How To Highlight Hair At Home with or without Highlighting Kits


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With the brand new year, many of you might be looking for ultimate transformations. And what can be a better way to oomph up your look other than getting your hair a fancy makeover. Now that can be a cool haircut or some “ooh-la-la” hair color or hair highlights, but all of us know salon trips are expensive and not the best bet for many. So today, I will be talking about how to highlight hair at home with or without highlighting kits.

Highlight Hair At Home with and without Highlighting Kits

Which highlight should I go for?

When you pick a hair highlight colour, make sure you select the one that goes well with your skin tone and the purpose. The colour should go perfectly in coordination with the attire or the occasion. If you have jet black hair, blonde highlights will not look good and would stand out oddly! Similarly, pink highlights aren’t the best option for a corporate professional or a college professor. So keep in mind your hair color, skin tone, profession and occasion before deciding on a color. The ideal highlight color is the one that is one or two shades lighter than your natural hair color.

Temporary Highlights:

There are two ways you can go for temporary highlights:

Artificial Chemical-Free Highlighting Using Lemon:

One of the easiest ways to highlight hair is by using lemon juice. Lemon juice contains 5 percent citric acid, which is a very weak oxidizing agent that absorbs into the hair cortex. The acid works in tandem with sunlight’s UV rays to activate and accelerate the brightening process. The oxidizing process chemically attacks and reduces the melanin and lightens hair color. You can mix 2 parts of lemon juice with 1 part of water or leave in conditioner (for very dry hair). Expose your hair to sunlight for at least 2 hours. You will see brighter and lighter color difference.

Best Highlighting Kits:

Another good option to follow are hair highlighting kits. These kits are specially designed to help you try out highlighting without professional help. The kits are affordable and come in basic blonde, brown, honey, copper and burgundy shades. You can check out the following kits:


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  • Streax Ultralights Highlighting Kit: This kit makes hair highlighting at home an easy-breezy affair. Enriched with argan oil and walnut oil, the formula delivers rich color with improved shine and smoothness. You have to choose the hair strands you wish to highlight. Now just mix the color powder sachet and the developer in a bowl in a 1:2 ratio and apply the mixture to the chosen hair strand with the applicator brush. Wash and condition your hair and see the fabulous hair transformation.
  • Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Multi-Lights Highlighting Kit: Garnier is a top pick when it comes to hair-coloring options. The Nutrisse range offers a wide spectrum of highlighting shades- from black to extra light blonde. Garnier recommends staying within two levels, either darker or lighter, than your natural color for the best result. The kit is perfect for giving you highlights with the undertones of your choice, with no extra hassle.
  • L’Oreal Paris Excellence Fashion Highlights Hair Color: This might be the first brand to create the easiest Do-It-Yourself highlighter kit. You can get salon like ultra glamorous highlights for your fashionable hair, right in the comfort of your home. The expert applicator brush ensures easy, fail proof application and the formula is specifically designed for dark Indian hair.

Without foil: You can easily highlight your hair without using aluminium foil. Here’s how:

  • Mix the dye according to the instructions given on the highlighting kit.
  • Section away and clip up the top half of your hair.
  • Coat the bristles of your paddle brush with dye with the help of a hair tinting brush.
  • Run this brush through a section of your hair from the midsection to the ends of your hair.
  • Flip the brush and run it through the back of the same section of hair.
  • Saturate the ends with more dye as they require more product than the top section of your hair.
  • Keep applying dye to your brush and running it through your hair until you’ve covered all the sections. You can stagger at the points where you start applying the dye. Run the brush a little further up on some sections and further down some others so that your balayage look comes out well.
  • Repeat the same dyeing process on all sections of hair.
  • Leave the dye on for the duration of time indicated on the box.
  • Wash off all the dye with a color safe shampoo and conditioner.

With foil:

Foil highlights are the most traditional way of doing highlights at home. The desired areas are covered with strips of aluminium foils which trap the heat and helps the color process faster. It also makes sure that the dye doesn’t bleed onto surrounding hair, thus giving you very precise highlights.

  • Mix your hair dye according to the instructions.
  • Comb your hair well.
  • Part your hair down the middle.
  • Cut out foil strips 4 inches wide and at least 2 inches longer than the length of your hair.
  • Divide your hair into small square sections and section them with sectioning clips.
  • Now, hold the tail end of your rat tail comb parallel to your center parting and slice it through the upper layer of that section so that you pick up all the surface strands of that section.
  • Place a strip of foil under the sliced off section of hair, making sure its end is placed right at the roots.
  • Apply hair dye on this section of hair right from the roots to ends.
  • Fold this foil in half by bringing its bottom edge up to its top edge at the roots. Fold it in half this way one more time.
  • Fold the outside edges of the foil inwards and secure it in place with a sectioning clip.
  • Repeat this process on all the sections of hair.
  • Let the dye sit in your hair for the duration of time indicated on the box.
  • Remove foils and wash off with a color-safe shampoo and conditioner.

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