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    Hair Highlights for All Hair Colors

    Hair Highlights

    Marco Pelusi’s Guide to Hair Highlights

    Have you been feeling like your hair color is a bit dull lately? Not enough spark? Or is the hair color growing out too fast? Are the ends of the hair darker than the roots? Or just needing to blend away some unwanted gray hair? Whenever I run a few highlights through just about anyone’s color – man or woman – he or she will usually feel better about most of these scenarios!

    It’s all about feeling good. In the end, isn’t that what we all want? Guys and gals BOTH are getting highlights placed throughout their hair in order to brighten up their hair color especially during the spring and summer months – and that’s what it’s really about – a simple BRIGHTENING of the color – it doesn’t even have to be too far from the natural color. As a matter of fact, going drastically lighter than your natural or base color is not recommended – because then the opposite happens – and you will look washed out.

    Many of you might stray to the grocery store and attempt to do highlights on your own and place color directly on your scalp – the problem is the unwanted orange or ‘brassy’ tones that usually result from a home hair color. Ask your hairstylist to ‘glam’ you with some natural looking highlights – maybe 2-4 levels lighter than the natural hair color.

    Hair Highlights

    If you’re a dark blonde, your hairstylist can strategically place slightly lighter blonde highlights throughout your hair. If you’re a brunette, then ask for honey or caramel tones – simply lighter brown or very dark blonde highlights. Even a redhead hair color can dull with age, so ask to infuse some natural looking strawberry or dark blonde highlights placed throughout to zip up the color.

    Placement of the highlights is very important, if not crucial, to your end result. Your hairstylist should not place highlights at the back of the neck. No one has lighter hair at the back of the neck.

    Natural hair lightens easily on the top of the head at this time of the year, especially on kids and who spend more time outside. So ask for a partial highlights, many women don’t need a full head of highlights in order to accomplish the objective. What I recommend is simply a partial, top and sides of your hair only. It’s more natural for the nape of the neck to be darker – just like natural hair.

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    If you have some gray hair highlights can be a great solution! Almost anyone in the country male or female, who has any shade of brown or dark blonde hair, with a percentage of gray hair, will be an eye catcher with a few highlights. An overall color laid directly on the scalp can definitely cover all the gray hair, but you are left with the regrowth in no less than four to six weeks and be forced to do it again right away, or you will see the line of demarcation quickly. With a partial highlighting, you can possibly extend the life of your hair color up to a few months perhaps, depending of course on the percentage of gray, and hopefully, if you keep the highlights not too much lighter than your natural or base color. The line of demarcation blends away with some highlighting. The gray hair blends in with the highlights.

    A naturally dark blonde haired person is the luckiest of all, because highlights are a smart way to go rather than having to use a color lay directly on the scalp.

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    The Consultation

    The consultation is truly THE MOST IMPORTANT step when you are receiving any hair color service. Challenge your hairstylist to determine which tone will suit and flatter your skin and eyes and wardrobe and makeup. Do your homework, know what colors will suit you best. If you’re very pale, you may look best with cooler color highlights.

    Hair Highlights

    If you have freckles and are tan, you may look best with warmer highlights. You can discuss this with your hair colorist. The consultation should be built in as part of the service. You also need to make sure that you take care of your new color and use products specifically formulated to prevent premature color fade and create the most positive, therapeutic environment for the hair and scalp. I feel so passionate about hair color, that I created the Marco® Collagen Color Guard™ HairCare System the first and only complete collagen system for color and chemically treated hair.

    Hairstyle Blog contributing author Marco Pelusi
    Contributing author Marco Pelusi is globally recognized as a leading hair color authority, renowned platform artist, educator, and fashion-forward celebrity hair colorist. Early on in his career, Marco became a top educator at a world leading Milan hair color company. Soon after, he opened Marco Pelusi Hair Studio in the heart of the ultra-chic West Hollywood design district. There, he and his talented staff of seasoned Hollywood hair stylists offer world-class hair fashion to numerous celebrities and trendsetters. The luxurious, spa-like salon is the premier retailer of the Marco® Collagen Color Guard™ HairCare System, the first and only complete collagen-based system developed for color- and chemically-treated hair. You can follow Marco on Twitter.


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    The Lowdown on Using Lemon Juice to Lighten Hair

    Using Lemon Juice to Lighten Hair

    Yes, Lemon Juice will Lighten Some Hair . . . But

    A recent question from a student in my online class Finding the Right Hairstyle for You, asks:

    I’ve been told that lemon juice can bring out high lights in hair, and I have tried this. In the summer I always naturally get lighter high lights in my hair as I spend time outdoors. In the winter I lose them. This winter I did try lemon juice once. It looked very dim and nondescript the first day, but then seemed to give me some nice high lights for a few weeks. Is lemon juice damaging to hair? Can it bring out lighter high lights in some hair colors?


    Lemon juice as a hair lightener will work for some hair types but, it’s not the best choice.

    Lemon juice has a low pH level and is acidic. Using this too often on healthy hair will make it brittle. It’s not controllable on chemically treated hair.

    Hair care products these days are formulated to have a balanced pH level which leaves the hair in better condition. Straight lemon juice on the hair will dry it out. Here is what I know about using lemon juice as a hair lightener:

    • Lemon juice, plus oxygen and UV rays, equals a bleaching product.

    • Lemon juice as a hair lightener is only effective on hair that is dishwater blonde or lighter in color. Its bleaching quality is only effective when used in the sun and will not lighten brunettes or red heads.

    • Using lemon juice on chemically treated hair can turn it an orange or brassy color.

    • It can also dry out the hair with its acidic quality and make the hair extremely brittle.

    If you still decide you want to use lemon juice in your hair, don’t use it straight without diluting it. Dilute one tablespoon of lemon juice in a gallon of water and use it daily as a rinse. Use it this way when you know you will get sun exposure and it will lighten your hair, but be aware of how it is affecting your hairs condition.

    Lemon juice high lights used sparingly may be fine in healthy, non chemically treated hair. Also think about this, if you use it too often, you will have bleached hair with roots growing in, now what do you do?

    Need I say . . . my first recommendation is to have high lighting done by a professional if you want it done right. It may save you lot’s of hair and headaches to come.

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    Brown Hair Highlighting Options

    Brown Hair Colour

    Dos and Don’ts of Highlighting Brown Hair

    Ashlee’s deep brown hair was enhanced with a combination of two demi-permanent hair colors for this effect. Demi-permanent hair colors are not as damaging and will leave the hair with lots of shine.

    Brown Hair Colour

    Jessica Biel

    Jessica Biel recently changed up her ‘ombre” caramel hair high lights to a deep, rich chocolate-brown! Jessica has a good hair colorist and a skin tone that can wear a variety of hair colors well!

    Brown Hair Color

    Jessica Alba- aarrrg . . . too gold!

    Jessica Alba’s natural hair coloris brown and high lights of caramel and golden brown add just the right balance of warmth to her skin tone. Brown hair high lighting looks best with using the depth of her natural base and warming it up from there. This totally golden blonde hair color is a disaster with her skin tone.

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