Highlights: You're Doing It Wrong
Do not try to find a million ways to section highlights. That's impossible. Instead, only try to realize that there is no sectioning. Then you will see it is not the sectioning that matters, but yourself.
-Me, paraphrasing the Matrix.
No. Not Matrix the product company.
"Can you teach us new sections for highlights?"
This question comes out of everyone's mouths at some point early in their career. You don't know what you don't know, so new sectioning must = a new look, a new truth, that result aimed for but always fell short on. Why else have we been practicing furtively how to sketch a head in silhouette for years?
Obtaining new sectional placements is a trapped way of thinking. True clarity for dimensional services lies in understanding what each foil is going to do. Important observations are less about how to create the perfect star section at the crown and must focus more on what does the guest want to see and where do they want to see it? Where in the cut and style is the hair seen only at the ends versus where can the hair be seen from the scalp to the end?
Foils can go in vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. They cane be microwoven, fine to strong effect or sliced. They can be singles, back to back, or back to back to back. They can be folded once, tri-folded, anchored on one or both sides, tucked into triangles or sandwiched with no folding. Multiple formulas can be used next to each other for contrast, or even on the same strand for a progression of color from scalp to ends. It can be low to high saturation for a small movement of color or blast of brightness.
Anarchy is not the answer. Sections will still be made. A clear design plan that will create the desired result requires staying in control of the hair and working with the head shape in mind. To repeat:
ALL COLOR SERVICES STILL REQUIRE CLEAN AND NEAT SECTIONING. A CLEAR PLAN SHOULD BE IN PLACE ABOUT WHAT DIRECTION, EFFECT, AND TECHNIQUE WILL BE IN EACH SECTION. EACH FOIL ON THE HEAD SHOULD BE CRISP AND NEATLY FOLDED.
But all that energy spent on learning a new section for the top of the head or how to foil diagonally through a circle because that is the answer to bleed marks...divert that energy to practicing clean and efficient foil services. Start to consider the 'why' of any design choice. Analyze the hairline, skin tone, eye color, hair type, where should a shadow be placed, where is the round of the head, where is the part, all the essential questions we ask in the consultation and apply it to simple sectioning.
It's not where you place the sections, it's what you do in them.