Are You Over-Foiling? 5 Tips For Painting Dimension
Ask A BTC Expert: Foiling For High Contrast Blends + Bold Money Pieces
Did you know that you should actually only be foiling 30 percent of the hair?! If you want high-contrast blends and bold money pieces, stick to this rule from blonding pro Mick Lewis (@hairbymickk), or your blondes won’t POP. Get answers to all of your biggest questions on foiling for dimension in “Ask A BTC Expert” with Mick!
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#1: How much hair should you leave in between sections for depth?
The most common mistake that ruins dimension is over-highlighting, especially with high-contrast brunettes. Mick’s general rule of thumb is this: Highlight 30% of the hair and leave 70% out. The more hair left out, the more the bright pieces will pop.
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#2: Foils: Slices or weaves? How do you prevent foils from bleeding?
“I am a big weave fan,” says Mick. “I just weave everything!” From foils to tip outs—weave for dimension! To keep foils from bleeding, make sure that they are tight, especially if foiling up to the root.
Here’s a trick: Place a piece of cotton underneath the foil, so if the color or lightener bleeds, it’s on the cotton rather than the hair.
#3: SOS! I have a hard time creating dimension without the color looking stripey and chunky.
No matter how chunky the highlights are, if you are melting correctly, it should blend well. Typically, Mick foils chunkier sections and then melts over them to create high-contrast ribbons.
#4: What’s the best way to foil for a high-contrast bold money piece?
Is your money piece getting lost and blended into the rest of the highlights? This might be the problem: If you highlight too much behind the money piece, there won’t be a pop. Remember to leave plenty of depth behind the face frame, instead of stacking foils—less is more.
#5: How do you connect blonde ends in a layered haircut without over-foiling?
Shags are one of 2021’s biggest haircut trends, and it can be difficult to blend the ends of layers without over-foiling. Mick find the best way to do high-contrast foiling with a shag is this: If they don’t have a fringe, do a money piece and a whole head of tip-outs. This creates a lived-in color that pairs with the shaggy texture of the haircut.
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