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What is Balayage Exactly?

The word balayage has its origins in French, meaning sweep. In terms of hair color balayage is all about how the hair color is applied. The balayage hair coloring technique was developed in France in the 1970s. It's a freehand technique, meaning color is applied by hand rather than using the traditional foiling or cap highlighting methods.

Balayage highlights will have a more natural look. They won't always start at the roots and finish at the ends. With this technique, the transition of your natural color will be more subtle from the roots. In terms of maintenance, this means more time between touch-ups which is easier on the pocketbook. However, we do recommend refreshing your gorgeous balayage with a Redken Shades EQ Gloss every 4-6 weeks to keep brassiness at bay. We also recommend our Pureology Best Blonde or Redken Blondage shampoo and conditioner to help keep your color fresh.

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