Whether you call this look e-girl hair, money piece highlights, or face-framers, this is a trend that’s going to keep going strong in 2022.
That trend is the act of highlighting just the front section of your hair, to add some brightness around your face.
This is certainly not a new technique – everyone from Beyoncé to Cindy Crawford has rocked it over the years – but it’s seeing a real resurgence as part of our collective nineties nostalgia.
Considering hopping on the bandwagon? Here’s what you need to know.
What exactly are money piece highlights?
‘The money piece is a bright frame around the front hairline personalised after foiling or lightening,’ explains Chelsey McQueen, stylist at Blue Tit Clapton.
‘It’s amazing for those who want maximum lift and brightness around their face without having to commit to high maintenance colour service.’
Why you should try money piece highlights
This isn’t a look that’s just for ticking off a temporary trend – it’s so flattering you’ll likely want to keep it forever.
Money piece highlights also have the benefit of being a far more low maintenance and cheaper style than going for a full head of balayage.
‘This technique will grow out very softly with minimal upkeep or maintenance,’ notes Chelsey.
Who can get money piece highlights?
Sophia Karayiannis, assistant manager at Crouch Hill Blue Tit, tells Metro.co.uk: ‘Worried the money piece won’t work for you? Stop right there.
‘This look works on any colour or hairstyle from choppy bobs to a chocolate brown and is the perfect fuss-free way to change up your look keeping the time and money spent in the salon at a minimal – says it all in the name.
‘It’s safe to say that having the money piece is going to look – phenomenal.’
So: anyone can get ’em. If you like the look, go for it.
What you should ask your colourist for
‘If you’re wanting money piece highlights you should tell your colourist you want face-framing highlights,’ Sophia recommends. ‘Whether you’re wanting to go more subtle with it or more bold- the best way to get across exactly what you’re looking for is pictures – just so you and your colourist can visually see what is wanting to be achieved.
‘Then your colourist can work out and go through with your placement, thickness and colour best to suit your hair and skin tone.’
Feel free to choose a colour that’s super natural or pastel, bright, or even darker than the rest of your hair.
How to look after money piece highlights
The good news about money piece highlights is that they don’t look rubbish between dye top-ups, as you can keep the look quite subtle.
Pop to the salon for a face frame and toner every eight to twelve weeks, then in between, follow Sophia’s key steps:
- Use the right shampoo. Stay clear of supermarket shampoos and go and invest in a salon professional sulphate-free shampoo. These will give a longer life span to your money piece highlights in between your touch-ups, as they don’t strip permanent colour from your hair like the supermarket ones do.
- Always use heat protection. You should be doing this anyway, but especially if you have money piece highlights. Heated tools like straighteners and hairdryers will speed up the process of your colour fading.
- Use a good hair mask – or even better, Olaplex no3. If you sleep in a mask once or twice a week this will keep your hair moisturised and glossy, which makes your colour and overall hair look at its best.
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