Balayage is a technique that originated in France in the 1970's.
Translated in French, the word literally means "to sweep".
This technique specifically for soft transition lines from the natural or base color, to a soft hilight. Over time and appointments you gradually get lighter. While having consultations I thoroughly explain to my clients that this technique is meant to mimic the soft hilights from when you were a child. Just as the sun lightens your hair gradually, balayage will do the same.
Sit back, enjoy this process, and have fun with the different looks you have along the way!
Theres a reason stylists have been using foil techniques for years, they work.
Foil helps to conduct heat aiding the lift of the hair with the lightener. Sometimes foiled hilites are the only option. Lifting dark hair needs incubation and heat. Placement for foils is limitless. It's important to let your stylist know what you like to see and where you like to see it.
Upkeep is important, along with at home care. Coming in for toners every 6-7 weeks keeps your hilites looking fresh. If you're not able to make it into the salon, at home care would be using a purple shampoo to seep the yellow at bay. If you think of the color wheel, purple lies across from yellow. Using purple on yellow neutralizes.
This is the ultimate purple shampoo.
Use once a week to keep the warmth away.