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Old 06-03-2012, 03:00 PM
 
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Default Highlights vs. All Over Color (roots, cost, maintenance, etc.)

Hi there! I've been switching from light brown hair color with partial highlights to full highlights for about a year now. Currently I'm wanting to go back to blonde, but I'm tired of highlights costing so much and my roots showing.

I'm wondering, if I'm wanting to go back to all/mostly blonde, is it better to just keep doing full highlights or would it be less maintenance and cost for a stylist to lighten my whole head?

Also, the current stylist always wants to re-highlight my roots+ hair when my natural color has growth out near my roots. I'm wondering, if I have all over highlights and my roots have growth out, is there any way to just highlight my roots?
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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You will want to add some low lights along with highlights but honestly it all adds up over time $$$$$. If you are on a budget go back to a single color.

Also, check out some of the beauty schools in your area - they are always looking for clients to work on and you may find it a good deal.
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:18 PM
 
Location: bucks county, PA
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It will cost less, be lower maintenance, and healthier to have your stylist lighten your allover color with a high-lift color (Not Bleach). If your hair is naturally light brown you probably would not need bleach to lighten your allover color. You can then lighten it further by getting partial highlights about 2-3 a year. Just have them avoid putting too many highlights on your part line so the regrowth is not as obvious.

As a professional stylist, I can tell you that your stylist should not be overlapping your high-lights. They should only be highlighting the regrowth. Good luck!
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:14 AM
 
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Also, check out some of the beauty schools in your area - they are always looking for clients to work on and you may find it a good deal.
That a great idea! I can't believe I didn't think of that LOL thank you a million! (no sarcasm)

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As a professional stylist, I can tell you that your stylist should not be overlapping your high-lights. They should only be highlighting the regrowth. Good luck!
OMG are you serious? Everytime I brought up the idea of just highlighting the regrowth she made it seem like it can't be done or it won't look even. Would you mind explaining how it is done (like does she just eye and try to connect my roots to the highlights I already have?) How long do my roots have to be to highlight just the regrowth?
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Old 06-04-2012, 02:26 PM
 
Location: bucks county, PA
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Highlighting actually allows your stylist more control over placement. She should never be overlapping bleach or high-lift color. A stylist uses their weaving comb to take out the already highlighted hair and then just applies it to the new growth and only that part will be in the foil. This can be done as often as you would normally highlight your hair.

I hope you dont mind me saying that I think its time to look for a new stylist. If cost is a concern you can also look up nicer salons in your area. Many will have a model night with very low prices. Their newer stylists really need people to demonstrate their skills on before they are allowed to take paying clients. Your color will usually be done under very direct supervision from the owner or senior stylists. Its normally a great way to save money and get the skills of an experienced colorist. You can also consider a hair cuttery. The majority of stylists know not to overlap bleach.
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Old 06-04-2012, 02:42 PM
 
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I hope you dont mind me saying that I think its time to look for a new stylist. If cost is a concern you can also look up nicer salons in your area. Many will have a model night with very low prices. Their newer stylists really need people to demonstrate their skills on before they are allowed to take paying clients. Your color will usually be done under very direct supervision from the owner or senior stylists. Its normally a great way to save money and get the skills of an experienced colorist. You can also consider a hair cuttery. The majority of stylists know not to overlap bleach.

Thank you for your honesty! I did some research today and have found a new stylist that I'm willing to try out... she has great reviews and it a LOT cheaper. I'll meet with her later this week and ask her how she would deal with my roots growing out before asking her to highlight my hair

Just to make sure, say my roots had grown out an inch, my stylist should be able to just highlight my new regrowth and not my whole head again, correct?
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Old 06-06-2012, 05:36 PM
 
Location: bucks county, PA
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Yes, your stylist can just highlight the regrowth. If your regrowth is showing up that fast though you really may want to consider allover color.
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