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July 6, 2018

Hairagami: What To Know About This Technique

Hairagami: What To Know About This Technique

Well, THIS looks interesting….Hairagami, developed by Larisa Love, aka @larisadoll to her 544k followers. What is this technique, and when should you use it? We’ve got the answers below, plus Larisa’s fave products and pro tips, so keep reading!


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Hairagami: The Technique

Larisa developed hairagami because she needed to achieve a dimension, foil-highlighted look—but in less time. Hairagami uses fewer sections around the head because the foils follow the round of the head. The key differences are:

  • Wide, crescent-shaped slice section, instead of foiling the hair in two sections
  • Thicker sections


Foil Folding

Fold a foil on the diagonal, longest corner to longest corner, to create the crescent shape. Why? Foils folded this way allow you to paint closer to the root, especially with a wider horizontal section.




For the last section, use a UFO-shaped foil to fit the curvature of the head. To make the UFO shape, fold the two corners of one side of the foil in to make a triangle, then fold the point of the triangle down.




Hairagami: Pro Tips


  • Larisa mixes new bowls of lightener as she works for stronger, more even lightening. She also calls the developer levels “1, 2, 3 and 4” instead of “10, 20, 30 and 40” so it doesn’t sound as harsh to the client.


  • What are Larisa’s go-to haircolor products? Joico Blonde Life Lightening Powder (which can achieve 9+ levels of lift) and lately, the Joico LumiShine DD Dimensional Deposit Demi-Permanent Crème Color. “What I love about Joico is they have ArgiPlex technology, which adds insane amount of shine, color longevity and guaranteed overall health,” she says.


  •  “The most important process in a service is the technique itself,” Larisa says. “If the tone isn’t right, you can always go back and quickly change it. But if the placement isn’t correct, you must re-lighten all over again.”


  • Working in larger, thicker sections requires you to use a LOT of tension when painting. Larisa paints against the grain of the cuticle, working from the ends up to the mids, then roots. This diffuses the lightener and creates a softer blend. For even more diffusion, use a comb to feather the lightener out.


  • Use this technique for natural results, toning with the LumiShine DD Dimensional Deposit Demi-Permanent Crème Color, or for intense results using Joico Color Intensity. For chameleon clients, use Joico Color Butter on prelightened hair for a colorful result that will wash out.



Watch The Technique



Watch the full how-to for prelightening with Hairagami!


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