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Hi, I have fairly fine, brown hair that has been highlighted to blonde for years and years. My hair is going grey, breaking off all around the hairline quite short and thinning. I need to cover the grey but I think highlighting it is really damaging. Not sure what to do because it is looking very fragile.Should I just get the parting toned to dull down the grey and leave it alone over the ears? It is shoulder length and my fringe comes down to my jaw line, although there's not a lot of it as it's broken. Please can you advise? Thank you

 Firstly, your hair should not be breaking around the hairline. This denotes a serious problem. I have a feeling that this is not from the highlighting, but something else. Breakage to a specific area is usually from a specific thing being done to it. This sounds typical of flat ironing or styling with high dryer heat for smoothing around the face. Just a guess. Either that or you tie it back a lot, which will also weaken and break the fragile hairline hair.
 You want to make sure as well, that your stylist is just retouching your highlights and not relightening the full strand length each time. This wall also cause damage and breakage.
As for the highlighting, this is for adding dimension and brightness, and while it can certainly lessen the contrast with the white hair, making it less noticable, it is really not meant to "cover" grey.
I would suggest getting an overall colour in a light brown or dark blonde and then highlighting for brightness. You won't need as much highlighting this way or need it highlighted as often. You would have your base colour regrowth retouched every 4-6 weeks and the hihglihgts done about every 3 months.
 Use any good moisturizing conditioner on a regular basis to keep the hair moisturized and softer, to lessen breakage.
Best of luck to you.
Stephe (hairman)


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