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April 29, 2021

4 Foil + Balayage Tips For Single Session Blondes

 

Tutorial: Blonde Transformations In One Session

There is seriously no better feeling than giving a client their dream haircolor in only one session. But transforming brunettes into bright, face-framing blondes is a lot of work—and requires foils, paint, strategic placement and creative tricks to get the job done FAST.

 

That’s why Anna Cantu (@anna_cantu), Farouk Systems Global Board Artist, is sharing a 40-minute tutorial on single-session blonding transformations AND styling tips to finish every appointment like a pro. Watch the video and keep scrollin’ for helpful tips!

 

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1. Tone As You Lift For Cool Results

For single-session blonde transformations, especially with darker starting levels, lift is KEY. Anna uses CHI Bleach & Shine Lightener, starting with 20-volume and working up to 30-volume. The natural blue tone starts neutralizing yellow and orange pigments that are exposed when lifting, aka toning as she lifts.

 

Bleach & Shine is also great for single sessions because you CAN use heat for maximum lift. While the foils process, Anna prefers to do 10 minutes under heat to kickstart the lift, and then another 20 minutes without.

 

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Anna works with a blue-toned lightener to remove underlying warm pigments.

 

2. Foil Placement For Maximum Impact

Details are everything, especially around the hairline! That’s why Anna suggests taking 1/8-inch and 1/2-inch babylight sections with darker, Level 3 canvases. “It’s so important to take fine sections that you can see through,” says Anna. Don’t cheat with bigger sections or you won’t achieve enough impact in only one session.

 

Sectioning Breakdown

  • Face Frame: Triangle through the top
  • Diagonal to the ear point on both sides
  • Top temple area: Curving around in a U-shape to the apex, create a triangle from that point to the ear point on both sides
  • Back: Low V into the nape area for hairline detail
  • Balayage the ends

 

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Foil Placement – Front Hairline
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Foil Placement – Back

 

3. When Foils Process Too Fast

Picture this: You get to the point in a foil application where some sections are looking white and bright, and others need more time to process. To slow down lift, Anna applies CHI Bond & Seal Treatment. Grab a towel and mist directly on the hair to slow down lightener activation and gently dab. It also helps equalize porosity and pH levels.

 

Here are some other ways to use Bond & Seal:

 

  • Protect the hair before lightening. Lightly mist all over before sectioning and lifting, especially on prelightened ends.
  • Prep styling and blowouts. It’s formulated with aloe vera to condition and protect the hair. 
  • Retail! Clients love to try the products you use in the salon and this natural bonder is super easy to use at home.

 

4. Previously Lightened Blondes? Try This!

When a client already has prelightened ends, Anna uses balayage as a fast way to add brightness between foils. She mixes CHI® Bleach & Shine with developer (1:2) for the best consistency. Anna paints the ends in a V-shape on a board and uses saran wrap to control heat.

 

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Pro Tip: Add brightness to previously lightened blondes with balayage on the ends.

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