How to Perform Full Highlights Using a Weaving Technique

Updated November 21, 2016

In hair styling, various techniques are used to create different styles and outcomes. When it comes to colouring and highlighting hair, multiple ways exist to get hair the colour of choice. For highlights that are blended throughout an entire head of hair, opt for a weaving technique to ensure strands from all over get the colour they deserve. By weaving the highlights in throughout the whole head of hair, the highlights are more evenly distributed and create an all over shimmer.

Brush hair to remove all tangles and knots. Part hair by using the natural hair part as a guide, or position a part according to the person's hairstyle. Wet hair and comb through to get hair straight.

Use the pointed end of a rat tail comb and start at the top of the head. Weave the pointed end of the comb handle through the hair, starting two to four inches from the root. To weave, place the tail under a one-quarter inch section of hair, go under the hair and then weave back to the top; pass over the top of one-quarter inch of hair and weave downwards. Repeat the process until you have reached the end of the comb tail, as hair will pile up on the comb.

Lift with the comb handle and your other hand the woven section of hair. Clip to the top of the head using hair clips. Using the pointed comb end, pull out of the clip small sections to highlight. Pull out a few strands for some highlights and larger sections to create chunkier highlights. Place highlighter on to sections of hair, wrap in foil and flip up towards the top of the head to expose the hair that has not been woven.

Continue weaving the comb handle through the whole head of hair, repeating the process until you have pulled out enough sections to highlight.


Practice your weaving technique before applying highlights.


Use caution when working with frosting bleach or highlights as you can damage your skin if you do not wear gloves.

Things You'll Need

  • Rat tail comb
  • Tin foil
  • Hair clips
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Comb
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