The classic technique has been given a modern twist – create a softer effect with seamless results, thanks to herringbone sectioning

Francesca Dixon

“Herringbone sectioning is the technique of applying highlights on a horizontal angle, rather than straight up. This allows us, as hairdressers, to follow the hairline, ensuring we are able to catch all those little baby hairs and get as close to the hairline as possible. This gives colourists the option to create an overall softer effect for clients, meaning it won’t grow out on a straight harsh line, and instead root regrowth looks more natural.

This technique is perfect for those with tricky hairlines, new hairs and of course those baby hairs. Adding a new sectioning pattern to the classic highlighting technique allows us to get even closer and because it’s angled, you can introduce different tones to perfectly contour the face shape without looking stripy. Not everyone has the same face shape or size, so this technique is the perfect way to follow the hairline.

As clients tend to have a subtler regrowth from this diagonal sectioning pattern, it also means that over time less colour is applied, so is less damaging to the hair. For those with limited spare time, it also offers a time-saving alternative to traditional highlighting, with a more natural end result.

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Not only great for blondes, herringbone sectioning is ideal for balayage clients looking to add brighter tones round the front, as it can be used all along the hairline. It can also work for copper or brunettes, who simply want to frame slightly lighter pieces round the face or to frame from underneath.

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