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!
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.
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!
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).
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.
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!