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When I was younger and got a bit bored with my brown coloured hair, I would have went to the hairdressers and got some little blond highlights which always seemed to add body to my fine, limp hair. However, when I got married and we had bills to pay obviously I didn't have the same disposable income, and I always seemed to find other things to spend my money on rather than expensive highlighting trips to the hairdresser. So several years ago, after my sister recommended it, I bought a box of Garnier Multilights Highlighting kits to be able to add little highlights myself at a lot less money.
When I first started purchasing these kits, there were four to choose from, depending on the colour of your hair. My sister who has a similar colour of hair to me, had tried a couple of them, and found that despite having darkish brown hair, it was actually kit two, for light brown hair, that gave her the best looking blond highlights, so I bought kit two as well. At the time these kits were widely available in all chemists and usually retailed around the £5 mark, however, they seem to be getting scarcer and scarcer, unless the packaging has been rebranded, but I find it difficult to source now, although you can still pick up kits on the internet. I had stocked up on a few boxes of the kit whilst on offer so I still have some to last me a few more times.
Although it is perfectly feasible to use this kit by yourself, I always prefer to get someone to apply it for me. I find that my hair is better covered, especially around the back. so I usually ask my sister since she has used the product herself.
This kit is supposed to let you add highlights to your own hair colour. The kit includes the permanent highlight cream, which is easy to mix up, and this can be applied to either coloured or uncoloured hair. My hair is uncoloured, but as well as giving you the highlights it is also meant to nourish the hair as well since the conditioner that you use after applying the cream (and which is included in the kit) is meant to be enriched with avocado oil. Garnier claims the highlights should need to be reapplied to uncoloured hair every three months and I would say that is pretty accurate.
After mixing up the cream, which is white in colour, you then use the little comb brush to apply the highlights as you wish to your hair. I would say however, you are better applying more rather than less, as even though at times I think my sister has went overboard and put on too much, when I have washed my hair and dried it, the highlights aren't as many as it may have first seemed when applied.
My sister (with my instruction!!) always tries to make sure my hair is even highlighted, although obviously when you can't see the proper colour, it is difficult. You need to be careful when using the brush that you comb the cream through, as otherwise it could clump a little. Once this colour has been applied, you need to leave it for 20 minutes before rinsing and then applying the conditioner.
I have been using this product for several years now, and not only has it saved me a fortune in terms of not having to go to the hairdresser, I have the light blond highlights that I like all at a fraction of the price. Now, obviously the hairdresser will still do the most thorough job and get the exact tone you like, but for anyone on a budget, who simply wants natural looking highlights that don't cost the earth, this is a really good kit. It is just such a pity that it is so hard to source now.
Once when I dyed my hair (I dye it myself regularly) it went way darker than I wanted it to and it looked much too dark for my skin tone and it washed me out comlpetely. I looked really pale even with fake tan on but I didn't want to remove the dye using one of the stripping kits you can buy as they really damage your hair, leave it smelling like rotten eggs, and thin it out. So instead I decided to add some highlights. I chose this kit because I'd used the Garnier hair dye and inside the box was a voucher to get 50p off when you bought this highlighting kit. I never could resist a good bargain lol.
I bought the kit number 4 which is the one which gives the darkest highlights and works best on darker coloured hair.
Instructions were given in the box which were written very clearly and I found them very easy to read and follow. All the things I needed to know were written down. I would recommend reading through them first before you start applying the highlights and then reading them again as you work through each step as you are actually putting the highlights on.
You had to mix up the highlighting powder with some developer, this was also very straightforward and easy to do.
The highlighting kit only costs about a fiver which I think is extremely reasonable. In the hairdressers it can be extremely expensive to get highlights put in, the cheapest you will find is probably around £40 so obviously if you are doing it yourself you will be saving a lot of money.
I thought the results this gave were really good and I was really pleased with how my hair looked after using this product. I have used other highlighting kits before but this is the only one I would use again as it is the only one which has turned out exactly how I wanted it to look.
Overall this is a fantastic product and one which I would definitely recommend to others, I would also buy this again.