A French colouring technique that was developed in the 1970s.
It's a freehand technique where the colour is applied by hand rather
than using the traditional foiling or cap highlighting technique. Balayage highlights are less systematically placed, you end up with fatter, less symmetrical, more random highlights, resulting in a more casual, beachy finish.
Did you know there are different degrees of highlighting? Highlights are sharp flashes of color-like blonde on dark tresses – babylights are much finer. Giving a more multidimensional, radiant, natural-looking color application, reminiscent of the hair of your childhood.
Foils vs Balayage
They’re both highlighting techniques, but create subtly different results. With traditional foils, the highlights are uniform and defined. Balayage, taken from the French word meaning “to sweep”, is a freehand technique in which swatches of hair are sectioned and hand painted against a backing board with a lightening agent. After painting, each swatch is covered in cellophane.
Lived in Color
Coined by famed colorist Johnny Ramirez — we might as well call him the Picasso of color — lived-in color is a new way of highlighting and blending that allows the color to grow out naturally. For more details on exactly how Ramirez creates his signature lived-in color, head on over to The Cut.