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  • Writer's pictureShannon Giang

Foiling vs. Balayage: Understanding Different Hair Highlighting Techniques

When it comes to blonding services, there are now so many advanced techniques used to create a variety of different looks! Two popular words in the blonding world for guests now are foiling and balayage. At Fika Beauty Studio in Kanata, we believe in providing our clients with personalized experiences, so we offer mini, partial, and full foiling sessions. Our stylists can use various techniques to create a custom look that suits your style, inspo pics, and hair type.


  • Classic Foiling involves weaving the hair and applying colour or lightener to each section before closing it in foil. This technique allows for precise placement of highlights and can create a more uniform look. With foiling, stylists have more control over the placement and saturation of the colour, making it ideal for creating many different types of placement and blending options. Foiling can create various looks, from subtle, natural highlights to bold, statement-making styles.





  • Balayage, which means "to sweep" in French, is a freehand technique in which the colour or lightener is painted onto the hair in a sweeping motion. This results in a more natural, sun-kissed effect. Balayage creates soft, blended transitions between the highlighted and natural hair, giving a more lived-in look. It can be created now through so many foiling techniques other than the original hand-painted technique! Because balayage creates a softer grow-out line, it is a low-maintenance option for those who want a more natural look without frequent touch-ups. We use teasy lights, root melts, baby lights, and highlights, but you don't have to worry about knowing which technique to book!


Why Choose Fika Beauty Studio:

At Fika Beauty Studio, we understand that each client is unique, so we offer mini, partial, and full foiling sessions. Our stylists can use a combination of techniques to achieve the desired look, whether it's a subtle, natural highlight or a bold, high-impact blonding. By choosing Fika, you can trust that you'll receive a personalized service that enhances your natural beauty and suits your lifestyle.



Whether you prefer the precision of foiling or the soft, natural look of balayage, Fika Beauty Studio has you covered. Our experienced stylists are experts in both techniques and will work with you to create a custom look that is uniquely yours. Book a consultation with us today, and let's start your journey toward beautiful, highlighted hair!


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