The definition of balayage is a hair coloring technique that is freehand hair painting which provides natural looking hair color or highlights.
An example of balayage is the hair painting which gives a brunette's hair a sun-kissed look with lighter strands around the face.
A technique of coloring hair in which the stylist applies the color by hand to create natural-looking, graduated layers of highlights with a less apparent regrowth line than in traditional highlighting.
Origin of balayageFrench a sweeping, balayage from balayer to sweep from Middle French from Old French balaier from balai besom, alteration ( influenced by baloi- ) ( stem of baloier to move about agitatedly ) ( from Late Latin ballāre to dance ; see ball2. ) of earlier Old French balain either from Breton balazn besom or from Gaulish balatno- the broom plant (Cytisus scoparius) both Breton and Gaulish from earlier Celtic banatlo- ; see bhā in Indo-European roots.