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Hair Highlighting Demystified: Choosing The Perfect Technique
NEWS | 09/15/2023 Hair Highlighting Demystified: Choosing the Perfect Technique

Are you ready to elevate your hair game this fall with some stunning highlights? Whether you want to add dimension to your locks, brighten your face, or go all-in with a transformative change, there's a highlight technique that suits your style. In this guide, we'll explain the differences between some popular highlight methods: Balayage, Face Framing Highlights, Partial Highlights, Full Highlights, and Foil Highlights. By the end, you'll be equipped with the knowledge to choose the perfect highlight technique for your next appointment.


Balayage Highlights


Balayage, which translates to "sweeping" in French, is a freehand highlighting technique that delivers a natural, sun-kissed look. This method involves painting lighter colors onto the hair's surface, typically starting a few inches from the roots and concentrating more on the mid-lengths and ends. Balayage creates soft, gradual transitions between your natural hair color and the highlights. The result is a low-maintenance style that grows out beautifully, requiring fewer touch-ups compared to other techniques. Balayage is perfect for those seeking a subtle, beachy glow that blends seamlessly with their base color.


Face Framing Highlights


As the name suggests, Face Framing Highlights are strategically placed to illuminate and accentuate your facial features. These highlights focus on the hair around your face, typically highlighting sections that frame your forehead, cheekbones, and jawline. Face Framing Highlights can brighten your complexion, draw attention to your eyes, and add dimension to your overall look. This technique works well for anyone looking for a subtle change that provides a refreshed, youthful appearance.


Partial Highlights


Partial Highlights target specific sections of your hair, typically the top layer and crown. This technique is ideal for adding dimension and depth without coloring all your hair. It's a great option if you want to experiment with highlights but prefer a more low-key effect. Partial highlights can be customized to suit your preferences, from natural and understated to bolder and more eye-catching.


Full Highlights


If you're looking for a more comprehensive transformation, Full Highlights is the way to go. As the name suggests, this technique involves highlighting all of your hair from top to bottom. It's an excellent choice for those who want a significant change in hair color or simply want to lighten their overall look. Full Highlights offer a uniform, all-over color that can be subtle or striking, depending on your desired outcome.


Foil Highlights


Foil Highlights are a precision highlighting technique that involves separating small sections of hair and wrapping them in foil with a lightener or color. The foil helps to isolate the highlighted strands, allowing for more control over the placement and intensity of the highlights. Foil Highlights can be customized to achieve various effects, from natural and sun-kissed to bold and dramatic. This method is especially effective for achieving high-contrast looks.


Choosing the Right Highlight Technique


So, how do you choose the right highlight technique for you? Here are some things to consider to help you make the right choice:


Desired Look- Think about the look you want to achieve. If you prefer a subtle, natural appearance, Balayage or Face Framing Highlights may be your best bet. For a more comprehensive change, go for Full Highlights or Foil Highlights.


Maintenance- How often are you willing to visit the salon for touch-ups? Balayage and Face Framing Highlights require less frequent maintenance due to their gradual growth-out process. Partial Highlights can also be low-maintenance. Full Highlights and Foil Highlights may need touch-ups more frequently.


Complexion and Style- Take your skin tone and personal style into account. Some highlight techniques can complement your complexion and enhance your overall aesthetic better than others. Consult with your Von Anthony stylist to find the perfect match.


Budget- Different highlight techniques vary in cost. Generally, Full Highlights and Foil Highlights tend to be more expensive due to the extensive use of products and time required.


Highlighting your hair is a fantastic way to add dimension, brightness, and personality to your look. Whether you opt for the artistic, freehand strokes of balayage, the illuminating effect of face-framing highlights, or the pop of partial highlights you're sure to turn heads with your new 'do. 


To make an informed choice, consult with your trusted Von Anthony Salon stylist, who can recommend the perfect highlight technique tailored to your unique style and preferences. So, get ready to shine, because your next salon appointment is going to be highlight-worthy! Give us a call at 972-731-7600 or download our free app from iTunes or Google Play to schedule your appointment today. We're conveniently located at 7004 Lebanon Road, Suite 102 in Frisco, Texas. We look forward to seeing you soon!