A new category for DIY foilers!

Are you thinking about foiling your own hair? HTHG just added a category just for foiling, so that you have a place to go when you need assistance with your DIY foil. XO!

A perfect foil

Here is a video that breaks down how to do a nice, even, straight, perfect foil that will process your color evenly without bleeding out. Check it out if you plan on foiling your own hair.
Practice up a bit on your technique.

Are you ready to DIY your color? make sure to have the proper coloring tools like the

DIY Beauty Salon Tool hair coloring Kit which has everything you need to get started DIY coloring, as well as my favorite foiling sheets ever.


HTHG’s virtual DIY color consultation

Welcome to HTHG’s first ever virtual DIY color consultation!

Here is an email from Katie…

First off, I want to thank you SO MUCH for your blog. This is probably gonna sound really dramatic, but it’s really changed my life. I stumbled across it while looking for some casual bridal hairstyles for my wedding next year. Growing up in a house with all men, I never really fussed with my hair (and never really knew where to start, even when I wanted to try cute new ‘dos). But you’ve really inspired me, and for that I can’t thank you enough!

So now, my question:
I’ve colored my hair in the past, but nothing super drastic. I was wanting to do my own dye job/foil highlights, but wanted to know a professional’s opinion on color theory. I’m about 90% sure I’ve got a cool skin tone (or possibly neutral, leaning on the cool side). I’ve got very dark brown hair (most people think it’s black, but it’s dark brown) which is quite grey at the roots, and dark blue/grey eyes. I started going grey at 17 and now it’s taking over…but it’s more of a silver, I suppose. I’ve got pale skin which, when I hold a white towel next to it, looks more pinky than yellow. My veins are blue and purple.
So, what colors for dye and highlights would you suggest? Here’s a photo that I took a few weeks ago, so you can see the current treatment (with my roots growing in too). I would really appreciate your help!
Dear Katie,
Hi! thanks so much for visiting HTHG:) I’m thrilled that you have found it helpful! Now, let’s talk about your hair. My first question is if your hair is all its natural color right now. Then, if you would kindly sum up your lifestyle and personal style in a couple sentences so I can know in what direction to steer you hair-wise.
Next question is if you are wanting to make a bold color statement and do something different, or stay within your natural tones for something more understated. Loud or quiet hair ;)?
Last couple of questions, Kate. Are you wanting to lighten things up a bit, darken up, or brighten it with more rich color, or just blend your sparkly silver roots with the ends? Thanks:) Im Excited for you and your hair.
The last question is if you are cool with me turning this little consultation into a HTHG post. Thanks again for the inquiry, and please let me know if you ever have any tutorial requests;)
HTHG, I would probably say something bold, as long as it’s flattering. Unfortunately my work says I have to stay with “natural” colors, but that doesn’t mean MY natural color…just means blue is off the table (and believe me, that made me cry inside when I heard that, I’ve dyed my hair every color under the sun and I miss those days sometimes!).

As for lightening/darkening/etc, I’d say either lightening or brightening. I don’t think I’d like to do anything blonde though, as it would look really weird on me. Thanks :)
Awesome. Im gonna think and visualize on this one for a bit and ill get back with ya:) HTHG
Sounds good, can’t wait to hear back from you! :)
So here is what I understand based on our emails back and forth. Kate is a cool toned, casual but funky lady who has dark brown hair with a bit of silver and blue eyes. She has a bit of color on her hair that she did herself, but it has faded a lot. Judging by her picture, it blends pretty well and works with her natural coloring. She is wanting to add something that will brighten her up a bit, without going in a blonde direction. She is newly inspired to experiment with different styles and colors and is excited to DIY her color. Because of her job, she can’t get as colorful as she would like, but she definitely wants to do something with a bit of pizazz.
Sounds like she is getting married soon, so I’m going to err on the side of starting without too much of a bang to give her room to experiment a bit more.
Katie, I’m going to suggest that you get your color tools ready and go with with HTHG’s face framing foil to begin with. If you have a friend to help with the back, go with HTHG’s favorite foil trick ever for a bit more coverage. I think a color like 7RC and 8V mixed equal parts would be really pretty as your foil color. It is kind of a coppery rich light brown/dark blond color mixed with a really cool blonde that will add a nice pop and bring out the blue of your eyes without being to warm for your cool complexion. Don’t be afraid of the word blonde, these colors won’t lighten your naturally dark hair to as light as they appear on the shelves. It will just lighten a little bit. Mix these colors (available at Sally beauty online) with 20v developer and apply in your foils. Then, if you decide you want to take it to the next level, section off the nape of your hair from the top of both ears across the back, and put 5RV and 20V on the whole underside from roots to ends. This will deepen the look with a pop of violet red and a bit of a darker contrast. Way HOT!!
Thank you so much Roxie! I shamelessly promoted your pages on facebook and can’t wait to try out your recommendations. I’ll send you some after photos when I get the cash together and get it all done. You’re a freakin gem!

Good luck, Katie. And please send us an after photo!

My favorite foil trick ever

Here is another lesson in how to foil your own hair. I will thank the friendly and fashion forward crew at the Redken Exchange Manhattan for passing me this gem of knowledge that I use constantly. I foil 90% of my clients hair using this same pattern. Is all about sectioning. That is the key to good hair if you ask me. Reagan of Hdofblog says “teasing is practically the high heels of hair” and I say “Then sectioning has got to be the arch support” :)

This foil sectioning pattern is fool proof. It is maximum effect, minimum effort, and it looks perfect every time.You can DIY it. It would be perfect to try on a friend or yourself however keep in mind that the back is a bit hard to do on yourself, so ask for help if you need it. Maybe you and your sister or friend should try it on each other.I also do have a video of a DIY face framing foil which is an easier and quicker version of this technique. 

I tried to make this one as simple as possible to understand but do email me if you have any questions.

You can use any combinations of color, however I generally use 2.

Here is a breakdown. Start by watching with this video to practice your technique.

Then, grab a friend and your DIY hair color tools and pick out your color or colors of choice. On Iris, I used bleach with 10v, and a 11a with 40v (light ash blonde).

If you are home-coloring, I highly recommend using DIY hair color by Madison Reed, which Resorcinol-Free.

If you purchase a Madison Reed Radiant Color Kit, you will receive not only the colors of hair colors your choice, but also the necessary tools to apply it. The entire line is designed for the DIY hair colorer! And if you need to tone in between coloring, be sure to check out their Color Reviving Gloss to refresh and revive your hair.

Here is how to do this simple DIY foiling trick!

Section off a rectangle on the top of the head, across the front hairline, down both sides, and across just below the crown.

Slice a thin section down the side, from the right front corner of the rectangle, to the top corner of the ear. This foil is bleach. Make a subsection, then a small sliced foil just behind it, of the other color. Repeat on the other side. Then do another thin sliced foil of bleach across the front hairline.

Now, you are going to outline your rectangle in 4 sliced foils of your 2nd color.




When you are done, section off a diamond in the middle of your rectangle, from the center of each side. This is your second section.





You will use chunky woven foils to outline this section.




Section 3 goes from the center of each side of section 2, to create a small square. Outline section 3 with finely woven foils.

That’s it. !5 foils total, for maximum range and coverage. The section pattern and the range of sliced-fine woven foils makes for a gorgeous ribbon-y color effect and beautifully blended color distribution, which is just shop-talk for “super hot color job that grows out very gracefully”. Enjoy!
Are you ready to DIY your color? make sure to have the proper coloring tools like the DIY Beauty Salon Tool hair coloring Kit which has everything you need to get started DIY

coloring, as well as my favorite foiling sheets ever.

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