All coloring techniques have their own varieties, and highlighting is no exception. We have frequent highlighting on the agenda. Let's talk about it in more detail

What is frequent highlighting?

Frequent highlighting is the coloring of thin strands with a small interval. The percentage of colored hair as a result is about 50. The strands are lightened, as a rule, on the top layer of the hair. Fine highlighting (as it is also called) allows you to achieve the effect of visual volume, which is especially important for thin hair.

Before and after photos

The effect of frequent highlighting is best illustrated by photos taken before and after the procedure.

It's easy to see how the look is changing: the hair looks well-groomed, and the hairstyle is stylish.

Differences between frequent and rare highlighting

The very names of these procedures suggest that there are relatively few clarified strands in rare highlighting, and a lot in frequent highlighting. Sometimes interesting accents in the hairstyle can be achieved with just a few colored curls. A couple of light highlights on bangs or on strands framing the face give an interesting effect.

Sparse highlights

Sparse highlighting can be done from the roots, or only the tips can be touched, achieving a beautiful transition between shades.We recommend choosing this type of highlighting for those who want to add zest to the image, while maintaining their natural color.

Advantages and disadvantages

To decide if frequent highlighting is right for you, you need to objectively evaluate its advantages and disadvantages.First, let's list the advantages of frequent highlighting.

  • This is a universal coloring technique for hair of any length and any shade.

  • Allows you to try on a new color without having to go full color.

  • The result is perceived naturally and harmoniously.

  • The effect does not require frequent updating and retains a presentable look for a long time.

  • Great way to hide gray hair.

This procedure has much less disadvantages, but we won't hide them.

  • Frequent highlighting is a complex technique in which only professional colorists or very experienced amateurs successfully work.

  • Be prepared to spend a lot of time on this procedure.

Frequent highlights based on base hair color

To make sure that frequent highlighting can decorate hair of any shade, our photo selection will help.

Dark hair

Frequent highlighting will fall on dark hair especially advantageously if you prefer caramel, golden and honey tones to shades of blond.

Sharp contrasts are out of fashion now, but soft color transitions are more relevant than ever.

Blonde hair

Light brown hair is conducive to frequent highlighting in cold tones. Try ash or dusty pearl shades.

Black hair

When trying on frequent highlights on black hair, it is important not to make a mistake with the shade. Warm cream colors are in trend, but if your curls have a cold undertone, then ashy strands are more suitable.

Blonde hair

If we talk about blond hair and frequent highlighting, then the blond palette will be out of competition.

The natural shade can be made cleaner and more transparent due to such a “thick” highlighting.

Red hair

Of course, copper or gold frequent highlighting will decorate red curls. But in this case, we do not recommend experimenting with shades of blond.

Frequent highlights based on hair length

We already wrote above that such coloring fits well on hair of any length. But some nuances are still worth considering.

For long hair

On long hair, frequent California highlights will perfectly open - a technique in which hair is dyed in several close shades at once. It turns out very naturally.

Another good option for long hair is a combination of frequent highlights and ombre.

For medium length hair

Thin streaked strands also look advantageous on medium length hair. Thanks to fine highlighting, the hairstyle looks more textured.

For short hair

Highlighting is clearly not designed for very short hair. But a short caret may well become an acceptable basis for such coloring.

Thanks to the beautiful overflows that frequent highlighting gives your hair, the haircut will look new and fresh.

With bangs

On hairstyles with long bangs, you can also try the partial lightening technique.

Highlighting will come in handy on asymmetrical bangs.

How to make frequent highlighting: staining technique

Doing it yourself carries great risks and can lead to frustration, from uneven coloring to serious hair damage.

If you decide to do frequent highlighting, then sign up for the procedure in the salon. Professional colorists will help you decide on the color, evaluate the quality of your hair and choose the best coloring technique.

In addition, in the salon you will be able to recommend products that can provide competent care for your curls - taking into account their type and individual characteristics.

The most common way of frequent highlighting is with foil. Here are the main staining steps:
  • the hair is divided into several parts, the one with which they will work is left loose, and the rest is collected and stabbed with clips so as not to interfere;

  • in the working area, the master works with the strands in turn, dividing each at the roots (with the tail of the comb) into thinner strands. You can use a special comb for highlighting, which immediately divides the strand into two parts;

  • separating the strand, the master puts foil under it, after which he applies bleaching paint to the hair (at home, this can be, for example, E0 "Decolorant" from Garnier Color Sensation or E0 "Superblond" from Garnier Color Naturals);

  • then wrap the colored strand in foil and repeat all the steps on the following strands;

  • after the time required to hold the dye on the hair (the manufacturer usually gives this information in the instructions), the foil is removed and the paint is thoroughly washed off the hair;

  • sometimes bleached strands tint. To get the most natural effect, you can tint all the hair.Paints without ammonia can also cope with this task (for a home procedure, you can take, for example, No. 8031 “Light Blonde Golden Ash” from Casting Crème Gloss, L’Oréal Paris);

  • the final stage is leaving. It is selected individually, depending on the characteristics and urgent needs of your curls.

From the outside it seems that the process of coloring is not so complicated. However, in reality, frequent highlighting is a laborious and time-consuming technique. Trust your hair to experienced masters, and then the result will meet your expectations.

How to care for hair after highlighting?

After frequent highlighting, hair needs extra care, and on a daily basis. Salon procedures are great, but do not forget about competent home care.The main characters are shampoo and balm.They should prolong the brightness of the color and care for the hair. For example, L'Oréal Paris Elseve's Color Expert shampoo, conditioner and mask have a laminating effect that protects color for up to 10 weeks.

Blond hair can develop an unwanted yellow tint over time. To neutralize it, purple shampoo and mask from Elseve L'Oréal Paris are ready. With such means, the blond will retain its cold tone.

Bleaching damages curls, so they need intensive nutrition. To help with the problem of dry strands after frequent highlighting, the Transformation oil-elixir from Garnier Fructis "Triple Recovery" is taken. It nourishes and smoothes the hair, restores its he althy shine.

For thermal protection, use Garnier Botanic Therapy Cream Butter with Royal Jelly and Propolis. Apply to hair before heat styling to protect it from heat up to 230°C.

Weakened hair is especially prone to breakage. Kiehl's Olive Oil Leave-In Cream strengthens hair day after day, eliminating dryness.

Frequent highlighting: answering questions

How to make ashy frequent highlighting?


What are the special benefits of frequent (fine) highlights?


When can I do frequent highlighting on gray hair?

Highlighting, including frequent, is a great way to hide gray hair. Just remember that coloring will look beautiful if gray hair in general is not more than 40-50% of the total mass of hair.

How often should high highlights be corrected?

This issue is decided individually depending on the condition of the hair, color and coloring goals. Correction of frequent highlighting is acceptable even once every 6 months and less often, if you indent from the roots and stretch the border a little.