Definition of balayage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbalāˈyäZH/
(also baliage, balliage)


A technique for highlighting the hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect: she specializes in balayage, color corrections, restyles, and extensions
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  • 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.


1970s: French, literally 'sweeping', from balayer 'to sweep'.

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Syllabification: ba·lay·age

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