I must have been living under a rock because I just recently learned about balayage effect -- a coloring technique that is easier and more natural than normal highlights (it's done freehand instead of with foils). It's how you get the ombre effect on hair, but it can be done in highlight form, too. I love, love the look! A few weeks ago I decided to give it a try (I started with a half head instead of a full head). The results are really natural, sun-kissed look that gave me just the right amount of dimension and color. I may go bolder and do a full head next time, but one of the amazing things about balayage is that you don't have to get it re-done very often (or ever, if you don't want to). It grows out really naturally since it's less extreme than normal highlights. It really is the best of everything! I'm curious, have you ever had balayage done to your hair?
P.S. Over the weekend I guest posted on Becca's blog about my favorites for fall! Check it out here.