The money piece is the face-framing enhanced hair highlights usually applied around the face hairline. The money piece works with a blend of balayage, ombré blends, or even a stark contrast between blonde and brunette hair, or in this tutorial, lilac and brunette. This trend works on any shade and is ideal if you don’t want to commit to all-over-hair coverage. Choosing a hue that is flattering to your complexion and coloring will accentuate your face and best features.
If you’re a hair coloring rookie, then we can walk you through the steps of achieving the ultra highlighting money piece style. Hairstylists are typically staunch believers that you should visit the salon for coloring and cuts. This style is a relatively simple process for avid DIYers and aspiring stylists.
Money Piece Maintenance
The maintenance required all depends on the type of color and style you opt to do. Since this tutorial uses lilac hair color and the model’s natural shade is dark brown to natural black, the contrast will be striking. It won’t grow out subtly like a balayage style. If you want to maintain the money piece highlights after the roots grow, then you have options. Use a toner on the colored hair. Toners are ideal for counteracting undesired colors to previously dyed hair. You can also bleach the grown-out roots (the roots only) and recolor the money piece section of the hair.
Things You’ll Need To Get Started
You’ll need any protective cover to protect your clothes and skin, whether an old shirt or a barber’s cape. Bleach can irritate sensitive skin and ruin your clothes. Use a tail comb, with a long, thin handle, for sectioning and separating the hair. The tail comb is also useful for blending the hair color evenly.
- Tail comb, brush
- Gloves and gown or cape
- Bleach and 30 volume developer
- Mixing tub(s) and brush
- Post-coloring shampoo
This vibrant pastel-colored hue brightens the face in this before and after.
Step One: Part your hair down the center, and comb your bangs forward, creating a triangle shape on the top of your head. Comb the rest of your hair back, securing with hair parting clips.
Step Two: Mix 20 grams of bleaching powder with 30 grams of 30 volume developer until you have a creamy consistency. Apply the mixture to the hair evenly from the roots to the ends of the hair.
Step Three: Allow the bleach to sit in the hair until it reaches the desired color, rinse with lukewarm water, and shampoo the hair. Use caution when leaving the bleach in your hair beyond 30 minutes. The longer the bleach remains in the hair, the lighter the result.
Step Four: Apply a lilac color mixture to damp hair, and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse out hair color and use post-coloring shampoo.
Step Five: Blow dry and style hair.
The result is edgy, playfully eye-catching, and punk chic!
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