- A foil highlight allows you to target just the roots or ends of your hair.
- Foil highlights allow creative coloring without the colors overlapping each other.
- Foil highlights allow for color control on longer, over-stressed, or over-processed hair, by allowing the colorist to adjust the strength of the developer.
Your hair colorist may recommend a foil instead of a cap if your hair is damaged or over-processed, the roots may need stronger or longer developing time.
Foil may be recommended if you have long hair, because it may not be practical or comfortable to pull it through a cap.
Creative coloring can be done with either method: a foil separates the colors, with a foil barrier. Foils or cap is considered when coloring needs more or less oxidization.
Both services are timed and priced, based on the condition, length and desired results of the hair determined by the professional doing the service.
- A cap highlight allows the colorist to watch the color as it lifts in your hair.
- Caps allow you to apply color through the entire length of your hair, using the same strength developer, at one application.
- Cap highlights allow you to remove color one stage at a time because you can watch it as it processes.
What is the difference between Foil Highlights and Cap Highlights?
Foil Highlights work best on most hair types (coarse/fine/long/short). The stylist can control exactly where the highlights are placed, and how much hair is to be highlighted in each foil. Foiling enables highlights to be placed closer to the scalp (than cap highlighting), thereby increasing time between highlight services. More than one color may be used in the foiling process, and the end result can be subtle and natural, or bold and striking, as desired. Foiling costs slightly more than a cap highlight because it requires more time and expertise.
Control, Comfort, & Optimal Results are the operative words associated with foils.
Cap Highlights work best on medium to thick hair, preferably, no longer than shoulder length. Hair is pulled through a plastic or foam cap with a highlighting hook, and then lightened. (Individuals with scalp sensitivity may find this process uncomfortable, and may opt for foil highlights instead.) Highlight placement through a cap is more random than with foils, and is not as close to the scalp. Only one color may be used in a cap highlight. Cap highlighting costs slightly less than foiling because it requires less time.
Quick, Economical, and Good results are the operative words associated with a cap.
Can sunlight affect my hair color?
A day at the beach, and sometimes only a few hours in the sun can alter your hair color (both natural color, & artificial). Protect your investment by using a hair product with UV blockers in it, or by covering up.
I’m thinking of layering my hair. Will this work for me?
Naturally curly hair responds well to layering. The shape is sculpted by the cut.
Long, straight hair can be layered, but generally needs a styling product and heat (blow dryer & round brush/or curling iron) to see the best results from layering.
Short straight hair can also be layered and may or may not need heat styling depending upon how thick the hair is. (Fine straight hair usually needs a little heat styling to look it’s best.)
My natural hair color is changing and I’m noticing some gray hairs. What can I do?
As we age, our natural hair color changes to a cooler, ashier tone, and often with a varying percentage of gray mixed in. Haircolor can be used to cover gray, change your natural color, or restore “life” to hair that is loosing the natural gold and warm tones it once had. Haircolor also provides body!
What can highlights do for me?
Highlights can be added to natural or colored hair to give dimension & visual interest. They can be very natural (“sun-kissed”), or bold, depending on the desired effect. They can be placed throughout the entire head (“full”), or throughout the top half of the head (“partial”), or just in front, framing the face (“visor”). They can be any color you wish, and if using foil, can be combined with lowlights to help cover gray, or put natural contrast back into hair that has been over highlighted and has become too blonde. Highlighting also gives body and texture to the hair.