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Last updated: October 15, 2020

Watch: Foil Placement Tips For Winter Blondes

Learn How To Transition Your Summer Blondes To Winter

Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean your blonde clients want to go darker. L’ANZA Healing Haircare Global Healing Color Director Leah Freeman (@leahfreeman1) broke down how she transitions her summer blondes to winter using foils. Keep scrolling for Leah’s sectioning tips for faster application and how she gets a bright face frame.


Watch the tutorial above and part two below to get all of Leah’s application tips. Plus, keep scrolling for the gorgeous finished look and the formulas!


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Save Time With Triangle Sections

A great way to save time when foiling is to use triangle sections. Leah explains that, “they flood color softly and heavily [through the hair].” The goal for winter blondes is to have heavy light distribution around the face, while keeping the hair lighter at the top and heavy on the sides.


To accomplish this, the horizontal sections taken towards the middle will create a sheet effect, while the diagonal sections taken along the sides will bring the “flooding of color.” This allows you to do less foils, but still have more coverage which is important when saving time.


Note: The section size depends on the client’s hair density. If your client has a lot of thick hair, the section with be thicker versus someone who has less hair.


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Back To Back Foils Keeps The Face Frame Bright

Want to know the secret to a bright face frame? The answer is back to back foils. Here’s how!


  • Start by sectioning out the bangs going from parietal ridge to parietal ridge to create a rectangle section.


  • Take a fine section at the front of the face and place cotton underneath to protect the skin.


  • Apply Formula A to the base, wipe off any excess lightener from the skin. Then place the foil inside the cotton. The cotton slows the distribution of heat at the skin for a clean lift.


  • Saturate the section and fold the foil up to cover the hair if it’s long enough. If not, place an extra piece of foil on top. Continue this step a few more times.


  • After three to four foils, Leah takes another slice and uses a brush with a pointed tip to create pockets of lightness at the base. This will give the look a more rooted effect and the feeling of natural outgrowth. Continue until the section is finished.


Pro Tip: If your client has a super deep part, you’ll have to adjust your section to accommodate. But, if they part traditional right, left or center, as long as you’re in the parietal ridge area it’s fine.


Click The Beaker To Grab The Formulas!

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  • Formula A (foils)

    L'ANZA Healing Haircare Healing Color Powder Decolorizer + 20-volume developer

  • Formula B (balayage)

    L'ANZA Healing Haircare Clay Decolorizer + 30-volume developer


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