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Copper Foilyage: The New Natural-Finish Highlighting Technique

Spelling mistake? Nope! "Foilyage" is the latest hair colour trend where a balayage effect is achieved using foils in order to create a natural sun-kissed looking finish. Our favourite: copper foilyage.

The foilyage technique

Just like with balayage, the hair colour is painted onto sections of the hair. However these sections are then wrapped in foil, as you would in the bleaching process, in order to intensify the colour. The end result is a natural-looking sweep of colour that intensifies at the tips.

Advantages of foilyage

Like with a traditional ombré look, the hair's base colour stays the same at the top, so you don't need to worry about having regular touch-ups. In fact, once you've had enough of the colour, you can simply let it grow out and it won't be obvious. An added advantage for brunettes who opt for the foilyage technique is that the lifted hair colour is unlikely to take on a brassy sheen, which it can sometimes be prone to with traditional colouring methods. Plus the other important difference with this colouring process is you don't risk damaging your hair by sitting under a blow dryer waiting for the balayage to take effect.

Copper foilyage

What happens when you combine the latest foilyage colouring technique with this season's hot hair colour, copper? On-trend hair colour magic! Bring out those gorgeous fiery hues with some flaming foils of colour. Think: rose gold, strawberry, burnt orange, poppy red - the entire red spectrum is at your disposal! Just remember, that in order to keep your colour as bright as possible you'll need to use colour care products at home such as the and .

If you're still feeling unsure about whether you're ready for a full blown colour change, then start by dipping your toe in with a semi-permanent option. The L'Oréal Professionnel DIA Richesse tone-on-tone colour process is great for experimenting with a new colour and it only lasts up to four weeks – so you don't have to make a long term colour commitment.

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