When I go to my pricey hair salon the colorist applies lowlights as well as highlights. Beautiful, but one problem: the pricey part. Can I duplicate this process at home?
– Au natural
Dear Au No You Dih’Int,
According to hairstyle-blog.com, lowlights are described in the following way, “The same as highlights but with the introduction of darker tones instead of lighter tones.” This explanation once again proves that hairstyle bloggers are just as smart as Astrophysicists — except without the telescope, celestial objects, and brains.
So if it’s so simple what’s the deal? The problem lies in the online warning, which states that only a hair care professional should attempt lowlights. And Bossy stumbled upon this warning on a little thing she likes to call Every Beauty Website In The Universe.
Because: although at-home highlights can produce very organic sun-kissed results, it’s not that easy to select the darker colors to compliment your overall hair and skin tones.
This is partly due to the fact that there haven’t been many lowlight products available in the drugstores — so if you wanted lowlights you had to apply one of their overall colors to small sections of your hair. But this is changing. Blame millions of pricey hair salons touting lowlights.
The two companies that have come out with specific lowlighting kits are Revlon:
Revlon sweeps the category of: Hair Color Names Meant To Send You Directly Into Starbucks — with the likes of Cinnamon, Chocolate, and Toffee.
Garnier wins for hippest because it’s all colour this and colour that.
If you are going to attempt this lowlighting process at home, hairstyle-blog.com wants to remind you, “If a dramatic, chunky look is the goal, heavier chunks of hair will be colored.” Like Bossy said, it’s brain surgery — without the brains.
Here’s The Revlon Site That Proves Once And For All That When You See Someone With Blue-Black Hair, They Did That Shit On Purpose.
And Here’s An Article Listing Other Hair Coloring Choices – Like Going Grey.
lildb saysFebruary 15, 2007 at 5:43 pm
I, for one, am deliberately self-graying.
It’s ridiculously fabulous.
Brando saysFebruary 15, 2007 at 6:02 pm
But how do you get your hair as soft and silky as your mink?
zed saysFebruary 16, 2007 at 5:36 pm
i’m vain,and so have highlights. but get your hairdresser to do it – she’ll do it well AND hydrate your hair.
i did speak.
Her Bad Mother saysFebruary 17, 2007 at 10:41 am
OK, so… if hair-colouring really isn’t all that difficult, and really doesn’t require advanced degrees in hairology or Follicle Studies… why am I so intimidated by hairdressers? Has my inferiority complex in the presence of hair stylists been completely misguided, all these years? Have I been intimidated – sometimes to the point of agreeing to *really bad haircuts* – NEEDLESSLY, all this time?
Adorable Girlfriend saysFebruary 17, 2007 at 11:01 am
I go tO a place in AZ. It’s great.