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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.

[French, 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.]
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(Hairdressing & Grooming)
a. a technique for highlighting hair in which bleach or dye is painted onto sections of the hair with a brush
b. (as modifier): the balayage technique; the balayage look.
(Hairdressing & Grooming) to highlight hair by painting bleach or dye onto sections with a brush
[C20: from French, from balayer to sweep]
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Recall also that given a unit Borel measure v on C \ T, the balayage measure [??] of v onto T is the unit measure supported on T such that
As a result, hair coloring services grew just 2.6% last year, driven by Boomers needing gray coverage and young adults' demands for fashionable looks like blonding, highlights, babylights, balayage, sombres and shadow roots.
The salon offers men's and women's haircuts, hair coloring, color correction, highlights, hair extensions, balayage, blow dry's, Brazilian blowouts, deep conditioning, hair styling and makeup.
De ce fait, le bateau devra proceder a un balayage au niveau du point de disparition des marins tout en effectuant une recherche du fond de mer pour retrouver le bateau noye.
1.30pm: Head back over to the salon for my appointment to create an ombre colour look using the latest L'Oreal balayage technique, let's get creative!
The patient undergoes a diagnostic testing called corpage (derived from the French word "corps" or body and "balayage," which means scan).
The Colortrak Collection includes a wide range of colorful products that include precision and wide hair color brush sets, a balayage board, mixing bowls and whisks.
It's great on balayage and ombre which start to look straw-like at ends." From Boots and Superdrug.