One helpful hint before you get started: You should wear a zip-up shirt or smock. That way, when you rinse, you can easily take it off without getting color on it.
How to Cover Your Highlights Like a Pro
- The first step is to divide your hair into four sections and clip it up.
- Then apply the barrier cream to your forehead, ears, and neck. This keeps the color off your skin. Just be careful to keep the cream off your hair.
- Now wash the cream off your hands and put on the gloves.
- Next, fully puncture the top of the color tube and squeeze it into the activator bottle. Shake it for about 20 seconds until it’s thick and creamy like conditioner.
- Unscrew the tip of the bottle cap.
- Unclip a section and apply a small amount of color to your roots in rows that are roughly a quarter-inch apart. Work down your head until the section is complete.
- Massage the color into your roots to make sure your hair is saturated.
- Completely saturate your roots, using at least half the contents of the bottle.
- Next, apply color to mid-lengths, starting where the roots stop. Work one section at a time.
- Massage color down to ends. It helps to use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to pull the color through your hair and saturate every strand.
- Now go back to the color-resistant areas of your hair, like any gray areas you may have—and put more color there.
- When you’re done, put on the cap, take off your gloves, and use the cleansing wipe to clean up any color that dripped onto your skin.
- Set the timer for 35 minutes for normal processing or 45 minutes for color-resistant hair.
- Now it’s time to rinse your hair until the water runs clear. The easiest way is to get in the shower, wet your head, and massage it well.
- Wash your hair and lock in color with Madison Reed Shampoo and Conditioner.
More on coloring and highlights.