If you are in the mood for a new hair style, there’s a new technique in town that is getting rave reviews and attention: Foilyage. Sounding extremely similar to the change in the leaves in the fall, foilyage is anything but. It’s the newest innovation in the highlighting technique world, and can be seen on stars such as Miranda Kerr and other celebrity women in the land of Tinsel Town. Lionesse breaks down what this technique is, how it is performed, and the kind of look you can expect to achieve when opting for this service.
Foilyage: What it is
Foilyage is a new hair technique that was developed by New York stylist, Hitomi Ikeda. It’s somewhat of a cross between balayage and foil highlights combined into one, and produces vibrant colored highlights. Balayage is somewhat of a freelance painting, in that the hair dye is painted directly onto strands of hair freehand style. Foil highlights are usually designated pieces of hair that the dye is placed strategically onto, and then wrapped in foil sheets to develop. This results in even, structured color. Foilyage, on the other hand, involves painting the hair, as in balayage, and then wrapping foils around the bottom of the hair to keep things neat and orderly without excess mess – resulting in vibrant, gorgeous color.
How Foilyage is Performed
Foilyage is performed by painting a color, usually blonde in tone but this could differ depending on the customer’s particular desires and style she would like to achieve, onto the hair as one would with balayage, and then wrapping the ends of the hair in foil sheets. The color is left to sit and develop over the course of 20 minutes or more, where it is then rinsed from the hair, washed out, and styled. Considering the fact that Foilyage is generally only completed on the middle of the hair shaft to the bottom of the tips, the natural color of the hair is left intact on top – resulting in a somewhat ombre effect, and therefore, it only needs to be completed once every 3-4 months to maintain the look.
What it Looks Like
Foilyage can be seen in the picture above on Actress Miranda Kerr. This is what a typical Foilyage’s end result will look like.
As you can see, the end result is a beautiful, natural looking highlight with plenty of shine, glam, and vibrancy. The levels to which one could take Foilyage are based upon personal preference. Although this trend hasn’t taken off too far as of yet, as it is brand new, women everywhere are quickly catching onto the style and are curious to try it out.
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