Post # 1
I have black hair… with a few greys now, mostly underneath. I wanted to color all of it, then figured it might be less damaging to just highlight it and concentrate on the whites just a bit more. But, I’m also super frugal and have hair just past my bra strap and really don’t want to pay upwards for $200 for this, so I wanted to just take a home kit and try it myself. Has anyone done this? Any tips? Is it worth trying?
Post # 2
Yes! I do mine all the time. 🙂 I got a kit from amazon that came with a brush and a highlighting cap. But once i got home I realized i didn’t have time for the cap so I just picked up random strands and went for it. I used Loreal Paris Colour Rays in red. It’s vibrant enough to show up on my dark brown hair! And it lasted a while.
I actually just used that cap on my SIL recently and took the time to do her highlights. The cap made it more even but it would’ve been hard to get the back myself. We used Vidal Sassoon Runway Red for hers and that color faded almost immediately!
Post # 3
Don’t try this yourself! I beg you! I have dark hair, too. I tried this to save some money. Let me tell you… The $12.00 kit ended up costing me over $300.00 to fix the mess I made. Highlighting causes a lot of damage and will come out orange on dark hair if you don’t have the right formula.
Get a consultation from a reputable salon. I get my hair colored and highlighted for about $70.00 every six or eight weeks from a pro now. Well worth it.
Post # 4
FreckledFox: Wow, that is an awesomely bold color. I’m waaaay to chicken to try that on myself! Do you have pics? Did you use foil to keep the color of catching on the rest of your hair or just let it touch?
Bobbysbride: I used to try to do a full color all the time and color would barely show. Do you remember what kit you tried?
Post # 5
pinkshoes: Personally, I don’t think it’s worth trying if your going to be using drug store hair dye. I also have dark hair, and have had experience with drug store dye. When I used it to go lighter, my hair ended up being to coppery for my liking. It wasn’t horrible or brassy, but just too redish/vibrant for my complexion.
Dark hair has a lot of natural reddish pigment, and professional salons know the correct dyes/toners to achieve the right balance of color.
I would recommend doing some research and going to Sally’s and purchasing the proper hair dye. One size does not fit all when it comes to hair dye. Try Sally’s or esalon, both have knowledgeable staff (from what I’ve experienced) that can help you achieve salon quality highlights. Once you get the dye, I’m sure a hair highlighting cap would suit your needs perfectly!
Post # 6
pinkshoes: I did use foil so it was more streaky. I don’t have any pics, sorry it was many years ago! I ended up dying my whole head that color because it was hard to touch up the highlights!
Post # 7
pinkshoes: I have, but I recommend having a friend help. I would go to Sally’s (Beauty store) get the powdered bleach and the solution either 10 or 20, foil, mixing bowl, and brush. Then you can decide how chunky you want it or streaky. Also get a Toner to help even it out. 🙂 I am not very good at doing my own hair, so I would guide my friend as she put in the foils and mixture.
Post # 8
pinkshoes: do not do this. I can promise you, for every person who posts here saying it went well there are 40 people who spent hundreds at the salon to fix it (and throw in the dozens who have literally melted their hair off.)
Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. All-over color is a way safer option.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lubeznik Center for the Arts
Honestly…I know some people are good at doing their own hair, but I personally have tried to highlight my own hair and although it turned out good, it damaged my hair badly. I think the chemicals in the box are much harsher.
My Mom has always had good luck using a cap and you can get the bleach from a beauty supply store that maybe is less damaging? Just be aware, there are a whole lot of ways where this could go wrong!!!
Post # 10
pinkshoes: Why not try a salon school? I paid $40 (with tip) for my highlights, and they look very professionally done. I’ve gone to the same girl for a year now for cuts (growing out from a pixie cut) and other services, and she’s great! I’ll be sad to see her go! With a school too, you’ll have an experienced stylist on hand, and they will set out a plan and confirm it with you before anything actually happens. It’s pretty neat, and usually if you want something a bit more specific, the students and teachers are very happy to go with it.
Post # 11
Personally, I’d do all over colour, it’s much easier. Maybe just cover the greys? I think it would be less damaging to go darker than lighter. I attempted streaks once, with foil. It looked ok, but stopped (had a friend do a little bit and we couldn’t be bothered, didn’t feel confident enough to continue). You would have to highlight and then tone with dark hair right?
My advice is, either dye all your hair a colour very close to your natural, or find an excellent hairdresser and hold onto that person for dear life!!! I’ve had two hairdressers in a row wreck my hair recently, but there are good ones out there! You just have to find them. And never let them go. 🙂
Post # 12
Go ahead and try it, worst case scenario you don’t like it so you pick up another $10 box and go back to your original colour since the dark will cover the highlights regardless of how bad they get. Also a fun tip to sop the dye from cathing the rest of the hair is to put conditioner on the areas you dont dye, it keeps the dye from touching the actual hair.
Post # 13
- Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF
I’m not going to lie, attempting to highlight my naturally black hair was the worst mistake of my entire life. As @bkrocks13 mentioned, I am one of the people who paid $$$s (close to $400.00, actually!) to fix my hair post-at home job.
First, despite following the instructions to a T, stripping my hair with bleach should’ve been my cue to stop and sprint to a salon. The mixture I bought from the store left my hair fried and disgusting but I naively assumed that was the effect of removing the natural color. I applied the dye (a nice, pleasant deep auburn) and rinsed in accordance with the box’s instructions, hoping to emerge from the shower with beautiful locks…
When I woke up the next morning, the dye had continued to process – DESPITE having been washed out – and my hair was bright orange/pink. The dye had leaked to other unintended strands as well causing me to look like an absolute fool. I had to take time off school to go to the corrective salon in near tears where I was charged 40x what the dye itself had cost. My hair also remained fried and horrible for close to a year while it grew out and I couldn’t even have new highlights put in for fear of massive breakage.
TL;DR: Don’t do it. Cough up the money for a professional. Seriously.
Post # 14
I agree with pp. My hair is very dark brown and attempting to highlight it myself cost me a fotune in money and cost me the health of my hair for over a year. I finally got mine put right but had to have all my hair cut to chin length because it was fried. Biggest (hair-related) mistake ever! Step away from the dye!
Post # 15
I’m a hairdresser, so you might consider my opinion biased, but I’ll give it anways. I actually think there is absolutely nothing wrong with touching up a few grays at home with a boxed colour that is similar to your natural shade. It’s relatively fool-proof and can look pretty good even if spots are missed. Additionally, people with dark blonde or very light brown hair can sometimes manage to self-highlight and have it look okay. Not great, but passable.
HOWEVER, on dark hair, I say it’s an absolutely not. Here is why. Dark hair lightens very unreliably. You could get an orangey shade, you could get a burgundy shade, you could get a very brassy yellow shade…or it might not lighten at all. When you lighten at home, you have no way to balance out whatever tone you end up with. At the salon, what we do when we highlight dark hair is we first apply a lightener (bleach) in foils, which pulls the pigment out of the hair. Then, after rinsing, we mix up a toner to counter-act whatever weird colour the hair turned (if it turned orange, I mix up an ashy brown to make it caramel. If the client wanted blonde but it turned up rather yellow, I mix up a blue-based ash blonde to counteract the brass). At home you have no way of doing this. You are left with whatever end result you get after the lightening stage.
If you really want to do at home colour to cover your grays, doing an all-over colour really isn’t “damaging” at all. In fact, I’d say it’s less damaging than highlighting. Going lighter is always more stressful on the hair than going the same level or darker. So if you’re looking for an at home solution, I’d say that’s the ticket. If not, see a professional. I have quite a few clients who touch up their base at home and then come to me for a few natural highlights a few times a year.