If you have straight hair, you’re an excellent candidate for at-home hair highlighting. Because your strands are flat — and most likely, fairly smooth — there’s a smaller margin for error. The trick is to strategically place your streaks so they look natural. Keep reading for some must-know highlighting tips, specifically for straight hair!
Brush It Out
Before you start highlighting, brush your hair thoroughly and make sure you can run a comb through it with ease. You want to be sure that you don’t have any tangles or knots — even small ones. Highlights placed over snags can make your streaks look unnaturally bumpy or uneven, and will be especially visible in straight hair.
Layer Your Lines
Highlights should be layered throughout your hair. Place a few on the surface (specifically, near your face and crown) and the majority underneath. This will give your hair depth and make the color look natural. If all the streaks are on the same level, the effect can be stripe-like. Make sure to use a color kit with a non-drip formula, like Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme Multi-Lights Highlighting Kit.
Using a toner after you color will soften and blend your highlights, which is important for straight hair. Since there’s not a lot of texture to your tresses, your streaks may look harsh, even if you’ve placed them perfectly. L’Oréal Paris Colorist Secrets Brass Banisher will balance your color instantly and add tons of shine.
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