture retention shampoo
Conditioner: tresemme naturals, shea moisture restorative conditioner
Syler: shea moisture's curl soufflé and smoothie.
Stop! Don't do it!
Dye is never a good idea if you want the healthiest hair possible. I'm still trying to smooth out and grow the 1-2 inch long hairs that the highlights fried off. I have a halo of broken hair, even though I deep condition and EVERYTHING.
Hmm cause my hair didn't get super damaged before until I started get straight perms I don't think highlights ruined my hair
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Cleanser: shea moisture's african black soap cleanser or moisture retention shampoo
Conditioner: tresemme naturals, shea moisture restorative conditioner
Syler: shea moisture's curl soufflé and smoothie.
Highlights did a number on my hair too. It split my ends to no end.
They're horrible. I got my hair heavily highlighted over henna. I had low porosity hair before and so the porosity change was enough of a hassle but I also never would get split ends, just the annoying single strand knots, I just recently trimmed my hair and baby splits were basically concentrated to the highlighted strands. Not to mention the tangles from it all. But everyone thinks it look nice, they just have no clue the extra work except my husband cause of my complaining lol. I figured it would be a pain but was set on doing it anyway. Now I know for sure that I prefer my natural color anyway, was just tired of the red hue from henna. Won't mess with color again. But if your stubborn like me and want to try something new anyway or already dealing with the pains from highlighting like I am, just remember it'll grow out eventually; I find myself saying that just about every other wash lol

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I think my hair is 3a/3b, low/normal porosity
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I'm gonna try them because the last time I got highlights it was with straightening or curling my hair everyday, blow drying, sulfates, silicones and now it'll just be highlights with no heat and the CG method so I'm not too concerned If it's really bad I'm just not going to do it again. Yeah im stubborn I want to try nice blonde streaks in my medium brown hair haha
3a CG
Cleanser: shea moisture's african black soap cleanser or moisture retention shampoo
Conditioner: tresemme naturals, shea moisture restorative conditioner
Syler: shea moisture's curl soufflé and smoothie.
I've gotten highlights but never really damage from them... but I stayed within 2 or 3 shades of my natural color (so I went from medium brown to light brown).

You also don't need to get a full head of high lights. The last time I got them I got only 4 skinny cute ones that were face framing... that was all I needed.
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*Used to be low-porosity, but I lightened my hair 1-2 shades, so I may be normal-porosity now.

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Yeah, it shouldn't be too bad then, like you said you'll do treatments and no heat. Lots of protein is what helps for me and just taking good care of the ends like always. Definitely trim when needed so the hair won't get worse; seems too easy for highlights to just keep deteriorating when bad ends aren't trimmed asap. And some products that work really well in my hair now that I have a lot of highlights are the kinky curly products, they seem to be the best leave in and gel for keeping my hair from getting tangled after styling. I also like to use the giovanni smooth as silk conditioner as a leave in as well for protein. Hope some of that's helpful

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I think my hair is 3a/3b, low/normal porosity
http://public.fotki.com/ChristyCheryl/ PW: meow
So far this summer, loving Oyin Handmade! Particularly Greg Juice and Hair Dew
It's not necessarily highlighting as a one off that is the major problem, it's touching up the roots - it is almost impossible to avoid rebleaching some sections and that is hugely damaging. Also the fact that you end up with two hair types, damaging the canopy which is most vulnerable due to sun, wind, shower beating down, etc.

Most deep conditioners won't do anything except make hair temporarily softer and temporarily weaker. The issue with porous colour damaged hair is not needing more moisture (= water) it is needing greater elasticity, reduced porosity, the right balance of water.
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 oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
It depends upon the texture (fine or coarse) of your hair and its condition. I also assume it depends upon the brand of color and the process used (in terms of cold or heat-processed and length of processing time.) The lighter your highlights and the more hair you have highlighted, the more damage. I have super fine hair that is BKT'd, and I had heavy tri-color highlighting done twice back to back in 2010. All of that hair broke off and is now gone. The lighter and more dramatic the highlights, either the longer the processing time or the stronger the lifter--either way, both mean more damage.

More recently I had more subtle highlights done at a different salon. I'm starting to see some breakage.

All of these were cold processed, so that make no difference in terms of damage. It's the removal of the natural hair color itself, which is a protein, that does the most damage to the hair.

If your hair is coarse (meaning each hair strand has a larger diameter), your hair can tolerate more abuse and will likely fare better than if your hair is fine like mine. Conditioners do NOTHING to repair hair damage--it's physically impossible to repair damaged hair. It's like trying to reattach a fingernail that has been clipped off. Can't be done.

Maybe you could consider just highlighting the hair closer to your face? That's what I did the second time. Cheaper and less hair involved in the color lifting process.

Bottom line--any time you lift the color, you're eventually going to see moderate-major damage, the degree of which depends upon your hair texture and condition and how you treat it.
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Thanks for all the input!
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Cleanser: shea moisture's african black soap cleanser or moisture retention shampoo
Conditioner: tresemme naturals, shea moisture restorative conditioner
Syler: shea moisture's curl soufflé and smoothie.
And the product suggestions I'm definitely going to search some good leave in conditioners
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Cleanser: shea moisture's african black soap cleanser or moisture retention shampoo
Conditioner: tresemme naturals, shea moisture restorative conditioner
Syler: shea moisture's curl soufflé and smoothie.
i have highlights, partly. The ends of my hair are overly bleached (done by myself, yes I was bad before GC). The highlighted section is much healthier than the ends of my hair, but still not as healthy as it was when I don't bleach at al. Still, for me is the colour worth the damage, because I just really don't like my natural colour (my natural colour is in between blond and brown). I let my highlights do only once in 3 to 4 months, and my stylist tries to only bleach the virgin hair.

But, consider for yourself if it will worth the damage for you. If you really think the highlights will make your hair look better, you can do it. But damage is unavoidable and your hair regime wil probably take more time to reduce frizz and keep it moisturized.
highlighted 3a hair. Fine strands, medium to high density. Probably high porosity. Growing uit bad layering and aiming for waist lenght!

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wash: CJ Daily fix or SheaMoisture Coconut&Hibiscus
RO + LI: different every time
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Yes, I invested in a hair gel and leave in conditioner... Before I used none of that because my hair curled well enough without any products. I think some damage is worth the color personally too
3a CG
Cleanser: shea moisture's african black soap cleanser or moisture retention shampoo
Conditioner: tresemme naturals, shea moisture restorative conditioner
Syler: shea moisture's curl soufflé and smoothie.
It's not necessarily highlighting as a one off that is the major problem, it's touching up the roots - it is almost impossible to avoid rebleaching some sections and that is hugely damaging.
Originally Posted by Firefox7275
You bring up a good point... I've actually never retouched my highlights, always let them grow out on their own.

I do think that the initial condition of your hair should be taken into consideration... if you get highlights done on virgin hair that isn't damaged by regular use of heat, bkt, perms, relaxers... etc. your hair will be able to better withstand the damage from bleaching.

All bleaching is damage, so no highlighting is going to go without damage but you can do things to minimize damage. Not double-processing, staying within 3 shades of your natural color and then afterward refraining from using high heat and/or regular heat, having a good conditioner, giving your hair protein and moisture, minimizing mechanical damage (so not brisk pulling/tugging on your hair), and minimizing sun exposure will help keep the highlights as healthy as possible.

I have to add that my highlights actually got lighter over time naturally (some sun exposure is inevitable) so that's one good reason to not go too light with the highlights.
fine - normal porosity*?- medium density - normal elasticity. Hard water. SoCal.
*Used to be low-porosity, but I lightened my hair 1-2 shades, so I may be normal-porosity now.

New climate! Current favorites:
Low-poo: CJ Gentle Cleansing Shampoo, Giovanni SaS
RO: V05 Kiwi Lime
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF
PT: CJ Repair Me, IAgirl's gelatine

Experimenting with: JC Confident Coils, JC Rockin Ringlets, CJ CIAB, gelatin gel

iherb discount code: CFN646
Yup I havent used heat on my hair for 2 years so I think my hair will be okay. I'm definitely going to start weekly deep treatments I'm not sure what protein treatments are I did not look into that
3a CG
Cleanser: shea moisture's african black soap cleanser or moisture retention shampoo
Conditioner: tresemme naturals, shea moisture restorative conditioner
Syler: shea moisture's curl soufflé and smoothie.
Ive been coloring my hair for 15 years - grays - and if your hairstylist uses quality products, you should be fine. I just had my hair highlighted at the beginning of summer -and it did dry it out a little but by no means "fried" it. I just do weekly dt treatments and ive stopped straightening my hair too. My hair is in great shape, no splits, and is very soft. I get bored very easy and opted for the Ombre effect highlights. Most of them are peekaboo highlights that you see when i pull my hair back, but she did a couple around my face too and they look great 2 months post......

Have fun!
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Jessicurl styling in summer
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