What is a "Money Piece" and do you need one? August 10, 2021 15:51

From a "trend" a few years ago to mainstream in every salon, balayage a subtle bridge between chunky highlights and oh-so-obvious ombre, that's for sure!  

Thankfully, balayage isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but, if there’s anything we can learn about the effortless style this season, it’s that it’s all about the “money piece,”  aka face-framing strands that offer a hint of “sun-kissed” color, subtly popping against the rest of your locks.

This style will make 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. With the latest highlighting technique—the money piece—you’re bound 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 fun technique. Keep reading to learn all about the money piece hair trend, including hair color inspo to go along with it and the best way to care for your new style.

What Is A Money Piece?

You’ve probably seen this highlighting style, but weren’t necessarily aware of its name. The money piece highlighting technique is like a cousin to the balayage highlighting technique. Specifically, it involves face-framing highlights from root to end to brighten your hair and draw attention to your face. What’s the difference between a money piece and balayage? Balayage involves lots of highlighted strands throughout the head while a money piece focuses on highlighting just the front section of your hair.

A Few Money Piece Highlight Ideas To Try

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

Bring your blonde highlighted look on trend by adding in the face framing piece to create a fresh new colour for summer

Also perfect for refreshing grown out highlights in between colour services


If you have rich brown coffee coloured hair, try sweetening things up with a caramel money piece.

The combination of brown tones is understated and sophisticated, and the lightness of your caramel money piece will create just the right amount of contrast against your coffee strands. It’s the perfect combo to test out having brown hair with a money piece.

If you have a warm, cream blonde hair colour, adding a platinum blonde money piece will bring even more brightness to your face.

Plus, adding a platinum hue to your already blonde hair will make your strands look multidimensional.

If you have black hair and are hesitant about making a major shift to your dark strands, opting for a emerald green money piece is a great way to dip your toes into the world of hair colour.

Pairing jade green highlights with black hair will add a unique touch to your hairstyle without being too bold.

Speaking of dark hair, if you have an espresso hair color, consider lightening the front of your mane with a chestnut money piece.

The warm, red-brown shade will add just the right amount of depth to your hair. And it’ll easily take you from spring to summer.

If you have platinum blonde hair, you have the perfect opportunity to get creative with your money piece because your strands won’t require further bleaching.

Pink is a trending color, and what better way to spice up your style than by combining two trends in one and opting for a pink money piece.