A French balayage refers to this original two-point (V-shape) application technique which leaves shadow on the roots and allows for invisible regrowth. Zones of light and shadow are created, aka “negative space”, bringing radiance and balance to the face.
The key element of a French balayage is its subtlety. The result looks entirely natural and continues to as it grows out. This is where it differs from traditional foil highlights, which can have more of a stripy finish and a visible root line.
As for the “2 steps” to French balayage hair: lift the hair color using precise lightening application techniques, then tone the hair to achieve a multidimensional, naturally-chic finish. However, as with so many hair coloring techniques, while it might sound easy, a true French balayage requires your professional expertise.