Basic Highlights Techniques Explained


We bet that you have already heard that there are several techniques depending on the desired result, but sometimes things tend to be a bit chaotic and leave us confused. That’s why, today, we decided to explain you the basics and help you in the quest for the optimal hair look!

1. Foils

Foil highlights can be created if you place strands of hair and the dye into foil strips. This can help to accelerate the dyeing process. With this method, different colours can be used at the same time. Plus, the results can be more precise!

Here’s a comprehensive guide on the foils highlighting technique

2. Caps

This kind of highlights can be achieved by placing a punctured rubber cap on the hair. The hair is pulled through these holes with a hooked needle. This can be done at random, for softer, less obvious highlights, or in a specific pattern. Only one colour can be used at a time if you use this technique, and this is more suitable for shorter hair, because it can cause damage to longer hair when pulling the strands through the cap.

Here is how you can use the Magicap


3. Balayage

In this method, the colourist paints the dye onto the strands of hair freely. The hair is parted in the style the person usually wears it, and the freehand highlights are painted onto the hair. The painted hair isn’t wrapped in foils, or covered in any way. This method can create really soft, naturally looking.

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Check out a quick tutorial on balayage below

4. Babylight or baby blonde highlights

The Babylight or baby blonde highlighted look consists of tiny subtle highlights that resemble the sun-kissed highlights you’d get around your hairline as a child. They get their delicate appearance due to the very small amounts of dyed hair that are separated and placed in each foil.

Check out this easy to follow babylights hair tutorial


5. Splashlights

To achieve Splashlights, your colorist paints a streak of bleach across your hair and dyes the sections above and below it in a color similar to your natural shade. The result is a head-turning halo of color that works with any length.

6. Foilayage

In this technique, the painted pieces of hair are put into a foil in order to create the ultimate hair lift. Foiling the strands keeps the product moist in the foil and providing a much greater lift than an open air balayage.

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Check out the tutorial below

And that was it! Pretty easy, don’t you think? I found this post enlightening, to say the least! I really hope you liked it!