Want to give your hair color a few sun-kissed streaks, but don’t want to spend a lot of time and money in the salon? Today’s at-home highlights are pretty easy to use, especially if you listen to Marcy Cona, Clairol’s Creative Director for Color & Style. Here, she shares some key hairstyling tricks and tips that you won’t find on the back of the box. (Of course, you must follow those how-to’s too!)
1. Style your hair first. “Always apply highlights on dry hair and make sure your hair is styled the way you typically wear it.” says Cona. This way, you’ll know exactly where to place your highlights so that they’ll be visible and complement your hairstyle.
2. Color outside the lines. “Highlights don’t have to go down the entire strand of hair,” she says. To mimic the way the sun would naturally bleach your hair, you should be consistently inconsistent. Paint different widths of highlights (from about Â¼ inch to Â½ inch) and make some more prominent on the roots and others on the ends.
3. Practice with hair conditioner. Before you reach for the bleach, put some conditioner on the applicator and paint a few fake highlights. Work on areas where you don’t plan to place real highlights. Once you feel comfortable wielding the color wand, then you’re ready to use the real thing.
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