Converting Foil to Balayage – my 8 tips.

Every where we look, magazines, movies, TV and advertising we are bombarded with images of women with full soft natural looking hair, and more often than not the chosen method for the hair colour is either Balayage or Ombre, so when clients come in with images of looks they like, it’s not going to be achieved with a thousand perfectly placed foils.

For me and I think for most, the biggest challenge when offering a balayage service to clients is how do you convert that heavy blonde foil into something more soft and natural.

1. Firstly we have to control expectation and be very clear in our consultation about where we are going and the end result.

2. Can we tint her back to her natural colour and then add the Balayage in after?. This would be ideal but we live in an imperfect world and have to take into account the condition of the hair, so more often than not we balayage darker pieces in rather than tinting all over.

3 The colour of the darker balayage I feel should be one shade lighter than her natural colour and be neutral in tone most super blondes don’t like brassy tones.

4. Even though the client has a heavy foil – I bet her ends are darker, so we have no choice but to lighten some of them up with balayage, use a very low developer for this and watch the condition.


A heavily foil highlighted client is probably used to parting her hair in all directions, this means we will initially have to put more blonde balayage pieces throughout the top area to give her some flexibility.

6. The darker balayage can be heavier through the back area this will add some depth to the overall look, but no dark pieces near the face.

7. Generally I say less is more, BUT when converting a heavy foil, through the top and around the face as we transition the client away from foil, its best to put more fine balayage pieces in, to blend the overall look.

8. Don’t forget the front, that lovely big blonde piece that looks so natural – that will clinch the deal.

Jacks tip – Work with the client, hold her hand through the conversion – the end result will be fulfilling.

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