Wisteria Avenue

What do hairdressing foils do?

In the realm of hairdressing, foils play a pivotal role in achieving stunning colour transformations. At Wisteria Avenue in Abingdon, we swear by this technique to create personalised, head-turning looks. But what exactly do hairdressing foils do, and why are they so essential?

When choosing a stylist for your highlights, it’s important to select someone who has experience with this technique. Ask for photos of their previous work to get an idea of their style and ability. You should also discuss your desired look and the maintenance required to achieve and maintain it.

If you’re interested in foils, you might want to take a look at our highlights service page or balayage service page.

What is the role of foils in hairdressing?

1. Application: Foils enable Hair Stylists to apply colour or bleach with more precision. By sectioning off specific strands or areas, hairdressers have complete control over the placement and intensity of the colour or bleach.

2. Even Processing: With foils, each section of hair is isolated by foil, ensuring an even application of colour. This means no surprises or uneven patches – just seamless, consistent results. Bleach and colour require heat to process. Foil can act as a conductor of heat which greatly assists hairdressers to achieve their desired colour.

3. Customisation and Versatility: From delicate highlights to bold ombre effects, foils allow for a myriad of creative possibilities. We can tailor the technique to suit your unique style and desired outcome.

4. Reduced Bleed and Blend: Using foils minimises colour bleed and ensures that different shades don’t mix during the processing stage. This keeps your chosen colours distinct and vibrant. 

5. Efficient Processing: Foils trap heat, which aids in the colour development process. This means that the colour achieves its full potential in less time, saving you precious minutes in the salon chair.

6. Controlled Lightening: When aiming for a lighter shade, foils are indispensable. They allow hairdressers to isolate sections for targeted lightening, creating a natural, sun-kissed effect.

7. Versatility for Different Techniques: Foils are incredibly versatile and can be used for various techniques like balayage, highlights, lowlights, and even corrective colour applications.

8. Tailored to Individual Hair Types: Our experienced stylists at Wisteria Avenue in Abingdon understand that different hair types require different treatment. Foils enable us to adapt our approach, ensuring your hair receives the care it deserves.

The technique can be done in different ways, depending on the desired result. For subtle highlights, the hair is gently lightened in a thin section near the face. For a more dramatic look, larger sections of hair near the face can be highlighted. You can also choose to have a full head of highlights, which will create an overall lighter look throughout your hair.


In summary, hairdressing foils are the unsung heroes of the colouring process. They provide a level of precision, customisation, and efficiency to creating highlighted looks. At Wisteria Avenue in Abingdon, we leverage this technique to create stunning, bespoke looks for our clients. Experience the magic of foils – book your appointment today!

Another benefit is that face highlights can be customised to suit your individual style and hair type. For example, thicker pieces, finer pieces, more delicate, more or less pieces. If you have fine hair, for example, a stylist may choose to add just a few thin highlights around your face, to add dimension without overwhelming your hair. If you have thicker hair, more highlights can be added for a bolder look.

In conclusion, highlights are a great way to enhance your facial features and add dimension to your hair. Whether you’re looking for a subtle or dramatic look, this trend can be customised to suit your individual style and hair type. With proper care and maintenance, you can enjoy your new look for months to come. If you’re in Abingdon, consider visiting one of the talented hairdressers in the area for a professional and personalised experience.

Where are we?
Opening Hours

Tuesday : 10 am – 4 pm
Wednesday : 11:30 am – 8 pm 
Thursday : 11:30 am – 8 pm
Friday : 10 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday : 9 am – 5 pm


Wisteria Avenue Hair Salon
4 East St. Helen Street,
OX14 5EA


T: 01235 534705
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