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Old 04-10-2008, 03:26 PM   #1
 
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Anyone tried highlighting their curls at home? I am especially interested in trying the method of making small braids in the hair and then using gloves to put the highlighting solution on the braids.
If anyone out there tried this and can give me their opinion of the method, please let me know.
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I haven't tried that method yet, but it is on Robert Craig's site too. But I think he recommends just brushing the color over the top of the braid once.

I think there was someone that tried it here once. Was it banjocurl? IDK. Maybe they'll see this and chime in.

I have only done the cap method, and may attempt to just do a few pintura ones on the crown.

If you try it, let us know how it works...with pictures too!
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Well, we will see if I get desperate enough to try it before I see the deva stylist next weekend. I have used the cap method twice but I have such a hard time with it! I can't get my hair pulled through or I can't get the cap off afterward...so I hoped to try something that seemed a little more "dummy proof" than trying to do it with a small brush by hand. The small braids somehow seem more manageable, but I am hesitating.
But you know how it is....one bad hair day and that will be it! The highlighting kit will come out!
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I hate to say this because I know you probably don't want to spend the $$ at a hairdresser but it's better to let a professional (you trust) do it. Bleach is permanent and yes, you can color over it, but the color washes out quickly! I've learned my lesson (several time over) and have hairdressers use foil instead of the cap. Foil allows for putting highlights exactly in the right place for curl pattern. A cap is pretty much hit and miss (miss a lot) and my hair always breaks more being pulled through.

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Old 04-13-2008, 01:59 PM   #5
 
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Herbal Essence has a highlighting kit with a brush that let's you place the curls like pintura curls will.
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I hate to say this because I know you probably don't want to spend the $$ at a hairdresser but it's better to let a professional (you trust) do it. Bleach is permanent and yes, you can color over it, but the color washes out quickly! I've learned my lesson (several time over) and have hairdressers use foil instead of the cap. Foil allows for putting highlights exactly in the right place for curl pattern. A cap is pretty much hit and miss (miss a lot) and my hair always breaks more being pulled through.

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Sorry, but I disagree with this. I have had salon highlights 3 times, and each time they damaged my hair and the color always washed out in a couple of weeks. On the other hand, when I have done my own highlights (several times), my hair has not suffered any damage and the color has lasted. I bleach then tone, but I don't bleach too light. The salons always bleach it to a pale blond then tone with an ammonia product. Doesn't work for me. = Damaged hair that fades.

Now, it may depend on the highlighting/bleaching kit you use and how light you go, but I won't let a salon ever highlight me again. Took years to grow out the damage and I had to constantly color it as it faded.

So be careful! Also, we usually do a strand test at home, whereas salons never do.
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I hate to say this because I know you probably don't want to spend the $$ at a hairdresser but it's better to let a professional (you trust) do it. Bleach is permanent and yes, you can color over it, but the color washes out quickly! I've learned my lesson (several time over) and have hairdressers use foil instead of the cap. Foil allows for putting highlights exactly in the right place for curl pattern. A cap is pretty much hit and miss (miss a lot) and my hair always breaks more being pulled through.

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Sorry, but I disagree with this. I have had salon highlights 3 times, and each time they damaged my hair and the color always washed out in a couple of weeks. On the other hand, when I have done my own highlights (several times), my hair has not suffered any damage and the color has lasted. I bleach then tone, but I don't bleach too light. The salons always bleach it to a pale blond then tone with an ammonia product. Doesn't work for me. = Damaged hair that fades.

Now, it may depend on the highlighting/bleaching kit you use and how light you go, but I won't let a salon ever highlight me again. Took years to grow out the damage and I had to constantly color it as it faded.

So be careful! Also, we usually do a strand test at home, whereas salons never do.
Don't apologize for disagreeing because different views are necessary to get an accurate whole picture!! I've had salons pull my hair through caps and make it look horrible and damage so badly that I needed a cut.

Guess I should specify that I've found a good colorist at JC Penny's salon who listens to what I say and uses what products I want her to use. She lets me read the labels first and even said I can bring my own supplies and she will use them. Sje said she'd never use a cap on curly hair because you can't tell how the color will look and foils allow you to place the color exactly how you want it.

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OK then, I'm not sorry! :P j/k You know what I mean.

Lucky you to find such a good colorist! I have had some great stylists that I thought I could trust, but I got burned 3 times.

The last one did foils, well I think they all did. They never looked any better (in fact worse) than when I did the cap method on myself. But I'd like to try pintura on myself.
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pigreyhound - did you ever do or get highlights?
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I've used the Garnier stuff on myself and had someone I trust put it on. She did a wonderful job! She could really see where they should go and make them look very natural. I would think putting it on braids would result in a very uneven color pattern.
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I would think putting it on braids would result in a very uneven color pattern.
That's what I wonder too. Like the color would be hit and miss. Maybe not too obvious if you stay close to your natural color, and maybe if you have tight curls to where the color would sit close.
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I only have had one salon color experience ever, myself, and it was actually quite good. However, I have seen and read about so many disasters that now I'm just wary.

I have also seen (and done, lol) some home color disasters, but it never seems to be as bad as when a salon screws up. Like, I never made someone's hair break off, or saw anyone do likewise at home.

I was getting deposit only color when I went, so I think that's why it turned out so well. The thing with bleach and perms is that the first one usually turns out great, but eventually, they are touching up regrowth and they always seem to double-process an area, and the trouble starts. I think it may be because they are using stronger solutions than strictly necessary. Maybe to save time, or I don't know why. This seems in keeping with what CurliLocks describes.
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Old 04-30-2008, 05:29 PM   #13
 
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Default Well, I did it....probably wouldn't do it again.

I did manage to highlight my hair myself by braiding it and then putting the highlighting solution over the braids. I made tiny braids and put maybe 8 in there.

At first, I thought it was going to be a disaster when I couldn't get the braids apart very easily. In the end, I did get it all rinsed out.

It was ok within a couple CO washes. At first it looked stripey, which is what I thought the braids were supposed to avoid. But after a couple days, my curls seemed to "absorb" the highlighted strands. It did break up the darker color of my hair and was less time consuming than the highlighting cap. So all in all, it is worth a try, I think, as long as your hair is curly. On straight hair, I can see the results could be very odd.

But I finally decided that I am going back to my naturally white/gray hair, so I won't be doing this again. (I hope!) I start the transition to my "roots" May 16th with a professional colorist.
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Interesting. Do you have any pictures of the highlights?

I ended up doing pintura highlights on myself yesterday. It was hard to do, the cap was easier. But I don't think I left the toner on long enough and they are dark mahogany, too visible. I like them more natural. I'm going to touch them up with toner in a few days if they don't settle down.
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You are a brave woman to try the pintura at home. I find I can manage fine at the front of my head, but don't do too well at the back half of my head. You never know, you may not need a toner in a few days. I know I always think my color is going to be horrid at first, but within a couple days...or a ACV and a DT...I find my color starts to mellow out.
I don't have pictures of the braid highlights. I tend to avoid cameras whenever possible. And I have been struggling with the color for the past few months, so I tend to mess with it often. I might actually take a picture before and after my transition back to white.

As much as I mutter inappropriate words under my breath when I use a cap, In the end, I think it helps control the amount of highlighting solution on the hair so you don't has as much of a tendency to mess up.

I was in the drug store yesterday and noticed one of the major companies has a new hair coloring/highlighting kit with an interesting highlighting tool that might work for do-it-yourself curlies. It kind of looked like a very small flatiron. It would be easier to glide down over curls than using the typical brushes. If I see it again, I will post the name of it.
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That kit sounds interesting.

I hope the highlights settle down, if not it's easy enough to just apply a little Color to them again.

Yeah, the cap can be a pain, but it works pretty well.
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I was in the drug store yesterday and noticed one of the major companies has a new hair coloring/highlighting kit with an interesting highlighting tool that might work for do-it-yourself curlies. It kind of looked like a very small flatiron. It would be easier to glide down over curls than using the typical brushes. If I see it again, I will post the name of it.
Could it have been the Herbal Essences? I saw a new one by them for curlies that looked pretty good.
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