I got sneaky highlights to give my hair amazing volume

Wed, 19 October 2016 10:08AM

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I’ve always had baby-fine hair. It’s the worst! It’s really soft and shiny, and you’d think that’s a plus – but actually, it means it takes a mountain of product to give it any form of volume. Seriously, if you’d stuck your hand in my hair on any given day, you’d have been forgiven for thinking you’d actually stuck your hand into a haystack, that’s how roughed up I had to make it to keep any kind of ‘lift’ in the roots. Without all this, it would fall flat, have no movement, and look dull.

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This is heavily, heavily styled – and still flat! Ugh!

I was pretty fed up with the whole time-consuming process of volumising with the crappy results. I’d read online that people were starting to do what I’m coining ‘sneaky highlights’ – hair highlights that give the illusion of volume. I headed to Edwards and Co in Surry Hills to give this colouring trend a shot. I stressed to my colourist, Kathleen, that I wanted the whole thing to look really natural – this wasn’t really about changing my colour, more about getting more volume. I was totally fine to look a bit sun-kissed, but not blonde!

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My hair from the front, right before colour.

She explained that with highlights, in part the volume effect was due to the new variety of colour being introduced to the hair to break up the block-brown, and in part because highlighted hair tends to be a bit rougher and therefore holds curl and wave better than ‘virgin hair’. “Fine hair is naturally very slippery and soft,” Kathleen explained. “Lightening it gives it more grit and texture”. She would be doing face framing baby-lights, which are like really subtle, gentle highlights. She would be doing this with Lakme K-Blonde, mixed with Olaplex to protect my hair from breakage, which is common when highlighting front pieces!

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My hair from the back, right before.

The whole process took around 2 hours – pretty standard for any kind of highlighting.  The K-Blonde was left on for 25 minutes, and then she toned it with Lakme Glossing. “The baby lights are going to give you the volume and texture, without looking overdone”, Kathleen explained.

I loved the final look. It felt natural and like I hadn’t completely changed my hair colour, but just a bit lighter – I think it’s going to be so nice for summer!

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I love how the highlights aren’t obvious – they’re so fine they look like they just naturally occurred!

Going home and then washing and styling it myself was going to be the real test, though. I think the thing that most surprised me was how well my new hair holds heat styling. I like to wear my hair wavy, but as I explained before, it’s always been so hard to get it to hold a style without copious amounts of hairspray/mousse/volume powder. Now, it holds it almost naturally – I do add a bit of hairspray at the end, but honestly I could wear it product-free and still have a great result now. I also think the curls and waves are more obvious because the highlights mean they’re noticeable.

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I do have to look after my hair more with these highlights. My hair now leans toward the dry side so I treat it weekly, whereas before I would just use any old shampoo and conditioner. I’ve been using thermal protector every time I style it too, because I’m terrified of damaging it! But it’s worth it for the newfound low maintenance with styling. 10/10 recommend this colour for anyone dealing with flat hair like I was!

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  • Posted by: Nas007 Enthusiast // Thu, 27 October 2016 11:06am

    Love the highlights. I’ve never dyed my hair but these highlights are really inspiring.

  • Posted by: lovetoplay Master Fan // Thu, 27 October 2016 05:41pm

    This is a really good idea. I’m going to keep this trick up my sleeve.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sat, 4 February 2017 10:32pm

    Well the highlights certainly gives hair a lift, I love it.

  • Posted by: cottoncandy19 Master Fan // Mon, 13 February 2017 10:09pm

    The highlights look gorgeous!

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