Using Foil When Highlighting Your Hair

June 24, 2008 by Renee Hill  
Published in Hair

How to use foil to protect hair that isn’t being highlighted.

Highlighting hair is a very common process in today’s hair styling. Many people, even men, are requesting highlights and low lights in there hair for a more diverse look. Using foil to complete this process is the only sure way of getting the highlights or low lights where you want them without effecting the rest of your hair. When you are finished reading this article, you will be able to use foil to place highlights or low lights in your hair for a more stylish look.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Hair
  • Rat Tail Comb
  • Aluminum Foil or Foil Sheets
  • Highlight or Low light colors (these can be bought in a kit or as individual colors)
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Towel
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Plastic Bowl
  • Application Brush
  • Hair Clips

How to use foil When Highlighting or Low Lighting Your hair

Gather all the materials needed, put on rubber gloves, and mix the color. Perform a test strand in an area of the head that will not be obvious like under the back of the head. Time the test strand until you achieve the color you want. Note the time it took for your hair to achieve the correct color and this will be how long you leave your coloring on the entire head to achieve ultimate coverage. If you are using more than one color (if you want both highlights and low lights) mix both colors in different bowls. Partition the hair off into 4 sections. You should divide the front half into 2 sections and the back half into 2 sections.

Part off a small section of one partition into 1/8″ strand. Now weave the end of your rat tail comb up and down through the strand and separate the ups from the downs. You can make these as wide or as narrow as you like. The narrower the strands, the more highlights and low lights you will have. The wider the strands, the less you will have.

Pick up a foil and place it under the strand to be colored. Now put your coloring on the strand sparingly. Brush it all the way to the ends beginning at the scalp. Once you have brushed it on the strand, fold up the ends of the hair (if it is long hair) so it will be covered by the foil when folded. Now fold up the bottom of the foil one time. Fold in the sides, and continue folding up from the bottom until the foil is at the scalp.

Continue this procedure alternating colors as you go for both highlights and low lights until all hair is ready for timing. Time your process by paying close attention to the clock and do not allow color to remain on hair longer than the test strand time.

Remove the foils from your hair and rinse thoroughly. Now shampoo and condition as usual. Towel dry and style normally.

When using 2 colors for both highlighting and low lighting, make one strand of highlights and the next strand of low lights. Continue this process throughout the head. Once you have weaved the comb up and down through the hair, clip the hair you are not coloring up and out of the way. Do not add it into the next strand. You may want to make your strands thicker or thinner depending on your preference. Do not over process. Leaving the color on too long can cause the hair to become gummy and may even cause it to fall out.

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