Balayage has softer, less noticeable regrowth lines than traditional highlights – the principal idea being less is more when creating soft, natural looks. … Also, Balayage is a freehand technique as no foil are used to create the highlights.

Balayage is a hair coloring technique and the word comes from French word meaning sweep. This word gives an indication of the manner in which hair colorist would apply the hair in a single sweeping motion from the base of the hair to the end of the hair; colorist give lighter strokes at the base and heavier strokes at the end, to design a color scheme that is gradual from the base to the end. The result that is obtained is such as if nature itself created the effect. The hair look as if they have been sun kissed. The attempt in this hair coloring technique is to keep the natural hair color but to make it a sun kissed version. Balayage happens to be the most requested coloring technique in salons today with lots of celebrities doing their hair in this fashion.
Balayage technique was developed way back in France in 1970’s and is called a freehand technique as the colorist applies color with hands rather than foiling. Though the technique can be used in short hair, the best results and sun kissed effect is obtained when the hair is up to shoulder length. Balayage is considered very economical, as there is gradual color in hair and there is no demarcation and even re-growth does not make a difference to the effect as the color is natural at the base of the hair.