How to color hair with the cap technique

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I will tell you how to colour your hair using the cap technique which most store bought hair colours and frosters come with. After reading this article you will be able to colour your hair and have it look as though a salon did it. These are used primarily for highlighting and low lighting your hair.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Frosting Kit or Highlighting kit (purchase at store)
  • Towel
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Comb or Brush

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  1. 1

    Place the cap on your head with your hair in the fashion you normally wear it.

  2. 2

    Pulling your hair through the holes in the cap is going to determine how many or how few highlights or lowlights your hair ends up with. Also the number of hairs pulled through is going to determine the same thing. Start pulling your hair through the holes in the cap with the hook provided in your kit. If you want a lot of tiny highlights or lowlights for a less noticeable effect, then pull only a few strands through every other hole. This is totally a matter of personal choice.

  3. 3

    Begin your colouring in an area that is most resistant to colour removal. This is usually the crown of the head. Put your colouring solution on your entire head of hair. Wait for a half an hour or however long is indicated on your colouring kit. Check in on it occasionally to make sure it is not being left on too long.

  4. 4

    Once you have achieved the shade of highlights or lowlights you desire, rinse your hair with the cap on. Once the solution is removed from the hair, the hair will come back through the holes in the cap easier. Remove the cap, and wash your hair as usual.

  5. 5

    Toning your highlighted or low-lighted hair can be done after hair is towel dried if you so desire. Of course you would want a colour that would compliment your natural colour.

Tips and warnings

  • You may want to get a friend or neighbour or even your sister to help you with this process as the back of the head is hard to see and reach.
  • Do not leave the colour treatment on longer than recommended. It can make your hair become gummy and fall out!
  • Consult a beauty professional before changing your hair.
  • Do not wash your hair prior to colouring it.

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