Best at-home highlight kit 2021.

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The summer vibes and feel good factor that comes with a fresh head of highlights will never not make us happy. When it comes to creating the shimmering, sun-kissed look at home, you can risk ending up a brassy mess if you don’t choose the right home highlight kit.

In Blonde highlights | How to nail the lighter look at home, we gave you the lowdown on blonde highlights so you can decide if attempting to do them at home is for you.

Now we’re here with the best at home highlighting kits 2020 to lift your hair and your spirits at home!

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What are highlights? 

Highlights are a hair lightening technique that adds streaks of blonde to a darker base hair colour. 

From ash blonde, caramel blonde, strawberry blonde, dirty blonde and even platinum blonde, there are a kabillion light hair colours and tones to choose from.

You can also have a go at lightening your hair the natural way. But if you want a lot of lift, it’s a highlighting kit all the way.

Check out the latest looks for ideas and inspiration.

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Can I DIY highlights at home?

Highlights are a tricky one. The difference between salon and at-home highlighting kits is that in a salon, your hairdresser will combine different dyes to create the colour that best suits you.

In an at home highlighting kit, you get one colour tube and a bottle of developer. 

The guiding rule is to choose a kit that’s just one shade lighter than your base colour – the colour your hair is now. If you want to go much lighter than this, it’s best to talk to your hair dresser or risk going full ginge.

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Which is the best home highlight kit?

Highlighting is a technique as much as a process. Thanks to uber lush looks like ombre and balayage, freestyle dye painting is fast becoming easier to do.

To DIY highlights at home, you’ll need to get yourself one of the highlight kits from our list below that will do the job for you!

Best home highlight kits at a glance.

KitLooks likeBest for Buy it now
Garnier Nutrisse Bleach Hair Dye.q? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B013BL5Y4G&Format= SL160 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=GB&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=colouredhairc 21&language=en GBbest home highlight kits nutrissePlatinum blonde effects.
Schwarzkopf Live Intense Lightenerq? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B00D870FMK&Format= SL160 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=GB&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=colouredhairc 21&language=en GBbest home highlight kits schwartzkopfAchieving medium-blonde shades like caramel blonde.
Clairol Nice' n Easy Crème, Natural Looking Hair Dye, Light Ash Blonde.q? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B07895NRK3&Format= SL160 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=GB&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=colouredhairc 21&language=en GBbest home highlight kits Ashy tones.
L'Oreal Colorista Effects Bleach Lightening Kitq? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B01N4I05Q1&Format= SL160 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=GB&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=colouredhairc 21&language=en GBbest home highlight kits Extra lightening fast results.
Wella Hair Streaking Kit Scandinavian Blondeq? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B001RYSD5C&Format= SL160 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=GB&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=colouredhairc 21&language=en GBbest home highlight kits wellaLong lasting highlights
Schwarzkopf Color Expert Omegaplex Hair Dye, Light Cool Blonde.q? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B01MU7J619&Format= SL160 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=GB&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=colouredhairc 21&language=en GBbest home highlight kits light cool blondeCool tones and soft hair

TOP PICK!

L’Oreal Colorista Effects Bleach Lightening Kit

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Best home highlight kit for: Extra lightening fast results.

We wanted to give our natural blonde hair a lift, and the results were a cool head of icy blond hints. It’s powerful stuff so keep a check on it in development time or you might go way too light. It dulled down after a couple of washes and is starting to look even more natural as time goes on. This is the best home highlight kit on the list for us.


#1 Garnier Nutrisse Bleach Hair Dye.

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They say:

  • Natural looking colour, rich and long-lasting performance.
  • Comes with Purple 4 oils conditioner to take the edge off any brassiness. 
  • Protects again hair dryness for up to 8 weeks.

Reviewers say:

“This is my favourite home highlight kit. It comes out a lovely pale creamy blonde, not at all brassy, and I love using the brush application.”

“I used this to touch up my dark roots after having blonde highlights done by my hairdresser. I am amazed how this product lifted my dark roots to the same blonde as my hair and no orange tones in it at all!” 

We say:

We tried this on light blonde hair that had a few babylights that were starting to fade. We applied the mixture starting with our roots and worked it through to the ends.

We did only thin sections of the hair along the hairline and where the sun naturally lightens our hair for the most natural effect. On washing after 30 mins, it looked fab! It had lifted our colour a lot to almost platinum blonde. The conditioner smells divine and left out hair very soft too!

Best for: Platinum blondes


#2 Schwarzkopf Live Intense Lightener

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They say:

  • An intense lightener an oil booster
  • Lightens your hair up to 9 shades.
  • Guarantees less brassiness.
  • Leaves hair soft and glossy.
  • With a brightening Oil Booster for up to 9 levels of lift (yeah right).

Reviewers say:

“This definitely worked for me but the results are not the same as the colour on the box! Be prepared to colour twice if you want the colour you can see on the box!”

“Better than others at lifting roots to match the rest of my highlighted hair. I’ve tried a lot of the other highlight kits and this is the one I would most recommend.” 

“First time I’ve used this lightener and can honestly say it does the job. I just wanted to add a few highlights and this worked great. I was worried about my hair being frizzy and dry but it wasn’t. So happy.”

We say:

We’ll be honest, with this, our light brown hair did go quite yellow. But it did leave our hair feeling super soft. Fortunately, we are always prepared at Coloured Hair Care HQ and had a purple toning shampoo handy to cancel out the brassiness and make the yellow disappear.

After this, the results were gorgeous caramel blonde hints that we love. This is the best home highlight kit if you want medium blonde tones and you have a good purple shampoo at the ready.

Best for : Getting medium-blonde shades like caramel blonde.


#3 Clairol Nice’ n Easy Crème, Natural Looking Hair Dye, Light Ash Blonde.

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They say:

  • This is a cream that contains a blend of 3 salon tones and highlights in one.
  • Uber conditioning – with conditioners built into every step 
  • Soft, shiny hair and long-lasting hair colour performance

Reviewers say:

“Would I use it again? Yes I would! It was easy to apply, it’s covered my greys completely and no sign of brassiness at all.” 

“Application is simple and the creme is thick so it doesn’t drip everywhere like some I’ve tried before. My hair feels so soft, I love it.”

“When applying it gave good coverage and it smelt better than other brands. My hair looks great shiny and well covered. I love the colour.”

We say:

This is an ash blonde hair dye rather than a bleach lightener, so you’ll need to make sure that ashy tones are the right look for you. We used this on ash brown dyed hair to add a few babylights and it was a great colour mix.

The cream is really easy to apply and the dye smelt better than most! We left it on for longer to get the desired effect but there was no brassiness or yellowing to take care of. The conditioner that comes with it is quite generous and left enough for the next hair wash too.

Best for: Ashy tones.


#4 L’Oreal Colorista Effects Bleach Lightening Kit

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They say:

  • This is a home highlight kit to create bleach effects.
  • It’s a gentle formula that lightens hair without brass or harshness.
  • The after-care conditioning formula nourishes hair.

Reviewers say:

“I’ve used many different bleaches and hair dyes so I was a bit unsure about using yet another new one. I had so many colours of blue in my hair! But using this bleach my hair went to a fabulous bleach blonde!”

“My hair was previously dyed a dark silver-grey so I didn’t know what to expect. I followed the instructions too apply it and within minutes, I could already see it turning a perfect light blonde! “

“I love this bleach for highlighting my hair! I normally have balayage lights done at my hairdressers but my ends had started to go brassy. I used this and then toned afterwards and it looked like I’d had it done in salon again!”

We say:

L’Oreal are bossing home hair dyeing with the Colorista range. We’d already tried some of their other awesome washout hair colours so we were excited to find out what this bleach could do.

We wanted to give our natural blonde hair a lift, and the results were a cool head of icy blond hints. It’s powerful stuff so keep a check on it in development time or you might go way too light. It dulled down after a couple of washes and is starting to look even more natural as time goes on.

Best for: Extra lightening fast results.


#5 Wella Hair Streaking Kit Scandinavian Blonde

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They say:

  • A reliable home highlighting kit.
  • Use it to achieve an all-over sun-kissed look or to create specific highlights around the hairline, crown or fringe.
  • Professional-looking results with the minimum of fuss
  • The finished look can be as subtle or as bold as you want.

Reviewers say:

“Best home highlight kit dye I’ve used by far. My hair comes out bright blonde and I’m always happy with the results. So many other kits I’ve tried come out orange. This is a product I trust.”

“I truly love this home highlight kit! I have light brown hair with a bit of grey, and this gives me light natural blonde highlights. The result is as good as any salon.”

“Just hope they never stop making this! It saves me a fortune!”

We say:

This one comes with a cap! And easy to follow instructions. It can be a bit fiddly to apply but the results are well worth it.

We tried it on dark blonde hair to add a few streaks at our crown. The colour comes out a lovely creamy light blonde with no warm tones or brassiness to be seen. This one is the best home highlight kit for lasting colour.

Best kit for: Long lasting highlights.


#6 Schwarzkopf Color Expert Omegaplex Hair Dye, Light Cool Blonde.

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They say:

  • Permanent Lightener with rich, long lasting colour.
  • Up to 3 levels of lift.
  • Anti-Breakage Technology.
  • Contains hyaluronic acid that moisturises your hair.
  • Protects hair from damage during and after colouring.

Reviewers say:

“I have thick hair so used 2 packets and the result was lovely! No orange, a little bluish but I know that fades quickly and I liked this toned version of blonde.”

“This has a great conditioning mask and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has been ‘going blonde’ for years like me (my original hair colour is dark blonde but now lots of grey) It dealt with my roots perfectly.”

“I have tried nearly every blonde hair dye there is to give myself highlights at home and Color Expert 9 lightener is the best. No flat orange tint. Came out shiny golden colour. And great condition!”

We say:

We tried this one out on light brown hair to add highlights from root to tip. We roped in a friend to help and applied the dye using foils to accelerate the colour.

The results were fantastic, we could feel it working straight away. It has lifted our hair a couple of levels to a cool, blonde shade. What we love best about Color Expert is the purple toner and conditioning treatments. This left our hair soft and silky with no warm tones.

Best for: Cool tones and soft hair.


TOP PICK!

L’Oreal Colorista Effects Bleach Lightening Kit

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Best home highlight kit for: Extra lightening fast results.

We wanted to give our natural blonde hair a lift, and the results were a cool head of icy blond hints. It’s powerful stuff so keep a check on it in development time or you might go way too light. It dulled down after a couple of washes and is starting to look even more natural as time goes on. This is the best home highlight kit on the list for us.