From inspiration to the finished look - when it comes to taking a style idea and turning it into reality, technique and foundational skills play a large role. This rings true whether working backstage at a fashion show, on set for a film, or daily at the salon. Concentrating on hair color, experience and ongoing education teach us that it’s all about placement. Still not sure which technique to choose? Brush up on basics below.
One of the most popular techniques of recent seasons, the draw to balayage comes from the ability to create undone, effortless, natural-looking highlights. For clients that want a sun-kissed feel, balayage is a beautiful service to suggest, especially if they are looking for a low maintenance lightening option. Due to the open-air nature and more subtle lifting abilities, this placement usually has a deep root and color melt feel. If clients are looking for a bright pop of color at the base, skip this option.
Whenever clients are looking for a bold transformation, foils are the best place to start. Not only to they allow for higher lift, but they can create more precise placement and a mix of stitching methods to achieve their goals. Foils are great for clients who have resistant hair, love a bright base, or want to go from a level 3 to a level 10 over time. They are also a great add on to retouch clients when a face-frame or additional highlights are involved.
Blending the best of both worlds foilyage is the hybrid of balayage and foils. It can be either a blend of both techniques or freehand applications within a foil for maximum lift. This technique is often combined with teasing or “teasylights” to ensure a soft transition at the root area. If your client is looking for a soft transition to bright and bold ends, this is the perfect blend for a quicker and higher lift than standalone balayage.