Hair Highlighting & Lowlighting Techniques

Foil Highlighting, Lowlighting & Bailage

Foil Highlighting and Lowlighting

Foil techniques give you more control over the placement of color, while still offering depth and contrast to your hair. Also, hair foil packets are easy to maintain, and are typically less expensive than a full color.

Hair Highlights & Lowlights : Techniques

You can achieve a natural, sun-kissed glow by doing a partial foil highlight. What this means is that you will place foil packets mostly around your face, using colors that are only a shade or two lighter than your natural hair color. If you typically get your entire head of hair dyed one color, you can have your stylist add a few highlights to give your hair more dimension. For an altogether brighter look, you will place foil packets throughout your entire head of hair; however, this doesn’t look as natural as a partial highlight.

Lowlights are applied the same way as highlights – minus the bleach or lighteners that highlights require. For a very subtle hair change, you can get lowlights to soften your hair’s color, and to add dimension as well.

Hair Painting (Bailage)

The term “Bailage” refers to painting on clean hair using a free form technique, which leaves you with more natural looking highlights than foiling or chunking. This style of highlighting was started in Europe, and involves using a brush to apply hair color free form without foil packets. You can also use a comb to apply dye to small sections of hair for a similar effect.

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To keep the color from bleeding onto the un-highlighted hair, you can use plastic wrap to keep the colored hair separate. This form of highlighting hair can give you a natural look, but when your roots grow out, it isn’t easy to duplicate, and after a few times of using this method, your hair can start to look spotty.

Moving along, women have had problems with roots in the past; however, celebrities in Hollywood have recently been asking for salon stylists to paint their roots darker, which is a term known now as “root shading”. If you want to try this method for yourself, or have a salon stylist do it for you, use a crooked part to keep from having a line of demarcation.

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