Let’s make lots of money (pieces)

Searching for a new technique to entice colour-shy clients? Get ready to make it rain as Katie Hale, head colourist at Charles Worthington, shares her take on the ‘money piece’

Though Queen Bey has long been known for her incredible tresses, her latest ‘do has been making waves all over social media. Dubbed the ‘money piece’, the technique is the perfect example of subtle colour placement, perfect when working with colour-shy clients. Feeling intrigued? Get the lowdown from colourist Katie Hale on how to make the trending technique work for all your clients.

“The money piece is the section of hair that is usually placed around the face and hairline that gives the client a contoured finish, mimicking what the sun would naturally give. This is the main section of the hair that the client will see, so getting this perfect is crucial. The look will suit everyone, as it is easily adaptable to all skin tones and face shapes. It is also the section of hair they see when taking a selfie! 

The money piece is painted on around the hairline and can be as soft or as bold as you like. The technique is usually achieved by balayage but can also be applied as baby lights. It’s important to make sure you have depth everywhere else so your money piece pops. To incorporate the technique into your typically blonde highlight client, mix up your colour ratio by using more of your lightest colour at the front for the first few foils or 2:1, then alternating or adding in your low light. For an all over tint or gloss client, softly balayage around your clients hairline, but only a few levels depending on how much contrast you want.



Less is most certainly more, so don’t get too carried away! I find that most clients only need between two and three baby lights each side of the parting. When balayaging the money piece don’t take it too high as it will leave a stripe when they tie their hair back. Also, choose the placement that is right for the client’s face shape and remember – light enhances, dark diminishes.

This is my favourite way of introducing colour to clients that are slightly nervous or that want a slight change but are sitting on the fence. The effect is natural and very low maintenance. Once your clients have had a taste of the money piece they will be wanting more!”