The Right Highlight Kit
It all starts with the right tools. From your preferred beauty supply store, buy a high-quality hair highlight kit. Regardless of the brand, all kits will include a lightener. Professional hair colorists recommend choosing a kit that is labeled for your starting point color rather than the results you’re looking for. As a rule of thumb, it’s good to go for highlights up to two shades lighter than the natural color to avoid damaging the hair.
It’s also advised to have tin foil handy to separate the strands that are being dyed from the rest of the hair. Always wear gloves when working with dyes and lighteners. It’s best to use a hair-dying brush but, in a pinch, a toothbrush will do just as well for highlighting.
Do a Strand Test
Before committing to using a highlighting product on your entire hair, test it out on one strand. Pay attention to how long it takes that one strand to achieve the lightness you want by checking on it in about ten minutes. If the desired color isn’t reached, re-apply and check on it in 5-minute intervals.
Pro Tips for Proper Streaks
Start by parting your hair normally and see which strands are face-framing. Apply the lightener onto one-inch sections of the hair, starting several inches away from the scalp. As you move towards the back of your head, thin out the sections gradually to about half an inch. For under layers, do only quarter-inch sized locks. Don’t worry about achieving perfect symmetry – it will result in a more natural look! When you’re done highlighting, rinse, shampoo, and condition your hair well!