20 Inspiring Blonde Balayage Hair Color Ideas To See Before Your Next Appointment

Blonde balayage highlights is a popular hair coloring technique that requires a colorist to hand paint blonde highlights or lowlights on your hair.

The result is a gorgeous and natural-looking highlighting effect.

It’s a great way to subtly add depth and dimension that will brighten up your hair in a natural-looking way.

If you’re a natural brunette:

Adding blonde highlights is the perfect way to lighten up your hair for that “I just got back from a 2 week beach vacation” look.

If you’re a natural blonde:

You must be looking for a change. I suggest adding some brighter highlights or darker lowlights to create a natural-looking dimension that gets noticed.

Whether you’re looking for a bright platinum, golden blonde or an ashy hue, you’ll find all the blonde balayage inspiration you need below!

Beige Balayage Blonde on Short Hair

Beige Blonde on Short Hair
Instagram @elysealexander

This creamy color is a smoother option if you want to get a beachy look. The sandy highlights add to the textured tousled finish this shoulder-length hair has.

Golden Blonde on Straight Hair

Golden Blonde on Straight Hair
Instagram @itsjustmarissaa

We’re in love with the dimension at the roots and those solid honey ends. This hair painting couldn’t be more fabulous if not on flat-ironed hair.

Warm Blonde with Fine Hair

Warm Blonde with Fine Hair
Instagram @top_notch_haircutters

A trick to make thin hair appear denser is to go for dimensional colors that can add depth and texture to your look. Keep it short above the shoulders for easy maintenance and styling.

Caramel Blonde on Choppy Hair

Caramel Blonde on Choppy Hair
Instagram @beautyybycaroline

Sweet and warm hues like the ones featured here do a marvelous job in accentuating texture in any hair. Works best for thin manes and cool to neutral complexions.

Light Blonde Shade

Light Blonde Shade
Instagram @balayageorbust

Getting your hair this white might be a big challenge and commitment but as you can see, the results are super worth it! This enchanting balayage hair suits any hair length and skin tone – warm, neutral, or cool.

Dark Hair with Dark Blonde Highlights

Dark Hair with Dark Blonde Highlights
Instagram @petersonkawamura

Big and soft bouncy waves does so much wonders for thin and long hair wanting to have volume. Having warm caramel streaks near the face and at the edges make for a framing and dimensional effect. Balayage and highlights are a gorgeous combination.

White Blonde for Long Hair

White Blonde for Long Hair
Instagram @hairbyelie

Feel like an enchantress with this magical silver blonde balayage hair on long straight hair! Make sure to use your best flat iron as it is key to making this charming hairstyle!

Honey Blonde with Dark Roots

Honey Blonde with Dark Roots
Instagram @zulleiry27

Imagine sweet milky caramel poured over chocolate – this blend of natural colors create a seamless effect on straight and smooth hair that is so easy to maintain!

Dark Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights

Dark Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
Instagram @hair.by.ham

A latte-inspired balayage with face-framing pieces does amazing on layered medium-length waves. It’s a beautiful option for those with natural brunette hair and warm skin tones.

Ashy Blonde Beach Waves

Ashy Blonde Beach Waves
Instagram @toan.d.mai

This dimensional dark rooted smokey silver balayage highlights is a great option for lengthy hair. Those gentle and soft layers fall lightly on your back, giving a sexy yet cool aura.

Sun-Kissed Blonde Bob

Sun-Kissed Blonde Bob
Instagram @sarahgossetthair

We’re deeply in love with this chic angled blunt neck-length cut! This lighter blonde balayage shade provides brightness that complements any skin tone and it can also enhance your make-up.

Ash Blonde

Ash Blonde
Instagram @bribirdhair

Q&A with style creator, Bri Bird
Co-Owner / Hairdresser @ Oracle Salon in Denver, CO

How would you describe this look?

Hair painting aka “balayage” is by far the most requested hair coloring service requested in our Denver salon today. It is a versatile hair coloring service that is great for all of Oracle Salon’s guests, no matter their face shape, eye color, and skin tone. It can be done on all lengths and colors of hair. It can be natural and soft or be used to pop fun fashion colors in, allowing clients with any job type to enjoy the trendy look without overstepping work guidelines.

On my guest, Julie, we wanted to create a natural looking ashy blonde with a slight shadow root so that when her hair grows out, her natural color just blends into her hair allowing her months of time before having to have the blonde moved up. We trimmed her ends to maintain the health of her hair and gave her a gorgeous blowout, she will come in for regular hair trims every 8-12 weeks, but now won’t have to visit for another 4-6 months for balayage.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This form of hair coloring allows the hair stylist to accurately and precisely hand paint subtle and natural dimension into the client’s hair to compliment their face shape, eye color, and skin tone. It is ideal for creating a “sun-kissed” or “youthful” look as it relies on the hair stylist’s artistic abilities to customize and fine-tune the application as the hair color is placed. Balayage may also be used to set up more noticeable and striking colors like Vivid Colors. By laying the foundation of subtle and natural dimension and then adding additional applications of purples, greens, blues, and/or pinks, you can keep the overall look subtle yet still express yourself.

Balayage can be done on any length or color of hair. These factors do not dictate if you can or cannot have this modern yet low maintenance service. A proper in salon consultation with your stylist is a great way to get an idea of what can be done and how it can be executed. Talking about what shades would compliment the client’s features, what has previously been done to the hair, how often the client is willing or able to come in, and the hair product or products the client needs to use to help the process and prevent future damage should be included in a standard consultation.

Balayage is a wonderful option for those who are looking for a “low maintenance” hair color application. With the natural placement and gradual effect, it can last longer than a traditional foil or color, eliminating harsh lines. Many clients find that instead of needing a Balayage every visit to the salon, they may just need to do a haircut, toner, or conditioning treatment. Some clients only reserve salon appointments for a touch-up service 2 to 3 times a year after the initial appointment.

The desired final result may take two or more times utilizing the balayage process. Things like previous color or box color (over the counter) can build up on the hair and make lifting the pigment out hard. Fragile, unhealthy hair may also cause a stylist to need to take it easy on a client’s hair. It is important not to do too much at once and trust your hairdresser’s expert opinion.

Blonde for Naturally Curly Hair

Q&A with style creator, Sabrina Flores
Stylist @ Hair Artistry Full Service Salon in Cape Coral, FL


How would you describe this look?

The best thing about this look is that it’s a low maintenance sandy balayage blonde that is versatile for both curly and straight hair. To create this look, I used DevaCurl Light Defining Gel and Styling Cream.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Apply the products into damp hair then diffuse!

Dirty Blonde Curls

Q&A with style creator, Leanna Matthews
Hairstylist @ Elixir Hair Studio in St Albert, AB, Canada


How would you describe this look?

This is a one-length cut with a foilayage color technique. I styled it with a 1-1/4″ Babyliss curling iron and then fingered through the curls once cooled. I wanted to keep her color light but with slightly warmer tones to blend well against her olive complexion.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a very versatile look, cut wise. If you’ve got straight to wavy hair that is either fine or medium thickness its a great fit. Anything too thick or coarse may not bid well with one length. As for the color, it is an amazing tone for fall and winter but still with some lightness. This works with all face shapes, and all you’d need to do is adjust the length depending on roundness or squareness of the face. This style all around is so amazing to me! Hayley, my client, wore it so beautifully! This look is for a playful and easy-going babe with style from head to toe! The curls are the added touch.

Natural Looking Balayage

Natural Looking Balayage
Instagram @hairbykassiep

Q&A with style creator, Kassie Pinegar
Aveda Stylist @ OZA Hair in Huntington Beach, CA


How would you describe this look?

My guest came in normally having heavy highlights and loving that all over blonde look. She realized that is was just too much maintenance and she wanted to bring her natural roots down. I wanted to give her that seamless grow out so I added in some dimensional lowlights and toned her blonde to freshen things up. Using all Aveda color, this reverse balayage hair color brought her hair back to life.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would say go for it! This is perfect for any hair texture and any hair length. Luckily my client’s natural root color isn’t very dark so there’s not a huge contrast between dark and light. Although I’ve done so many variations of this to know that it would also work for someone with naturally much darker hair. Since this hair color matches her natural hair well, we will not have to touch her color for at least 6 months. We prebooked her next haircut after 7 weeks as she is trying to grow her hair.

Icy Blonde

Q&A with style creator, Alexa Hamilton
Hairstylist @ Tidal Hair Lounge in Halifax, NS


How would you describe this look?

This client came in requesting Nordic blonde. I love the icy tone and how it makes her eyes pop. She has naturally very curly hair so it looks great both ways!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Not everyone is able to achieve this level of lightness. She is naturally a level 7 and it took 3 appointments to get her to this tone. This color also takes a tremendous amount of upkeep. I send her home with a violet based shampoo that she uses every second wash, and she comes to get her roots touched up every 5 weeks. It is also very important that protein treatments are used to maintain the integrity of the hair.

Beige Blonde on Short Hair

Q&A with style creator, Kayla Juppe
Hairstylist @ Blondie Salon and Spa in Waltham, MA


How would you describe this look?

The best part about this blonde balayage hair color is the dimension. I created the dimension by deepening the root before adding balayage highlights. It’s a great look for someone who likes a classic foil but wants a softer grow out.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Maintaining this color does require some at-home care. Using a violet shampoo between appointment will keep the blonde highlights bright and brass free. This look is for someone who loves their highlights but wants to add some depth and dimension.

Strawberry Blonde

Strawberry Blonde
Instagram @rl.styles0813

Q&A with style creator, Rebekah Hodge
Cosmetologist @ Glam Color Bar in Lakeland, FL


How would you describe this look?

This look is great for someone wanting to change their blonde up! It’s definitely more fun and exciting but isn’t permanent forever! Also, the cut is a little more choppy and has some long layers at the bottom with a little bit of an angle! Balayage is a great coloring techinique.

Any advice for someone considering it?

It’s important to consider your face shape. One who has a more narrow and oval face shape is perfect for this haircut as it will enhance their natural beauty. You can put this cut in a low ponytail but not a high one so take that into consideration too.

Balayage Lob

Q&A with style creator, Mackenzie Myers
Cosmetologist / Co-owner @ The Beauty Bar in Salisbury, NC


How would you describe this look?

This look is one of my favorites! A subtle sandy-toned, blonde balayage. I really love the way the bluntness of the cut complements the softness of the balayage and waves for an effortless finish.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is perfect for someone who wants simple and soft dimension, or for someone who is just trying out a lighter tone. This type of balayage blonde is low maintenance and typically doesn’t need to be touched up for 3 to 6 months!

Platinum Blonde

Q&A with style creator, Amber Lloyd
Stylist @ The Upper Hand in Houston, TX


How would you describe this look?

This look is a platinum hair with the slightest shadow root. The cut is a textured long bob with some quick beach waves. The best part of this look is the shine and brightness of the tone.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Be prepared for lots of maintenance and work when it comes to balayage. This balayage color requires monthly touch-ups, as well as the proper home care regime.

I send my clients home with a purple shampoo to cancel out any brassiness that may appear between appointments, plus some really great professional grade conditioning treatments. If being in the salon often doesn’t match your lifestyle, I would recommend a more natural blonde instead.