Meaning of balayage in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbalɪjɑːʒ/


mass noun
  • A technique for highlighting hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.

    ‘she specializes in balayage, colour corrections, restyles, and extensions’
    • ‘The balayage technique can be used on any color of hair from blonde and brunette to red.’
    • ‘The balayage technique provides ultimate control over color application and allows for less outgrowth and more contrast in the hair.’
    • ‘Scrivo and her staff practice balayage, color, and makeup application in the beauty boutique.’
    • ‘The result was a streaky, uneven disaster, not the beautiful gradual change of a balayage.’
    • ‘After months of growing my hair out, I decided to add some subtle balayage color and trim the ends.’
    • ‘Balayage recreates a sun-kissed feel to hair colour that grows out very softly and looks very natural.’
    • ‘The best part about balayage is that it can be done on all kinds of lengths, either long or short.’
    • ‘I am considering going to a salon that offers balliage highlights.’
    • ‘My stylist doesn't know how to do baliage - maybe I'll have to try someone new.’
    • ‘I'd heard about the balayage technique, but after a disastrous run-in with bleach as a teen I was afraid of highlights and thought I'd be better off boring brown.’


French, literally ‘sweeping’, from balayer ‘to sweep’.