This coloring technique emerged in Paris in the 1970s; the word “balayage” is French for “to sweep,” a reference to the way in which the color is applied. Balayage became extremely popular in the late 1990s. In the United States, you may see balayage spelled “balliage.” Balayage it’s referred to as painting. Actually, it’s called “sweeping” because we use a sweeping motion when we apply the color with our color applicator. So rather than taking a section of hair in a square foil (keeping in mind that the head is round) we carefully take pieces of hair from the head. It can be a few strands, or as you mentioned “chunky.” With great control, we gently apply our lightener on from roots to ends or roots. If it’s just a color touch-up, we can apply the product to the roots only. Balayage is a hair coloring technique which is designed to create very natural-looking highlights and colors. When doing Balayage, no foils are used. Instead of the use of foils, the hair color and/or highlight colors are skillfully placed onto the chosen hair strands using hands and sometimes a hair color brush and a wooden paddle to help the Colorist paint the colors onto the hair. The chosen hair strands are each carefully placed as they are allowed to process. Sometimes, the hair is divided and protected using cotton strips. The primary resulting difference with Balayage is the very natural looking results and the little to no regrowth line that appears as the Balayage coloring grows out.
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