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10 Mesmerizing Ways to Flaunt Foilyage Hair

Move over balayage, a new highlighting technique just arrived.

While balayage has long been known for its effortless sun-kissed highlights, foliyage hair emerges as its glamorous sibling, offering a fusion of precision and radiance that looks more natural and seamlessly blended. As its name indicates, with this technique, foils are used to highlight different hair strands. Trying to figure out if foilyage hair is for you? Explore these 10 distinctive ways to wear foilyage hair, each style showcasing the brilliance that sets it apart from its balayage counterpart!

A Guide to Foilyage vs. Balayage Hair

What is Foilyage Hair?

Foilyage Hair consists of a hair highlighting technique that combines the precision of traditional foil highlights with the natural-looking dimension of balayage highlight. It involves sectioning the hair, applying lightener to individual strands, and then wrapping each strand in aluminum foil. This allows for a controlled lightening and lift, resulting in a more dramatic and defined highlight. Foilyage is a good option for those who want a bolder look with high contrast highlights.

What is Balayage Hair?

Balayage is a freehand hair highlighting technique that mimics the natural sun-kissed look. It involves applying hair lightener on in a sweeping motion, creating a soft and blended effect. When completed properly, there should be no harsh lines or demarcation, just a gradual lightening from root to tip. Balayage is a good option for those who want a more subtle and low-maintenance hair coloring look.

Should I choose Foilyage or Balayage Hair?

The best way to choose between balayage or foilyage hair is to consider your desired outcome and hair type. Both techniques offer stunning results, but the choice comes down to your desired level of precision and maintenance. Foilyage offers bolder highlights and more control, while balayage prioritizes a natural, low-maintenance look. Consider your hair goals, lifestyle, and desired level of commitment before making your pick. Remember, a skilled hairstylist can tailor either technique to your unique preferences. If you want a dramatic and defined highlight, foilyage is the way to go. If you prefer a natural and blended look, balayage might be the better choice for you. Also, consulting with a hairstylist about your two options can help you make a decision that suits your hair type  and needs the best.

10 Foilyage Hair Styles to Try in 2024

1. Lucious Curls

Emphasize your gorgeous hues with luscious curls. Photo by Jonas Svedas

Add dimension to your new hair hue with curls! To accomplish this look, start with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner such as Nexxus Hydra-Light Weightless Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner to hydrate your curls. Then add in Suave Simply Styled Anti-Frizz Smoothing Serum to minimize frizz. Complete by allowing your hair to hair dry. 

2. Coily Foliyage

COILY HAIRKeep it cute and coily! Photo by Megan Euth 


Embrace the vibrant beauty of your coily foliyage hair with a strong maintenance routine to keep your mane looking healthy!  For instance, Deep-condition regularly to keep your coily strands hydrated and vibrant. We love the SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque

3. Accessorized Foliyage

accessorized foliyage
Accent your foilyage hair with dainty accessories. Photo by Ali Karimiboroujeni

Enhance the allure of your foliyage-colored hair by incorporating dainty accessories such as hair flowers into your style. Opt for a bloom that complements the rich tones of your hair, creating a harmonious and elegant look. To showcase the accessory, consider placing it strategically, such as above the ear. For a subtler touch, choose a smaller flower that effortlessly blends with your strands. This delicate addition adds a touch of sophistication and accentuates the natural beauty of your hair.

4. Coordinating Headbands

Headband on folyiage hair
One can never go wrong with a statement headband. Photo by Julian Hochgesang

One can never go wrong with a cute headband! Choose a headband that complements the hues in your hair, whether it’s a subtle match or a contrasting accent. Experiment with different placements and styles, such as a boho-inspired bandana or a sleek, simple headband for a more polished look. This accessory keeps your hair in check and adds a stylish flair. 

5. Short Cut Foliayge Hair

short cut foliayge hair
Want to add spice to a new haircut? Add foilyage! Photo by Tamara Schipchinskaya

Embrace the charm of your short foliyage hair with a short hair-do. Consider adding subtle layers for texture and movement. Enjoy the extra sense of freedom that comes with short hair by allowing it to air dry after washing for a relaxed, effortless look.

6. Braided Up Foliyage Hair

Briaded up Foliyage hair
Show off you new hair with this gorgeous updo Photo by Karina Karina.

Elevate your foliyage hair with a charming braided updo that showcases both the color and texture of your look. Begin by parting your hair to complement your face shape, and then gather it into a high ponytail. Divide the ponytail into smaller sections and create a textured braids. Arrange the braids around the base of the ponytail, securing them with discreet pins. This braided updo not only highlights the natural beauty of your foliyage hair but also adds an elegant and sophisticated flair to your overall look.

7. Braided Down Hair

braided down foliyage
The perfect everyday go-to! Photo by Saif el Ouarti

Accentuate the natural allure of your foliyage hair with a loose and textured low braid. Begin by parting your hair to complement your features, then gather it into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. Create a loose braid, allowing a few strands to escape for a relaxed, textured appearance.

8. Curtain Bangs Look

folyiage curtain bangs
Frame your face beautifully while flaunting foilyage hair. Photo by Icons8

Complement foliyage hair with the trendy and versatile addition of curtain bangs. Ensure the length of the bangs harmonizes with the rest of your hair, adding a touch of softness to your overall look.. This style also adds a touch of sophistication, effortlessly combining the charm of curtain bangs with the unique beauty of your foliage color.

9. Bone Straight Foliyage Hair

bone straight foliyage hair
Foliyage hair that’s straight to the point. Photo by Fineas Gavre

Achieve a sleek and modern look by wearing your foliyage hair bone-straight. Begin by parting your hair according to your preference, then use a flat iron to straighten small sections, working your way through the entire length. Ensure each strand is smoothed down for a polished finish. Embrace the simplicity of this style by wearing your straightened hair evenly.

10. Foliyage Hair with Curled Ends

folyiage with curled ends
A timeless hairstyle! Photo by Riccardo Vicidomini Varotto

Add a playful and dynamic flair to your foliyage hair by styling it with curly ends.  Use a curling wand or rollers to accentuate the lower sections of your hair. Allow the curls to frame the ends, creating a whimsical and textured effect. Whether your hair is short or long, this style enhances the richness of the foliage color while adding a touch of fun and movement. 

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