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Full and Partial Foil Highlights Explained

Updated: May 1, 2023


Full and partial foil highlights are two popular hair coloring techniques that use thin pieces of aluminum foil to isolate and lighten specific strands of hair.


Full foil highlights, as the name implies, involves applying the highlighting color to the entire head of hair. The stylist will separate the hair into thin sections and apply the color to each section, then wrap each section with foil to prevent the color from spreading to other sections. This technique is ideal for people who want to achieve an overall lighter look, as it brightens up the entire head of hair. Full foil highlights can take several hours to complete, depending on the length and thickness of the hair.


Partial foil highlights, also known as half-head highlights or face-framing highlights, involve applying the highlighting color to specific sections of the hair. The stylist will typically focus on the top layer of the hair, near the face, or around the crown of the head. The rest of the hair is left untouched, creating a natural and subtle effect. Partial foil highlights are perfect for individuals who want to add dimension and depth to their hair without committing to a full head of highlights. It is a quicker and less expensive option compared to full foil highlights.


Both full and partial foil highlights can create beautiful, natural-looking highlights that complement an individual's natural hair color. It is important to consult with a professional stylist to determine which option is best suited for your hair type, color, and desired outcome. Additionally, regular maintenance and touch-ups may be necessary to maintain the vibrancy and freshness of the highlights.


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