Just want to share a nice tip if you’re looking for more natural looking highlights… I once had done “sun-kissed” highlights in a saloon and I absolutely loved it (it’s a cool and low-maintenance look - lighter ends, so roots don’t really show quickly), but they were really costly… Then a friend of mine recommended this kit, saying you could get a similar effect if you start from the ends and go up towards the roots every 5 minutes, using a sponge (like those make-up sponges) to smoothly apply and avoid marks in between…
Since it was the first time I did this kinda thing at home by myself, I was really careful with time and kept a clock right there in my bathroom… after I selected all meches, I started from the ends (my hair had a shoulder-length, so I took like ¼ of it), waited 5 minutes and then applied a little higher… then again, again…than 5 last minutes in the roots. Whole application took 30 min.
I washed it off and the result was great, so natural… even my hairstylist complimented saying it looked professional!! When done with application, I could notice the ends were really light as opposed to roots, almost white – I got scared for a second but once it blended with the rest of my hair, it looked really cool and not too light. If you feel like trying to do this, just plan ahead specially if you have really long hair… make sure you appropriately divide up the maximum time so your ends won’t get fried. Try it out, it’s worth it – by the way, my roots never really showed, just this really subtle blond. I’m doing it for the second time this month!
I bought this today at Walmart for $6.47.. very cheap in my opinion. I got it in the Chestnut shade for my dark/medium brown hair. When i got home and opened the box.. i was disappointed that the mix had exploded in the box and was everywhere. I had to go back to walmart to get another one. The next box was also damaged and it took 2 more to find a nice new one. That is the reasoning why i gave it only a 2 in packaging quality. There was also NO seal on the box.. which always makes me nervous if colors were switched or materials missing. I opened the box as soon as i got home b/c i was anxious to start. I must be honest.. the cap thingy scared me.. but there was no turning back now. I did a strand test which took 30 minutes total. Made me happy knowing that the test strand came out fine. I put on my "lovely" cap and started pulling hairs through. Very easy until it came to do some back pieces. i highly recommend getting somebody to help you with the back pieces. Also.. i think i didn't pull too much through the holes. It said for subtle highlights use every other hole in the cap.. i used EVERY hole in the front and crown sections.. but b/c i only pulled a few hairs through each hole the results were very subtle. Next time i'm gong to make sure to pull more through the holes. Anwyays.. back to the cap.. i found the cap to be great b/c it was clearly marked where to pull the hairs for front /crown/back sections. But i had a hard time with the cheap crappy hook they supplied. When i buy again i'm going to get a better frosting hook from sally's. The solution was a cinch to mix together.. and i using my hands i applied it to the all the pieces poking through the cap. So very simple.. Then i wrapped it up and waiting 20 anxious minutes so i could wash out, shampoo the toner in and condition. When i got out of the shower i hardly noticed any change.. But once i finished drying it.. it was gorgeous!! Very professional looking!!!!!! I did the Chestnut shade this time.. but for the summer i'll switch to the honey one. Absolutely love how it came out! I keep starting at my hair in the mirror!!!! Love love love it!!
Highly recommended.. Will most definitely buy again!
This is my holy grail for at-home highlighting! Until I found this, my dyed blonde hair was ALWAYS brassy and I was never happy with it until I found this at a drugstore and decided to give it a try. I love the platinum highlights that don't turn yellow. Such a relief after all these years! And honestly, the salon would usually have the same results--brassiness after a week or two, so I started to look for things I could do myself to save money. The biggest pain is that you have to pull your hair through a cap, which I LOATHE, but I am not talented enough to free-hand it, so sometimes I put off coloring my hair because I don't want to have to go through the trouble. However, I did decide to get the metal hook from Sally's, which made a big difference. The plastic hook that comes with the package I always throw away after I use the big end to mix the product. And yes, the plastic gloves are crappy. Of course, eventually I do end up getting the overblonde look, but I have been recently experimenting with doing lowlights using the same method. Works pretty well--especially for what I am saving. My family keeps on telling me my "hairdresser" is doing a great job--I don't even bother to tell them it's me, since they wouldn't believe it because of all self-inflicted hair fiascos I have visited upon myself in the past, ;)
I purchased this product after reading several reviews on MUA, I've got to say that some reviews were pretty accurate. I purchased the box that was meant for dark brown hair, because most of my hair is kinda dark brown, but my natural hair color is black, and I wanted blond highlights and not chestnut ones.
I found it really difficult to pull out hairs all over by myself, so I'd recommend getting someone to assist you with this step. After all the hairs were successfully pulled out (after 1.5 hours of trying...) I proceeded to mix the product together. I really did not like the outcome of the mixture. It had a very low viscosity, very watery texture. I didn't think it would work at first, because I tried to put it on my hair with the spatula, but it fell off so easily so I had to use my hands instead and just rub the mixture into my hair while massaging at the same time. IIt was really messy and I was about to give up. But then I guess the mixture got a little more (just a bit) thicker, so it actually stayed on my hair. I just put the whole mixture on my hair and I let it sit in for about 50 minutes. The color that was setting in was a very soft golden blonde. I was amazed that such a watery mixture could produce such results. After rinsing and shampooing/conditioning, I found that the shampoo and conditioner given made my hair really dry, so I used my regular conditioner after. I dried my hair and the results were perfect, I had highlights in all the places that I wanted, and the color was a nice golden blonde. The total time I spent on my hair was about 3 hours. I did not like that, but I guess it was worth it.
I would definitely repurchase this product,, but I really hope the mixture isn't as watery next time.
I recommend this to anyone who would like salon-quality highlights.
I have used this kit several times with acceptable results. I have dark blonde hair and to get my hair to the light blonde I like, I have to leave it in for the maximum time of 60 minutes. I still prefer to go to the salon, but I use this kit (for blonde to light brown hair) for in between salon visits for touchups. I only did the front part of the cap for face framing this time. I used the cap that came with the kit. The picture below is from my results. On the far left you can see where I did a more bold streak. You can also see where my roots were growing in darker and where the touchup highlights I did with this kit are. I will continue to use this as I am pleased with the results. I purchased this at Walgreens for $9.99 USD.
I love this highlighting kit, since im asian I was scared that the highlights would have more red undertones because my hair is really dark brown but this kit was amazing and and my highlights are more golden then red. This kit is super easy to use but I reccomend having someone help you because it can be pretty difficult to get certain parts. The first time I used this kit, I didn't foil my hair and left the dye in for about 30 min, the highlights were super super sutble but did make a small difference. I bought the kit again because I wanted stronger highlights and I did foil it and I left it in for about 45 min, the highlights were much stronger and a lot more noticeable. I was very worried that the kit used bleach because I had bleached my hair before for dip dying and my hair felt like hay, this kit didn't damage my hair as much as the bleach so I was extremely pleased. Its been several months and the highlights have faded a tiny bit but my hair feels pretty healthy. I highly recommend this highlighting kit and I want to continue using it. Btw, I got the Honey color and I was worried it would be too light for my dark hair but it looks really good.
I've used this product for years and it still works great. It's a pain to pull the strands through the cap, but I really believe this is the only way to get thin strips of highlights (which, let's face it, is the only way they look natural).
Be very careful when adding the powder to the cream as the powder is pure bleach and will bleach anything it touches (if it gets on a white floor, it's impossible to see so you'll step on it, then walk on a towel or rug and bleach it. Just go slowly and be careful.
I dye my hair medium blond every 8 weeks and do the highlighing two or three times a year. That's enough for me.
Don't do too many highlights as you want to look natural not like you're trying.
Gives great depth to your hair by bringing light in and out. Cheap way to make a home dye job look like one from a salon.
** Update 06/25/2012 **
Retouched my highlights and the results are even better than the first. I left this on my hair for 55 minutes and the extra 10 minutes made a huge difference. I also used Wella T14 Toner instead of the T18. I found pulling my hair through the cap was easier this time around. Still took me an hour and a half to pull the hair through but the results are worth it. Also I did my full head this time so I needed 2 boxes of this kit because my hair is long.
I uploaded newer photos to show the results.
My base color prior to using this kit was a medium/dark brown shade (Age Beautiful 5N & 5A).
Using the cap was not as hard as I thought it would be considering how long my hair is. I only pulled hair through the front and crown sections. I did not bother with the back. It took me about an hour to pull through the hair. Then I tied up the hair I was not bleaching into a bun and covered it with a shower cap to protect it. I applied the bleach/developer mixer to my hair, making sure to apply evenly and put the plastic cap over it. I allowed it to process for about 45 minutes before I rinsed it out.
The result was pretty good although there were some ginger brassy tones closer to the roots. I went to Sally's and was told to use Wella T18 toner with a 20 developer although after reading online I think the T14 toner would have suited my needs better as its meant to tone the hair if it takes on a more ginger appearance and the T18 is meant for banana yellow hair.
In any case it helped to tone down the brassiness at the roots so now the highlights are a caramel color. I think because my hair was colored it caused the bleach to pull more orange/brassy tones from my hair but the toner fixed that problem. I am happy with the results and was able to save about $150 by doing this myself.
I love love LOVE this product.
Ok first of all, I have naturally light brown hair that I have been dying a dark brown for several years. When I wanted to get closer to my natural color I had no idea how hard it would be! My hairstylist told me that there was pretty much no way she could take my hair from the dark brown it was to the light brown/dark blonde that I wanted unless she did gradual highlights.
Obviously I didn't want to pay for salon highlights, as I am a college student on a tight budget, but I was desperate at this point because my roots were growing in my natural color but my ends were a dark brown. Not a good look. Soooo I perused the hair color aisle for about an hour examining every highlighting kit. I found Revlon Frost & Glow and looked it up on makeupalley when I got home and found all the great reviews. I was still apprehensive, but went ahead and bought it anyway as it was only $6.99 which seemed ridiculously cheap to me.
Anyways, I got home, poked my hair through all the little holes (a time consuming process I admit, but well worth it in the end) as others have mentioned I would recommend a friends help for this part, I used a mirror and was able to get my hair through all the little holes. I used every hole on the cap because I wanted a noticeable lightening, but it would also work well for around the face highlights.
I used the honey highlighting for dark brown hair, and left it on for about 35 minutes since my ends were dark and roots were light. I was terrified when I went to wash it off that I would come out with orange highlights, as some people have described, but I rinsed it off, dried my hair, and found a beautiful blend of caramel and blonde highlights that mask the difference between my roots and ends very well!
This products saved my hair from being an awful two tone mess by turning it into a lovely combination of brown, caramel, and blonde while also saving me a ton of money. I will definitely be using it again for more highlights in the future. :)
I could write another long rave review, but pictures are worth a thousand words... so... :)
I used this kit twice; the first time using the cap method (and pulling out hair from every marked circle) and leaving in the mixture for a little over 20 minutes, and the second time using the foil method for bolder, lighter highlights (left it in much longer, like an hour). This is the kit for "honey" highlights.