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Trendlooks 2016

Foilyage: The New Hair Colour Trend

Foilyage
Naturally trendy: Jessica Biel has already tried the foilyage technique
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First balayage, now foilyage! The colouring specialists have once again developed something new: with the current hair highlighting trend, the foil technique expands the proven freehand painting of the balayage method. Find out what it looks like and how it works!

Shortly after the balayage colour trend turned our heads, a new colouration trend appears and wraps us up: foilyage! It too counts on hair with a natural look and a flowing colour gradient without any harsh contrasts. The difference compared to balayage? Foilyage is a touch more refined! But let us start at the beginning.

  • What Is Balayage?

    To better understand the foilyage trend, you should first be familiar with the balayage method. Unlike conventional streaking methods where each strand is treated separately with foils, the colour is applied to the hair freehand with a brush. Hence the name 'balayage'. It comes from the French word 'balayer' meaning to sweep or brush. The result: a soft and natural colour effect.

  • What Is Foilyage?

    Foilyage is an extension of the balayage method and adds extra refinement to the natural colour experience. Unlike balayage however, it does in fact work with foils again – as the name says. The foil highlights make the colouring method truly eye-catching, especially with dark hair. The colouration effect is more intense and creates amazing accents at the ends – yet the look always remains wonderfully natural.

  • How Does Foilyage Work?

    In the foilyage application, the natural balayage look is created and coloured first. That means light colour highlights are brushed onto the lengths of your hair by hand all the way to the ends. The hairline remains largely untouched. Then the outer ends are wrapped in foil in order to increase the colour intensity.

  • What Do You Have To Watch For?

    A great side effect: Since mainly the lower section of hair is coloured, the look only has to be freshened up every three to four months.

    Small beauty tip: since the foils can cause additional damage to hair while colouring, regular care is essential. An intensive treatment helps prevent dull, lacklustre hair.