semi-permanent highlights?

bliss611bliss611 Registered Users Posts: 238
Would semi-permanent hair color work for highlights? I am looking to get noticeable but subtle highlights for my very dark brown hair. I've never done them with semi-permament haircolor before so wondering if it would work...
3B curls
Medium texture
Normal elasticity
High porosity


  • SalamanderSalamander Registered Users Posts: 328
    You can't lighten hair with semi-permanent or demi-permanent color. Semi-permanent doesn't use a developer, it just stains your hair shaft so if you have dark hair, the color won't show up at all. Demi-permanent uses a low volume developer so it can deposit color but it isn't strong enough to lift your natural pigment.

    The only way to highlight dark hair is to lighten it, usually with bleach and a stronger developer. If you are only looking to go a shade or two lighter, you could do that with a permanent haircolor in a lighter shade than your natural color. But if you want to go more than 2 shades lighter, you usually have to bleach and then tone (because dark hair will get orangey when it is lightened -- then a toner is applied to cancel the orange-ness and get it to the desired shade).

    The exception would be if you had enough gray hair, you could do a semi- or demi-permanent color in a lighter shade. That would not affect your non-gray hair but would color the gray/white hairs so they looked like highlights.
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