Everyone wants to look blonder when the sun shines and the temperature rises. Blonding can be difficult and can lead to more serious permanent problems if done wrongly. There are many confusing terms on the internet about blonding services. Balayage and foil are two of the most common blonding methods that people is confused.

Balayage is a technique that involves hand-painting bleach on the hair. This is an open-air bleaching service. There are no foils to incubate the bleach. Many terms and service types can be used to describe foils, such as foilyage, highlights or teasey lights etc. The foil process’s lift effectiveness is more important than its name. Balayage is a service that gives you a warmer, more subtle and dimensional blonde. This results in a gradual shift from darker roots to lighter ends. Foil services can produce a solid blonde and sometimes a lighter, brighter blonde than traditional balayage due to incubation. Due to foils taking longer and more product used, there is usually a difference in the price of balayage and foils.
You will compromise the hair’s integrity every time you bleach it, no matter how you do it, whether with foils or without foils. Bleach will open the cuticle and strip away all the hair’s pigment. The underlying, natural, unaltered colour of the hair is left behind, which can be yellow, red or orange. The heat from incubating the hair in foil accelerates the process of breaking down and destroy the bonds. This not only causes the hair to strip its colour faster but also results in more damage. You can reduce or even reverse this damage with certain bond-rebuilding agent like Olaplex. This helps to strengthen and make your hair healthier and stronger.

different types of blonde hair

How Do You Choose the One for Yourself?
There are many types of blonde. It is important to communicate and align with your hairdresser during consultation. Many people will expect that balayage can transform their hair from dark to bright and solid blonde. This is often because they have used a key word search on Pinterest. Some people will show reference photos of their warm-blonde hair and request it to look “ashy”. This can lead to miscommunication and high expectations for these services as the services and tones are frequently incorrectly portrayed on the social media. These are just a few of the reasons we place a lot emphasis on proper consultations before any blonding services.

The initial consultation will cover many factors that can contribute to the look you want, such as dimension, placement, brightness, tone, and colour. To enhance or neutralize desired tones (ashy, cool or icy), a toner or gloss can be used after a bleaching treatment. The toner/gloss will gradually fade over time. You might notice a dullening effect on your hair or an increase in unwanted yellow and orange tones. Fading is totally normal and can be caused by washing, sun exposure, swimming or hard water. It just needs to be easily “refreshed”. It usually happens between 6-8 weeks, but it can fade more rapid if you use cool/ashy colours or under certain circumstances.

Important Tips for Going to the Blonde:
The race is won by being steady and slow! It is better to do things the right way, rather than the quickest or easiest. A quality service will result in healthier hair over the long-term. Even though services are sometimes misrepresented in photos, that doesn’t mean pictures aren’t useful. Pictures can be a very useful tool to help you and the hairdresser communicate and understand each other. You don’t have to make it seem like you are offending your hairdresser by bringing in a picture. It can be very useful as they can see what is your hair goals and not have to guess. Photos of colours and styles you don’t desire can be helpful too. Lastly, Olaplex is the most important formulation to enabling healthy hair. Please do not skip this important step.