Balayage is a hair color technique designed to create very natural-looking highlights that grow out without developing an obvious root. Many stars and models use this process on their hair.
This method of coloring emerged in Paris in the 1970’s; the name is French for “to sweep,” a reference to the way in which the color is applied. After it was exported to the United States, balayage became extremely popular in the late 1990’s. In the United States, the word is sometimes spelled “balliage.”
When hair is colored with the balayage process, the highlights are painted on by hand in a sweeping motion the moves from the base to the tip of the hair. At the base, the color is applied very lightly, while at the tip the color is very heavy. The result is a chunky highlight that looks naturally sun-bleached. As the hair grows out the root will be concealed for the first few months by the thinner color applied to the base of the hair.
If your hair is extremely thick or longer then shoulder length, some prices may be higher considering the extra time and extra product that may be necessary.