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Old 03-18-2010, 08:28 AM
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Growing out highlights?

I've been highlighting my hair on a regular basis for over 2 years now (have been coloring my hair in general since I am 16 but highlights are my recent obsession). I do love the way it looks, but I noticed the last few times I did it, the texture of my hair is changing, it is much drier, breaking off more, etc. I also feel it's thinner, but maybe that just due to getting older. I use all great deep conditioners (Joico K-Pak, Nexxus Emergencee) but the texture has changed, and I'm not happy about it.

Anyway, I am thinking of just leaving my hair alone for a bit. But the roots are AWFUL. I know I can cover it up with a headband, but do you guys have any tips for the growing out process?
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:57 AM
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Any type of texture will help hide it and make it less noticable. If you have any natural wave, bring it out by scrunching your hair when wet. I also use Redken Ringlet 07 in my hair, which helps bring my curls out more and then Redken Heat Glide Smooth Down for shine and frizz control. I love both products, I am a huge product junkie and these have been mainstays for me, which says A LOT.

If you don't have any natural curl, you could still protect with a Heat protecting styling aid and crimp or curl. Crimping would make it look more rebellious and like you're doing it on purpose.
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Old 03-18-2010, 02:08 PM
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Have it colored to match your roots (ie. your natural color). This is going to be your best bet. Regular color isn't as bad on your hair as highlights (aka bleach).
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Old 03-18-2010, 02:19 PM
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Have it colored to match your roots (ie. your natural color). This is going to be your best bet. Regular color isn't as bad on your hair as highlights (aka bleach).
This is what I do. Every few years, I go back to my natural color for a few weeks and then start over from scratch. When you get partials over and over and over again, eventually your hair becomes one color on the bottom and a different color on top!
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^Seriously by my junior year of high school--maybe 3 years after starting with the highlights--my hair was a fried, bleached-blonde mess. I finally said to hell with it and dyed it to my natural color. My hair's still drier than it was before highlights, but it's a lot better. A couple times I did get tint highlights, which is supposedly better than bleach for your hair (but it probably won't work if your hair is super dark)
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:46 PM
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I did a temporary color and it blended everything together.
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:36 AM
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Thanks guys for the great advice....

I am looking at my hair today and wow are these roots bad.

I think I need to pick up some haircolor and get it as close to my natural color as I can.

pianochica, sorry to see that you suffered the same damage that highlights seem to have caused me.

I really like the way they look but it's not worth it if my hair is fried and damaged.

Sad part is, my natural hair color WAS a beautiful ashy blonde/brown combo and I remember both my grandmother and mother telling me I was crazy to dye it back when I started. Turns out they were right! Now I just want it back and to leave my hair alone.
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:01 PM
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Well, I ended up getting highlights after all. I couldn't stand the way my hair was looking and I couldn't imagine going through the whole growing out process..

I am going to start using the conditioner only method and see if this helps with my hair's condition. I did it last night and my hair feels very soft and healthy today..
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:14 PM
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Well, I ended up getting highlights after all. I couldn't stand the way my hair was looking and I couldn't imagine going through the whole growing out process..

I am going to start using the conditioner only method and see if this helps with my hair's condition. I did it last night and my hair feels very soft and healthy today..
....this is just like me. I have been highlighting my natural brown hair blonde for over 8 years now...I always say I am going to go back to the natural color to help make my hair healthier, but cave and keep getting highlights. I know it can be hard....!!!

It does help to not wash your hair everyday, but I can't do this. My hair gets too greasy and I cant stand it!! So i wash everyday, but maybe 2 or 3 days a week, I will just condition. I think that does help. Also, I always try the latest and greatest deep conditioners and use them at least once a week

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You could try getting low lights to blend it. (Next time)
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