Breaking Down “The Money Piece”
Everyone knows the best balayage includes a “money piece”—a beautiful, face-framing effect offering a pop of light and dimension. Like balayage itself, this beach-inspired color placement is supposed to mimic natural, kissed-by-the-sun brightness.
Need some pointers on how to make it really pop? Here’s some advice from hair painting expert Jamie Sea (@prettylittleombre), Redken Artist Sean Godard and BTC Instagram regulars Briana Cisneros (@brianacisneros) and Kelli Mason (@kelliannmason).
Start in the Front
Always start in the front, says Jamie. “We’re all naturally brighter around the hairline, so there should be more intensity toward the face. Starting in the front will make the end result look more like nature created it.”
For a super bright effect, says Jamie, try babylights—which she usually creates with foils for more controlled placement—around the face. Jamie’s method? “I take three small slices (thin enough to see through) in a row, leaving no hair in between.” And remember, the thicker you apply the product, the more lift you will achieve.
Watch Sean demonstrate his 4D balayage technique—which makes use of rectangular sectioning, diffusion and a twisting and pulling method to produce a perfect money piece.
Burst of Blonde
In this #btcQUICKIE from Briana, she gives her client an edgier look with a burst of blonde at the hairline. She started with a Level 4 and worked her client’s way up over three visits!
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* BONUS #btcQUICKIE! By @brianacisneros (make sure volume is up) ・・・ 🎥 At my clients first visit we went from a level 4 dark brown to blonde with a full head of Foilayage/ Balayage. At her 2nd visit I really wanted to emphasize her hair line with a much brighter burst of blonde around her face. This is my hairline emphasizing technique I use on most of my blondes! Just by doing this to her hairline it automatically have her a bit more of an edgy look while making her look like she had touched up her entire head. I also hand painted her ends. I finished her off by base adjusting her natural regrowth with 8/1 and pastel developer and shadow toned her highlighted hairline with 9nb, 9n and 8n #Redken Shades. This last visit I did a full head of baby lights combine with my hairline detailing technique. Then I shadow toned her roots with 7n Redken shades. There was no need to lift her base any more. That allows us to achieve cooler results and cancel out even more warmth! I hope you find this useful when planning your next appointment or explaining future maintenance to your clients! ❤️ #hairbybrianacisneros #wellacolor @shannonhairsalon @redkenofficial @wellahair @wellaeducation @redken5thave #behindthechair
Here’s how Kelli created this amazing, face-framing money piece: section the hair at the high point of the head to behind the ear. Take 1-inch horizontal sections, and paint the hairline in gentle, sweeping strokes away from the face. Here’s her full step-by-step!