- Yes, you can do highlights and lowlights at the same time, but always in a salon. And you should get them from a colorist who has experience in applying both techniques together. Later on, I’ll tell you how to work with this technique in the salon.
- If you try to do highlights and lowlights at the same time on your own, your hair will be blotchy and you will ruin its color and health.
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How can you dye hair darker but keep highlights?
Of course you can do highlights and lowlights at the same time. But believe me, you shouldn’t try it on your own.
Because getting highlights and lowlights at the same time requires four fundamental conditions: knowledge, experience, precision, and speed.
You see, to do highlights, you have to bleach parts of your hair. And to do lowlights, you have to use a dye on other sections of your hair.
So if you want to do highlights and lowlights at the same time, you need to go to a salon. And not just any salon. You should find a salon that has colorists who are experienced in applying both techniques at the same time.
That way, your colorist can:
- Use the knowledge to evaluate how your hair reacts to bleaching and dyeing.
- Take advantage of their experience in foil highlights, which aren’t the same as cap highlights.
- Accuracy: because they will separate your hair and decide which strands to bleach and which to darken.
- Speed: because the two processes are done almost at the same time. In fact, the colorist will probably work with an assistant.
By doing the highlights and lowlights at the same time your hair will turn out several shades, with a greater depth of color.
How to apply highlights and lowlights at the same time
The first thing the colorist will do is evaluate if your hair will withstand bleaching. They’ll also check its porosity to understand how the dye will settle in your hair. After this evaluation, your colorist will work on your hair, with the help of an assistant, for more than an hour.
- They’ll start by separating a section of your hair, which they’ll divide with a comb into small strands to apply the bleach mixture.
- When they finish applying the mixture, they’ll wrap the strands with aluminum foil to speed up the bleach.
- Always working on the same section of hair, they’ll then apply dark dye to the remaining small strands, to achieve the lowlights.
- They’ll repeat this procedure on each of the sections of hair they separated.
- They’ll leave both the bleach mixture and the dye in your hair for 40 minutes . After the exposure time has elapsed, they’ll rinse out all of your hair.
- Then they will apply a purple toner to remove the yellowish colors, then rinse and dry your hair.
- Finally, they’ll ask you to look at your highlights and lowlights at the same time.
How to care for highlighted and lowlighted hair
- Wash your hair with sulfate-free shampoo . Sulfates fade both dye and toner quickly.
- Use moisturizing conditioner with natural oils and fruit proteins, ideal for bleached hair.
- Don’t straighten or curl your hair for the first two weeks . And when you use heat tools, apply a heat protectant.
If you follow these tips, you’ll be able to return to the salon to renew just your highlights after two months. You’ll only need to renew the lowlights every 5 to 6 months depending on your natural hair color.
To do highlights and lowlights at the same time, you should go to a salon. Choose a colorist who has experience in applying both techniques at the same time.