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Is it true that it is common for highlights to not look symmetrical when hair is pulled into a ponytail, or half ponytail?

Hi Ashley,

Hmmm...this feels like a trick question. LOL I take care with mine to make sure the hair looks the same on both sides. I don't know that I've ever had anyone complain that the highlights didn't look the same on each side. Usually, if the hair is thicker on one side or if the previous highlights weren't even, I do what I can to  make it appear symmetrical. With that being said, if your hair grows differently, for example grows forward on one side and back or down on the other, it may not look exactly the same.

If you had your highlights done and one side is lighter or darker or  not as close to your face or whatever, it would not be unreasonable for you to request it be fixed.

Does that answer your question?


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I can answer questions on all types of hairstyling, cutting, designing, coloring, corrective color, perming techniques,product knowledge, and in general, anything that has anything to do with hair. PLEASE NOTE: I am a professional designer and trainer. I do hair and teach advanced classes to licensed designers. I do not, under any circumstances, recommend doing chemical services including but not limited to relaxers, perms, color, highlights, or any other chemical service at home. I will not tell you how to use professional products nor will I tell you how to do your color at home. What I CAN do is arm you with current and accurate information and help you to be able to better communicate with your stylist/designer. I can also help you with what you need to do at home to maintain, protect, and treat your hair.


I have been a designer and educator for 31 years. I have been a salon consultant for Redken, affiliate trainer for ABBA Pure and Natural, Director of Education for my own salon and am currently a member of the design team and advanced trainer for my company. I specialize in corrective color, perming and style support, and image updates (make overs)

I have been actively licensed for 31 years. I actively participate in and teach cutting, perming, coloring, and business building classes. I am a REDKEN Certified Haircolorist, and REDKEN Specialist. I also have extensive training in Structure in Motion Cutting Techniques and Tigi Cutting.

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