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Do Highlights Damage Hair? What You Don’t Know

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Hello Sweetheart, in this post I am going to answer the age-old question-Do highlights damage hair? and also share with you some necessary information you need to know.

The biggest problem and fear of most freak in the quest for hair beauty is”DAMAGE”. I bet you nobody wants to encounter such a tragedy. In hair colouring world, you must stay 2 steps ahead.

So do highlights damage hair? Beyond doubt highlights do damage hair when the whole process is done wrongly or in excess. However, if the hair is done by an experienced colourist using the right technique, then there is a big hope for little or no damage.

Hair can be complicated and tricky to care. YouTube DIY/tutorial videos are cool, but when it comes to practices that involve technical hair colour changing- Don’t DIY at home.

The pro hair colourist within or outside your neighbourhood didn’t spend months as an apprentice for jokes. Allow them to do the technical job for you.

Aside from colouring, they are trained to apply colouring techniques that will help maintain your hair health and strength.

Things To Note Before Highlighting Hair Strands

In the colour world, anything can happen, therefore you need to watch your steps before you ruin your world.

Just like a school examination, before you pass, you must get ready **studying hard** so it’s a core factor that you get everything set, available and under control.


1. Keep Healthy Hair Before Highlights

The main reason many hair highlights fails and hair gets damaged to OR almost beyond repair, is because the hair strands aren’t healthy and strong enough to undergo the process. **Sick people don’t go for military training**

If the hair is lightened, the texture changes. Just imagine what it would be like if unhealthy hair is highlighted. You and I know that the result is gonna be brutal and most cases hair strands go beyond repair. Auch!

So it is advised you avoid heat styling, massive blow-drying and relaxing as much as possible a few weeks before going for highlights. This period is when the hair regains it’s lost strength and integrity (if not damaged beyond repair).

But in a case where the hair is partly damaged, I recommend you go for trimming or haircut to chop off the split and damaged ends.

2. Understand The Hair

This should be the first thing to take note of, else every other thing you are doing or about to do is going to be absolute nonsense.

From the time being, a well-trained and professional colourist is expected to know everything about hair type, what kind of care and products they all need to be healthy. That’s true. but they aren’t all in all. The little they know and the experience they had is what they work with.

Colourist won’t know which part of your body is itching, except you tell him or her.

So it is mandatory for you as the client to know more about your hair and to achieve you must first build a tight bond with your hair. Building this bond helps you understand: when your hair isn’t healthy, what it needs, and every other thing worth knowing.

3. Choosing The Damage-Free Color Of Highlights

The chemicals in the dye used for hair highlights give the highlighting process 50% chances to damage the hair strands. Some colours even increase the chances percentage.

But, you can reduce the possibility to less or no by choosing one of the damage-free types of highlights and colour in addition to with the products and technique that suits your hair type.

In our humble opinion, to reduce hair damage risk I recommend you always opt for temporary highlight. Also, see the reason why your scalp itch after applying hair dye.

Best Treatment Tips For Lightened Hair

I believe everyone knows that it is very important to care for lightened hair afterwards. But in case you aren’t aware, The care or treatment given to hair strands after highlighting (either at home or the salon) isn’t just to keep new colour shiny and bright. It is also to protect the hair from any coming-soon damage. So the first thing to do is:

Go For Special Hair Products

The treatment for highlights is always special, so it requires buying a new set of products **old thing has passed away**

The shampoo, conditioner, mask and other products needed to wash, moisturize and hydrate a lightened hair depends on some factors. So an expert colourist is in the best position to recommend the best set of products to use on your hair after processing.

Therefore you need to use each product appropriately and when needed. For instance:

  • Don’t wash too often and if hair strands were recently lightened, it is advised to wait for at least 24 hours before wash (this waiting period creates space for the new colour to penetrate and balance)
  • Make sure you wash hair thoroughly because buildups aren’t friendly with colour-treated hair.
  • Lightened wet hair strands are delicate and prone to breakage. Just make sure you handle everything with care.

Ditch Out Some Styling Tools

The hair is now fragile, any little ignorance-application mistake can lead to damage or breakage. We understand that it may be difficult for some persons to cope without some styling tools, especially the blow dryer, flat iron, and curling iron.

But to be on the safe side, it’s better to remove it entirely or minimize the usage.

For people who can’t cope without a blow dryer, we recommend you let your hair air-dry or cut down the number of time you use it. Or you can adjust the blow dryer to the cold setting while maintaining a worthy distance between hair and the dryer.

What about the curling and flat iron users? I think you guys should try out some new hairstyles that don’t need these tools. Trust me, the slight change will always worth it.

Guide Your Routine

Yes, you heard me right. Routines were made to guide on an hourly, daily, weekly and monthly basis. But in this situation, you need to guide it first before it starts guiding you.

New arithmetic requires new formula: such is lightened hair.

Firstly, you need need to map out a routine that will keep hair strands healthy, hydrated, moisturized and protected.

This part is tricky and this is the exact stage most people fail to understand and utilize properly. You are the only person that understands your hair matters (From A-Z) i.e: you are in the position to know how to manage it properly and effectively on daily basis at home or place of work.

But how do you now achieve a perfect routine that will work for your hair? Worry no more.

To get well-organized routine, buy the recommended hair products for lightened hair (shampoo, conditioner, mask, and oil) and

Keep these in mind.

  • Don’t wash lightened hair with hot water.
  • Trim hair once in a while, that is when needed.
  • Use a Wide-Toothed Brush, when and where it works for you.
  • Add these tips to your routine.

How To Repair Highlights Damaged Hair

Wait, before trying to repair damaged hair. do you know what damaged hair looks like?

Well, Katerina, a pro colourist explained it in the simplest form, she said “Your hair is damaged if after showering, your hair dries almost instantly. That shows just how porous those colour chemicals have made it”

Have you seen? Are you in that position?

If yes.

Sorry for the damage ( whether little or big) that happened to your hair during or after the processing. But who should be held responsible, The colourist or the client? Well, it’s not the best time to blame anyone, rather it’s time to look for possible ways to fix this shit.

To repair colour damaged hair is either you visit an expert for pro treatment or you apply working home remedies.

Here are some of our remedies plus tips for highlight damaged hair you should try at home.

1. Mix Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera Juice

Just get a pure coconut oil and aloe vera juice. Take one cup of the coconut oil and mix with one-two tablespoon of aloe vera. Apply it to every corner of the damaged hair then leave it on hair for like 30-50 minutes. You can use a shower cap to cover it if you have one.

After the recommended time, rinse hair with your usual shampoo for coloured hair, apply your Leave-in conditioner and you are good to go. Repeat this for at least 3-4 times a week.

In the absence of aloe vera juice, feel free to replace with egg, avocado or banana (They all work to load the hair with protein and vitamins).

Butter The Hair

Just like buttering the bread and beard, you can also use it on your damaged hair. who knows what might work for you?

Just apply enough butter then massage the damaged parts thoroughly, then cover the hair with shower for half an hour or more. Rinse it off then shampoo your hair.

Mind you am not talking about bread butter but Shea butter. Unrefined Shea butter from Africa is the best so far.

Use Protective Formula Next Time

This should have been the first thing to do or have in mind before highlighting. But the did have been done. Sure thing! but that doesn’t stop you from doing any further colouring work. Yes! you heard me right.

After waiting for the hair to regain some lost integrity and strength. The next thing is to continue from where you stopped.

So next appointment with your hairdresser, you should ask him or her to apply protective products before or while going through the colouring process.

Other Helpful Treatment Tips

  1. Get the best available healing hair mask.
  2. Trim your hair split ends regularly
  3. Use leave-in conditioner for daily conditioning and always hydrate hair as much as you can.
  4. While waiting for repair mode to get completed, avoid combing or brushing your while it’s dry.
  5. Protect the hair from the sun and other harsh environmental factors with hat, scarf or any other wears.
  6. Keep your hairstyle or cut simple.
  7. Lastly, take one tablespoon of patience and try out some of the tips mentioned here and see if it works for you.

Ultimately, notwithstanding all the repair measures and routine you practice or see online, always keep the real truth at hand.

And the truth is: you can never get your hair back healthy, strong and natural it as it used to be, EXCEPT you go in for a hair chop. Which is always the last option or alternative for anybody with damaged or burnt hair.

Hopefully, we believe this post was really helpful to you. Now I would like to hear from you.

What did you learn from today’s post that worths your time?

Or maybe, you have something in mind that worked for you and it’s not written here. You can be of great help to other readers by contributing significantly to the question of the hour-do highlights damage hair?

You can as well share your lightened hair problem with us right here and get quick solution.

Just leave your comment below right now.

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I am Stanley. A Professional Unisex Hairstylist, Writer and books lover. After 12 months apprenticeship program as a stylist I started working with my boss for extra 1 year. This time frame made me acummulate knowledge and experience in the hair industry, of which I will love to share with friends all over the world through my blog.

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