Face-framing highlights aka money piece hair is a popular colouring technique in which colour (usually, a brighter shade than your natural hue!) is strategically placed around the hairline for an instant brightening and framing effect. The finished result leaves you with a gorgeous, dimensional look — so, it should come as no surprise to learn that these types of highlights are the most-coveted style around.
So, how can you achieve them? With foils or hand-painted balayage, depending on how natural you want your face-frame to look. The best thing about them is that they flattering on all face shapes, hair lengths, hair types and textures, so anyone can give them a go.
Whether you’re waiting for salons to open or are looking for hair colour ideas to save for 2022, we’ve got you covered. Keep scrolling to see the best face-framing highlight looks.
Face-Framing Highlights on Brown Hair
Soft balayage highlights, like these golden ones, are great for adding warmth to your complexion and refreshing brown strands.
Blonde Face Frame on Dark Hair
Chunky Face-Framing Highlights
Editor’s tip: Coloured hair tends to be on the drier side so to keep your lengths looking shiny and healthy, we recommend trying a serum the TRESemmé Colour Shineplex Serum.
Caramel Face-Framing Accents on Wavy Bob
Short hair? For a halo effect that will brighten your face, go with a few subtle caramel highlights towards the fronts of your hair.
Classic Face-Framing Balayage on Long Brown Hair
Like this beauty, you can add a touch of warmth to your long brown hair with chocolate balayage highlights for a subtle yet eye-catching effect.
Illuminating Money Pieces
See? Even blondes can try this trend.
Yes, we couldn’t believe this isn’t natural either! This subtle face-frame is the stuff hair dreams are made of.
Framing Silver Babylights
Give dark brown hair an icy touch with some silver babylights.
Editor’s tip: To maintain your bright highlights, you’ll need to invest in a purple shampoo. Our fave? The Nexxus Blonde Assure Purple Shampoo, which helps keep brassy tones at bay while also strengthening your hair.
Copper Face-Framing Highlights
Inject some spice into brown hair with warming copper highlights. Getting a few added around your hairline is all you need to do to make you glow.
Take your red hair to the next level with a brighter balayage close to the face.
Nothing catches the light quite like sun-kissed highlights, and this beachy look will make you look like a Cali-babe 24/7.
Face-Frame Highlights on Straight Hair
The combination of toffee and brown hues creates beautiful dimension on straight hair.
Here’s what face-framing highlights look like when they’re done using a foiling technique.
Blonde Money Pieces on Ash Brown Hair
Combining smokey brown hair with some bright money pieces will instantly make your look IG-worthy.
What’s not to love about this beautiful bronde take on the trend?
Face-Framing Balayage on Medium Hair
If your medium tresses need a colour update, look to this flattering example for inspo.
Short and Striking Face-Frame
Teaming inky-black hair with blonde highlights instantly makes this choppy bob standout.
Bangs and Face-Framing Highlights
We’re getting ’70s vibes from this effortless bangs and balayage hairstyle.
Editor’s tip: Want to give your bangs a voluminous lift? Simply spray the TRESemmé Day 2 Volumising Dry Shampoo on your mane and roots before styling. Et voilà! Instant lift and body.
Curtain bangs are everywhere, so you might as well get them done (along with some flattering highlights!).
If you’re looking to go subtle, try some brown teasylights and add them around your face for a pop of brightness.
Face-framing highlights are low-maintenance, meaning you can go longer in-between salon visits. The best thing? They look even more enchanting as they grow out.
The best hairstyles to show off your face-framing balayage? Low buns, half-up hairstyles and anything else that requires romantic wisps at the front.