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lia_rae 04-08-2013 02:56 PM

I want highlights, but I'm scared...
hello curlies! I just joined naturallycurly today, although I have been stalking the site since july 2012 when I learned about CG and decided it was for me!

I just had my third deva cut two days ago, and my stylist asked if I was interested in highlights. I told her no, I haven't colored my hair in the past 3 years. When I went home, I couldn't stop thinking of trying highlights.

I am trying to grow my hair, it's now been 9 months since my chop and 9 months that I've been CG.

I would like highlights for the summer, but I'm nervous about any damage it would cause, or what if it prohibits breakage. I'd like any advice, also if you think it would even look good on my curls :roll:

thanks so much in advance

etos 04-08-2013 06:07 PM

I think it's better that you think about if for a longer time. Highlights are cute, but they need touch ups at least once in 3/4 months (and most people do touch ups more often) and they can indeed damage the hair (and your wallet).
But, think about it before you do it. Highlights will damage your hair, even if you care for it very good it will make your hair more porous and dry. Especially fine&curly hair is prone to damage. And if you want to grow them out, it will take a couple of years. Yes, YEARS! :O

If you want highlights, it's very important that you chose a stylist that NEVER put bleach on the hair that's already bleached. I'm afraid that most stylist do that anyway, so talk about it with him/her before you let him/her do it.

lia_rae 04-09-2013 07:41 AM

thank you etos! I will definitely think about it for at least a few weeks instead of calling my stylist tomorrow to make an appointment. I guess i was feeling a bit spontaneous lol.

I completely wasn't thinking of the upkeep. every 3/4 months - woah! I guess I kinda know that I'll end up not doing them, but I'd like something different. Suppose I'll start googling less damaging temporary changes, I'll try & find something I won't have to keep up with

Thanks again 😁

etos 04-09-2013 03:59 PM

maybe try some nice updo's? Like a messy bun (that looks very nice with curly hair)? Or a ponytail the curly way? There are many video's to find on youtube for nice updo's with curly hair, and then there is no need for cutting or damaging your hair :)

lucyprimrose 04-10-2013 11:00 AM

Highlights can look great on curls, but they are something to be very careful with. I know people have them successfully and I have myself in the past, but I have also had highlights that trashed my hair and wrecked the curl and condition, a year later I'm nowhere near growing it out/recovering. If you're not that unhappy with your colour/hair, I would probably not risk it, maybe look for other ways to change things up. But, many people on here with gorgeous hair have highlights, so maybe they'll advise too.

But, if you do have them, be extra careful. Fine hair is much more likely to be damaged severely, so is curly hair, so with fine and curly we are at higher risk. Ask to have not so much hair highlighted, and to have the colour left on for less time than normal (unless you're low porosity). Don't go too light, be very clear about staying within two shades of your natural colour. I don't want to be too doom and gloom because I had one bad experience, and loads of people do it without major issues, but I also would feel bad if I didn't warn you that things can go very wrong. Even in the best case analysis you will trade a bit of condition for colour, sometimes it is worth it, sometimes it isn't.

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