I have been highlighting my hair at home for several years now. Ever since high school a couple friends and I would get together, pop in a good chick flick, and do each other's hair. It was great fun to be together, it cost about 1/3 of salon prices, and I would have to say, we all looked pretty cute by the end of the day. :)
Over the years I've tried a number of different hair kits. Last time I went to Shoppers Drug Mart and decided to give Revlon Frost & Glow Highlighting Kit for Blonde to Light Brown Hair a try since it was on sale for only $9.99! Overall, it's not the very best one I've tried, but it is still quite good. And for $9.99, I have no complaints!
The Revlon kit is a cap-and-hook style system, which I really like. It takes longer than comb-in dyes, but unlike those, cap kits are straightforward and completely fool-proof. You always get even colour exactly where you want it, instead of in clumps mostly around the top of your head! And like a lot of other kits, this one had sections printed on the cap to help you concentrate the highlights in different areas for different effects.
I think the thing that impressed me the most about this kit was the smell. I rated it 3 out of 5 because, let's face it, hair dye never smells good! However, this one was definitely the least-offensive of all the ones I've tried.
Ingredients I left blank, because I don't know a lot about what's bad and good or, shall I say, bad and not-so-bad in a hair dye. I've never had a problem with highlighting kits damaging my hair, though. I think most are pretty safe if you use them right and don't dye your hair too frequently.
The one thing I didn't like about this kit compared to others was the quantity of the shampoo and conditioner after-treatments provided. There was barely enough for me to wash out my hair properly afterwards. I do have thick hair, but I still think they were too stingy. Also, this kit only included conditioner for the first wash. Most other kits include a small bottle of moisturizing, colour-enhancing conditioner that can be used for a couple weeks after the fact.
But overall this was a good kit, and I would recommend it if you already use colour-safe shampoo on a regular basis, or if you're new to highlighting and just want to try something cheeper to see how you like it.