Sunday, April 11, 2010

Natural looking foil pattern and LOTD

         A fellow blogger, Steph of Not Just Another Blonde, emailed me a question last night asking about natural highlights. I felt that the best way to describe the foil placement was to try to draw it. Notice I said try. I don't have a great program on my computer to draw pictures so I had to work with what I have and, well, you'll see.

     I did two drawings, the first is to show you a basic foil pattern that a lot of people follow. This pattern is what creates highlights like this...
Ok this is an extreme example, but I just used this picture to illustrate the point. 
A telltale Characteristic of this pattern is that you can see where the line crosses the part in the hair.
The lines represent the direction of the foil placement. 

See how bad the drawings are? But you still get the idea.

The next drawing shows the most natural way to place the foils. It creates highlights more like this...

Where there are no definite lines in the hair. 

In this pattern the foils should fall in the direction that the hair falls on the head. The top section is the most important. The foils in this section should lay perpendicular to the front and back sections and lay across the top of the head like a book.

     On Friday night JP and I had a date night. We went to the best steak house in town, just the two of us and then came home and watched a couple of South Park episodes (one of the only English shows we can watch online). It was a great night. 
Blazer: Banana Republic
Ruffle tank top: F21
Jeans: H&M
Shoes: Steve Madden
I did a look I don't normally do. I know this is shocking, I used a black eye liner. LOL

          I hope you had a great weekend!

xoxo Andi


  1. Great date night outfit Andi! Love the black eye liner. What shadow is that? Good, informative post on the highlights. I always ask for natural, very blended H/L.

  2. Super cute outfit! Great info about the highlights. I once had skunk stripes like photo 1, at age 15. It was a sad time for my head. From then on I went to someone else and she blended it all so well that I could actually go a year between highlights when I was a poor college student and it would not look like "OMG her roots!!"

  3. Cute outfit! Love the flats---cute!!

  4. I wanted to let you know that I really like your blog and I nominated you for the Sunshine Award.

  5. thanks for the foil drawings (i mean it)- that is a good visual!

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  7. I love that outfit! You look super cute!

    & I know IdleBanter nominated you already...but I also nominated you for the Sunshine Award.

  8. I love the second picture of the woman with the natural folds highlights. Her hair is gorgeous! And the style is classy. I want to try that style. Love your red shoes! Thanks for the illustrations!


    P.S. I am having a giveaway on my blog. Feel free to check it out if you' like! have a wonderful day.

  9. I decided to email it you instead! The internet is too small these days!

  10. Andi, I totally forgot to include the colors. I will do that in my post that I am going to put up later today.

    Mere and Taylor, thank you so much!

    AMS, I am glad that you found it helpful. If you ever have any questions that deal with more professional topics or if you just want to bounce ideas off of someone, let me know. I have a lot of information I just don't think non professional people, the majority, care about.

    Steph, I am sure you got it by now, but I sent you an email back. Good luck!