Beginners Guide To Highlighting


For me, it’s always hard to know what to do with my hair when I go into the salon, especially when it comes to highlights. I don’t want to leave looking like a completely different person but I also want to leave looking like I changed something. Life is so hard…

To help clear up the confusion for me and (hopefully) you, I sat down with Korinne Segraves of Line 54 Hair Studio in Oakland, CA. She’s a Redken Certified Educator so, personally, I’ll trust what she says!


Finding the right color

First question she asks is “What kind of jewelry do you wear?” The answer to this, gold or silver, gives the stylist an idea of what kind of color you like and you think compliment your skin tone.

Finding the right style

 “Look at someone’s face shape and try to compliment that,” is what Korinne recommends. If your face is long you want highlights that are going to balance it out by adding some width. If your face is smaller, you want highlights that are going to elongate you face. Another thing to take into consideration is how much maintenance you want to put in.


Speaking of maintenance, there will be some but can be kept at a minimum depending on where you place your highlights. Generally speaking, if you get over all highlights, you should go in for touch-ups every 4-6 weeks. To extend the life of your highlights, have them placed in a “corset pattern” on your head, Korinne’s secret weapon. You put a line of highlights and the front near the hairline and zig-zag back like the strings on a corset.

Tips & Tricks: Think about the placement! Also, use color enhancing shampoos and conditioners like Kenra Color Enhancer Shampoo and Conditioner.

What’s hot now:  “Ombre is not going anywhere any time soon!” says Korinne. Right now, a lot of her clients are using highlights to, unfortunately, cover up some grays.

I feel like I learned something. What about you?

Highlights are a great way to add dimensions to your hair. Talk to your stylist about what would be right for your face shape and skin color.

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