(Closed) How difficult are at home highlights?

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
1124 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Yeah uhm… lol let me tell you my experience.

About 4 days before the wedding I planned to do highlights. With my hair it always turns brassy so I got the toning shampoo and got the kit with the cap to do light caramel type highlights.

Spent almost 2 hours with my husband getting the hair pulled through the cap. Watched lots of videos to determine how big of the chunks I should do and we died my hair. The cap doesn’t protect the hair that isn’t pulled through at the bottom so be careful of that. My husband had to keep wiping the bleach out of the hair that wasn’t supposed to have it.

I left it in the desired time and used my shampoo and let it dry. Woke up in the morning and nothing. We used every circled hole in the cap and in the morning you can’t tell I’d died it at all. No color change, just random super tiny lighter streaks, and only like 4 noticable in my entire head.

So back to the drawing board, I got another kit and pulled through more hair out of each hole and used the uncircled holes as well (doubling the amount of strands). Let it sit, wash it out and pretty much nothing, other than my leopard bangs and roots. When I tried it again for some reason it gave me spots and only a couple noticable highlights.

So frustrated the day before my wedding I went out and bought dark hair dye, hoping to cover the leopard spots at least. And at this point I have absolutely NO time to go to a salon as we had rehearsal, rehearsal dinner than bachelorette party day before the wedding. So I dyed my hair back dark brown. 

It didn’t really fix the spots, just darkened them a bit. Now they are a dark red compared to my dark brown hair. so on my wedding day I was married with red leopard spots.

My last time trying years ago I had a worse time. I guess I pulled too much hair because it bleached my whole head, turned it orange too

Post # 4
67 posts
Worker bee

I have done it with good results, not sure if I would try it with long hair though.


Post # 7
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Years ago I used to be the QUEEN of at home highlighting with a cap. I would do it for all of my friends and routinely highlighted my own hair. After so much experience I would honestly suggest against it especially if you have long hair. The longer your hair is the harder it is to pull through the cap. Also, you aren’t always going to get as close to the roots as you may want, causing some hairs to be only half dyed. And of course, as another poster mentioned with a cap you risk accidentally dying the hair underneath the cap as the bleach seaps through the holes. 

That being said, you could still highlight your hair at home using foils. Head to your local Sally’s and they will have all of the products you need. It will be more expensive than just buying a cap but if you take the time you are going to have professional looking results.

Here is a great tutorial video and there are many others on Youtube!


Post # 8
1607 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

If you currently have any color on your hair (even a semi perm from a long time ago) do NOT do this. It will lift unevenly and look terrible. I repeat- do not do this.

Post # 10
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would definitely not do it!  I go pro for foils.

Post # 11
5405 posts
Bee Keeper

Your wedding is a week away and you want to highlight your hair yourself for the first time? Lol….sounds like a great idea! 

But seriously…I would not dream of doing that. 

Post # 12
11342 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

As someone who has never dyed or highlighted/lowlighted her own hair but who has always had a licensed, professional stylist handle all of her color processing, I would not recommend that you attempt to do this yourself.

Two of my best friends own a salon, and they have shared some horror stories about some of their clients who have tried to handle their own color processing. Hair coloring involves a lot of chemistry — it’s not just the color or process you’re using that matters but also the color and type of hair on which you’re using it. 

I’m not saying that it’s impossible for someone to be able to do a nice job of this herself, only that I think that the risks of unwanted results are too great for me to ever want to try it. 

Post # 13
688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Please don’t do it one week before your wedding! You could over process and break your hair off 

Post # 15
2515 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

i wouldn’t recommend it. i dye my hair myself in the fall (i’m naturally blonde and go dark for fall/winter but i use non-permanent color). i always tell people if they’re going lighter to have a professional do it because it’s so easy to f it up. highlights are more difficult than doing all over color too. don’t take the chance so close to your wedding!! something you can do if you want to lighten it a little is use the over the counter hydrogen peroxide (the 3% stuff you can get at the drugstore). it will gradually lighten your hair. just spray it on when it’s still wet. you can probably use it to lightly highlight your hair. just spray it on pieces instead of your whole head. 

Post # 16
5405 posts
Bee Keeper

@calibee79:  doesn’t that really damage your hair? I’ve heard of people doing that but generally they say it damages their hair also. 

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