Foilyage Hair Color Technique
Foilyage Hair Color Technique. (Photo: Instagram/suetyrrellstylist)

Foilyage is a new hair color technique created by Hitomi Ikeda that will give you natural, sun-kissed ombre hair.

There are lots of different hair color techniques. By now, we should all be very familiar with dip dyes and ombre finishes. However, there are so many more ways to color your hair that you may or may not know about. Balayage is a technique that has been around for a long time, even if people don’t know exactly what it is. There is sombre hair, aka soft ombre, hair contouring, and then is even a funky pixelated hair color effect. The latest technique you need to know about is Foilyage. If you are looking for a gorgeous, sun-kissed look, you’re going to want to know about this.

Foilyage is a hair color technique developed by Hitomi Ikeda, the color director at Louis Licari Salon. Foilyage is a “hair coloring process that combines the placement of foil highlighting and the free-hand painting of Balayage.” The result is a more natural finish that gives you those sun-kissed sombre ends. With Foilyage, you can achieve a range of looks from the subtlest ombre ends to surfer girl “my hair was colored by the sun” waves. Think along the lines of Gisele Bundchen or Miranda Kerr’s hair colors. We interviewed Hitomi to find out everything there is to know about the technique. Here’s your guide to Foilyage:

Balayage vs. Foilyage – Which one should I get?

Balayage vs. Foilyage – Which one should I get?
What is the difference between the Foilyage application and Balayage application?

The difference between Balayage and Foilyage is that Balayage is a highlighting technique that is achieved by free-hand painting. Foilyage combines free-hand painting with foil highlighting.

How many different shades of dye does Foilyage use?

Foilyage is a new hair coloring technical trend which means it is not only about the different shades of hair dye. Foilyage is more about the technique to achieve the desired amount of highlights by combining freehand painting and foils. The amount of shades used to complete the look depends on what each client is asking for.

What hair texture/color is it best for?

The beautiful part of Foilyage is that it works well with all hair textures and colors.

How long can you go before you need a touch-up?

The Foilyage technique provides a very natural look at the root of the hair, and because of this, clients only need to do touch-ups every 4-6 months.

Do you have any tips for people wanting to try the look?

My tip is to use “The Sprush,” a spatula type of tool, to apply the lightener. Using gentle strokes, The Sprush helps to smooth the lightener evenly like spreading butter.

To find out more about Hitomi Ikeda, Foilyage, and the Louis Licari Salon, check out the Louis Licari website.

(Photos: Hitomi Ikeda

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