Exactly what are Pintura Highlights?

SunderellaSunderella Posts: 89Registered Users
I Need info on Pintura Highlights, what are they exactly and can they be done at home? Also how do the differ from other highlights? TIA :)
2c/3a Fine Blonde/Silver

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  • curlyclaudiacurlyclaudia Posts: 416Registered Users
    I am almost positive they are painted on the hair with no foils. Surbanbushbabe gets them done. You can try to do them yourself but have a friend help you.
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  • LadydncingLadydncing Posts: 964Registered Users
    I also get Pinutra Highlights and I love them!
    CurlyClaudia is right, the highlights are applied
    with a paint brush, just like painting. My hair
    is just as healthy, however, I do follow a
    modified CG routine and DT at least 2x's
    a month. I have some pics in my album. :smile:
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  • SunderellaSunderella Posts: 89Registered Users
    Thank you so much! I was starting to wonder if anyone knew what they were.
    2c/3a Fine Blonde/Silver
  • DarbyDarby Posts: 1,025Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    my deva stylist does the pintura highlights and yes, they are painted on and she uses toilet paper pieces to separate. Hard to explain :) She tells me that with curly hair, pintura is the way to go because it looks much more natural than the foil way.
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  • StruttsWifeStruttsWife Posts: 819Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Pintura is somewhat similar to balayage, which is also hand-painting color on hair. But there are some important differences between the two. Pintura is painted curl-by-curl, where balayage slices out sections for highlight/lowlight without regard to texture or shape. Balayage color saturates the entire hair strand (front to back), whereas the color just sits on top of 2/3 of the hair shaft with pintura ... creating that famous "ribbon of light" effect. The end results are quite different, with pintura being much more dramatic and visible on curly hair than balayage (which sort of disappears into the curl pattern).
    - Tiffany
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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,573Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Pintura is somewhat similar to balayage, which is also hand-painting color on hair. But there are some important differences between the two. Pintura is painted curl-by-curl, where balayage slices out sections for highlight/lowlight without regard to texture or shape. Balayage color saturates the entire hair strand (front to back), whereas the color just sits on top of 2/3 of the hair shaft with pintura ... creating that famous "ribbon of light" effect. The end results are quite different, with pintura being much more dramatic and visible on curly hair than balayage (which sort of disappears into the curl pattern).
    Do you have more info you can share about how to do these (pintura)? I highlight my own hair but have never painted them on. I think with a little instruction I could do it. :) Do you paint the whole curl or just paint the top side? You say 2/3, what do you mean? TIA!
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  • StruttsWifeStruttsWife Posts: 819Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I am so sorry I've missed this!

    I don't know if I can explain how to do this with words since it is such a visual process. But basically, you "lay" down the color in a stripe along the hair strand and then saturate the ends. The placement is a bit tricky at first, since you have to leave plenty of space between curls and the sectioning is a bit intricate, to get that "ribbon of light" effect. There is also a certain progression from back to sides to top (light to heavy side) that needs to be done to get the proper effect as well. Dang, I'm not being very helpful, am I? :confused:
    - Tiffany
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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,573Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    That's ok, no hurry! :) It does sound a little complicated to do on one's own head. So I guess I'm stuck with doing the cap method on myself then?! Oh well, they always looked good anyway! :D

    I guess I'll have to wait for them whenever I get YOU to cut my hair! :lol:
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  • SunderellaSunderella Posts: 89Registered Users
    Great explanations you guys!!! Can you use hair color to paint on or does it just have to be bleach?
    2c/3a Fine Blonde/Silver
  • StruttsWifeStruttsWife Posts: 819Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    CurliLocks - I wouldn't dare attempt it on myself, if that makes you feel any better. There are some stylists out there that can successfully cut and color their own hair, but trust me ... I am NOT one of them ;)

    Sunderella - Color or bleach, whichever you prefer :)
    - Tiffany
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  • JaxieJaxie Posts: 1,282Registered Users
    If you use bleach, does that harm your hair? If you want to go from brown to blonde pintura highlights, do you have to use bleach?
    2c or 3a Cut most of my hair off in July '12 and am working on regrowing it.
  • StruttsWifeStruttsWife Posts: 819Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Jaxie wrote: »
    If you use bleach, does that harm your hair? If you want to go from brown to blonde pintura highlights, do you have to use bleach?
    If your hair is already colored, you must use bleach to go lighter ... with the exception of Scruples Blazing Highlights system, which is the only color that can actually lift (meaning lighten) color. If your hair is virgin, you can achieve up to four levels of lift without bleach and by using color. And yes, bleach is extremely damaging ... it literally blows holes in your cortex during the processing, which is why it is very important to have a protein reconstructor treatment after you've had any kind of bleaching done (the protein reconstructor will help to fill those holes).
    - Tiffany
    Hair Stylist and Curly Hair Specialist - St. Petersburg, FL (Tampa Bay)

    Blog: Live Curly, Live Free
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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,573Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    And yes, bleach is extremely damaging ... it literally blows holes in your cortex during the processing, which is why it is very important to have a protein reconstructor treatment after you've had any kind of bleaching done (the protein reconstructor will help to fill those holes).
    I use Robert Craig's Highlighting Kit. It's a bleach. Then I often tone with his Color afterwards. Would I use the protein reconstructor after bleach but before color? (I'm afraid it would lift the color.) Or after?
    What is a good one we can buy (at Sally's or something)? Thanks!
    SF Bay Area, CA * "The Angel-Goddess-Guru of Haircoloring" :D
    3b/c/a mix. medium texture, low porosity
    My Motto: Strand Test! some hair pics
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  • StruttsWifeStruttsWife Posts: 819Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    CurliLocks wrote: »
    I use Robert Craig's Highlighting Kit. It's a bleach. Then I often tone with his Color afterwards. Would I use the protein reconstructor after bleach but before color? (I'm afraid it would lift the color.) Or after?
    What is a good one we can buy (at Sally's or something)? Thanks!
    You can use it after the bleach, but I'd wait a day or so before I toned in that case. Otherwise, wait about 48 hours after you've bleached and toned, then reconstruct.

    I use Goldwell Kerasilk at the salon and love it. However, since Nexxus went open market, you can get their Keraphix at Sally Beauty now. It's a bit spendy, but you won't find a better reconstructor on the open market, imo.
    - Tiffany
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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,573Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    So it's better to do it 48 or so hours afterward instead? Are you familiar at all with Robert Craig's Color? http://www.robertcraig.com/php/index.php?location=haircolor
    It works by polymerization.
    How does polymerization work? Is it a plastic coating?
    Polymerization is a process in which relatively small molecules, called monomers, combine chemically to produce a very large chainlike or network molecule, called a polymer. Hair is made up of mostly protein and proteins are one of many types of natural polymers. Polymerization causes the hair dye molecules to bond with the natural color molecules inside the hair. It is not a plastic nor does it coat the hair.

    Do you think it would adhere better after the protein reconstructor, or the reconstructor would lift the color if used afterward? I just want to be sure. I've never used one after bleaching and haven't had problems before, but I usually lose some curl in the long run. TIA!
    SF Bay Area, CA * "The Angel-Goddess-Guru of Haircoloring" :D
    3b/c/a mix. medium texture, low porosity
    My Motto: Strand Test! some hair pics
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  • StruttsWifeStruttsWife Posts: 819Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    It's best to use the protein reconstructor afterwards since its purpose is to address any damage from the coloring/bleaching process. However, I was taught to always wait 24-48 hours before starting a full reconstruction process.

    Properly processed color is fully stable immediately after processing, but that 48-hour period gives it a little bit of time to "cure", so to speak, and really attach itself to the cortex. That way, you don't have to worry about your color lifting or altering from reconstruction, especially with open market hair color products (which are typically not as heavily pigmented as salon-only professional hair color products).

    Make sense?
    - Tiffany
    Hair Stylist and Curly Hair Specialist - St. Petersburg, FL (Tampa Bay)

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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,573Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Makes sense.

    Does it need to be followed by a moisturizing DT, like when they do protein then moisture DTs?
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    3b/c/a mix. medium texture, low porosity
    My Motto: Strand Test! some hair pics
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  • StruttsWifeStruttsWife Posts: 819Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    It doesn't have to, unless you feel your hair is extremely dry ... then it certainly wouldn't hurt.
    - Tiffany
    Hair Stylist and Curly Hair Specialist - St. Petersburg, FL (Tampa Bay)

    Blog: Live Curly, Live Free
    Facebook fan page: Live Curly Live Free

    Sulfate- and non-water soluble silicone-free since 04/22/2002
    3B, brunette: medium texture, low porosity, high density

  • ArcEnCielArcEnCiel Posts: 111Registered Users
    Jaxie wrote: »
    If you use bleach, does that harm your hair? If you want to go from brown to blonde pintura highlights, do you have to use bleach?
    If your hair is already colored, you must use bleach to go lighter ... with the exception of Scruples Blazing Highlights system, which is the only color that can actually lift (meaning lighten) color. If your hair is virgin, you can achieve up to four levels of lift without bleach and by using color. And yes, bleach is extremely damaging ... it literally blows holes in your cortex during the processing, which is why it is very important to have a protein reconstructor treatment after you've had any kind of bleaching done (the protein reconstructor will help to fill those holes).

    I got my hair highlighted (foils) and although I loved the highlights, they damaged the holy heck out of my hair. So I grew my hair out and had to chop off the dead highlighted hair which sucked because it took me FOREVER to get the length that I had.

    I really love highlights and am thinking about that Pintura. Does the Pintura damage dry curly hair in ANY way? I would only get it done if I knew I could get it done without bleach. My other concern is, without bleach, will the Pintura highlights even show on my dark brown hair? I know you said one could get 4 levels of lift without bleach with the Pintura method. Would four levels of lift be enough for dark brown hair? Thanks for your time.
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  • mnekaw3mnekaw3 Posts: 69Registered Users
    I know this is an old thread...and I'm hoping that StruttsWife is still around. But if anyone can answer I'd appreciate the help.

    I too am interested in lifting color without using bleach. And I'd like to do the Pintura highlights.

    My hair is "virgin" so my question is do you suggest using just any lighter color to achieve the lift, or do you suggest the Scruples Blazing Highlights system? Is there a more "natural" coloring product that will lift color without bleach that you could recommend?

    I am in central/western, NJ so if anyone knows of a salon/stylist that would know what the heck I'm taking about and trying to achieve I'd love a recommendation.

    I've had regular highlights in the past and I HATE they way they make my hair feel.
  • StruttsWifeStruttsWife Posts: 819Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I'm not a fan of the Pintura highlight method, although I have been trained in it. Frankly, I find the "ribbon of light" effect they tout is not as effective as one might hope. My own curls never form themselves the same way every day, so I fail to see how that "ribbon" that is painted in the middle of the curl gives a better detail. I use foils and my clients and I are much happier that way.

    I use the Scruples Blazing Highlights/Blazing Lowlights in my salon myself. While they are oil-lightener based they do not use powder bleach and I find them to be much gentler on the hair. Also, you create the color itself--no bleach and tone--which 1) tends to fade less and 2) enables the stylist to use multiple colors more easily.

    Color cannot lift color, but if your hair is virgin, you most likely could use color to lift and make a highlight effect. Just bear in mind that many color-based highlights use a high lift blonde that can be as equally as harsh as lightener based highlights if not done correctly.

    Hope this helped :)
    - Tiffany
    Hair Stylist and Curly Hair Specialist - St. Petersburg, FL (Tampa Bay)

    Blog: Live Curly, Live Free
    Facebook fan page: Live Curly Live Free

    Sulfate- and non-water soluble silicone-free since 04/22/2002
    3B, brunette: medium texture, low porosity, high density

  • mnekaw3mnekaw3 Posts: 69Registered Users
    Thanks for getting back to me. I still have done nothing in terms of color or highlights...guess I'm just too afraid of ruining the texture.
  • ANISSAGANISSAG Posts: 2Registered Users
    I'm going to the Deva Chan salon in Soho for a cut/ color on my dark brown 3b-3c-4a hair. I'm extremely nervous about getting my hair cut and colored. The last time I colored my hair it was relaxed and it broke of something awful. My hair is all natural now and it seems very healthy. So I want to know if I should treat my hair deep con. Or protein treatment before I have my color done. I want all over color w highlights. I may chicken out and just get highlights. Also if anyone has been please tell me what u had done and what u think.
    natrually 3b, 3c, & 4a

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