are strands of lighter colours in your hair and or "lowlights"
are strands of darker colours in your hair. These can be done
in several different ways but the two main methods are using done
using foil packets* to separate the hair being coloured from the
rest of the hair or using a plastic cap or bag to separate the
hair. Both methods have their pro's and con's but what really
is the difference between them?
(*There is a variation on the foil
method using a type of plastic packet that either sticks or clips
to the hair. In competent hands these do work quite well, although
the foil method when used by an expert can produce a more personalized
look for you).
- Cheaper than the foil method.
- Done in all but the most exclusive
- Only suitable for short hair as
the process can put unnecessary stress on mid to longer hair.
- Can be painful as a hook is used
to pull strands of hair through the cap.
- Only one colour at a time can
- Not suitable for curly hair as
it tangles as it is pulled through the cap.
- Not good at getting close to the
scalp when the hair is very thick.
- Hard to place lights in nape area
close to the scalp.
- Hard to control highlight placement
to get them exactly where you want.
- Can use many different colours.
- Gets the lights closer to the
scalp and the hairline.
- Can get the pieces of colour exactly
where you want them.
- Can create differing sizes of
light more easily e.g. thick swooshes of colour or fine strands.
- Does not stress the hair as there
is no pulling of strands through tiny holes.
- Takes longer to do.
- More expensive.
- The skill of the hairdresser is
very important, as they can look shocking if they are not done
- Not available in all salons.
At VirtualHairCare we recommend foil
highlights as it is the only professional way to go to get the
perfect look. Ask your hairdresser for more advice should you
need it and check out our section on
to suit you as well as
to choose the colours to suit you.