The highlighting process involves opening the hair cuticle to eliminate its natural pigment. The cuticles usually stay open which is why it's important to provide deep care to highlighted hair. Because the cuticle is open, your hair is prone to becoming more porous, resulting in yellowing, turning dull, absorbing smells and harsh minerals from the shower tap.
Here is what you SHOULD do for healthy highlighted hair:
- Always use a plant oil on your hair before your hair salon appointment, once a week as a night treatment, at the beach... it will protect your color, deeply nourish the hair fiber and enhance shine.
- Use a shampoo with low detergent: you would not wash your cashmeres or silks with a harsh detergent, same for your hair, a gentle shampoo like my cleansing mask with lemon will provide a thorough but very gentle cleanse all the while protecting and nourishing the hair.
Another excellent option for highlighted hair, my antioxidant cleansing milk which contains 10% of oils which will only grasp the most porous streaks and restructure the hair. It's important to always rinse very thoroughly!
- For natural highlights, the best technique is to make them very fine at the roots and much larger towards the ends. That way, it's more low maintenance and if taken care of they will last you much longer!
- My shade variation care masks are ideal because unlike chemical glosses they will enhance your color, eliminate any yellowing and boost shine.
Extra tip: my cleansing mask with lemon can be mixed with the shade variation care mask of your choice for optimal results! It will leave your hair incredibly nourished, shiny and a vibrant color.
- If your highlights are feeling a bit dull because of bad minerals from the shower tap, styling products, and so on, use the clarifying shampoo with camomile and cornflower extracts. Apply it on dry hair and let it sit for a few minutes before washing your hair. It will bring light to your color and make them feel overall brighter and lighter!
- When you exercise, I always recommend protecting your hair with a plant oil. Whether it's sweet almond oil or my moisturizing hair oil with lavender, it's important to protect your color when working out. Sweat naturally oxidizes hair as the hair cuticle opens up when you work out, it's the best time to apply an oil as it will get deep into the hair fiber.
- Just like you use moisturizer on your face every day, you shouldn't forget your hair!
Here are a few things you SHOULD NOT do:
- Try to avoid styling products, when the alcohol contained in those products evaporates it reopens the hair cuticles and makes them porous again.
- Avoid washing your hair too often. You only need a little amount of shampoo and then use the water to emulsify it. Your conditioner and mask should only go on your lengths and don't forget to rinse everything really well!
- Don't use just any comb or hairbrush to detangle your hair, with highlights your hair becomes more fragile, hence more prone to breakage. Choose a gentle option like a boar bristle brush and start by your ends, working your way up.
- Avoid chemical glosses, it's like putting make up on a dry and dirty skin, instead try the shade variation care masks which will deeply nourish and repair the hair all the while correcting and reviving your color.
- Don't do your highlights too often, you might lose in contrast on the long term and it won't look as natural!