Last updated: April 21, 2023


4 Tips For Timesaving, Blended Teasylights

Are you always packing in a really harsh tease that’s difficult to remove? Not anymore! Kenra Professional Artistic Ambassador Mirella Manelli (@mirellamanelli) is sharing her ultra customizable technique for creating lived-in highlights without a massive detangling session after teasing—aka teasylights without the tease.


Keep scrolling for Mirella’s essential sectioning patterns, hairline lightening hacks and no-tease teasylights technique for a diffused veil of color.


1. Take horizontal sections at the nape for a “blanket” effect.

Mirella starts with horizontal sections in the nape for a diffused highlighted result. “The direction of your foils matters so much. [It influences the] end result you’re going to get,” she explains. “When you do horizontals, it’s going to give a ‘blanket’ effect to your highlight fall.”


Here’s how it’s done:


  1. Start by separating the hair from the apex of the head to the back of the ear. If you want an extra diffused result, use a zigzag parting.
  2. Take a thin section about an inch from the nape. Use a comb to split it in half. Click here to watch Mirella reveal her go-to comb for no-tease teasylights! 
  3. Instead of teasing, gently push up some of the hairs with a Cooboard. If you don’t have a Cooboard, Mirella encourages you to do only ONE push up with your comb for your tease. Use this technique throughout.
  4. Foil and paint your horizontal sections.


The result: Easy global brightness without the hassle of putting a ton of foils in.




Pro tip: Mirella applies Kenra Color Simply Blonde Blue Powder Lightener directly to new hair growth, gently stroking the product upwards into a “V” shape that creates more dimension towards the root.


See Mirella’s “V” painting pattern:



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2. Use proper sectioning around the head for a cohesive result.

The only time Mirella shifts away from horizontal sections is when she reaches the round of the head. At the occipital bone, she takes diagonal “V” sections with zigzag partings for internal dimension. Continue with this sectioning pattern until you reach the final sections at the top. Then, finish with horizontal sections.


Mirella’s diagonal sectioning pattern:



3. Use pivot partings to create a “blanket” effect of brightness.

Once the back and top sections are foiled, Mirella blends her “blanket” effect highlights at the sides of the head with pivotal highlights. 


Here’s her technique:


  1. Start with diagonal sections at the front. These foils will show off the client’s highlights when their hair is pulled back.
  2. Finish with a horizontal section to blend.


Keep in mind that these sections shouldn’t be too wide—especially for brunettes! Brunettes still need that pop of dark color in the front to compliment the global blonde everywhere else.




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4. Create a diffused background with the client’s fringe.

If your client has a heavy fringe, here’s Mirella’s advice: Don’t highlight along the hairline. This will take away from the diffused overall look. Instead:


  1. Using horizontal sections, drop out a zigzag section at the hairline. This is your background; NO lightener needs to be applied here.
  2. Foil upwards, gently feathering the lightener.


Pro tip: You can customize your overall blonde with your section size. The thicker your sections are, the more likely you will need a root melt to tie it all together. The thinner they are, the more diffused your end result will be.




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