How to make highlighting on foil step by step – detailed instructions, photos and video

There are a variety of assistive tools for
melirovaniya – hats, hairbrushes, clamps. But, does not lose relevance
only foil – it is used in a variety of classical and
modern staining techniques.

Foil weave

Highlighting with foil. Appearance history

The content of the article:

  • Highlighting with foil. Appearance history
  • Types of highlighting that use foil
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • What you need for home highlighting with foil?
  • How to make highlighting on foil? Phased
  • Hair care after the procedure
  • Alternative ways to highlight
  • FAQ
  • Conclusion

Many girls returning from vacation, notice that roast
the southern sun left not only tan on the skin, but also golden
strands on the hair. This was noticed and Jacques Dessanzh – hairdresser, owner
network of beauty salons and the creator of highlighting. His inspired look
burnt curls, and he decided that this effect can be recreated
in an artificial way – using paints and oxigen.

Reference! Jacques Dessange also invented the rubber
highlighting cap, curling tongs and now popular
apparatus for quickly creating curls “Baby Liss”.

Types of highlighting that use foil

Foil is used in the following varieties.

  • Classic. Brightens the strands of the same
    thickness taken at regular intervals. Reference classic
    highlighting – small, highlighted “feathers” all over the head.
    classic highlighting
  • Streak. Paint of a contrasting color is isolated.
    individual curls from the face or on the back of the head. highlight
  • Veil. Thin strands on the crown are lightened.
    This method helps to give a fluid head to a visual volume.
    highlighting veil
  • American Fashionable coloring strands and
    tips in all shades of copper, red and red. American highlights
  • Ombre. Master creates smooth hair
    gradient, from dark roots to bright ends.
  • Brondirovanie or Blondirovanie. Spectacular and in
    same time inconspicuous staining. Hairdresser uses from 3 to 5
    Kohler, on several tones brighter natural hair and
    puts them color accents. The result is an effect.
    iridescent in the sun silk fabric.

Advantages and disadvantages

Foil weave

Most paint manufacturers point to packaging.
warning sign “do not allow contact with the metal!” On like
But then understand the use of aluminum foil? Not
it is worth worrying: a leaf, at the first contact with air,
covered by an ionic mesh that prevents any chemical
reaction. Among other things, this technique has its own undeniable

  • The speed of staining. Aluminum retains heat
    and accelerates all chemical processes.
  • There is no bad smell. Each colored order
    reliably “sealed” in foil, thanks to which you do not feel
    obsessive smell of ammonia.
  • Allows you to separate and fix any strand
    lengths without the use of clamps.

On the downside, it is also worth saying:

  • Requires preparation. Before use
    Foil must be cut into strips.
  • Does not allow to control the degree of clarification
    hair in the process of dyeing as she
  • Requires experience of use. The shorter
    strand, the harder it is to fix.
  • Foil is a disposable consumable,
    who constantly have to buy more.
  • For coloring you need multi-colored foil,
    to mark strands painted in different shades, which is double
    increases costs.

What you need for home highlighting with foil?


In addition to a set of foil for dyeing, you will also need
following tools:

  • Hair dye / oxygenating agent. 2 to
    5 shades a couple of tones are lighter than natural hair.
  • Bowls for mixing dyes. For each
    a separate color scheme should have its own packaging. Preferred
    Materials: durable plastic, glass, porcelain.
  • Paint brushes. Desirable
    purchase immediately set. For each color its own tool.
  • Comb with a thin handle – to separate hair
    on sectors.
  • Clips and elastic bands – for fixing the separated
  • Oily cream – to protect the skin from blemishes
  • Peignoir or old t-shirt – not to
    to dirty clothes.
  • Headwash – shampoo,
    balm, towel.

How to make highlighting on foil? Phased

Foil weave

Deciding to experiment with staining at home,
you take responsibility not only for the result, but also for
shag health Regardless of the method you choose
staining – always stick to the recommended regimen
hairdressers. Do not deviate from the instructions for use

Important! Folding envelope foil
make sure that there are no gaps in it. Fold line should
be at least one centimeter. Where do you want to highlight? In

Classic highlighting

The classic highlighting was done by our mothers. This coloring
allows you to create on the head the effect of brightened by 2-3 tones
feathers True, the foil for him began to use very recently
– most often special rubber was used for the technique
cap with many holes.

Reference! The classical scheme applies
also with zonal and partial highlighting.

Make classic highlighting at home
can be as follows:

  1. Put on a protective peignoir or an old T-shirt. Smear cream
    hairline and ears. Wear disposable gloves. This stage
    one for all coloring schemes.
  2. Comb your hair and divide it into 4 – 8 zones with
    hairbrushes Secure with pins or rubber bands.
  3. Prepare the coloring composition – it must be done
    immediately before application (relevant for all methods
  4. Paint the hair on the back of your head. Dissolve a few rubber bands, and
    Using a comb, select the first strand for highlighting. Take
    a piece of foil, smear the matte side with the dye compound, and
    Put it under the highlighted curl. Once again apply the coloring composition,
    but directly on the hair and wrap the strand in the “envelope” of
  5. Repeat the same action with all the other strands.
    Ensure that they are approximately the same distance.
    from each other.
  6. Soak up the time needed for the paint and start
    rinse off the dye. So you can avoid burning
    hair and loss of clarity of selected curls.
  7. Apply a repair balm to your hair or
    air conditioning.


Ombre staining is a smooth gradient from dark roots to
lighted tips. Ombre is not limited to any rules.
colors – you can experiment with color as you like
will please. It can be a subtle transition in one
colors or contrasting output in bright and neon colors.
Let’s start:

  1. Apply bleach to hair. Dial the tool and
    distribute from the middle to the tips with a brush. Leave on
    the time required for exposure and rinse with running water.
    Dry your hair with a towel and let it dry for a while – they
    should be slightly wet.
  2. Part and then another one – horizontally.
    Secure each piece with a rubber band.
  3. Loose one strand on the back of your head, put a foil under it and
    cover the clarified strand with the coloring composition. Put on top yet
    one sheet of foil and fix envelope.
  4. Repeat the previous step with all the other strands. You are holding
    necessary time and wash off with shampoo and conditioner.

Brondirovanie / Blondirovanie

This technique allows you to create a spinning effect on the hair,
burnt out in the sun. It looks very natural and relevant. For
Bookings are best to buy color foil.

Note! Reservation –
time consuming procedure. Do it only if
sure that you can work with several dyes
at the same time.

  1. Moisten your hair with a spray bottle.
  2. Make a zigzag parting and then horizontal
    zigzag parting and fix all 4 sectors with hairpins.
  3. Dissolve one part of the hair on the back of the head with a narrow handle.
    comb separate the first strand.
  4. Put it on a piece of foil and apply a dye,
    wrap up
  5. Take the next dye and repeat the action with another
  6. When all the hair will be worked out, sustain the time needed
    for exposure to dye and wash your head with shampoo and


Balayazh is a technique of coloring, with the help of which
add contrast to the hairstyle due to the highlighted and highlighted

With proper hair work skills, it can be done and

  1. Parting horizontally and separate the top from
    lower with gum.
  2. Move the rubber bands to such a level that the tail represents
    is the part you plan to color.
  3. Separate a narrow strip from the tail from the bottom, place it on a foil,
    cover with clarifier and wrap.
  4. Repeat until all strands have been processed, and
    let the hair lighten for 10 – 15 minutes.
  5. Rinse off, lightly dry hair and apply paint.
    Follow manufacturer’s instructions, and do not exceed time
    excerpts. Upon completion, apply a nourishing balm.

American highlights

This technique is a symbiosis of highlighting and coloring. Allows
create on the hair, you can recreate the beautiful play in shades
red-brown spectrum. Buy in advance from 3 to 5 colors
one color range.

  1. Divide the hair into three parts – the top head (will remain
    uncolored), temples zone (to be painted in intermediate colors) and
    occiput area (to be painted in the predominant color).
  2. Start at the back of the head: select a few wide strands with
    comb, cover them with the color of the desired color and fix
  3. Do the same with the temporal part, choosing thinner strands.
    Alternate color colors to get an interesting result.
  4. Allow time for staining. Rinse first
    paint from the darkest strands, then those that are lighter, and at the end
    – with the brightest. So you get a cleaner result.


  1. Divide the hair into three parts – the top head (will remain
    uncolored), temples zone (to be painted in intermediate colors) and
    occiput area (to be painted in the predominant color).
  2. Start at the back of the head: select a few wide strands with
    comb, cover them with the color of the desired color and fix
  3. Do the same with the temporal part, choosing thinner strands.
    Alternate color colors to get an interesting result.
  4. Allow time for staining. Rinse first
    paint from the darkest strands, then those that are lighter, and at the end
    – with the brightest. So you get a cleaner result.


Veiling fully justifies its
title. As a result of the procedure, the hair looks as if
covers the finest veil of sun glare. Try to get
This effect alone:

  1. Separate the hair on the top of the head by brushing the hairbrush from the
    one ear to the other.
  2. Assemble the bottom of the tail – you do not need it. Hair on
    top divided into a straight parting.
  3. Decide on the stains for coloring and select them from the total
    masses using the “darning” method. Move the narrow end of the handle along
    the upper layer of the hair is zigzagging, as if stitching it.
  4. Take a wide layer of foil and grease it with a clarifier.
  5. Place selected strands on the foil and cover them with ink.
  6. Place another sheet of foil on top.
  7. Soak for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with water.

Reference! Veiling is best
suitable for blondes and brown-haired women.

Hair care after the procedure

Even the most gentle paint breaks the hydro balance and modifies
natural hair structure. Highlighting is no exception.
To return healthy shine and thickness to your hair
following recommendations:

  • Apply to hair immediately after dyeing.
    balm. This measure is necessary in order to smooth
    hair scales. Ideal if in a set with paint will
    go moisturizer from the same manufacturer.
  • Purchase care products for nutrition and
    moisturizing. Prefer compositions marked “for
    dyed and bleached hair. ”
  • Do not highlight too often.
    The optimal interval between the first procedure and the correction is 1.5 – 2
    of the month.
  • Minimize the use of curling tongs and tongs.
    hair dryer. If you can not do without styling – dry your hair on
    cold mode, directing air flow from top to bottom.

Reference! If your hair is in
in a deplorable state after dyeing, try co-washing (washing
hair only conditioner). Read also a detailed article about
hair care after highlighting

Alternative ways to highlight

If for some reason, staining with
foil – try one of the alternative highlighting methods.

With the help of a cap

Rubber or cellophane is used for this method.
hat with holes. It is ideal for a head of hair whose length is not
exceeds 35 centimeters, because the longer the hair – the harder
pull them to the surface.

With the help of a cap, even those who can
never had any hair coloring experience:

  1. comb your hair carefully;
  2. put the device on the head;
  3. use the hook to remove the strands;
  4. cover them with a clarifier or dye;
  5. allow time for exposure;
  6. wash and apply balm on your hair.


A comb with a long and thin handle is a tool that
must have every girl practicing home coloring.
Comb is designed to create parting and separation
bleached hair from the total mass.

Make highlighting independently using only one
comb, quite difficult, but to simplify the task, you can
use the following techniques:

  • Zigzag. With a narrow comb handle, make
    zigzag parting. Strands that lie at an angle to the left –
    stained Right – remain intact. highlighting by zigzag technique
  • Darn. Pass the narrow ridge handle under and
    over the hair in such a way as if you were darning them. By this
    in a convenient way to separate thin strands.



Striper is a hairdressing tool representing
comb with a toothed attachment on the back. Deal with it
The following instruction will help:

  1. Carefully comb the strands with a comb.
  2. Apply the brightening mixture to the toothed nozzle.
  3. Quickly comb her strand.
  4. Work out strand by strand, moving from the nape to
    top of the head.

Important! Do not conduct stripper twice on
to the same place, otherwise you will get


Expert Opinion Anastasia answers the hairdresser-makeup artist Ask

Highlighting through a cap or foil that
it is better?

Foil is ideal for complex stains in 3-5 shades
and long hair. The cap is suitable for simple highlighting on
short head of hair up to 35 cm.

Must be a special foil or fit

Food foil is in most cases thicker than a barber shop or
much thinner. What is first, what is second result
staining will turn out to be unsatisfactory. For highlighting you need
special hairdressing salon foil.

Which side of the foil to highlight?

Bend the foil should be on the matte side of the sheet.


Foil is a convenient tool, but, unfortunately – only in the hands
by a professional. Before embarking on complex techniques,
Try to lighten one strand in an unseen place. If the result
Satisfy you – experiment!

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