Balayage is a skill! I will give the French a nod. For the blonde look I used a combination of foils to create a soft highlight or babylight (otherwise known as a fine weave) and then did balayage the ends to add the extra pop around the face and the tips. Having darker ends is a thing of the past. The current trend is soft and natural up top for a natural look and ease of grow out, with the ends becoming gradually lighter. Theses 2 techniques combined and placed in the perfect spots gives you that look!
For the brunette I did a single process color for depth at the root area and hand painted or balayaged the ends. I used a glaze to cancel out any unwanted excess warmth at the end and added tons of shine.
I love what I do and I hope you do too!