Post # 1
So I’ve never had my hair professionally highglighted. I’m gonna do that and get layers today – very excited!
However, when the lady asked me what I wanted to get done when I was making the appointment – partial or full highlights – I said partial. Now I’m nervous that was the wrong choice.
I have dark brown hair and I want REALLY natural highlights – not blond, but like a lighter brown, caramel…something like that.
But the thing is 95% of the time, I wear my hair up, and I read that partial highlights might look weird because then you’ll see there’s no color in the bottom half of your hair.
Does anyone have partial highlights and wear their hair up? How does it look?
I feel I can’t ask them to do full when I get to the salon becuase they probably only have me in for a ceratin timeslot…and I have a lot of hair. But maybe I can?
Post # 3
Yeah partial looks funny if you wear your hair up.
Post # 4
Oh nos! Do you think they’ll get pissed if I asked them to do a bit more? I should have told them I’ve never had this done before and just gotten their opinion 🙁
Post # 5
Salon’s usually alot about the same time for hair highlights. I would go ahead and ask for a full. You are right with partial with wearing your hair up all the time you won’t see it. I have colored my hair full, partial the whole thing for over 20 some years now. Only way it would take up a lot more time if you have like my hair very very very thick hair but my stylist can still get it done in the alotted time and I have changed from partial to full before.
Post # 6
You should go with full. Just call them and say you changed your mind and want full.
I’d recommend taking in a picture of what you want your hair to look like. I went in and asked for red highlights, my stylist was like “um… really?” then I showed her the picture, they were actually a copper highlight that against the girl’s hair color (same base hair color as mine) had a redish tint. What I asked for was not what I actually wanted; I’m glad the stylist gave me her input and that I had a picture.
Post # 7
Thank you for giving me hope. I’ll ask and see what they say. But I do have A LOT of hair. Maybe they can just do a little less than normal, but still full.
I just hope it looks natural – eek. Kinda going for this type of look. I feel that might be too light still, since my hair is a dark brown, but I feel it blends nicely with her hair:
Post # 8
I have partial in my hair, It doesnt look bad to wear your hair up… it looks more natural as if the sun just lightened the top of your hair… How ever next time I am getting a full just because i want it to blend better with my extensions on my wedding day. But really both are good 😀
Post # 10
by the way, do you have a pic with your hair up, maybe profile view?
Post # 11
I’ve gotten partials before and the hairdresser does the top bottom and sides but just not all my hair in the middle. This works fine for hair all up. The only issue is if you do hair 1/2 up… then you will see dark in the middle. However, if you are unsure, I’m sure you can ask them switch it to a full and they will do whatever they can so it looks perfect for you!
Post # 12
great – thanks for your help!
Post # 13
I’m a light brown naturally and have highlighted for some time… so here are a few tips I’ve learned!
DO more than one color…. especially with dark brown hair, adding a lighter brown as well as a caramel will conceal roots as it grows out and will look more natural. If you despise roots make sure you stay within one to two shades of your natural color.
DO get full over partial…. my hairdresser does this and it’s only 10 bucks more… really, not too bad considering!!! 🙂
I can show pics of me if you want to see.
Post # 14
that’s great…but did I need to tell them beforehand that I want two colors?
Post # 15
I have brown hair as well, with subtle natural highlights. I have always gone for partial, and just gottenn a couple shades lighter than my natural. I always thought it looked nice, but then again, I always had natural highlights to being with.