Post # 1
I’m seeing my stylist today to get a trim, but she’s available to do highlights as well. I’ve never had them, but I’ve been thinking about it for awhile now. I’m only 24, but already have some grey streaks in my hair, it’s always been the same color and I’m honestly getting bored with it. I want to do something different, but not super drastic. My concern with highlights is that I would have to get them retouched/redone every 2 months, and we can’t afford that.
Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions?
This is my hair now, the color is a totally natural dark brown and it’s also naturally thick and wavy (it has to stay shoulder length or so or it frizzes out of control!) This pic looks a little more red because of the sun:
I’m wondering about doing something like this:
What do you think? Could I pull this off and not have to have them retouched every 2 months? If I could get it to 3 months, we might be able to pull it off. I don’t want my hair to look bad though. Help!
Post # 3
@hogoboom2012: I think you could pull it off. Maybe just some face framing ones if you’re not sure about it.
Post # 4
@hogoboom2012: If the highlights are very subtle in color and as well as in thickness, (like the ones shown in that photo), you can get away with highlighting every 12 weeks. If you also need base color to cover gray roots, however, that really needs to be done at least every five or six weeks — some people do root touch ups at three weeks.
Unless you’re only having a demi-permanent color thrown on top of your natural hair just to cover the gray streaks and have THEM as your only highlights, highlighting your hair will involve permanent hair color and will require upkeep.
You’re beautiful, and you have beautiful hair. You don’t need to start highlighting at this age, but I think those kind of highlights will look great on you.
ETA: Well, in looking at that photo again, her highlights are pretty chunky, especially at the bottom. I would ensure that yours are not nearly that thick, because the thinner they are, the less obvious they’re going to be, and that’s important if you’re going to have three months of re-growth.
Post # 5
@hogoboom2012: Leave it as-is! You have STUNNING natural highlights!
Post # 6
@hogoboom2012: Your hair color is gorgeous! If you do add some highlights make sure they are thin and not too far off from your natural color so it’s not obvious when you need them done! Also, you can ask her to not put a foil at the top of your hair, that way your highlights will subtly show through your hair but because the two pieces on top will lay down with your natural color no one will see if you have an inch of roots hiding underneath! Hope that helped!
Post # 7
@hogoboom2012: That picture is exactly how I wanted my highlights done, and I ended up with really thin blonde and red streaks. Seriously, how is that natural looking?? It did fade well and doesn’t look as obvious. I haven’t had my haid died since then (it was June 2012) and I don’t think it looks horrible. I want all those old highlights gone before I try.
I do think highlights like the picture would look great on you and wouldn’t be difficult to maintain or let grow out.
Post # 8
That’s a little more like a balayage color, which I love! It grows out very naturally so you don’t need touch ups nearly as often as regular highlights.
Post # 9
@hogoboom2012: Have you thought about that balayage look? I might be confusing it with ombre but anyway… the basic idea is that your hair is dark/natural colour at the top and it gradually fades into a lighter colour:
Subtle, but with your length it would frame your face quite well. What I particularly like about it, is that it isn’t noticeable when it grows out because hair closer to your scalp/the top of your head is already dark/still natural, so it’s a good economical choice if you can’t afford to re-dye it regularly.
Post # 10
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@hogoboom2012: Absolutely do highlights! They will add dimension and shine to your hair without changing your overall look too much. Just tell the stylist you want something very natural and show that pic you found. You’ll be beautiful and you’ll still look like you. 😉
Post # 11
Thank you for the help ladies. I’m still pretty undecided. DH says go for it, but he doesn’t have to live with it if it doesn’t work lol. I appreciate all of your comments!
Post # 12
@ksus07: this is spot on what I have, down to her natural and highlighted colours.
OP, I get balayage done ONCE A YEAR, which saves me a ton of money. My colourist paints on thin streaks of colour, and uses three different tones usually. She also places more near my face framing layers, and just a couple of streaks go up to my scalp. The first time I had it done, I was very subtle and I thought it was a waste of money, but I went back every 3 months (3 times in 9 months) until I achieved the right look. It’s been two years of annual upkeep, and I LOVE it. Sometimes when I go get my hair cut, they will add one or two streaks to blend it, and those times they usually don’t even charge me.
Post # 13
@hogoboom2012: If you get a highlight that is similar to the picture youll be fine 3 months of growth. When you go just a shade or two lighter its hard to notice when it grows out. Thats what I have.
Post # 14
@hogoboom2012: love love love that inspiration pic and think it would look lovely on you! I say go for it!
Post # 15
Go for it! Highlights are NOT a big deal (as opposed to dying your whole head) and as long as your stylist knows what she is doing, you won’t regret it!
Post # 16
Look into bayalage like PP have suggested or flamboyage. I have a very subtle, natural looking ombré. I only need to go into the salon about twice a year and it looks even better as it grows out. I’ve had different shades over the years from daker to lighter blonde. Here’s a few pictures