When balayage first came along, there were two key talking points that had colourists abuzz: 1) the freehand painting and 2) the lack of foils used. These unique features set it far apart from traditional blonde highlights, where ‘lights are typically painted in a pattern, before being wrapped up and left to develop.
Foilyage still relies on the freehand painting of balayage, but by swapping air processing for a foiled approach, you can enhance the lift of the lightener to achieve brighter ribbons of colour. Great for lending a sun-kissed effect, you can foil every highlight or boost dimension by alternating sections of foilyage with a foil-free balayage.
As for the technique, you can personalize the colour placement to your client, stroking highlights through the mid-lengths, ends and face-framing layers – simply adding a glow as you go. Try freehand babylights in foils for an ultra natural-looking effect, or consider a twilighting technique. This sees babylights sit alongside chunkier balayage for moonlit luminosity.