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18 Things Everyone Who Had Chunky Highlights Will Relate To

For everyone whose hair idol was Kelly Clarkson.

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6. If you're blonde, you probably tried to give yourself chunky highlights using lemon juice. Which was actually pretty effective.

Tried to put lemon juice in my hair so I could get some natural highlights while tanning. Got it in my eye. Please send help. 😵🍋💀

But it ~really~ hurt if you got the lemon juice in your eyes.

7. If your mum was really cool, she might have taken you to her salon to have a few highlights put in around your crown.

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And she probably warned you never to get a full head of highlights because it'd become too expensive to maintain. Which was good advice tbf.

8. And sitting in front of the hairdresser's mirror with foil in your hair for the first time made you feel incredibly grown-up.

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9. Or she might have helped you do it yourself at home.

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You probably used a L'Oreal kit that she bought doing her weekly shop in Sainsbury's.

11. And you knew exactly what you were looking for because you'd already read all the advice you could get your hands on in the problem pages of your favourite magazine.

They taught you that you had to do a patch test first to check you didn't have an allergic reaction.


13. The next step was persuading a friend to highlight your hair while you read the instructions from the packet aloud.

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Which always resulted in a minor panic that she was going to burn your scalp and make your hair fall out.

15. But getting chunky highlights was only the first step. In the '00s there was basically no point in even having hair unless it was straightened to within an inch of its life.

17. And even if your mum told you off, you knew the struggle had been worth it.

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Because you now looked like Michelle Heaton from Liberty X, and that's basically all you ever wanted.

18. And even though looking back on the days of your chunky highlights is cringe now, you know you looked great at the time.

One of my biggest fears is that the chunky highlights of the early 2000's are going to come back into style.