Though you may be pretty familiar with the term "balayage," you may not know what it means or exactly what the technique entails. "The word is French, and it means 'to sweep,'" explained Beth Minardi, an NYC-based celebrity hairstylist who's colored Sarah Jessica Parker, Evan Rachel Wood, and Christie Brinkley. "Balayage, then, is a technique whereby the colorist paints — or 'sweeps' — lighter, brighter selected strands of color at given areas throughout the head."
The strands begin to show a high-contrast color difference at varying points away from the scalp, she explained. This is what gives balayage that "rooty" and organic appearance. It's also why every balayage job looks different — every hairstylist has their own unique "paint stroke!"
We've seen balayage in a lot of different hues, from classic blonde and brunette to rose gold, watercolor, and salt and pepper. Today, we're showcasing a spectrum of copper-hued balayage.