What Is a Simple Way to Highlight Black Hair?


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Bleach is the only way to get true blond highlights in black hair. A new technique known as balayage is a simple way to get bleached or colored highlights without having to use foils. For a natural and subtle lightening effect, try lightening black hair with cinnamon.

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An up-and-coming trend, known as balayage, is a simple way to get highlights. Essentially, the stylist paints high-lift hair color or lightener onto chunks of hair without foiling any individual sections. Provided the hair has not previously been processed, the stylist can use high-lift color rather than bleach. The focus with balayage is to follow the circular shape of the head and paint on color in sweeping motions rather than in squares as with traditional foiling. Maintaining roots after balayage is simpler because there are no hard lines.

If the goal is all over highlights that are one to two shades lighter than the natural hair, try lightening with cinnamon. A mixture of 1 cup conditioner, 1 cup of honey, a teaspoon of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon will work to naturally lighten the hair, though it will take a three to four applications for results to be apparent. Simply apply the mixture to hair, let it sit under a plastic cap for a few hours and rinse.

In order to achieve true blond highlights on black hair, it is best to visit a salon, as bleach will be necessary. If the hair has already been relaxed or processed with other chemicals, use caution when lightening with bleach.

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