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How to Use Goldwell Highlift 12-Series

Updated March 23, 2017

With Goldwell's Highlift 12-Series, natural looking blonde hair can be achieved without pre-lightening. The Goldwell line of Topchic HiBlondes Control features a few series of blonde hair colours, one of which is the Highlift 12-Series. This series has the strongest lift of up to five levels and features a Highlift Catalyst System for an integrated toning powerful lift. The Highlift 12-Series consists of four blonde shades. The Topchic HiBlondes line is gentle and delivers even, brilliant colour with superb shine by lifting and toning hair. It can be used for highlights or for all over colour.

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  1. Choose a shade of the Goldwell Highlift 12-Series that is closest to your natural hair colour. Check the results as they would appear on various shade levels on the Highlift Color Card or on the box of the Highlift hair colour. Consult a hair stylist for advice on choosing the right shade if unsure.

  2. Determine how many levels lighter you want to go. For 3-4 levels lighter, you will mix the dye with Topchic Lotion 9%. For 4-5 levels lighter, you'll mix it with Topchic Lotion 12%.

  3. Mix the 9% or 12% lotion with the colour in a non-metal bowl or in the bottle of the lotion. Make sure the ratio of lotion to colour is 2:1.

  4. Apply using the tip of the lotion bottle, or if mixed in a bowl, using your hands or a hair colouring brush. For all over colour, first apply colour evenly over each strand of hair from 1 inch away from scalp, all the way to the end. Check the time and leave the dye on for 10-15 minutes. Then, apply the colour evenly to the area near the scalp and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. The entire hair colour processing time should not exceed 45 minutes without heat, or 30 minutes if used with open air system heat.

  5. If using colour just for regrowth, apply only to the roots or the darkened area and leave on for 30-45 minutes.

  6. For highlights, apply only to chosen strands of hair and wrap each strand in aluminium foil. Do not leave it on for more than 45 minutes.

  7. Check on the hair colour after 30-45 minutes and leave on a little longer or if the desired colour is achieved, wash hair with warm water to rinse off the colour completely. Then, wash hair with shampoo and conditioner. Dry and style as you normally would.

  8. Tip

    Test a single strand of hair first if you're unsure of how the colour will look on your hair. Apply the colour to one strand, leave it on for up to 45 minutes and then rinse with warm water.


    Do not use Blonding Cream with the 12-Series, which can be used with other Highlift series. Do not use the Highlift 12-Series on hair that has been pre-lightened.

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Things You'll Need

  • Towel
  • Bowl
  • Highlight brush
  • Comb or brush
  • Shampoo and conditioner

About the Author

Aleksandra Ozimek

Aleksandra Ozimek has been writing professionally since 2007 for a fashion blog, various online media and the "Queens Courier," in addition to interning at "Cosmopolitan" magazine. She completed her Bachelor of Science in journalism and photography from St. John's University, where she is completing her master's degree.

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