(Closed) Highlights vs all over color?

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Are you coloring dark brown? I think that would be fine. But I’d try doing a test spot to see how long you might need to leave the color in.

I rarely spend money on getting my hair done but everytime i’ve gotten highlights I’ve gotten them way lighter than I wanted and end up putting coloring all over to darken my highlights and give them a more natural look.  

Post # 5
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Make sure you find out what you want – and how to communicate it and whether or not the stylist is capable of it!! or it can be frustrating, expensive, or downright disastrous…

In the past year, I went from light brown color with blonde highlights done by a stylist in a salon to all-over medium brown color from a box done by me at home. It took all year to finally look like a consistent brown since the highlights were really light. I liked it – here’s what I looked like at Christmas:

But I wanted to start finding a stylist for my wedding, so at the end of the year (New Years), I went to a salon and got all-over medium brown permanent dye…I hated it. Here’s me at New Years just hours after the salon (oh, and she insisted on straightening it, like curly hair was ugly 🙁


So I went back this weekend and had her add highlights. I ended up with streaks, so I think I hate that too…. I currently have a poll up with a picture – check it out: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/hair-help-highlights-or-tiger-stripes Thank goodness I didn’t wait until closer to the wedding!

I will probably go find another stylist in a week or two to blend this better for me. OR I might just go back to doing all-over medium brown myself and save hundreds of dollars again! 

Let us know how it goes – post pics! And if it works out, tell us how you communicated it to the stylist so maybe we’ll have better luck, too 🙂

Post # 6
269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I urge you to be careful with self coloring/highlighting.  As the daughter of a cosmetologist, I’ve seen the disasters!  Be very very careful!  A nice salon will charge you three times more to fix a self-color gone wrong! 

Post # 7
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Lolasmomma: You could definitely get rid of the highlights that way as long as you’re using a dark enough colour. Maybe try applying it to the highlighted part first, then apply to roots after 15 mins or so to ensure the evenness of colour.

You might (probably will) run into problems when you go back to get highlights since at-home colour is notoriously hard to lighten (in comparison with salon formulas)… some brands are easier than others. I’m no chemist but word on the street is to stay away from loreal (especially feria). Garnier colour should be okay and nice n easy is one of the better ones too.

Of course, when you go back to get highlights tell your stylist what kind of dye you used.

If you want to be safe I’d recommend just using a semi-permanent type of product that gradually washes out until you can get the highlights redone.

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