Balayage is a popular and growing technique for lightening your hair
The French verb “balayer” means “to sweep”. Stemming from this concept, balayage is a sweeping technique of lightening the hair. Balayage provides a more contoured look to the hair, because select hair strands are carefully chosen by eye with the free-hand technique. It is not necessary to lighten all the ends of the hair for a natural-looking, beautiful balayage. Some of the hairs might be strategically left out with a backcombing technique to create a blended balayage look.
The balayage technique was originally intended to provide lighter tones in the hair with a more natural, sun-kissed look. It was designed for a more beach-like effect, where the strands of hair were only a couples of shades lighter than the base colour, similar to what would occur from spending a lot of time in the sun.
It is perfect for those of you who would like a softer look than what traditional highlights can offer. It also a technique that requires less maintenance, because there is no solid demarcation line. Where the lighter strands of the hair begin looks very blended, as if kissed by the sun. The difference in your hair regrowth is much more gentle than traditional highlights, meaning it requires less frequent touch ups.
Overtime, balayage also began to transition from a subtle look to a higher contrast look for individuals who wanted a more dramatic contrast. Funky, high fashion colours also began to be introduced with this technique.
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