Foilyage: a new balayage technique to highlight your hair

“Foilyage is a technique that we as hairdressers are already using, but now we need to make it come alive in salon as our customers are asking for it. I love this seamless technique; it is beautiful for complimenting the client’s features whilst gaining a beautiful natural-looking result”  - Siobhan Jones – Color Director, Headmasters @headmastersuk

Foilyage hair, a new way to balayage?

The rising trend across social media makes foilyage hair a ‘must talk about’ technique. We see this foilyage highlights becoming a timeless technique that is set to take the hairdressing world by storm. How will you vote when it comes to foilyage vs. balayage?

What is foilyage?

The new adaptation of the balayage technique is foilyage hair. This technique gives the ultimate natural-looking sun-kissed glow, perfect for introducing that spring/summer vibe. The subtlety of this look brings definition and dimensions to the hair throughout the top and front sections, in particular the lengths and ends.

The glossy perfection that comes with this technique avoids the need for a radical transformation involving heavy commitment. A palette of copper and golden shades are perfect for this technique to brighten up and warm any haircolor. Or you could opt for cool-toned shades to lift your look and wear a more modern haircolor.

The increased popularity of the foilyage haircolor trend across the runways, celebrity looks, and the high street is thanks to its low maintenance nature. Like balayage, foilyage highlights gives a chic look and feel-good factor, reducing the need to go to the salon every few weeks. What more could you want?

Foilyage vs. Balayage

Foilyage, like balayage, sees the hairdresser use an artistic freehand painting technique. The secret of the technique comes when some of these freehand pieces are then wrapped in foils to create a more defined lightness with foilyage highlights. But this is where foilyage vs. balayage show their differences. An upgrade of balayage, the foilyage haircolor technique allows the lighter tones to melt seamlessly into a balayage background allowing the placement of color to illuminate in key areas. A glamorous light-catching result.

What are the benefits of foilyage hair?

Whether you are a highlights fan or you are experiencing the world of haircolor for the first time then foilyage highlights are ideal. Although a palette of copper and golden shades are perfect for this technique, this sun-kissed, natural-looking result can be achieved on blonde and brunette clients alike.

Salon secrets: a foilyage how to

Wondering how to foilyage in salon? If you’d like to know what’s happening to your hair when you’re in the color chair, read on for a foilyage how to…

It all starts with color being painted onto the hair using the balayage technique. Then certain sections, usually where the light would naturally hit the hair (on the top and front) are wrapped in foil (foilyage highlights). This foil conducts heat better than the open air, so the product is absorbed deeper in the fiber, giving more lift. By using very small sections of foil, and expert placements techniques, the difference between colors will be extra subtle. This is why you can’t create a foilyage look without the professional skill set of a haircolorist.

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