Tiger stripe highlights, also known as brassy highlights, occur when blonde hair starts to turn yellow or orange. This can happen due to a variety of factors such as sun exposure, hard water, or using the wrong hair products. If you’re dealing with tiger stripe highlights, don’t worry – there are ways to fix them and restore your blonde hair to its natural, beautiful color. In this guide, we’ll show you how to fix tiger stripe highlights with a variety of techniques and products.
What causes Tiger stripes when highlighting?
This can happen due to a variety of factors such as:
- Overuse of heat styling tools: Using heat styling tools like curling irons, flat irons, and hair dryers can damage hair and cause it to turn brassy.
- Exposure to the sun: UV rays can cause blonde hair to turn yellow or orange.
- Hard water: Hard water contains minerals that can deposit on the hair and cause it to turn brassy.
- Using the wrong hair products: Using hair products that contain sulfates, alcohol, or other harsh ingredients can cause blonde hair to turn brassy.
- Improper hair care: Not using a toner or purple shampoo after highlighting can cause the blonde to turn brassy and cause tiger stripes.
- Using hair dyes with high levels of peroxide: High levels of peroxide can cause the hair to become too light, and this can cause the hair to turn brassy.
- Natural hair color: Some people with naturally blonde hair may have a higher chance of getting tiger stripes if their hair is naturally more yellowish or orange.
How to Fix Tiger Stripe Highlights
The goal is to tone down the color of your roots, by applying a base color. This base color will conceal the striped lines that are visible at your roots, resulting in a more seamless and cohesive hair color. The highlights tend to bleach the roots, so it is important to find an intermediate tone between the natural color and the highlights. This will make the color appear more seamless and cohesive. It is recommended to choose a tone that is two shades lighter than your natural color to avoid any unpleasant contrasts and achieve a harmonious result. And it is also important to pay attention to the natural color of your hair and not the base color of your dyed hair.
Choose the right base color
When choosing the base color for your hair, it’s important to select a shade that will add depth and create a subtle contrast between your highlights and the rest of your hair. A good rule of thumb is to choose a color that is no more than two shades lighter than your natural color and that follows these guidelines:
- If your highlights have warm tones, opt for a natural color that will create a soft, natural base.
- If your highlights have cool tones, choose an ash or beige color.
Your base color choice is crucial for ensuring that your highlights and overall color blend together seamlessly. For example, Bianca has a medium dark brown natural hair color with light ash blonde highlights that currently make her hair look striped and harsh. To fix this, she chooses a light brown base color to paint on.
Paint your base color
Painting your base color is a process of applying color to your regrowth while also overlapping the beginning of your highlights, creating a natural blending of colors by staggering the end points. The goal is to blend your regrowth and highlight line, making the highlights appear more natural.
It’s better to apply less color at first as it’s easier to add more later.
Here’s how to paint your base color:
Step 1: Divide your hair into four sections and color one section at a time. Using a tint brush, create a horizontal or vertical row around a centimeter thick, starting at the regrowth and painting the base color over your roots.
Step 2: Turn the tint brush to the side for more control and paint the color down your hair, tapering the end points to create a natural appearance. Continue through the rest of your hair and process the color as per instructions.
Keep your stripe highlights radiant
It’s important to take care of your tiger stripe highlights to keep them looking radiant. Just like your favorite cashmere sweater, your highlights need special care to maintain the color. You should use a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo to keep the color of your highlights for longer. Just as you moisturize your face daily, you should do the same with your hair. Use a hair mask at least once a week to prevent split ends and dryness.
Can toner fix stripey highlights?
Toner can be used to help fix stripey highlights. Toner is a product used to neutralize or enhance the color of hair after it has been lightened or dyed.
When you have stripey highlights, it means your hair has different shades of blonde, and sometimes yellow or orange tones. Toner can help to even out the color of your highlights, neutralizing any unwanted tones such as yellow or orange, and bringing the color closer to your desired shade.
A toner can be used in two ways:
- A toner can be used to neutralize the unwanted yellow or orange tones in your highlights.
- A toner can be used to enhance your highlights color, by depositing a cool or warm tone to the hair.
It’s important to note that toner alone may not completely fix stripey highlights, and you may require multiple sessions or another solution such as a base color to achieve the desired result. It’s also important to consult with a professional stylist to determine the best toner to use for your specific hair type and color.