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Balayage, (pronounced BAH-LEE-AHGE), is actually a French word meaning “sweeping” … as in, sweeping on a hair lightener to create highlights. In the world of hair coloring, balayage is the technique of free-hand painting highlights onto the hair, creating a soft and natural gradation of lightness towards the ends.

Here are just a few of our favorite things about balayage:


Balayage is a highly versatile technique and can be used to create dramatic looks, gentle transitions, or soft barely-there changes. The results speak for themselves.

This look may remind you of summers spent at the beach, or the fresh, unintentionally perfect highlights on a child.

Pro tip: Balayage is often used to create the “money piece” that we all pine over!


This natural-looking highlighting technique is not just for blondes but is actually used on all shades of hair to add soft, sun-kissed dimension that brings lackluster locks back to life. This technique can be used alone or combined with other highlighting techniques such as highlights, foilage, and mini-lights to create a completely customized look.



The effects of balayage are a rooted and lived-in look that is low maintenance, yet incredibly chic. Unlike traditional highlights, balayage leaves a soft transition from scalp to ends. Plus, one of the biggest perks of this style is that is doesn’t require as much upkeep as traditional color.


Here at Aidan James Salon & Spa, our artists have studied for years to create this effect with hair coloring. Our team regularly travels across the country to train and study with other artists, in order to bring the best styles and techniques to your final look. When you visit Aidan James, you can trust our talented Artists to curate the newest industry trends that will make your hair the envy of all your friends.