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The Microfoil Lowdown
The Microfoil Lowdown

The Microfoil Lowdown

With so much stylist terminology, how do we know what to choose? At Chilli Couture we want to make the choice easier. Here’s why microfoils might be the perfect way to refresh and transform your hair.

What are microfoils?

Microfoils are based on traditional foil highlighting, but instead of large pieces of hair being coloured and wrapped in foil, very thin hair segments are carefully selected and treated, and then wrapped in foil.

The power of micro foils lies in the finesse they bring to the colouring process. By colouring strands in fine selections, the effect is extremely natural. The goal is to have these segments of colour combine into a beautiful, blending glow.

Originally foils were used to introduce strips of standout colour in contrast with the base shade. As the use of foils developed, so did an understanding of the artistry the technique offers hair stylists.

Referred to as microlights or baby lights, this way of introducing colour to the hair may take a little longer. Hair in each foil is a delicate width, allowing colour from root to ends. But the stunning finish is well worth it.


Why are they so popular?

 A growing preference for microfoils can be traced to a few key reasons:

  • Super easy maintenance

Touch ups have a similar time to most colour, but when microlights grow out, the effect is less obvious due to the gentle blend of colours.

  • They work up or down

Because of how finely the colour has been introduced, microlights look just as fabulous tied in a bun as when worn down.

  • A very natural effect

Untouched hair is often slightly different shades. Microlights emulate this with a subtle combination of complimentary colours.

  • Microlights suit everyone

Whatever your hair colour, our salon experts can create a luminous impression with a careful lightening design.


The different looks

Microlights are often compared to the hair we have as children hence the term baby lights. In youth, uncoloured hair can be a mix of shades that still work together in a seamless way. This is the guiding principle behind microlights.

Microlights really celebrate modern hair styling. While many people associate lightening with blonde hair, microlights are for all hair colours. The technique utilises shades within your base colour spectrum.

Popular with all types of blondes, microlights also look stunning when worked into grey hair. Brunette hair can be subtly lightened with softer hues, and a similar rule of thumb applies to red hair.

Microfoils can be applied to hair extensions, which we can also provide. As one of the best hair salons in Perth specialising in chemical free hair colour, trust us to make sure your look stays healthy and fabulous.


How to care for your microlights

Regardless of technique, your strands have been coloured and lightened, so a nourishing hair care routine is recommended. Consider shampoos, conditioners, and moisturising treatments specific to coloured locks.

Use warm water over hot water when washing. If styling with heated tools, take steps to protect your colour using thermal product ranges. Speak to our team for tips on eco sustainable product choices.

Come and see us

Looking for a hair dresser in Perth you can trust, especially when it comes to weave hair, and trying new styles? Reach out to the Chilli Couture team with any questions about microfoils. We’re happy to help glow up your strands!