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The Truth about French Balayage

November 19, 2013 · Posted in: Beauty, Blog, Hair, Stylists Picks

French balayage is very popular right now. The style began in France and was developed in the 1970s. Color is applied freehand, allowing your XEX stylist to give your hair natural looking highlights that transition smoothly so the grow out process looks more natural.

Not all salons provide French balayage. Here are some quick facts about French balayage.

Real French balayage does not use foil or meche strips. Salons in the US frequently do balayage this way.

With French balayage, the color should be painted vertically, with only the top of the hair strand receiving color. Your stylist will then layer in depth on the ends. Color should not be brushed or pushed down into the hair.

Balayage, the word, is French and means scanning or sweeping.

Balayage can be used in short hair like pixie crops, but the best results are in hair below the shoulders.

True French balayage should look and feel natural. Imperfection is okay.

Credits: Modern Salon, Heavy.

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9 Responses to “The Truth about French Balayage”

  1. Marie Carr says:


  2. Joren Robles says:

    vertically…please and thanks!

  3. Marilyn Jensen says:

    vertically 🙂

  4. Anna Murzydlo says:

    Vertically! 🙂

  5. Mandy B says:


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  9. Tina McCarty says:

    It should be painted vertically.