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The Money Piece: The Trick That Makes Hair Color Look Instantly More Expensive

side by side of two women with long hair and a money piece highlight

When the sun starts to set, it’s not only the light that seems extra golden—our hair does, too. Luckily, there’s a trending hair technique that can help you recreate the glow. The money piece is a coloring technique that is used to create a style that draws all the right attention to your facial features and mane.

Since we’re all about feeling beautiful and bright, we got in touch with Ryan Pearl, Redken brand ambassador and celebrity stylist, to tell us exactly how to get the perfect money piece. Whether you have dark brown hair or a grey balayage, keep reading to see how to transform your hair from ordinary to out of sight.


woman with ash blonde hair and a money piece

What is the money piece technique?

While this term may sound like something you hand over to your bank teller, it’s actually a newly trendy face-framing coloring technique. The money piece adds a pop of color and vibrancy to your mane while accentuating your hair color and facial features. Whether you’re looking to gleam like a mermaid basking in the sun or are going for a more subtle approach, Pearl says that the money piece can be customized to fit your taste and needs.

To achieve this look, your stylist will paint highlights onto the strands framing your face using a shade that’s lighter than your all over color. For those looking for an extra bit of panache, ask your stylist for a thicker money piece. Pearl adjusts the foil placement depending on what the client is looking for.

“Usually, for an extra pop, I will do three foils back to back to get a heavy money piece and less than that if I’m going for a softer look,” Pearl says.

The end result? Beautiful highlights that draw attention to and brighten your facial features.


woman with blonde brownish hair with a money piece

How do you maintain the money piece?

Like most color-treated salon hair, your money piece (and the rest of your salon color) will require a bit of maintenance. However, don’t let that deter you from getting this technique. We believe this look is sustainable for everyone—even those looking to keep things easy and convenient. To prevent your light strands from turning dull and lifeless, swap your current shampoo and conditioner for products that protect your hue. We recommend using the Redken Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner. The formula helps to strengthen your mane and retain hair color offering maximum vibrancy and a longer-lasting look.

On the days when you have a little more time, add the Color Extend Magnetics Mega Mask to your routine. This mask does double duty as a hair treatment and care extender specifically designed for color-treated hair. You can use it every third wash or whenever you feel your mane needs extra conditioning. Try using this mask during your next self-care Sunday ritual for an at-home salon experience. You and your mane deserve it!


woman with brown hair and a money piece

Who should try the money piece?

Even though it may seem like the money piece is a technique reserved for the photogenic influencers of Instagram, it’s actually very attainable for everyone. Your colorist can customize this look to cater to your preferences while still ensuring you reap the brightening benefits of this technique. Whether that means you want a money piece that helps you stand out from the crowd or a thinner more subtle highlight, anything is possible. Simply consult with your stylist beforehand to ensure you get the results you’ve been looking for.

Now, pick up the phone and book an appointment with your stylist ASAP. It’s time to brighten up your mane and your world with a stunning money piece!

To try a money piece once and for all, use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.

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