The Money Piece Hair Colour Trend You Have to Try in 2021

It may just be the most flattering hair colour trend ever!

Also known as face-framing highlights, money piece hair is a popular colouring technique that is achieved when you get the front strands of your hair balayaged a brighter shade (usually two to three shades lighter!). The finished result leaves you with face-framing ‘money pieces’ that add dimension to your hair and help brighten and lift your complexion. Unlike chunky, e-girl highlights, this technique is seamless and can look more natural, depending on your preferences.

So, why are they called money pieces? This is mainly due to the fact they make your hair ‘look’ expensive, so it’s no wonder they’re loved by celebs all-over — Beyoncé, Gisele and Kylie Jenner are all fans. And, thanks to lockdown, money piece highlights have become 2020’s biggest colour trend.

If you’re thinking of cashing in and trying this low-maintenance look for yourself now or for 2021, here are the 14 best money piece hair ideas to try when salons reopen.

Gisele’s Classic Face-Framing Highlights

Gisele Bündchen with dark blonde hair and sandy face-framing highlights
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

As mentioned above, money pieces are meant to look seamless and almost natural. For a classic example, look to supermodel Gisele’s beachy hair for inspiration.

Margot Robbie’s Effortless Hair

Margot Robbie with dark roots and golden face-framing highlights
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The best thing about this colouring technique is that you can go as subtle or as strong as you like! You can play around with the width of the front highlights and the placement of the other highlights, towards the back.

Beyoncé’s Money Piece Hair

When Queen B got this gorgeous caramel blonde money piece hairstyle done, we all wanted to try it! To get something similar, you have to ask your colourist for a heavy face frame with some subtle highlights throughout the back.

Blonde Babylights

Featuring the subtlest babylights, this illuminating look is perfect for reviving natural or faux blonde hair.

Editor’s tip: To maintain your money piece 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.

Sun-Kissed Blonde Highlights

If you want to look like you’ve been catching summer rays (even when you’ve been stuck inside!), this beachy blend is destined for your brunette mane.

Face-Framing Babylights

Dreaming of lightening up your dark hair? Try these stunning silver-blonde babylights.

Money Piece Balayage on Brown Hair

Give brown hair the golden touch for summer and winter with these golden blonde highlights.

Light Brunette Hair With Money Piece

The best thing about this trend? It makes your facial features and hair pop, working the same way a highlighter does to enhance your overall look.

Autumnal Highlights

A few strategically positioned copper highlights will add some depth to your hair and give your complexion an autumnal glow.

Editor’s tip: Give your coloured mane some extra TLC with the TRESemmé Colour Shineplex Serum, which is designed to provide frizz control and leave your mane feeling soft and looking super shiny.

Subtle Brown Balayage

Wait, this isn’t natural? Balayage highlighting dark hair with these glossy chocolate brown ribbons will keep everyone guessing.

Dark Brown Money Piece

Opt for these beachy blonde highlights if you want to refresh dark hair and give it more depth.

Money Piece Highlights With Bangs

If anyone is going to convince you to get curtain bangs and highlights, it’s this beauty and her Instagram-worthy mane.

Golden Curls

Curly hair? You can’t go wrong with honey blonde tones, especially if you want to make your curls pop and face glow.

Short and Sweet Caramel Accents

If you’ve got medium to short hair, take a style cue from this beauty, who wears her wavy lob with trendy caramel money pieces.

Lived-In Highlights

Woman with dark brown hair and lived in money piece highlights
Credit: Arianna Sharfman

The best thing about money piece highlights? As they grow out, they start to look even more natural and lived-in.

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