Blonde balayage is a hand-painted coloring technique used to blend blonde highlights into hair. It brightens your hair and gives it dimension, making it unnoticeable while growing out naturally. In my experience, when blonde shades are blended into your hair it creates a natural-looking hair color.
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. Note that it may take several color sessions to get the shade of blonde you’re looking for.
If you’re a natural blonde:
You must be looking for a change. I suggest adding some brighter or cooler highlights or darker lowlights to create a natural-looking dimension.
Before your next hair appointment, check out our popular photos of blonde balayage hair colors!
#1: Sultry Champagne Blonde Balayage
A sultry champagne blonde balayage on those who want to blend in extension. A low-maintenance color for those who like appointments around 8-12 weeks. If you can, avoid washing your hair in hard water and grab yourself a water filter. The more minerals in your hair, the more your blondes will turn brassy and look dull. Ask your stylist for a Malibu treatment to remove mineral deposits. It will help to keep your blonde looking fresh.
#2: Hand Painted Long Blonde Waves
Hand-painted long blonde waves are the ideal way to do a low-maintenance blond. A balayage technique is used to achieve this type of color service. This consists of a stylist’s hand painting lightened to your hair pattern and leaving a bit of a rooted look. One of the best things about this technique is the ability to have soft grown out. Ask for a traditional balayage if this is something you’re interested in.
#3: Waist-Length Rooted Blonde Waves
A wavy-rooted, waste-length blonde hairstyle is trendy. If you want low-maintenance blonding avoid getting traditional foils at the root. Instead, try a balayage with a color melt. It will create a dimensional color with an easier grow-out and less harsh lines. This technique will make it look like your hair is naturally growing out they color seamlessl.
#4: Smokey Blonde Balayage Curls
Smokey blonde balayage curls for long hair are a beautiful look that can help add life to your mane. It’s a color created by the addition of lighter shades in your hair, which will give it a more dimensional look. I suggest you ask for a dark ash blonde to light platinum blonde balayage. This will give your hair a smokey look that will be perfect for this season.
#5: Trendy Blonde + Platinum Balayage
A cooler platinum balayage with the slightest shadow root looks stunning. The best part of this balayage blonde hair is the shine and brightness of the tone. Remember to be prepared for lots of maintenance and work when it comes to a platinum blonde balayage. Cool blonde balayage color trends require monthly touch-ups, as well as the proper home care regime. You’ll have to purchase 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 hair salon often doesn’t match your lifestyle, go for a more natural blonde instead.
#6: Caramel Blonde Balayage on Choppy Hair
Sweet and warm hues like the ones featured in this caramel blonde shade do a marvelous job of accentuating the texture of your hair. This balayage blond hairstyle with a brown base works best if you have thin hair and cool to neutral complexions.
#7: Blonde Balayage on Very Dark Hair
Blonde balayage is a gorgeous hair color option for those with very dark hair. If you’re looking to make a dramatic transformation, this is the way to go. I recommend beginning with an ash-toned blonde balayage. It will work in harmony with your natural base color. For the best results, you can get a foilyage to give the results of balayage but with a higher blonding lift impact. To keep your look vibrant and healthy, be sure to invest in a sulfate-free shampoo. Try Oway &ldquoHBlonde&rdquo Shampoo.
#8: Side-Parted Bright Blonde Balayage with Darker Roots
This stunning side-parted bright blonde balayage with darker roots is gorgeous. Tell your colorist that you want a root shadow if you would like to keep the darker root. And then, blend down into a light blonde throughout the mid-lengths and ends. For maintenance, regular glossing will help make sure the blonde stays vibrant. To finish, I suggest trying Matrix &ldquoTotal Results High Amplify&rdquo Shampoo & Conditioner. It will nourish your hair while providing extra volume.
#9: Stunning Blonde Balayage for Thick Hair
A blonde balayage hair color is perfect for those with thick tresses or who love extensions. If your hair is thick, try to go lighter at the ends and darker toward the roots. This will help create a more natural-looking blend. I recommend asking your colorist about adding soft highlights around your face. It’ll add brightness and dimension. When maintaining your new look, use a deep conditioner once per week to keep it looking healthy and shiny. To ensure long-lasting results, tell your colorist you want an ammonia-free lightener. Try Original & Mineral with Macadamia and Coconut Oil for moisturizing properties while it lifts.
#10: Light Blonde Ends with Dark Brown Roots
Looking for a gorgeous blonde balayage hair color? Try a rooted balayage. It’s a great way to create the transition from darker colors to brighter colors. And without harsh lines. Spend time and tell your stylist exactly what you want. Get creative with subtle highlights throughout the lower half of your hair. Ask them to use Bumble & Bumble’s Blonde Toning Gloss for an extra boost of shine and brightness. With this look, invest in regular trimming every 5-6 weeks so that split ends don’t take over!
#11: Bright Creamy Blonde Balayage
Blonde balayage looks beautiful on long hair, especially in a bright and creamy tone. Your complexion will compliment this style because bright, creamy blonde balances warm and cool. And this makes it perfect for most women. There are many ways to achieve this look. I recommend asking your stylist to treat your tresses with a full head of balayage.
#12: Blonde Balayage for Curly Hair
Ask your stylist about a blonde balayage for your curly hair. After a wash, set your curls with your favorite cream or gel when you want to wash and go!
#13: Face-Framing Butter-Blonde Balayage
If your hair is brassy, but you like to wear your hair blonde, try a blonde balayage! This color works well with hair that pulls warm or brass out easily.
#14: V-Cut Blonde Balayage
If you have thick heavy hair and need to remove some weight, a v shape cut will help you add some volume. Plus, you’ll remove dry ends. The cut will give you more layers on the perimeter of your hair instead of all over. This is great if you wear your hair straight most of the time. You’ll want to follow your client’s natural fall to make sure their outline is even.
#15: Pearl Blonde Balayage on Long Hair
When going lighter, it’s helpful to make your stylist aware of the type of tone you like. Ask for a pearl blonde hue for an iridescent cool take on blonde hair. This is suitable for a cooler complexion and light eyes. Always remember to use a home treatment kit to maintain the condition.
#16: Toasted Blonde with Dark Roots
This toasted blonde with dark roots is a gorgeous combination of warm and cool colors. Because of the warm and cool tones, all skin tones can enjoy this color. You can look like a natural-looking blonde. And, stylists are loving this balayage technique so ask yours about it!
#17: Light Blonde Waves with Balayage
Try a trending style with light blonde waves and balayage. Blonde balayage is the perfect way to get a bright blonde color. Plus, it comes with less maintenance than a traditional highlight. Doing a bold money piece around your face will make you look more youthful. Styling your hair with loose waves are perfect for a night out or an every day look.
#18: Long Thick Blonde Hairstyle
There are many ways to be a blonde. But a long thick blonde hairstyle is voluminous and dramatic! Going into the salon for frequent highlights can create a soft and dimensional look. Don’t forget to ask your stylist to add baby lights around your hairline for a soft grow-out.
#19: Dark-Rooted Warm Buttery Blonde
Try a dark-rooted warm buttery blonde and fall in love with your locks. A blonde balayage blended on the roots will instantly give your hair a natural low-maintenance color. A warm buttery tone will give your locks an elegant look and luxurious glossy shine.
#20: Dimensional Vanilla Blonde Balayage
Rock the trendiest look with dimensional vanilla blonde balayage. The color technique is surprisingly low-maintenance and will look good for months. This style of balayage is feathered at the root for a soft and natural grow-out. If you’re looking for a natural and soft pop of lightness, a long blonde balayage is the way to go.
#21: Ash Balayage with Bronde Tones
An ash balayage with bronde tones make it possible for brunettes to have beautiful dimension. Doing a soft rooted melt to lighter ends is perfectly blended and adds depth to a flat, all-over color. I love the trend of rooted looks because it’s a low-maintenance style for your client.
#22: Cool-Toned Brown to Blonde Balayage Hair
Cool-toned brown to blonde balayage hair is beautifully melted from dark to light. If you add an accent piece to the front it can make the blend a little softer. Blonde balayage looks like this one, can be high maintenance, but the overall look will be soft and lived in.
#23: Sexy Long Blonde Hair
Sexy long blonde hair will always be an impactful color. You can ask for a brighter blonde for more contrast, but you should know that it may need to be processed more than once to achieve the desired brightness.
#24: Dark Blonde Balayage for Dark Hair
Women with deeper hues looking to go light should try this dark blonde balayage for dark hair. When you have overall darker hair color, your hairstylist may suggest a deeper blonde balayage to match your existing tone.
#25: Sweet Caramel Blonde Balayage
Try a sweet caramel blonde balayage if you love high-contrasting hair color. A balayage is one of the most sought-after hair coloring techniques because you can create both depth and dimension to your hair as well as create highlights for a bright glow. For a more dramatic appearance, go big and bold in front with a money piece. A money piece will help brighten your skin complexion and compliment your facial features giving you a glamorous and expensive-looking style.
#26: Romantic Silver-Blonde Balayage
Try a romantic silver-blonde balayage when wanting to enhance your look. This look does take some time to achieve. My best advice is to give time between your appointments to keep your hair looking healthy. Spend time using leave-in conditioners and masks. This will also keep your color looking the best it can for a long time.
#27: Middle-Parted Bob with Blonde Balayage Color
A middle-parted bob with a blonde balayage color is seriously trending right now. Don’t forget to throw some curls in your hair to show off the gorgeous dimension. You can use a flat iron to curl for that tousled look.
#28: Dark Blonde Balayage with Babylights
Try a dark blonde balayage with added babylights to brighten up your natural dark hair color. A dark blonde is a great way to add subtle highlights and will give you a long-lasting look. Using purple shampoo will be beneficial to keep up with your look. Just be aware of using it too often, as it will build up on your hair.
#29: Dark Brown Hair with Blonde Balayage
Get extreme contrast with dark brown hair with blonde balayage. Balayage is one of the easiest techniques to get natural-looking highlights. If your roots are dark, it may take a couple of sessions to get the desired blonde color. Be sure to lift the blonde low and slow to prevent damage and breakage. Rushing to get your desired color sooner will have damaging results.
Related: Best ways to pair blonde balayage with dark brown hair.
#30: Stunning Straight Hair with Curled Ends
Have perfect-looking locks with stunning straight hair with curled ends. Blonde balayage is perfect for a pop of blonde that does not require much maintenance. Balayage will give your lifeless hair much-needed dimension. If you can remember to add a heat protector before blow drying, you will save your hair from getting any damage when heat styling.
#31: Dimensional Blonde with Curled Ends
Try a dimensional blonde with curled ends to show up your curtain bangs and layered haircut. With highlights on naturally dark hair, be prepared to keep up with the maintenance. This will involve using purple shampoo regularly and regular visits to the salon. Use a large barrel curling iron to create your curled ends.
#32: Low-Maintenance Brown and Blonde Balayage
If you are looking for a low-maintenance color, try brown and blonde balayage. Balayage looks very natural and will look good for months. Adding blonde balayage to your natural brown hair adds dimension and is easy maintenance. To keep your hair looking fresh and your tone on point, a cut and toner can be done every 6-8 weeks.
#33: Long White-Blonde Balayage Waves
If you’re looking for one of the best ways to add dimension to your long hair, an iced balayage can give you shape. Plus, it adds depth to a naturally dark base. If you have colored your hair within a 2-3 year span, you might not get the results of platinum balayage. Virgin hair is ideal. When doing these light balayages, I always start with a consultation and a strand test. This helps to avoid breakage and to obtain some knowledge on how your hair will lift. You should plan on investing in proper hair care to maintain the health of your hair.
#34: Impressive Layered and Wavy Blonde Balayage
Go for a wavy and layered sandy blonde balayage. Balayage adds brightness to your face and softens natural face shapes. Plus, if you’re older, you can still cover or blend grey hair with a balayage and root shadow. Don’t forget to invest in a good deep conditioning treatment to keep your hair hydrated.
#35: Stunning Blonde Balayage with Loose Curls
Be ready to shine with a stunning blonde balayage paired with loose curls. If you want natural-looking color with little maintenance a blonde balayage is the way to go. Ribbons of blonde will give dimension to your locks. You can curl your hair with a curling iron to give your tresses an easy breezy style that will last all day.
#36: Lived-In Blonde Balayage with a Bright Money Piece
For a forever classic color, you should try a lived-in blonde balayage. If you are for a money piece right in the front for a pop of blonde, it will brighten up your face. Balayage is very natural looking but may take a few sessions to get the desired color blonde.
#37: Natural Mid-Length Dark Hair with Blonde Balayage
Mid-length dark hair with a blonde balayage may take multiple appointments to achieve your desired shade of blonde, but you can enjoy and embrace the process by playing around with different tones of blonde each session. This hair color will give you a very natural, sun-kissed glow and is perfect for warmer months. Don’t forget to mention you want to add a money piece to your balayage, as that will help your hair around your face appear lighter and pop, which overall creates dimension to your hair color.
#38: Gorgeous Long Pixie Bob with Blonde Balayage
If you want gorgeous hair that is easy to maintain, try a long pixie bob with blonde balayage. A long pixie mixed with a blonde bob will grow out softly without needing any maintenance appointments in between. Balayage has a natural grown-out look to it, so as it grows it still looks beautiful and blended, which is a perfect option for you if you don’t like to spend much time on your hair. Keep your balayage within a few shades of your natural color for the most subtle, soft grow-out.
#39: Adorable & Chic Mid-Length Wavy Lob
A chic mid-length wavy lob is adorable, yet sophisticated. You can smooth out the look for an important meeting for a sleeker look. If you add waves with a wand it can create a funner, casual look while still looking chic. The mid-length lob can work with or without a fringe and looks good on almost any face shape!
#40: Magnificent Honey Blonde Balayage
Looking to brighten up your blonde color? Consider a honey blonde balayage. You can try adding warm tones to help reflect light, either with an overall gloss/toner or dimensional lowlights to make your blondes pop and shine.
#41: Angled Cut with Balayage and Dark Roots
An angled cut with balayage and dark roots is great for you if you want a low-maintenance look. The dark roots with light ends are such a beautiful contrast on almost every skin complexion. The grown-out look is very popular at this time. A balayage with dark roots is even more beautiful when you pair it with an angled cut. This type of cut can be done if you’re hair is long, medium or short hair, but will always be used to elongate the face.
#42: Surfer-Girl Light Brown Hair with Blonde Balayage
You can create a surfer-girl chic coloring on light brown hair with a blonde balayage. A balayage is a highlighting technique in which the stylist hand-paints lightness to contour and frame your face shape. The balayage technique creates a low-maintenance color as the roots grow out without a harsh line. Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to keep your strands healthy in between appointments. You should also use a purple toning shampoo once a week to keep the blonde from getting brassy.
#43: Dirty Blonde Balayage with Beachy Vibes
This is a mid-length cut with a dirty blonde balayage. You can style it with a 1-1/4″ Babyliss curling iron and then fingered through the curls once cooled. Do this to keep your color light, but with a slightly warmer tone, to blend well against an olive complexion. For a brunette to blonde balayage color, it’s an amazing tone for fall and winter but still with some lightness. This warm blonde balayage is for you if you’re a playful and easy-going girl with style from head to toe!
#44: Tousled Beige Blonde Balayage on Medium-Length Hair
A beige blonde balayage on medium-length hair is a smoother option if you want to get a beachy look. The highlights add to the textured tousled finish this shoulder-length hair has.
#45: Effortless Sun-Kissed Balayage for Natural Brunettes
A sun-kissed balayage for natural brunettes will give your darker hair gorgeous warm dark blonde highlights, while still feeling like a brunette. By using this balayage technique, it will look as if your hair has been touched by the sun in all the right places, giving an effortless, natural finish. After your balayage application, ask your hairstylist for honey, caramel toner that will compliment your warm brunette mane.
#46: Solid Golden Blonde Balayage with Dark Roots
You’ll love the dimension at the roots and the solid honey ends on your hair. This hair painting on this golden blonde balayage hair color couldn’t be more fabulous if not on flat-ironed locks.
#47: Easy-Maintenance Warm Blonde Balayage on Fine Hair
A trick to make your thin hair appear denser is to go for dimensional colors that can add depth and texture to your look. Just like this warm blonde hair color. You can try to keep it short above the shoulders for easy maintenance and styling.
#48: Enchanting Layered Light Blonde Balayage
Getting your hair this white with black roots might be a big challenge and commitment but as you can see, the results are super worth it! This enchanting blonde balayage on deep dark brown suits any hair length and skin tone – warm, neutral, or cool.
#49: Dark Hair with Dark Blonde Balayage Highlights
Big and soft bouncy waves do so many wonders for thin and long hair wanting to have volume. Having warm dark blonde balayage highlights on dark hair near your face and at the edges makes for a framing and dimensional effect. Using the balayage technique for blonde highlights is a gorgeous combination when it comes to hair ideas.
#50: White Blonde Balayage on Long Straight Hair
You can feel like an enchantress with this magical white balayage on long straight hair! Make sure to use your flat iron as it is key to making this charming hairstyle!
#51: Seamless Dark Brown to Honey Blonde Balayage Ombre
For this dark brown to blonde balayage, imagine sweet honey poured over chocolate! This bright blonde and brown balayage ombre will create a seamless effect on your hair if it’s straight and smooth, so it’s easy to maintain!
#52: Beautiful Dark Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
A latte-inspired bronde balayage (brown+blonde) with face-framing pieces does amazing on layered medium-length waves. It’s a beautiful option if you’re a natural brunette and have a warm skin tone.
#53: Ashy Blonde Balayage Highlights with Beach Waves
Dimensional dark roots with a smokey ash blonde balayage on black hair are a great option if you have lengthy hair. Those gentle and soft layers fall lightly on your back, giving a sexy yet cool aura.
#54: Sun-Kissed Short Blonde Balayage Bob
You should try a chic angled blunt neck-length cut with a balayage. This lighter blonde balayage shade provides brightness that complements any skin tone and it can also enhance your makeup. This hair looks nothing but amazing!
#55: Pretty Ash Blonde Balayage Hair Color
Consider choosing a natural-looking ashy blonde balayage with a slight shadow root. If you do this, then when your hair grows out, your natural color just blends into your hair. This allows months of time before having to have the blonde moved up. For a blonde balayage, brunette hair colors work great if you’re wanting 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.
#56: Versatile Sandy Blonde Balayage for Naturally Curly Hair
The best thing about a sandy blonde balayage on brown hair with a dark base is that it’s versatile for both curly and straight hair. If you want to create this blonde balayage hairstyle, use DevaCurl Light Defining Gel and Styling Cream.
#57: Natural-Looking Balayage on Blonde Hair
Consider natural-looking balayage on blonde hair. If you have heavy highlights and love that all-over blonde look, this is a great way to bring your natural roots down. It provides a seamless grown-out blonde balayage. Add in some dimensional lowlights and blonde tones to freshen things up. Use all Aveda colors, on your reverse balayage blonde hair color to bring your hair back to life. If your natural root color isn’t very dark then there’s not a huge contrast between dark and light. However, this color is perfect for you if you have naturally much darker hair. If your hair color matches your natural hair well, you will not have to touch your color for at least 6 months.
#58: Icy Blonde Cool-Toned Balayage with Silver Lowlights
An icy blonde, cool-toned balayage with silver highlights is not possible for every woman to get. The trendy hair color in the photo is naturally a level 7 and it will take you about 3 appointments to get to this tone. This color also takes up a tremendous amount of upkeep. I highly recommend your use a violet-based shampoo every second wash and get your roots touched up every 5 weeks. It’s also very important that protein treatments are used to maintain the integrity of your hair.
#59: Fantastic Beige Blonde Balayage on Short Hair
For a blonde balayage, short hair really shows off the dimension. The dimension can be created by deepening the root before adding balayage highlights to your hair. It’s a great blonde hair balayage for you if you like a classic foil, but want a softer grow out. Maintaining this color does require some at-home care. You’ll need to use a violet shampoo between appointments will keep the blonde highlights bright and brass free. These blonde balayage highlights are for you if you love your highlights but want to add some depth and dimension.
#60: Perfect Strawberry Blonde Balayage Hair
Strawberry blonde babylights with brown roots are definitely more fun and exciting, but it isn’t permanent hair dye! Balayage is a great coloring technique. For a strawberry blond balayage hair cut like this, it’s important to consider your face shape. If you have a more narrow and oval face shape, then it’s perfect for this haircut as it will enhance your natural shape.
#61: Soft & Simple Balayage Lob on Wavy Hair
Consider getting a subtle sandy-toned, blonde balayage hair color. The bluntness of the cut complements the softness of the balayage and waves for an effortless finish. This color and haircut are perfect if you want a simple and soft dimension, or if you’re just trying out a lighter tone. This type of light blonde balayage is low maintenance and typically doesn’t need to be touched up for 3 to 6 months.
#62: Sexiest Brown to Light Blonde Balayage
A brown to light blonde balayage keeps brunettes in their natural color level while adding depth and dimension to the ends. When starting out with balayage for the first time, your hair may not be extremely bright and light the first session, especially with naturally dark hair. Please be patient and trust the process, as it’s important when making hair lighter, as you want to maintain the integrity of your hair.
#63: The Best Blonde Balayage with Dark Roots
Rock a blonde balayage with dark roots. This is great if you’re a busy woman looking for a low-maintenance color option. Ask your hair colorist for a balayage for foilayage to give a soft blended blonde grow out and a root smudge or root melt will extend your grow-out time the best.
#64: Rich Mid-Length Blonde Balayage on Dark Hair
Any lady that likes high-contrast color will love a rich blonde balayage on mid-length dark hair. If you have dark hair and are wanting to add blonde, be aware that it will be more upkeep than you’re used to. It may take multiple sessions to transition to your desired shade of blonde and you may need frequent toning appointments.