TIPS FOR BETTER LOWLIGHTS

Women have been coloring their hair as far back as Ancient Greek times by using different substances found in nature.
Technology has evolved and now women and men are able to visit a salon or use at-home coloring kits to change their hair color.
By choosing to add lowlights to your hair, you’re adding darker tones for a less dramatic color difference.
These are less noticeable than highlights when you choose a color only 2 or 3 shades darker than your hair color.
Lowlights can soften the hair color, and to add dimension as well.
In some cases, lowlighting is the better option, it’s a great choice if you want a change but don’t want it to be a dramatic change.
Personally I like to add more lowlights in the Fall / Winter seasons.
Lowlights are applied the same way as highlights – only you are using a darker color.

Choose a Color

For the most natural look, lowlights should be two to three levels darker than the base color, and they should be in the same tone.
In other words, if the base is warm, the lowlights should be warm. If the base is a “golden” color then the lowlights should be a “golden” color as well, this helps the lowlights look more natural.

Tips on Finding the Right Tone

If you have pink undertones, then you want to avoid having warmth in your highlights. It will make you look flushed.
A good tip is to look at the veins in your arms: If you have green veins, then you're a warm skin tone. You should generally choose cool tones like sandy and beige tones.
If you have an olive skin tone, blue veins then golden tones will bring warmth to your face. Try honey, and strawberry tones.
If your skin tone is neutral and has no pink or green undertones, then you can go for either warm or cool tones.

Protect from Dye Stains

Because lowlights are a darker color I find it can easily stain my skin, clothes or bathroom counter if any solution drops. 
To protect against dye stains, cover the ground where you will be dyeing your hair, as well as any nearby surfaces, with something you don’t mind getting stained.
You should wear a shoulder cape or an old t-shirt. I like this Shoulder cape from Sally Beauty.
It is a good idea to have a towel nearby, just in case there is a dye spill.
If you are prone to staining your ears, neck and hairline rub Vaseline along your hairline, neck, and over your ears.
Vaseline helps wash away the dye after you have finished dyeing your hair. You can also use a little bit of conditioner or lip balm if you don’t have Vaseline.

Sections

Pick up small sections that are less than half an inch for more blended lowlights.
Small Sections


 Pick up larger sections on the underneath layers for dramatic chunky lowlights.
Larger Sections


After Care

Add a hair mask to your weekly beauty routine. Once or twice a week, change out your conditioner for the Eva NYC Therapy Sessions Hair Mask and leave it on for five minutes before rinsing.
Try this at home Avocado Hair Mask!!

Limit Heat Styling
Excessive heat styling can damage your hair, rock your natural hair by air drying your strands.
If you can’t air dry your hair, add a few protectant products like a spray, serum, mouse, or cream to your routine- a touch of protectant on your hair to help prevent breakage from heat styling.

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