Five Great Reasons To Foil Highlight

by Maggie Mulhern | July 25, 2019

Does foiling seem like so “old school”? Hardly. It continues to be one of the most popular and profitable services performed in most salons today. Yes, balayage is huge, but there are certain times when/where foiling is really the only way to go.

MODERN checked in with top colorist Beth Minardi, creator of Beth Minardi Signature shades and a creative colorist at Warren Tricomi Salon in New York City, to get her take on the importance of having foiling expertise in your color tool kit. Here she shares her top five REASONS TO FOIL:

1. COLOR PENETRATION: When you need to guarantee that the color or lightener formula penetrates the entire section of hair completely, the best way to do that is to apply color to each section, wrap in foil, then exert pressure with your tint brush on the hair and the foil.

2. BLEEDING: When you want to guarantee that the color or lightener won’t bleed or migrate to another section of hair, especially at the scalp, foiling keeps each section separate.

3. PROCESSING: Foil conducts heat, so when maximum lift or deposit is required for perfect color results, it’s the better option. Plus, your color formula will react faster when processed in foil. Time equals money when working in the salon, and clients appreciate the shorter service.

4. COLOR MELTING: When you plan to melt, deepen or omit the hair close the scalp that is at least three inches long, as you simultaneously lighten/brighten the mid-lengths through ends, foiling is your best bet. “Because you are not folding the foil up, you are not marrying two opposing formulas that you are processing at the same time,” Minardi says. “This saves you time as it enhances your artistry. It also reduces the stress that can lead to carpel tunnel syndrome, as you are folding less and struggling less.”

5. EASE OF APPLICATION: When you want to go easy on your body, choose foil. “Lifting and stretching the hair to perform a balayage technique can be tough physically, especially if you’re doing several in a day,” Minardi says. “As colorists, we must take care our ourselves and our bodies. When you’re foiling, your arms are ergonomically comfortable right in front of your body.”

One final tip: When coloring hair that is at least as long as the bottom of the neck, Minardi prefers using special longer foils that are seven inches wide x 14 inches long to make application easier. She folds them in half vertically so they become 3 ½ inches wide and 14 inches long. On wider parts of the head, she does not fold them vertically, instead applying the seven inch-side directly to the hair near the scalp. “These pre-cut foils are the perfect size and weight, so they don’t tear or migrate away from the scalp,” Minardi explains. See them here.

Color Expert Beth Minardi

Color Expert Beth Minardi

Minardi has a popular Facebook page designed for colorists and salon pros. Check it out: “Conversations with Top Color Professionals By Beth Minardi” - and visit for more great color information, tips, tricks and advise. In this video, Minardi demos how to sculpt with foil, creating dimensional, tasteful and seamless color.

How-To: Creamy Blonde And Icy Blonde

How-To: Creamy Blonde And Icy Blonde

by Staff

A luxurious creamy blonde and a sparkling, icy blonde are the ideals in the world of blonde tones, and it sometimes takes years of trial and error to get them right. Now a new range of Redken toners have paved the way to blonde results that are better than ever.

This Silver Stunner was Created Using a Toning Shampoo


This Silver Stunner was Created Using a Toning Shampoo

by Mary Kaleta

Gone are the days where silver hair is something to hide; now, it's not only embraced, but it's also requested! Clients of all ages are seeing the benefits of shiny, healthy hair with a silver hue, and artists such as Leigha Lane turn to Milk_Shake to make their clients' dreams a reality.

Your client is living her best summer with this pink hologram creation. It’s by @archieco_​...

How-To: Summer-Loving Pink Hologram

by Staff

Summer-loving hair color look from Archie & Co in Adelaide, Australia. The entire design was created with staino, a range of 10 intense direct dyes (plus Clear) from evo fab pro.

Find out why over 400,000 subscribers love our newsletters

Makeover by Daisy Goord.


Great Formulation For BIG BLONDE Results

by Maggie Mulhern

Daisy Goord was excited when her new client came to her with a color “that wasn’t a million miles from where she wanted to be. YES it was too warm and YES it wasn’t lifted high enough, but there are several easy tweaks to make to hit her bright blonde goal.” Details for the makeover here.


In our video section, watch salon professionals in action, listen to the advice of salon business experts, and tour inside the world’s top salons.

Load More