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How to Highlight the Crown of Your Hair

Updated April 17, 2017

Highlights help create definition in the hair and enhance the colours of your eyes and face. As "My Hair Style" reports, highlights have become a more popular choice over colouring your hair completely. You must choose the right shade and placement of highlights. For a subtle look, stick to highlights a shade or two lighter than your natural hair colour. For a more dramatic look, opt for a contrasting colour such as cherry red on brown hair or bright pink on blonde.

Wrap the towel around your neck to cover your shoulders and top. The towel will catch any spills.

Prepare the hair colour. The instructions for mixing may vary from one brand of highlighting kit to another, so read over the instructions before getting started.

Brush hair through to prepare for colouring. Highlighting your hair will be much easier if the hair is smooth and not tangled.

Put on a pair of latex gloves. These should come included in your highlighting kit.

Pull a small section of hair out from the back of your head about 1/4 inch in width. For chunkier highlights, dye sections of hair 1/2 to 1 inch wide. Starting at the back and working your way to the front works best because it helps you avoid smearing pieces you have already dyed.

Rub dye onto this section of hair. Start at the root and work your way down to the ends to ensure the lightest part of the highlight shows at the top of the hair shaft

Gather more random sections of hair around your head, working from the back to the front and dyeing each in the same manner. You can highlight as few or as many pieces as desired.

Wait the suggested amount of time. Typically for highlights the wait time is between 45 minutes and 1 hour.

Rinse the dye out of your hair and style as desired.

Tip

Do not worry about highlighting hair perfectly, as it looks more natural when the highlights are placed randomly. To keep highlights from turning brassy, shampoo and condition hair with a purple shampoo and conditioner once every two to three weeks. These products deposit a small amount of purple-hued pigment onto hair, to reduce yellow tones in the hair and prevent brassiness.

Warning

Avoid colouring hair more than once every couple of months. Overprocessing the hair causes damage, frizz and possibly even thinning or baldness.

Things You'll Need

  • Highlighting kit
  • Towel
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About the Author

In 2000 Diana Prince began writing as a journalist for the school newspaper. Later, she took on a lead writing job at a locally published newspaper. Her work has appeared in various magazines and online publications. She has a degree in cosmetology, a certification in personal training and nutrition and holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and journalism from McMaster University.