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The Do’s and Dont’s of Foil Placement

You haven’t seen precision foil placement until you’ve watched one of Liz Haven’s videos, all of which ooze oddly satisfying vibes. The Kaleido Hair Salon owner and Strandlights creator possesses a wealth of highlighting knowledge which automatically makes her our go-to expert for all things foil placement. Ahead, Liz shares her top do’s and dont’s of foil placement, the key to a gorgeous color result for clients every time.

dos and donts of foiling application liz haven


  1. Always utilize clean sections. If you practice this simple step, you’ll find that you will gain control of the hair. Your focus will zero in on placement and not on messy distractions. Clean sections equal a clean end result. The other perk to clean sections is your work is always “camera-ready” which makes collecting content easier.
  2. Always have a plan of action, a clear direction for how you plan on shifting your guest. Customize placement to each guest using bone structure, natural part, and skin tone to inspire where depth is left and light is placed. Be intentional, this will spark creativity.
  3. Utilize finely woven or finely sliced sections. My recommendation is to weave or slice a density so fine that you can easily read a magazine through the section. This approach will deliver a clean lift every single time. If you want a heavier highlight, just shift the placement. For example, use a back to back foil to create a more dense highlight, still using fine sections. This will forever deliver a clean and controlled end result. The highlight will always be the closest to the scalp this way.


  1. Stay away from using too dense of a weave/slice. The reasoning behind this is this approach will hinder the opportunity for optimal lift. Another downfall to this approach is it will encourage the foil to travel away from the scalp. This placement lacks control.
  2. Don’t oversaturate. Too much product in the foil will cause bleeding and slippage, lacking control.
  3. Do not use heat. Lightening products are designed to lift without the presence of heat. Heat will encourage over processing, lack of shine, and product swelling. If the placement and density is on point, heat will not be temping to use. The power is always in the placement. #thepowerisintheplacement
My favorite foil to use is Framar Foils. Not only are they a wonderful company, but they also sincerely do have the most incredible foil in my opinion. The weight is too-notch, embossed is a must for me and they keep it interesting with new and unique foil colors.

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