Brazilian Cap Technique: How & Why You Should Try This Blonding Service
If you’ve been around the industry for awhile, then you remember this throwback blonding technique—using a ‘frosting cap’ to separate and lift hair, that later translated into the chunky highlight and frosted tip trends of the ’90s and early 2000s. Well, THIS looks interesting…because color caps are back and Brazilian colorists are using them to create super blonde transformations, perfectly blended and bursting with brightness! And now these processing videos are going absolutely viral on Instagram (see below!)
BTC went directly to the source, aka the colorists behind those satisfying videos, to find out everything there is to know about this reimagined approach to caps! We discovered a lot of these artists in Brazil are using similar capping techniques by Robson Peluquero—learn it all below from blonding experts Dayane Diaz (@dayanediazrp) and Ritchy Evaldt (@ritchyevaldtoficial)!
Which Clients Are Ideal For This Haircolor Technique?
- Clients who desire a lot of brightness and blending from roots to ends
- Naturally dark hair and thicker, more coarse hair densities
- Color corrections that requires even blending
- Dark to light color transformations with semi-global coverage
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Pro Tip: “Before starting any chemical procedure, we always do the strand test,” shares Dayane. “At that moment, we have a better idea of how that hair is and then we define the best technique for that type of hair. We don’t have a specific pattern, we always decide which technique to use after the strand test.”
How Does The Blonding Work?
- How To Prep: Always start on clean hair without product residue. Ritchy cleanses the hair, then preps with an intense treatment like Robson Peluquero Extreme Treatment to normalize pH levels before dramatic blonding.
- Cap Design Pattern:
- The Robson Peluquero Strong Cap has 473 standard holes and space between for marking and creating 3x additional holes (up to 1,419 total!).
- Not only are some colorists personalizing the cap, but also cutting out some sections entirely for different results (see ‘Técnica Unicórnio’ below.)
- While the cap already comes with factory marks, customize the pattern for your client’s needs and draw it directly on the cap. Why?
- To outline a visual map for desired effects
- To personalize and improve color services
- To create a visual experience for clients
- Lightening & Toning:
- Pull micro, medium-sized or standard strand sections (depending on the specific technique) through the hole—this will separate the hair that you will be lifting and toning and help prevent color bleeding on the base.
- After lifting, toning, washing and applying any treatments, pull the cap off in front of a mirror to show clients the dramatic transformation.
Watch The Videos Below To See Three Different Cap Techniques!
‘Técnica Angles’ To Prevent Banding At The Roots
‘Técnica Unicórnio’ 🦄 With Foiled Mohawk
‘MicroStrong’ For Blended Brightness
Using the cap design (imitating the pattern as the previous process), repeat but only apply to the regrowth. Regardless of first-timers and regulars, always start the appointment with a strand test to analyze the hair’s condition in that specific moment, recommends Dayane. While retouches vary from client to client, Ritchy recommends a 4 to 6 month waiting period between each service.