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Chunky hair color is a popular method of coloring sections of the hair. An alternative to the traditional highlighting process, chunking is a technique that highlights large portions of hair.  Color choices can vary drastically. Some individuals use chunking as a method of infusing ultrabright, unexpected shades into their natural hair color. This creates a drastic contrast between the two shades, and the look is typically very bold and rich.

Others, however, might like the look of chunky highlights but not necessarily want to turn heads with a shocking hue. This is easily achieved by using a very natural color that provides little or no contrast to the original hair color.

Chunking is one way of testing out a color on larger sections of hair without committing to it completely. Since this method allows the color to be distributed all over the head or just in specific spots, it’s particularly effective in ascertaining how a certain color may look over the entire head


A new hair color can have a dramatic effect on an otherwise plain hair style. If you’re not after drama,use hair color to compliment your skin tone and highlight your features. The once popular chunky highlights which gave a stripey effect from the part have been updated to a more modest blend of 3 or 4 tones of hair color ranging from light to dark and applied in various sizes. Foiling is the best method to achieve this look. Highlighting and lowlighting using foils allows for total creative freedom and gives the best results as each section is kept seperate from the others. This also means that all of the different colors can be applied and process at the same time.

Rich dark colors are ultra-hot, sprinkled with a few equally rich highlights peeking out from underneath. Deep tones of eggplant, burgundy, or bright red are a great compliment to a dark brown or black hair color.


With frosting, highlighting and tipping, one approach is to put a plastic cap on the head, selected hairs are pulled through holes in the cap and then bleached while the hair under the cap is protected from the bleach. The advantage of this approach is that people with sensitive skin avoid exposing their skin to the chemicals. In this way, people with eczema, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis and other similar conditions can still have some form of bleaching and dying process done while avoiding further exacerbation of their skin condition.


Hair highlighting refers to changing a person’s hair color, using lighter (or darker) colors to color strands of the hair in different sizes. There are four types of highlights: basic foil highlights, hair painting, chunking and lowlighting. They are very common for teenagers and done in expressive and usually natural colors. The categories of the highlights last are: temporary, semi-permanent, demi-permanent,and permanent.


Hair painting methods are often permanent and employ a simple hair-painting brush. Hair painting is also used with temporary and semi-permanent types of brushes. While brushes are commonly used in hair painting, one may also use combs to paint or highlight thin-sized strands of hair.


Lowlighting is the same as highlighting but comes in darker shades of color. People who have very bright and light hair colors, lowlight their light hair color. It is an exact opposite of highlighting.


Foiling hair is a hair coloring technique used to separate sections, preventing different color formulas from mixing together. Using foils is an incredibly versatile method, allowing for unlimited creativity! Because the sections of hair are kept separate, several colors can be applied in one process. And the freedom to choose the size of each highlighted strand makes it possible to create a very high-end looking, multi-tonal hair color.

The right tools and equipment are critical for success with any hair coloring process. 

Methods of Foiling Hair

PANELING - or color blocking, will showcase a great style and offer variety from day to day... if it’s done right. This is a very dynamic technique where large sections of hair are colored in contrasting or complimentary tones. The panels are generally underneath or at either side of the part so the paneled sections can be either played up or hidden entirely, depending on where the hair is parted. Positioning is critical with this technique, as is choosing the right color combinations.

Are you limited to using just one of these methods? Absolutely not!  I’m glad you asked. Feel free to mix it up a bit, toss in a few weaved sections with some slices, and perhaps a panel or two for added dramatic flair.

SLICING dissect a tiny sliver of hair, either horizontal, vertical, or diagonal depending on the look you want to achieve. Take into account how the piece will lay when it’s hanging in it’s natural position.

WEAVING - part off a small section and weave the tail of your comb along the surface, creating either thick or thin strands...better yet, mix it up with some small, medium, and large pieces for variety and a more natural look.

Having a plan for how and where you’re placing the highlights or lowlights before even mixing