Hair Color Trends

The Money Piece Highlighting Technique Makes You Look Like a Million Bucks

It’s safe to say the goal for most of us is to leave the salon looking like a million bucks. And the latest highlighting technique—the money piece—is guaranteed to do just that. If you’re on the hunt for a new hair color trend to try, consider lightening up your locks with this technique. Put your money where your hair is and learn all about the money piece hair trend, including hair color inspo for if you want to try it for yourself.


What exactly is a money piece, you ask? This way of highlighting is related to the balayage highlighting technique. Specifically, it involves hand painting face-framing highlights from root to end to brighten your overall beauty look. Pretty, right? And while it is a highlighting method, a money piece doesn’t have to be blonde! Typically, it should be two to three shades lighter than the rest of your mane to create just the right amount of contrast and lightness.


If you want to add a money piece to your mane, your best bet is to head to the salon. Your colorist will know just where to place your face-framing highlights so that you leave your appointment with a smile so big it looks like you’ve just won the lottery—the hair lottery, that is!


Of course, you’ll want to have some inspiration ready to show your colorist at your appointment. Not sure where to start? Consider one of the following money piece and hair color combos.

1. Caramel + coffee. Do you have a rich, coffee-colored mane? Sweeten things up with a caramel money piece! The combination of warm tones is undeniably stunning, and the lightness of your caramel money piece will create just the right amount of contrast against your brown strands.

2. Platinum + cream. For those who have a light, cream blonde hair color, go for a platinum money piece! Seriously—a bright, near-white platinum highlight at the front of your mane will leave your already light strands with beautiful dimension.

3. Navy + black. Have dark, black hair? Step outside of your comfort zone by asking your colorist for a navy money piece. Blue hair hues are totally in for fall and winter, and even more beautiful when paired with onyx-colored locks.

4. Mahogany + espresso. Speaking of dark hair, if you have an espresso hair color, consider lightening your mane with a mahogany money piece! Like we said, a money piece doesn’t have to be blonde. The warm, red-brown shade will give your mane the perfect amount of depth.

5. Champagne + auburn. Calling all redheads! Brighten your look with a champagne money piece. We promise you’ll be ready to pop a bottle of bubbly and celebrate when you leave the salon.


Now that you know all about the money piece highlighting technique, as well as a few color combos to try, you’re probably curious as to how to keep your newly colored strands looking their best. Here’s what to do.

Tip #1: Use a system for color-treated hair. Color-treated hair requires special care. Swap your go-to shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask for a system that’s formulated for your colored strands. Give the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm a try.

Tip #2: Keep it cool. Since the money piece highlight involves lightening your strands, chances are you’ll come into contact with brassiness at one point or another. When you do, switch your system for the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Purple Shampoo for Color Treated Hair and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Purple Conditioner for Color Treated Hair to help neutralize unwanted brassy tones.

Tip #3: Skip the heat. Give your colored strands a break by skipping the hot tools and opting for a heat-free hairstyle instead. For messy texture, use the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty to define your layers and create a carefree, bedhead style.

Next up: Learn about another highlighting method in our article, What Are Babylights? How to Do This Popular Highlighting Technique.