SoZo HAIR Salon Tips
I often find myself answering endless questions about foil placement and what effect it will have on the end result of a highlight service. I don’t find this line of questioning out of the ordinary, seeing as foil work is currently among the most common of salon services.
However, the answer can be a bit overwhelming for our guests. In this article I will do my best to break down several foiling techniques and their end result/effect. As a reference, please see our article entitled ‘The Art of Foiling Hair‘. The ‘Art of Foiling Hair’ talks about the passion, creativity and versatility of using foils to dramatically change your look.
Evolution of Foil Highlighting
Since the beginning of it’s time, highlighting has been at the top of stylist’s most commonly performed services. In it’s earliest years highlighting was done with a funny plastic bonnet that hairdressers would pull tiny strands of hair through with a crochet needle. (Not a very pleasant feeling, and if done incorrectly, could leave a spotted leopard looking effect in the hair).
Now, we have evolved into several variations of foil highlighting that can give anything from a soft, sun-kissed, natural look, to a bold, dramatic, multi-dimensional effect. Stylists will also use hair color in foils, not just the traditional lightener with a toner. Bear in mind that any of the foil highlighting placement techniques below can be done on as much, or as little, of your hair as you want to achieve your desired look. During your consultation in the salon, your stylist will determine whether you want Full Highlights, Partial Highlights, Panel Highlights or Half-Panel Highlights. Generally speaking, a Full Highlights is when the stylist places foils throughout all your hair (also referred to as full head), Partial Highlights foils approximately half your hair, Panel Highlights foils a section of your hair like the top and Half-Panel Highlights foils a smaller section of the hair like the bangs (usually about eight foil placements). The possibilities really are endless!
My Favorite Foil Highlighting Placement Techniques
Here, in greater detail, are three of my favorite foil placement techniques and their resulting effects on the hair.
Horizontal weave is probably the most commonly used highlighting, or lowlighting foil method. This technique involves taking quarter inch sections of the hair and weaving a small sliver of hair off the top of the section, placing it on a foil and applying either color or lightener. The finished result of a Horizontal Weave highlight will be extremely soft, natural and blended. This look is perfect for someone who is receiving highlights or lowlights for the first time, someone who just wants a subtle change of lighter or darker added to their hair, or someone looking for a very sun-kissed highlight.
Ombre and Balayage, Not Foiling, but Free Hand Highlights
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SoZo Salon Tips is a blog about beauty salon tips, tricks and hints. SoZo HAIR by Bajon Salon & Spa serves the greater Cincinnati area. We are located in Olde West Chester at the corner of Cincinnati-Dayton and West Chester Rds. We’re just a short drive from Mason Oh and Fairfield Oh….a big city hair salon without the big drive and big traffic.
SoZo HAIR by Bajon Salon & Spa is located at 9069 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd, Olde West Chester, OH 45069. Call 513- 874-9999 for an appointment.