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Beauty Tip Thursday- Kitchen Highlights


Notice how this hair model can give your bedroom eyes AND highlight her hair at the same time. Now, that’s a major shortcut!


Hair partially highlighted.


The highlighting tool, right on the tip of your finger.


Nice blue paste. It helps for you to see the highlights in your hair as you are doing it.


Highlights fully applied.

This week I seem to be talking a lot about my mother. This post is no different. I was 14 when I first highlighted my hair in the bathroom, my Mom looking on with words of encouragement. My mother went to beauty school and I grew up seeing neighborhood men and women get haircuts, perms, frosts and color right at my kitchen table. I was used to sitting on a telephone book booster seat while my Mom snipped at my bangs and tried to gently blow the hair out of my eyes. I have adopted the same techniques and sometimes find myself hunched over and squinting sometimes as I cut my son’s red, unruly curls. Gosh, maybe my Mom was the original Shortcut Girl!

My Mom taught me that attempting any change to your hair wasn’t scary. It was fun and worthy of celebration. I try to communicate this even now to my friends ask about doing my own highlights. I want to say how easy it is, but to someone who never had Betty down the street’s head in your kitchen sink for a rinse, doing your own hair is just crazy<;.

So, here I am trying to convince you otherwise. Here’s the step by step guide:

At Home Kitchen Highlights

1. Buy a highlighting kit with a comb or finger comb. The pic above shows you my favorite. Choose a color that is as close to your normal color as possible. If you go too light, you will have to highlight mroe often.
2. Part dirty hair the way you do every day. Mix color as directed.
3. Put on your favorite old t-shirt. Some suggestions are tees from your sorority formals in Canada. But any old tee will work;)
4. Choose a section to start. Streak your hair with the blue highlighting paste, using care not o get too bunched up. Try to make sure this color gets all the way to the end of your strands (the rubber gloves included in the pack help with this).
5. Continue on the entire crown of your head. Doing the back is easy. Do it and then check by looking in the mirror as you hold a mirror. The best part about highlights is that in order for them to look natural, they do not have to look perfect. Just assuring they are evenly distributed and that the paste makes it all the way to the end of your strands is the most important part.
6. Set the timer for 30 minutes and veg.
7. Rinse in the shower and use the conditioner tube included in the highlighting kit.
8. Dry and style as usual. Repeat highlighting as soon as roots grow out- about six weeks.

Cutting Your Hair

A little disclaimer here. I never cut my hair myself, my Mom doesn’t cut hers herself anymore either. I depend on the uber talented Kristen Mann at The Strand for amazing hair. She started oing my hair when I had her daughter as a student back in 2006 and have never looked back. She is amazing!

So if it’s in the name of saving money, being adventurous or just testing if Shortcut Girl knows what she’s doing, take a stab at Kitchen highlights. What’s the worst thing that could happen?

(Of course, if your hair ends up blue, purple or any unwanted color– relax, that’s actually in style nowadays!)

8 Shortcuts You Haven’t Tried Yet

1. Dry shampoo: For the girl on the go who does not want greasy hair!
2. Smooth shave: Smooth legs, no expensive shaving cream!
3. “Cheater” Homemade pizza: Thai Chicken. Make it for your friends, it’s better than delivery.
4. Dump cake: The birthday cake that you just didn’t have time to make!
5. Editing your own photos: The professional look without the professional cost.
6. A sock bun: For the days when you just can’t handle your hair.
7. Yoga for the mind: Generating gratitude to help center you.
8. At home highlights: Do-it-yourself make over, right at your bathroom sink.