31 Stunning Blonde Balayage Looks

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The balayage style is a hairstyle loved and adored by many because of its easy, versatile and low-maintenance nature. It allows for easier growing out of color as well as giving your hair a break when it’s frazzled from over-treating, styling and dying.

Known for creating a beautiful, natural finish when done the right way, the trendy blonde balayage looks you are about to see are classic examples of how easy, simple and elegant the look can be. If you’re thinking of giving this a shot, you should read this… and see these trendy blonde balayage looks we’ve found!

1. Dark Roots + Bright Ends

If you fancy the thought of blonde hair but don’t really fancy the upkeep of it all, blonde balayage looks are the perfect looks for you. Why? Because the regrowth is easy and the maintenance low.

Blonde Balayage Hair Look

Source: @a_kool

We can’t express enough how easy this look is to wear and with the darker color on the top, you can leave your roots to grow a little longer than you normally would, stretching out the time between sessions with your brilliant but very expensive hair stylist. (We love them for their magic on our hair but we wish they came cheaper!) 

2. Soft Blonde Balayage

If you’re usually a platinum blonde, try switching things up by going for more neutral shades, using toner to de-brass the look. Blonde balayage looks are designed to be subtle and discreet, that’s why people love the style so much.

We love the way this look incorporates our favorite shades of bright and ashy blondes together in one simple, elegant blend.

3. Beige Blonde

Going for an ash blonde rather than an icy-cool one is an easier transition to make if you’re brand new to the realms of blonde hair. You’ll only find out if blondes do have more fun by actually becoming one, but you need to get the right shade to avoid looking too bottle-blonde.

You should be aiming for soft and natural rather than bold and trashy, and even the boldest of blonde tones have been blended properly.

4. Blonde Balayage Highlights for Brunettes

Blondes and browns work really well together especially when they are cleverly fused in this balayage style.

Blonde Balayage Highlights for Brunettes

Source: @hairerik

Adding blonde highlights to brown hair (or brown lowlights to blonde hair), you’re adding a new dimension to the look which can actually help your hair look thicker!

5. Blonde Balayage Lob

There are a million and one ways you could dress this look up or style this design down, and just by changing from a straight finish to a curly one will have the biggest of impacts. In fact, curls are the best way to wear a balayage style because it allows the flow of blended tones and shades to come together, showing off every aspect of your new color-job.

Here’s another great tip for you as well – if you’re attempting one of these blonde balayage looks for yourself at home and you find your blending hasn’t blending so well, well placed and spaced curls can cover a multitude of sins!

6. Natural Looking Blonde Balayage

These waves are perfect for the days when you feel completely uninspired when you wake up in the morning. You can achieve these loose curls easily with the help of your hair straighteners, flicking them out as you pull the heat down to gentle shape it.

Natural Looking Blonde Balayage

Source: @guy_tang

You can add as many or as few curls as you like and as we’ve recently discovered, you don’t need to do this in layers either. Just grab ends and get twirling – it really is as simple as that.

7. Honey Blonde Balayage for Brunettes

If you have thin or fine hair, adding layers to the ends irrespective of length can instantly add more depth, making it look as if your hair is thicker than it is.

Honey Blonde Balayage for Brunettes

Source: @off7thsalon

We love the way the layers have been infused with the different shades of brown and ash blonde here to create a subtle, natural finish and one that would be easy to wear straight or curly / wavy.

8. Low Maintenance Blonde Balayage Highlights

If you love your balayage hair but fancy something a bit more glamorous for an evening or nighttime occasion, nothing works better than these beautiful elegant waves.

Low Maintenance Blonde Balayage Highlights

Source: @hairbyliz__

These are perfectly achieved with the help of some heated rollers and as the hair loosens throughout the evening, will result in loose waves that you could even get away with wearing the morning after the night before.

9. Blonde Balayage Highlights for Dark Brown Hair

If you’re going blonde for the first time and haven’t already figured out that it’s a pretty high maintenance color, trendy blonde balayage looks, just like this one, are spot on.

You would never know if that darker shading at the top is a natural brown root showing through or cleverly coloured that way. That’s the best thing about it – it doesn’t matter if you spend an extra couple of weeks before you get back to your hairstylist.

10. Sun Kissed Highlights

Adding layers helps to show off every range of your new color job and when you have shades as beautiful as the blonde balayage tones you can see here, why wouldn’t you want to show them off? The aim of the game is to have the blonde shading hitting the places the sun would naturally hit. Think sun-kissed and you have about the right idea.

Again, flick those layers out with the use of your straighteners (or even a clever blow dry) and you have a quick and simple look that’s perfect for any occasion, dressed up or down.

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  1. Murray Blanton

    September 30, 2016 at 7:42 am

    As a hairdresser in the business since the 80’s having seen all the different ways of doing hair I can honestly say all,of these above are awful. From looking like they’re grown out old frosting cap highlights, or bad colorist dye jobs, and then there are the massive chunks, stripes that make them revolting. Sorry but sausage rolls are hideous, if a stylist is too lazy use a brush to give a bend to the hair just leave it straight. We made fun of girls with curls like that for a reason they are ugly.

  2. Anonymous

    October 21, 2016 at 2:22 am


  3. Julie housden

    January 16, 2017 at 12:19 am

    I am also hairdresser and have been since the 80’s and you clearly don’t see style as I do, maybe you need to trend yourself up a notch or two !!

  4. Bobbie

    January 17, 2017 at 3:18 am

    I to am a hairdresser since the eighties , I have’ta agree with Julie , idk ur clientele , but mite need to keep up with trends , these are exactly what everybody wants and is asking for . Got to get out there, switch it up a little bit .
    Vintage will be back in soon as a trend …

  5. Anonymous

    August 25, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Murray must be one of those hairdressers that still perm with little yellow and blue rods. Or pull hair through a cap and think it’s Amazing work. Lol.

  6. T. Woody

    November 17, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    The fact that Murray makes fun of people for having a style that they’re comfortable in defeats the whole purpose of ever being a hairdresser, which is to make people feel better about themselves. I cut a few mullets myself these days. Is it fashionable? No. Is it pretty? Not to me. Are my clients happy? Yes they are! It’s not about you. It’s about the people you serve.

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