Creating highlights in your hair is a great way to lighten up for spring and fall, add rich caramel tones for fall or even blend your grays in with your natural color. Many salon colorists rely on foil highlighting, which is the most widely-used method of blonding.

However, foil highlighting doesn’t just involve slapping some bleach onto your hair and wrapping it in kitchen foil—otherwise, why pay an expert when you could achieve the same results at home? (Spoiler: you can’t.) Professional colorists train extensively so that they can make your hair look as flawless as possible. Whether you’re looking for a natural, sun-kissed ombre or show-stopping streaks, having a good colorist with knowledge of a variety of foil highlighting techniques in Palatine, IL is imperative.

Read on for some of our favorite foil highlighting methods, and stop in or call Claude Thomas Salon & Spa to find out how we can help you achieve the look you want!

The slice method

The slice method is great for bold, dramatic blonding. (An extreme example might be Ginger Spice’s late-‘90s face-framing highlights.) Essentially, a stylist will take a “slice” of hair from a certain direction and highlight all the hair in that section. The foils can be placed vertically, horizontally or diagonally to create definition and movement. Some colorists use this method to define the lines of a cut.

The skip slice method

The skip slice method helps achieve a subtler version of what can be done with the slice method. Instead of gathering one thin “slice” of hair, the colorist will take even smaller sections of that slice to color. This gives definition to your cut, but it’s harder to see exactly where the lines and highlights begin or end. You’ll be less likely to end up with a “striped” look, but you’ll still have all the beautiful color and texture that the slice method offers.

The babylights micro-weave method

Finally, when you’re looking for a very subtle glow, you can get the babylights micro-weave style of foil highlighting. This method involves taking delicate, wispy sections of hair to color. It adds dimension and shimmer without looking unnatural—but you’ll want to choose a very skilled colorist, like any member of the team at Claude Thomas Salon & Spa. Your colorist will need to take your hair’s porosity into account, as well as carefully choosing the foil direction.

Get professional foil highlights in Palatine, IL

When you’re ready to update your look for the coming season, visit Claude Thomas Salon & Spa. We’ve been proud to serve clients with exceptional salon and spa services since 1995, and we continue to be dedicated to the quality of our customer service. Our talented team has been helping Palatine residents achieve their perfect style for more than two decades! You can find out more about everything we have to offer by calling our team today or stopping by our salon to see us in person. We look forward to showing you what we can do for your hair!

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