20 Blonde Balayage Hair Color Ideas for Your Next Appointment

Blonde balayage hair colors

Blonde balayage is a hand-painted technique used to blend blonde highlights into the hair. When blonde is blended into the hair it creates a natural-looking hair color. When balayage is performed, it brightens the hair and gives it dimension making it unnoticeable while growing out.

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. A bleach blonde can get you there faster, though.

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 bright platinum, golden blonde or an ashy balayage hue, you’ll find all the blonde balayage hair color ideas for your inspiration!

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Beige Blonde Balayage on Medium Length Hair

Beige Blonde Balayage on Medium Length Hair
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This 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.

Golden Blonde Balayage with Dark Roots

Golden Blonde with Dark Roots
Instagram @itsjustmarissaa

We’re in love with the dimension at the roots and that solid honey ends. This hair painting on this golden blonde balayage ombre hair color couldn’t be more fabulous if not on flat-ironed hair.

Warm Blonde Balayage on Fine Hair

Warm Blonde Balayage on 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. Just like this warm blonde hair color. Keep it short above the shoulders for easy maintenance and styling.

Caramel Blonde Balayage on Choppy Hair

caramel blonde balayage on Choppy Hair
Instagram @beautyybycaroline

Sweet and warm hues like the ones featured on this light blonde shade do a marvelous job in accentuating texture in any hair. This balayage hairstyle works best for thin hair and cool to neutral complexions.

Layered Light Blonde Balayage

Layered 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 blonde balayage on light brown suits any hair length and skin tone – warm, neutral, or cool.

Dark Hair with Dark Blonde Balayage Highlights

Dark Hair with Dark Blonde Highlights
Instagram @petersonkawamura

Big and soft bouncy waves do so many wonders for thin and long hair wanting to have volume. Having warm dark blonde balayage on dark hair near the face and at the edges make for a framing and dimensional effect. Using the balayage technique for blonde highlights is a gorgeous combination when it comes to hair ideas.

White Blonde on Long Straight Hair

White Blonde Balayage on Long Straight Hair
Instagram @hairbyelie

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

Dark Brown to Honey Blonde Balayage Ombre

Honey Blonde Balayage with Dark Roots
Instagram @zulleiry27

For this dark brown to blonde balayage, imagine sweet honey poured over chocolate! This bright blonde and brown balayage ombre 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 bronde balayage (brown+blonde) 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 Balayage Highlights with Beach Waves

Ashy Blonde Balayage with Beach Waves
Instagram @toan.d.mai

These dimensional dark roots with a smokey ash blonde balayage on black hair are a great option for lengthy hair. Those gentle and soft layers fall lightly on your back, giving a sexy yet cool aura.

Sun-Kissed Short Blonde Balayage Bob

Sun-Kissed Short Blonde Balayage 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. This hair looks nothing but amazing!

Ash Blonde Balayage Hair Color

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 balayage 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 hairstylist to accurately and precisely hand paint subtle and natural dimension into the client’s hair to complement 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.

For a blonde balayage, brunette hair colors work great. It can also 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 complement 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.

Blonde Balayage 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 blonde balayage on brown hair 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 Balayage with Beachy Vibes

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 dirty blonde balayage. 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 brunette to blonde balayage 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 on Blonde Hair

Natural Looking Balayage on Blonde Hair
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 added blonde tones to freshen things up. Using all Aveda color, this reverse balayage blonde 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 Cool Toned Balayage with Silver Lowlights

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, icy 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?

For this blonde balayage, short hair really shows off 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 Balayage Hair

Strawberry Blonde Balayage Hair
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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! These blonde babylights are definitely more fun and exciting but it 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 technique.

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 on Wavy Hair

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 look. 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 a 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!

Blonde + Platinum Balayage

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 balayage 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. Balayage color trends require 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.