Simply put, highlights are strands of hair that are lifted to be a few shades lighter than the base. They brighten up areas of the haircut, whether you go for only one level of lift or a more contrasting effect. Highlights work through any base colour, from blonde shades to bold reds and even dark brunettes, adding light-boosting luminosity that flatters everyone.
And, these highlights can be applied in all manner of styles, whether you paint them on from root to tip, or feather towards the root to perfect a soft and sun-kissed balayage finish. Balayage is an ultra-creative technique, allowing you to personalize your client’s look with open-air, freehand lightening and, sometimes, a scattering of highlights in foils. The balayage in foils – dubbed ‘foilyage’ – allows for greater lightening, so you can add extra brightness wherever your client desires.
As for the level of lift, this all depends on the final look your client craves, but we typically suggest staying within three levels of the base color for the most natural transition. This means redheads would be enhanced with lighter coppery tones, while highlights for brown hair may have a warm caramel blonde feel.