How to do lowlights at home

Updated February 21, 2017

Lowlights can add a lot of dimension to a hair style and bring attention to layers in a haircut. Having lowlights applied at a salon can be costly. It is possible to apply lowlights at home and get a salon-quality result with the many home hair-dying kits that are available on the market today. Lowlights can be applied independently or you can have a friend help you and make the occasion into a salon pampering party.

Wash the hair with a clarifying shampoo for two or three days prior to the day of colouring. This will help to remove any build-up from styling products and help to ensure the colour is able to reach the hair fibres evenly. Do not wash the hair on the day of the colouring, so that the natural oils can collect and protect the scalp from the chemicals of the hair colouring.

Put on old clothes before starting the colouring process. Hair colouring will not wash out of clothing once it comes in contact with the fabric.

Place a thin layer of vaseline at the edge of the hairline all the way around to prevent the hair dye from staining your skin.

Pull most of the hair forward and clip it up and out of the way with hair clips. Use a comb to section out a small section of hair for the first section to colour.

Mix up the hair colouring. Don't mix the colouring until everything is ready for the hair colour to start being applied to the hair. The colour will start processing as soon as it is mixed and needs to be applied to the hair in a timely manner. Most hair colouring kits recommend having all of the dye applied within 20 minutes of mixing the colouring.

Select a section of hair at the back of the head about ΒΌ-inch wide and apply the lowlight. Lowlights should be only two or three shades darker than the natural colour of the hair. Apply the lowlights working from the back to the front to keep from smearing the colour with your sleeves while you work. Remove more hair from the hair clips for the next section to dye. Replace any extra hair back in the clip. Repeat this process until all of the desired hair has had the lowlights applied to it.

Allow the colour to remain on the hair for the required amount of processing time. Refer to the directions on the kit for how long the colour should remain on the hair.

Rinse the hair out with water after the processing time is complete. Continue to rinse the hair until the water runs clear and all of the excess colour has been removed.

Apply a deep conditioner to the hair as directed on the bottle and then rinse. The deep conditioner will help to keep the hair from drying out due to the chemicals in the hair dye.

Things You'll Need

  • Clarifying shampoo
  • ½-inch acrylic brush
  • Disposable gloves
  • Vaseline
  • Old clothes
  • Hair clips
  • Comb
  • Deep conditioner
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Lynn Rademacher started writing in 2001, covering technology, family and finance topics. Her writing has appeared in "Unique Magazine" and the "Ortonville Independent," among other publications. Rademacher holds a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from South Dakota State University.