What Is Balayage?


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Balayage is a French technique of highlighting hair developed in the 1970s. A successful execution of the technique gives the illusion of sun-kissed color on hair. This technique is successful on both long and short hairstyles.

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Colorists using the balayage technique use freeform, vertical strokes on desired sections of hair. They only apply color to the front side of the hair, thus creating a natural-looking highlight. This method is an economical option for the budget-conscious fashionista since there is no clear line of demarcation as time passes and hair grows. Because there is longer time between colorings, recommended maintenance includes deep conditioning treatments and a color-correcting toner based on colorist suggestion.

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