Confused about the difference between slices and weaves? First, let’s talk slices (above, left): these are full sections of hair, which are colored or lightened completely for a bolder end result. Weaves (above, right), on the other hand, see woven strands – often separated with a pintail comb – painted in a fine or wide section for a more diffused effect. Slices are commonly used for highlighting curly hair or painting balayage, while weaves are perfect for babylights and subtle highlights with a natural-looking finish.
Spacing Your Slices and Weaves
How you space out your weaves and slices affects the overall look and feel of your client’s highlights. Less spacing keeps them tight and natural-looking, while more spacing helps to build dimension – especially with chunky highlights. You can space them anywhere between ¼ of a centimetre to 1 centimetre. Talk to your client about how intense they want the finished effect to be, then place their highlights or balayage accordingly.
Pro tip: By opting for less spacing between the foils around the hairline, you can mimic the sun's way of naturally lightening the hair.
Sizing Up Weaves
Weaves can vary in terms of their width and sizing, too. Choose from fine, medium and large, or mix up all three with slices to veil locks in blended, bespoke highlights.
Fine Weave: Section small pieces of hair for a delicate and seamless result.
Medium Weave: This is your go-to weave; the most commonly-used for its versatility.
Large Weave: Opt for weightier weaves when your client wants a piecey, textured finish.