Stop Foils From Processing Using Malibu C

By Alison Alhamed | 02/09/2012 2:58:00 PM


I might get some bad feedback for admitting this—but I'm coming clean...

I've found that when I'm giving my friend Emily a full head of highlights, by the time I've reached her top mohawk section, often times the first few foils I've put it in at the nape are lifted enough and are ready to be shampooed out—even if I began foiling with a lower volume of developer. So, usually I'll spray water on the foil and wipe out the excess product, then brush with conditioner. Though I'm certainly slowing it down, turns out I'm actually NOT stopping the lightener from processing.

I recently had the opportunity to interview Tom Porter, President and Founder of Malibu Wellness, to learn how you can use Malibu C packets to STOP the oxidation of lightener. And it looks pretty easy! Check it out!






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alison Alhamed

Alison Alhamed, Editor in Chief of Modern Salon Magazine | Editor of First Chair

Since July 2008, Alison has worked across all brands under the MODERN SALON Media umbrella, including MODERN SALON, SALON TODAY, FIRST CHAIR and MODERN SALON TV. Alison’s passion for the beauty industry grew even deeper after she enrolled in beauty school, working as an editor by day and a student by night. Alison earned her cosmetology degree from Pivot Point International in Bloomingdale, Illinois, in May 2011.

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Dougie Freeman    
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Provincetown,Ma.  |  February, 09, 2012 at 08:03 PM

I Have Trained My Fat Little Fingers to Wrap Foils at "Lightning Speed"! I Also Like To Work With an Assistant, At The West End Salon We Often Use Several Colors When Foiling. The 1st Foils in Should Be the 1st out,just take them over to the sink and rinse,this will stop the Action. It's So Easy If You Start at the Back!

Judy Black    
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Victoria, MN  |  February, 12, 2012 at 03:20 PM

Foils are used in highlighting for three reasons: 1. To keep hair with lightener separated from rest of hair 2. To speed up the liftingprocess 3. To keep product from drying out before desired lightness is achieved. The key factor to keep highlights uniform is reason 3. When bleach dries out, it stops working. By adding water to the hair while waiting for the other foils to finish processing, you are actually continuing oxidation. When doing foils, I pull off the first foils just before they achieve the desired lightness and comb off excess bleach so it doesn't bleed onto the other hair. This slowsdown the lightening process and will stop as the bleach dries out. I continue this process until the final foils are ready to be removed and then rinse, tone, shampoo and condition. Highlights are always uniform throughout when this technique is used.It does take a keen eye and a bit of practice to perfect, but once you do, your clients will return again and again because they love the results.

Trisha Kemp    
Tacoma, WA  |  February, 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Since H2o can't stop the action of peroxide it means the hair is still oxidizing even after you shampoo the hair. The customers hair can look fabulous while they are in the salon but two to three days later the customer can experience dry hair and breakage, sometimes even blisters on their scalp. Using Crystal Gel to control oxidation in the salon can guarantee the health of the hair even after they leave the salon. Crystal Gel can also work as a blocker to prevent fragile porous hair from over processing. Since this products can instantly control and stop the processing of developer It can be a very creative tool in the salon to create some amazing looks.

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