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Foil placement and patterns are the easy part for us. Highlighting hair comes with two big issues: Timing and Formulation. Since lighteners are progressive, if that’s what’s in your foil, how are you going to get all of your sections lifted evenly? And when you are low-lighting hair, how do you formulate to balance out the Natural Level and the Existing Level without lifting the root, and without getting muddy ends?

The whole point of highlighting hair is to draw attention toward (or away from) an area. Lots of highlights will make the entire color palette appear lighter, whereas adding dimensional depth can further customize your work. There is nothing new about the concept of highlighting hair. In fact, the desire to highlight hair dates back to Ancient Greece as early as 4 B.C. But the the success of the process really began to take off in the early 1800’s. The use of foils were a game-changer for highlights.

What you’ll Learn:

    • Purpose of Highlighting
    • Highlighting Vocabulary
    • What’s the Real Difference Between Lightness vs Brightness
    • Everything You Need to Know About Lowlighting
    • Foil Placement & Partings
    • How to Be Successful With Your Foil Timing
    • Avoiding Common Foil Folding Problems
    • How to Create a Signature Foil Pattern
    • Sectioning Hair for Highlights
    • Foil Weaving

We will also discuss Signature Foil Patterns. During your career, the first foil highlighting pattern you learn will become your obsession. You’ll slave over it, perfect it, and over time it will morph it into what you need it to be and it will represent your aesthetic as a colorist. Then it will become your favorite, your go-to, and finally your “signature pattern”. This lesson includes a very detailed explanation of My Signature Foil Highlighting Pattern for you to use as a starting point, and all three variations of it:

    • Partial Foil Highlight for Side-Parters
    • Partial Foil Highlight for Middle-Parters/Hair-Flippers
    • Full Foil Highlight

After purchasing this lesson, my biggest piece of advice is to watch the video first, and then watch it again while answering the workbook questions. It’s important that you actually understand your answers so you can remember this information while working behind the chair.

This Single Lesson Purchase Includes 1 video lesson (34 minutes) and 1 workbook.

*If you’re interested in purchasing all three lessons in Advanced Blonding Course, please click here.

Meet Your Teacher

Heather Ward Kepshire, Creator

  • Educated in San Francisco
  • Refined in Boston
  • Thrived Everywhere Else


I’m a hairstylist and a haircolor curriculum creator. I know first hand that none of us receives the haircolor education we thought we would get in Beauty School, no matter how much we paid for it. When I graduated and passed my State Boards I knew virtually nothing about haircolor formulation.


Yet still 15 years later, newly licensed hairstylists continue to struggle like I once did with haircolor formulation because they are not being taught how to formulate haircolor, consult with a client, or build a loyal following.


I am bridging the gap between the Beauty School education you received, and all the things you need to know about haircolor formulation to help you thrive behind the chair quickly.


Every hairstylist deserves the chance to have a profitable career, regardless of the salon they work in or the brand of products they use. If you want to make more money, feel more confident with haircolor formulation, and get so popular with clients you have no choice but to keep raising your prices, you’re in the right place.

Foil Highlighting Theory
  • 1 Video Lesson
  • 1 Workbook
Advanced Formulation Bundle
  • 3 Video Lessons
  • 3 Workbooks
  • Salon Exercises
12 Lesson Master Class
  • 12 Video Lessons
  • 12 Workbooks
  • 12 Workbook Answer Keys
  • Salon Exercises
  • Model Release Forms
  • Headsheets
  • Color Wheels
  • Underlying Pigment Chart
  • Color Maps

Course & Foil Highlighting Theory

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts immediately after purchase! It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish.


What if I am unhappy with the course?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.


How can color education be brand-neutral?

It’s simple, color theory is just science and rules. Every color line will have their own nuances, but this is all the real information you need to get you up to speed and formulating confidently.


What does full head highlights mean?

A full head of highlights means the entire nape section is also included in the service, the whole head of hair will get highlights added.


What does foil do when dying hair?

A foil is used to separate a specific subsection of hair from the rest of the hair so it can have it’s own formula.  Foils can also help keep the haircolor formulation from drying out as it processes.  If a formula dries out, it stops working.


What does half head highlights mean?
A half head of highlights can also be called a partial highlight. Typically it includes the sides of the head and the top of the head all the way back to the crown.  The nape is not included