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Hair color trend for 2018: Foilyage – foil highlights are back!

From Balayage to Foilyage. Foil highlights are back - and in 2018 they will be complementing popular coloring technique Balayage. Find out how the style looks and how the highlights work!

Of course color – pastels in particular – will remain on trend in 2018, but in general, we're turning our heads back towards nature. The perfect way to achieve a natural look is by combining two popular coloring techniques: Balayage and Foilyage. It adds natural highlights to hair, without hard contrasts. The advantage: It doesn't need regular touchups, because the roots don't show too much.

What Is Foilyage?

Woman with Foilyage hair colour trend and cap

Foliyage lightens hair tips very naturally – leaving hair looking like it has naturally sunkissed tips.

Foilyage is a variation on the Balayage method. The natural color result of the look, which Balayage also gives you, adds an extra subtle touch. Unlike Balayage, this trendy color technique is done with foil. Most of us probably remember what used to be called foil highlights. For Foilyage, the color is similarly applied, not to the entire strand, and only applied to the roots with a brush. The reason: When color is only applied to part of the hair, with a transition (as is the case with Balayage), the result is natural-looking, seemingly sun-kissed hair.

This is how Foilyage is done: Like Balayage, the color is applied freely by hand. Then, foil is wrapped around the strand of hair that has been painted with color. Heat buildup makes the results even more intense than with Balayage. Despite strong accents, the color looks very natural – these highlights make you look like you just got back from a relaxing holiday in the sun.

Here's why Foilyage complements Balayage so well

Back of woman's head with Foilyage

Combine Foilyage and Balayage for an even more natural color transition.

Combining the coloring techniques Balayage and Foilyage gives you a particularly varied and accentuated color result. Tip: Apply the same color in Balayage technique, followed by Foilyage technique. This creates another color gradation, which makes the color transition look even more natural and glowing.
The most gentle way to combine these coloring techniques is to leave a few days in between, giving your hair some time to recover.

 Both coloring methods work in blonde as well as brown hair. For a truly natural result, it's important to agree with your hairdresser on which shade complements your original color.
Tip: To prevent damaging your hair with color and to ensure healthy ends that don't look brittle after coloring: Ask your hairdresser to use an extra nourishing hair mask when doing your color. Continue to regularly use extra conditioning treatments at home. You can also apply special serums and oils daily, directly to the ends