How to Highlight Red Hair


Red hair is beautiful and rare and comes in several gorgeous shades. Different shades of red bring out different highlights. During the winter (without enough sun to naturally bring out those highlights) dying the hair may be necessary to artificially create highlights. Light red, strawberry blonde and orange-red look great with blonde highlights. Dark red and auburn blend well with light brown highlights or even dark brown lowlights. Highlighting is expensive, not to mention you have to highlight hair every six weeks. Try highlighting your hair yourself at home, or having a trustworthy friend do it for you.

Things You'll Need

  • Old clothes
  • Towel
  • Highlighting head cap
  • Hair hook
  • Box of hair color
  • Rubber or plastic gloves

Put on some old clothes on which you don't mind spilling hair dye. Drape an old towel over your shoulders.

Put on the highlighting cap that covers all your hair and scalp. Tie the cap to stay on securely. Notice the little dots that cover the entire cap. These dots are a "map" for where to pull the hair through for highlighting.

Pull the desired amount of hair through the cap using the hair hook designed for this purpose. After you're satisfied with the amount of hair pulled through, you're ready to begin dying.

Put on the protective gloves that come in the dye box. Mix the hair dye with the developer, according to the product's directions, and shake the bottle.

Apply the dye liberally to the hair pulled through the cap.

Leave the hair color on for the amount of time specified on the instructions. When finished, rinse the hair in the shower with the cap still on. When the water runs clear of color, remove the cap. Apply the hair color product's conditioner, and leave it in for the specified number of minutes, then wash it out. Style hair as normal.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not get hair into the eyes; this burns the eyes. If dye gets into the eyes, immediately flush with water.
  • Do not leave the color in for longer than the specified time; this could not only bleach the hair, but it could burn the scalp.

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