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.
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.