There's probably only one person we'd trust to create a legit tutorial on how to do your own highlights at home: Kristin Ess, the stylist and colorist behind Lauren Conrad and Lucy Hale's always-perfect hair. In a post on the Beauty Department, Ess gave a rundown on how to successfully pull off DIY highlights without looking like a Sun-In victim. "As a professional colorist, it used to be my nightmare to see people take bleach into their own hands at home," writes Ess. "But in this day home and age, I know people are going highlight hair at home to do it anyway, so I figure if you're audacious enough to try, the least I can do is guide you through." We asked Ess to take us through her most important tips.
The first important thing Ess says to do is to make sure you do your highlights on styled hair. This ensures that you can "see where the lighter pieces should fall with the way [you] normally wear it," she says. Ess also recommends making sure that the sectioned-off pieces you're going to highlight are no bigger than a shoelace.
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The second thing you'll need (in addition to your bleach kit and bleach brush) is a spooley brush (that brush you use to put on mascara and brow gel). Ess says it's important to have two brushes: one to bleach and one to blend. The spooley will help blend in the color the right way. "When you use bleach, as a professional or a nonprofessional, you want to make sure that you get a soft line and not a solid line where the bleach stops and another color begins. There are a lot of ways for a hairstylist to do this, but not anything I was willing to teach the general public because it takes training," says Ess. "The safest way for you to achieve this on your own at home is to use a small, densely bristled brush of some sort. If you don't have a spooley handy, you can alternatively use an old toothbrush that you're never going to use again." So, the order goes like this: First you use the blending brush that comes with the dye kit to apply the bleach:
Then you use the spooley to blend it in:
The other thing you need to know is when to stop applying the dye. Ess stresses the importance of applying the dye from the middle of hair shaft down to the ends, and absolutely no higher than that, or else you'll run into major safety problems. "Anything higher than that could end up on your skin, or on other hair you don't want get bleach on, like your brows," says Ess. "I feel like almost anyone can do a controlled section, but I truly feel that it takes a professional colorist to go above that. And if your hair is shorter than a lob, you should go in to see a professional. Once you start getting up toward the root you can really mess up by doing it yourself."
Above all, Ess says to make sure you're using common sense. "I think the most important thing is to use good judgment. Don't do anything that seems confusing or difficult," she says. "Bleach is no joke, and you don't want to end up spending hundreds of dollars for a professional to fix it." To see the rest of the steps on how to do your own highlights (Ess makes it seem surprisingly easy), head over to The Beauty Department.
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