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Hair color plus highlights at the same time, is it too harsh on your hair in your opinion?

Started 1277313922.66 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1277355811.54 by Dreamchaser

I love the idea of trying some highlights. I color my hair kind of between medium and dark brown and my hair has a natural reddish, suttle cast to it. I am toying with the idea of some reddish highlights. But not only is it hard to justify the cost of spending that much on my hair at once, it seems like it would be very harsh on it.

I also thought of alternating. A color job one time, highlights the next. I don't get my hair colored very often at all. Probably once every 4 to 6 months. Sometimes even less.

It sure is tempting to do the color and highlights all at the same time though. But I just don't know what to do. Would love to know what you guys think!

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wilma1277316743.3113124 PostsRegistered 7/10/2007

I've had both done at the same time only once. My stylist retired, and I went to another woman in another salon. She colored my hair way too blonde. I returned to my original salon, and a stylist there toned down my base color and added highlights - all in one appointment. I do not remember any negative consequences of doing them both the same day - although it did take about 4 hours from start to finish (this included a cut and style too). My appointments are now scheduled so that the color and highlights aren't "due" at the same time.

kat_lvr1277317453.87620 PostsRegistered 4/20/2010

No, it isn't too harsh if they use the foil method to highlight then add the color to the rest of the hair. It depends on your budget if you can do both at one time. It looks nice when done together.

LipstickDi­va1277318116.10737479 PostsRegistered 4/22/2005On the Lake in Ohio

I have done both at one time. They have never all over colored my hair, then added highlights over what they color. She foils in highlights and then all over colors the rest and it works out just fine.

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Skylands1277319859.0376087 PostsRegistered 5/30/2010
On 6/23/2010 wilma said:

I've had both done at the same time only once. My stylist retired, and I went to another woman in another salon. She colored my hair way too blonde. I returned to my original salon, and a stylist there toned down my base color and added highlights - all in one appointment. I do not remember any negative consequences of doing them both the same day - although it did take about 4 hours from start to finish (this included a cut and style too). My appointments are now scheduled so that the color and highlights aren't "due" at the same time.

It's not too harsh. I do this all the time. Get my hair tinted and follow-up same appointment with biolage. This takes approximately 4 hours of time for both. Very time consuming & expensive!!!

Now, I'm finding I can do root touch up at home, with Clairol and go in to the salon less often for both treatments. I Biolage every 4-6 months - depending on how I feel & my hair looks.

abbeythe8th1277320493.7734041 PostsRegistered 9/2/2007

I had my base colored and highlights done at the same time. My girl foiled the highlights, then did the rest of my roots with the base color. I get my roots done every 3 weeks and get highlights every 12 weeks.

Cindy Shop­per1277320665.19310677 PostsRegistered 11/14/2007

I have had it done and it looked wonderful. I think it's fine.

RealQuiet1277320972.961865 PostsRegistered 8/13/2007

It depends on how long you are willing to hang out for your hair. I personally prefer to get my single process one week, then set the appt for the following week for hilights.

No damage will be done to your hair doing it the same time. I just don't like being there for 3 hours.

colson1277321039.017438 PostsRegistered 10/23/2007East Coast

My base and highlights are always done at the same time, or else I would have awful roots.

Ladybug9151277321708.483386 PostsRegistered 7/1/2009Western CT
On 6/23/2010 abbeythe8th said:

I had my base colored and highlights done at the same time. My girl foiled the highlights, then did the rest of my roots with the base color. I get my roots done every 3 weeks and get highlights every 12 weeks.

I do this as well. It works beautifully, they don't double process the highlighted hair, it's just not colored

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crazy4bear­s551277321940.463737 PostsRegistered 1/15/2007

I've had highlights and lowlights put in at the same time and can't see or feel any difference with my hair being dry or harsh looking....always get compliments on my hair style and color.

Rooney11277341972.9635817 PostsRegistered 9/5/2007White Mountains - Northeastern Arizona

I do it approx every three - four months. My natural color is a darker blond. I get a weave with a dark blond, wheat color base color with ots of lhighlights (to hide the gray). I was blessed with lots of hair, normalish texture.

jacnit1277345922.652198 PostsRegistered 3/1/2010

I do my own all the time...first the color then the highlights without a problem! In fact, it's on my agenda tomorrow since it's my day off{#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

Lindsays G­randma1277346083.4274254 PostsRegistered 5/3/2007Arizona, formerly San Fernando Valley, CA

I have had my hair colored followed by the highlights on the same day numerous times. Never had a problem, however, there was one stylist who didn't want to do it, thought it would be too harsh. I convinced him to do it, all turned out well.

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Dreamchaser1277355811.541847 PostsRegistered 5/15/2005

Thanks for the info everyone. If it's not any worse for my hair, then I guess the only thing I really need to decide then is if I want to spend that much money on my hair all at once!

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