Whether included in your balayage, a root touch-up, or all on its own — the money piece is a time-saving highlight trend that instantly brightens up your client’s color. Adding a bright pop of lightness around the face adds dimension and interest to any style. The key to creating this look? It’s all about the sectioning, having a plan, and pairing it with the necessary products. If you’re deciding between foils and a freehand method, read on for a few tips for each!
The Freehand Method
Although freehand methods and open-air techniques are bespoke, tailoring a money-piece to your client requires a bit of foresight. Begin by asking your clients questions about their styling preferences, if they have plans for a new haircut and what their daily routine looks like. This will help you gauge the placement and amount of sections needed.
Once your style is set, mix Wella Professionals Blondor Freelights + Wella Professionals Blondor Freelights Developer 30 Vol. (9%). This lightener was designed specifically for balayage and open-air techniques.
Techniques and tips:
- You’ll want to concentrate your application on the section around the face and below the crown area. Section out a horseshoe section at the top of the head, leaving out the bang area and clip away for control.
- Use zig-zag partings and backcombing techniques to create a soft transition.
- After painting sections, apply toner throughout the hair to ensure an even tone and added shine and brilliance.
The Foil Method
Foils can be a great option for darker levels or single-process clients. You’ll only need a few foils around the face to easily add a transition. Depending on your client and the desired look, consider adding two foils in a mohawk section in the bang area and a few foils diagonally back from the temple to the ear area.
We suggest utilizing Wella Professionals BlondorPlex + Wella Professionals Welloxon Perfect 20 Vol. (6%). This is an excellent combination because the face frame area is often styled, leading to more susceptibility to an already delicate area.
Techniques and tips:
- To ensure a soft transition, use a teasylight/babylight method with backcombing and delicate weaving if necessary.
- By creating smaller, finer weaves in the same section you’ll be able to get the pop of color needed without a harsh transition line.
- Once lightened, be sure to complete the treatment with Wella Professionals Wellaplex No. 2 Bond Stabilizer to stabilize the hair’s bonds, tone and style as desired!