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This is an example of the type of new clients we have entering the salon. asking for hi-lights. You may ask what is the problem?

When you use bleach or hi-lift tints to create a blond or generally lighten the hair for the first time the result is that you reduce the tensile strength of the hair, the more you lift the natural colour the weaker the hair becomes, if you over lift the hair to white it will eventually brake of, so this is the harshest thing you can put the hair through. The other main consideration is that to lift the colour the cuticle of the hair  which are like layers of scales, they must be opened to enable extraction of the natural colour pigment which in turn leaves them broken and when bleach is used often beyond repair. Resulting in very dry, swollen frizzy hair.


You go in to the salon, you want to be a blonde, there is no other way to achieve this result without using a hi-lift tint or in most cases bleach especially when the hair is darker.


You have a full head or half head of hi-lights, no problem if done correctly the hair may be a little drier, knotty and fluffy, but your blonde, wonderful, it is true blondes have more fun.


Three to four months go by, now  your natural hair has grown around half inch a month so now you have one and a half to two inches of regrowth. Not a problem or is it?

You return to the salon to re-create what you had before, you love it and want it back the same as it was.

Now what we see time and time again is new clients come in to have their hi-lights re-done and they seem now to have almost a full head bleached blonde colour with the worst roots imaginable.

Whats gone wrong?



Each time the hi-lights have been re-done  the new streaks that have been  applied have been taken from root to ends so not only are they lifting the root section but the previously lightened hair is also being re-coloured. This method of Hi-lighting after as little as 2-3 times results in the already coloured hair being coloured over and over again to give a nearly full head bleach look, instead of having say 25-30% of the hair being coloured more like 75-95% is the end result. In addition you would notice that when the hair is first done it will obviously look very blonde and then after a few weeks it will not look so light. What has happened is that when you use bleach for example and bleach a piece of hair that has already been bleached to blonde quite a lot of it will fall out, as bleaching hair twice renders the hair so week reducing its tensile strength considerably, also leaving the hair with poor elasticity, limp and lifeless. Now the root regrowth needs doing every 4-6 weeks and your a bleach blonde which some people quite like but this is maybe not what you were looking to achieve.


Alternatively, If the hi-lights are to remain hi-lights as originally conceived, the answer is that only the re-growth should be coloured and the middle and ends left  free of  colour as they are already blonde enough. This will result in shorter visits to the salon, manageable re-growths, no breakage, no frizz, no limp lifeless hair just hi-lighted hair.

We hope this information may help you, please dont hesitate to give us a call or come into the salon if you need any advice all our consultations are free of charge

The basecuts team