Here's Every Last Bit of Balayage Blonde Hair Color Inspiration You Need

There's no hair color more popular for summer (or more highly requested) than balayage. The painterly technique results in a dimensional color that reads "I just came back from a two-month summer vacation spent seaside" and never "I just came back from an appointment with my hair colorist". The results are always natural-looking, as the highlights and lowlights intermingle throughout the hair. As stylist Janna Velasquez of Bomane Salon in Beverly Hills once put it, "balayage is a freehand painting technique, usually focusing on the top layer of hair, resulting in a more natural and dimensional approach to highlighting." (To read more about the actual color technique, click here.)

Blonde balayage is a particular seasonal favorite (especially for people who live on the sun-washed West Coast). It offers a natural-looking way to go blonde—one that's softer and subtler than other trendy blonde shades like golden or platinum blonde. If natural-looking hair color is your thing, and the long summer days are inspiring you to lighten and brighten your strands, then look through these 20 examples of blonde balayage before booking your appointment. We gathered pictures from expert hair colorists, celebrities, and Instagram for every last bit of balayage blonde hair inspiration you'll ever need.