There's no hair color more popular or 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 since the highlights and lowlights intermingle throughout the hair. As stylist Janna Velasquez of Bomane Salon in Beverly Hills puts 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 favorite for the warmer seasons of the year (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 you're feeling inspired to lighten and brighten your strands, then keep scrolling to discover 20 examples of blonde balayage before booking your appointment.
Long Sun-Kissed Balayage Blonde
This is one of our all-time favorite looks on Ciara. Her long, sun-kissed hair starts out as chestnut at the roots and slowly transforms to yellow blonde at the ends. Her long waves add to the overall beachy nature of this look, and make us want to take a tropical vacation, stat.
Short Blonde Balayage
We love actress Eiza González's blonde hair, which Rez was also responsible for. She has naturally dark hair, but you'd never know by looking at this picture. We love that her eyebrow color matches the bronde tones at her roots, giving the entire look a natural effect.
Choppy Balayage Blonde
Rez proves that one of the best colors to accompany a choppy lob is dark blonde balayage.The waves add texture and volume, mimicking the glorious effect of salt water. With this style, you don't need to take a dip in the ocean to pull off this beachy look.
Cool-Toned Balayage Blonde
If you're trying to avoid any warm blonde tones, draw inspiration from this cool-toned masterpiece. Like we said, Rez specializes in this hair coloring technique, which is why so many of our favorite looks on this list come courtesy of his Instagram account.
Betty Cooper Balayage Blonde
Rez even counts "Riverdale's" Lili Reinhart as a client. As we all know, Betty Cooper has some of the best blonde hair in the game. Whether she's promoting her hit show or attending a red-carpet event, her color is always perfectly glossy and melded.
Dark Balayage Blonde
Raven of helllosunshine proves that blonde balayage can work for dark hair, too. The continuous blonde highlights provide contrast to the chestnut color at the roots while accentuating her bouncy curls.
Balayage Blonde Melt
Garrison's Instagram caption described this blonde color better and more succinctly than we ever could. All he wrote was "melty," and it truly captures the magic of this color. The highlights and lowlights blend together so seamlessly, it's difficult to tell where they end and begin (which, in this case, is exactly what you want).
Caramel Blonde Balayage
Janibell, of janibellrosanne.com, wears strawberry-blonde balayage highlights throughout her springy curls. We love the way her hair transitions from dark brown to blonde at the ends (and, yes, we're obsessed with her eyeshadow in this picture).
Ashy Blonde Balayage
Sure, this looks more ombré than balayage, but it's worth including nonetheless, thanks to the seamless color transition. We love how her dark brown (almost black) hair undulates into an ashy blonde shade. It comes courtesy of Cherin Choi. She's an expert hair colorist and co-owner of Nova Arts Salon.
Grown-Out Blonde Balayage
Choi's dedicated client base includes celebrities as well, including actress Chloe Bennet. Choi had just created this color before this red-carpet event, and we love how the blonde and caramel hues blend together for this warm, toasty look.
Balayage and ombré hair color are best for low-maintenance individuals because the hair color technique grows out naturally and beautifully.