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Highlighting – Foils
Foil highlighting on curly hair has the same considerations needed as are there with wavy hair. You must always make sure that the strands you separate in the weave process are thick enough to be in proportion to the curl of the hair. The weave doesn’t have to be the same size as a lock of curl, but should be sufficiently large that the highlight enhances the look of the curl. Done right, the curl of the hair, and the highlights will work together to enhance the look far better than either of the elements alone.
Just remember that if the weave is too small, the highlights will be lost in the curl, but if they are too big, the effect could appear cartoonish and very dated. In addition – just as with the all-over color – make sure to process the color carefully, particularly with lightening processes. If you allow the color to damage the hair (because you used too-strong a developer, or over-processed bleaching formula) the hair could potentially break at the points described above.
Highlighting – Balayage
Since the goal of balayage is to create very organic (natural-looking) highlighting effects, the technique is well-suited to use on curly hair. The thick, creamy color or lightening formula is painted onto the lock of curl in stripes sufficient to be in balance with the size of the curl. The painted-on technique allows the stylist to apply the color/lightener where the natural reflectivity would be most prominent on the curl and enhance the natural look of the hair.
Once again, though, be sure to use care when coloring and lightening curly hair due to the potential damage to the weaker zones along the strands. Using conditioning treatments and protein packs before coloring/lightening the hair using balayage can help prevent damage.
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