Colored wigs or wigs with highlights are the go-to styles for some women. These wigs are bold, edgy, and somewhat loud, and they require a lot of courage to walk around in them. However, the wearing of highlight wigs is increasing day by day. Most people opt to have their highlights done by a professional, while others do it in their homes. So many hair color terms have emerged that very few people know about. In this article, we explain the wig highlighting techniques.
Wig Highlighting Techniques
There are three basic techniques used to highlight wigs. They are all over hair color, bleaching, and balayage. We expound on each one of them below.
1. All Over Hair Color technique
This process is also called the single process hair color. It involves coloring hair or wigs with a single color shade only. With this technique, hair is colored in three different levels; permanent, semi-permanent, and demi-permanent. All three levels have different strengths, and the time taken by each varies.
The permanent level is utilized to get a permanent hair color. It incorporates ammonia during the process and provides the option of making the tips of your wig darker or lighter. It takes the most time, but the results are amazing. The demi-permanent level uses less force than the permanent level. It is much gentler but not like the semi-permanent coloring level. This level produces colors that fade easily, especially when washed. It’s ideal for someone who hasn’t quite made up their mind about having a permanent hair color.
2. Bleaching technique
This technique is responsible for creating highlights on sections of the hair depending on the pattern used. Bleaching is one of the oldest methods of highlighting hair. The bleaching content is applied on the hair from the ends to the point where you want the color contrast to begin. The hair is then wrapped in foil pieces for some time, depending on the time indicated on the package. When the time elapses, the foil is removed, and the hair is washed. The resulting highlights appear systematic and organized. Anyone can perform this process as long as they follow the instructions correctly.
3. Balayage technique
Its also known as freehand hair painting. The technique involves the use of bleach to paint on the given hair directly. After the painting on the hair is done in swatches, a cellophane layer covers the hair to add shine and lustre. The balayage process required a lightener with very high strength to quickly change the hair color before the strength fades away due to exposure to air.
Unlike in the bleaching technique, the freehand painting on the hair results in chaotic or disorganized highlights. This look is mostly found in ombre hair. The method is the most gentle and causes no harm to the wig.
All three coloring techniques are great but identify what works for you. How the color is placed on the hair varies, and the end product is also different. If you are a single color girl, then the single process technique is ideal for you. Bleaching gives well-arranged highlights, great for a bold but not over-the-top look. The balayage highlights are bold but more playful and random.