- You can change the color of your highlights, but you’ll have to do it in a salon.
- The best time to change the color of your highlights is when it’s time to touch them up.
- You can decide if you want your highlights to be ashy, blonder, darker, or even in fantasy colors. I’ll tell you about two clients who changed the color of their highlights.
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If you want to change the color of your highlights, you should go to a salon.
The colorist will help you without jeopardizing your hair health and, of course, without ruining its color.
Try to be careful with color changes.
You may have seen many magical solutions on YouTube to change the color of the highlights, which seem very simple processes. Some YouTubers even explain how to fix exaggerated highlights.
However, do you know about the risks?
Chances are that if you try to change the color of your highlights, you’ll end up going to the salon to get your hair color corrected urgently.
To apply highlights, some sections of your hair are bleached. It means that those sections of your hair undergo a chemical process that strips them of moisture and nutrients.
Also, due to bleaching, the hair is more porous and tangled after the highlights.
More porous hair quickly absorbs the color you apply and the results in your highlights may be too bright.
On the other hand, do you have any colorimetry training?
Let’s say you want to darken the color of your highlights.You can’t apply a dark brown dye on your extra light blonde highlights because your hair will look like a zebra.
So far, we’ve got two things straight:
- You can change the color of your highlights, and you’ll have to do it in a salon.
- The best time to change the color of your highlights is during touch-up, usually every six months.
Here is the case of two of my clients who decided to change the color of their highlights, and of course, left their hair in my hands.
Two cases of highlight color changes in the salon
If you decide to change the color of your highlights, you should think about what you want to achieve.
- Do you feel like you want to brighten the contours of your face?
- Have you been renewing your highlights for a long time? Do you notice that they are too light, almost white, and you want to darken them?
- Do you have a small amount of hair and think that you can achieve more volume or make your hair look thicker by changing the color of your highlights?
- Have you fallen in love with fantasy colors? Do you think showing off green or blue highlights is a good option?
Once you know why you want to change the color of your highlights, look for inspiration. You can look for different alternatives on Instagram or in magazines.
Finally, with all the work done, it’s time to talk to your colorist. They’ll find the best alternative to change the color of your highlights according to your expectations.
Here’s the case of two of my clients who worked together to achieve the color change in their highlights.
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Case 1: Mariana, from extra light blonde highlights to strawberry blonde highlights
Mariana is a lively and fun-loving teenager, who has long been sporting very light blonde highlights.
The last time she came to the salon, she showed me a photo from Instagram, in which the model was sporting strawberry blonde hair. Mariana didn’t want to dye all her hair that color. All she wanted was to change the color of her highlights to strawberry blonde.
It was a fairly simple technique for me because all I had to do was apply a red toner to her highlights.
Of course, the color change was straightforward because I’m a colorist. But I can assure you that if Mariana had applied the red toner, her highlights would have been completely red instead of strawberry blonde.
A colorist knows how long to leave a toner to achieve the desired color because the base color of the highlights is also considered. Applying a red toner on extra light blonde highlights is not the same as applying it on light brown highlights.
Case 2: Silvia, from blonde to silver highlights
Silvia is 50 years old and has been using highlights to hide her gray hair for a long time. But as the months went by, she started getting tired of her highlights always looking too yellow.
What did she decide?
She wanted her highlights to be silver!
I thought it was an excellent choice. First, because Silvia has an oval face and high cheekbones, so the silver highlights would bring out her best features.
Also, the gray hair would be concealed.
What did I do to achieve the color change in her highlights?
I put the cap on, divided the strands, and bleached her hair. However, this time, I chose a silver toner instead of yellow to give her highlights a metallic effect.
As a colorist, I suggest you go to a salon if you want to change the color of your highlights. Your colorist will be able to change the color of your highlights to make them lighter, darker, ashy, or even use a fantasy color.