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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