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Features of face-framing highlights explained

Do you know about face-framing highlights, one of the most popular highlight colors?

These are highlights that are placed around the face and are a very suitable color menu for changing the look of the face.

In this article, we would like to explain face-framing highlights.

What are Face Framing Highlights?

Face framing highlights are a popular hair coloring technique that involves adding lighter strands of hair around the face to enhance and brighten your features.

These highlights are strategically placed to frame the face, drawing attention to your facial contours and creating a sun-kissed, natural look.

Here are the key features of face-framing highlights and how to achieve them:

Features of face-framing highlights

Enhancement of Facial Features

Face framing highlights are designed to complement your facial shape and features.

They can accentuate your cheekbones, eyes, and jawline, creating a more radiant and lifted appearance.

Subtle and Natural

The highlights are usually applied in a way that mimics the way the sun naturally lightens hair, making it appear soft and subtle.

This technique aims for a natural-looking effect, avoiding overly dramatic contrasts.


The placement and intensity of the highlights can be tailored to suit your hair color, skin tone, and personal preferences.

This customization ensures that the highlights enhance your individual beauty.

Low Maintenance

Since the highlights are concentrated around the face, they require less maintenance compared to full-head highlights.

As they grow out, the effect remains flattering and graceful.

Dimension and Depth

Face framing highlights add dimension to your hair by creating a contrast between the lighter strands and your base color.

This depth adds movement and texture to your hairstyle.

How to Do Face Framing Highlights

While it’s recommended to have a professional colorist perform face-framing highlights for the best results, here’s a general overview of the process:

Materials Needed

  • Hair lightener (bleach) or lightening hair color
  • Developer
  • Foils or balayage technique (for a softer look)
  • Mixing bowl and brush
  • Gloves
  • Hair clips
  • Toning shampoo and conditioner (if necessary)



Divide your hair into sections. Clip up the hair that won’t be highlighted, leaving out the strands around your face.


Prepare the hair lightener according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Wear gloves to protect your hands.


Apply the lightener to the strands you left out using foils or the balayage technique. The foils will create more defined highlights, while balayage offers a softer, more natural result. Start a couple of inches away from the roots for a sun-kissed effect.

Processing Time

The processing time will depend on the lightener and your hair’s starting color. Monitor the highlights as they develop. You may need to check them every 10-15 minutes.


Once the desired level of lightness is achieved, rinse the lightener out thoroughly. Follow up with a gentle shampoo and conditioner.

Toning (Optional)

If the highlights appear too brassy or yellow, you can use a toning shampoo or conditioner to neutralize unwanted tones. Choose a toner that complements your desired end result.


After rinsing and conditioning, you can style your hair as usual. The face-framing highlights should now be prominently visible, adding dimension to your hairstyle.

Remember, for more intricate color techniques like face-framing highlights, it’s best to consult a professional colorist to achieve the desired outcome while minimizing damage to your hair.

Hair Salon 712 is the best place to highlight color in Tokyo

Hair Salon 712 is an international hair salon popular with Western customers and Asians.

Professional cuts and highlights by the owner, who has experience in Italy and London, are popular.

The salon is loved by a wide range of customers as it is fluent in Italian as well as Japanese and English.

Most of the customers are traveling to Japan or working in embassies or expatriates.

We invite you to experience our salon’s services.

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