A major part of hair colouring services, foils have been a go-to option to lighten, lift and add colour to people’s hair since the 1980s.
With a wide range of applications and techniques available, the uncapped level of styling and creativity is a big reason why clients are big fans of the foil. A far cry from the days of ‘streaks, adding highlights and lowlights to a colour appointment is more than just the standard ½ head/full head applications.
Whether you’re going for a high impact blonde, adding texture and dimension, a root re-touch or creating a ‘lived-in’ look — the different ways to colour hair with foils are constantly improving and evolving.
We explain Foil Placements and our favourite techniques that our Haircare Group Education and Technical teams are loving right now. First, let’s talk about three different Foil Placements:
The Horizontal Placement: Perfect for seamless blondes, for the client who wants a full head of blended and soft blonde. Also amazing for those clients who a trying to remove a large amount of regrowth.
The Vertical Placement: Intended for clients that want to show texture and bold pops of lightness. Perfect to use in conjunction with root shadows for that bold lived in texture vibe.
Top tip: Let the natural hair fall to determine where to part the hair for foiling.
The Diagonal Placement: For a more blended look, can be used to create a soft blonde by spacing out your foils or create a high impact blonde when foils are placed closer together.
Top tip: This is a great placement for people who like to wear their hair in different partings
How to Horizontal Foil Placements
Perfect for: Full Head Highlights
The horizontal placement, is great for creating a soft and natural look when highlighting a full head of hair. The end result for horizontal foil placement is a soft, natural and well-blended colour. Perfect when you trying to blend out a large regrowth.
What you will need:
Step 1: Working in quadrants, start at the back of the head at the nape and work up towards the crown. Sitting the top foil edge horizontally in line across the top of the parted hairline, apply your first foil with colour to sectioned hair.
Step 2: Repeat on the other side.
Step 3: Move on to the front two sections. Starting at the face frame then work horizontally towards the part.