I recently posted a picture of a French fishtail paired with a French hair colouring technique called balayage. The heavily French influence of this look inspired me to do some research.
The term balayage means “to sweep” and it is a freehand application of colour. The technique emerged in the 1970s shortly after the surrealist movement took hold of the French art scene. Surrealism was about “the liberation of desire” and encouraged artists to unleash their imagination.