22 balayage long hair ideas to bookmark right now

Stuck for style inspiration? Give your long hair a balayage upgrade with one of these luscious styles...

Been loving all the ombre hair hues lately but wish that there was a way to achieve more natural-looking results? Meet ombre’s toned-down sister: balayageLong hair works especially well with this colouring technique, as the colour graduation gently melts from dark to light shades, without the harshness of a dip-dye.

Whether it’s a classic bronde look you’re after or something a bit more out there (like a pastel hair colour), once you see these long balayage styles you’ll be on the phone to your stylist ASAP!

1. Face-framing balayage

Balayage long hair: Gisele Bündchen with long wavy blonde balayage hair
A lesson in beachy balayage from Gisele Bündchen. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Gisele’s golden balayage gives her hair year-round summer vibes, while a few cleverly positioned strands around her face give an allover lighter and brighter look.

2. Rootsy blonde balayage

Balayage long hair: Ashley Benson with long dark blonde hair with a root shadow, worn in soft waves
The cool-girl way to blend your roots in with the rest of your hair. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

If you dye your long hair, balayage can help to blend together your natural colour – just look at Ashley Benson‘s dark blonde hue. Keeping the colour darker at the roots also means you can wait longer between touch-ups, which can only be a good thing!

Next read: Grown-out roots are officially trending

3. Dark brown balayage

Balayage long hair: Jasmine Tookes with long wavy dark brown balayage hair
Make dark hair pop with sections of lighter balayage. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Those with dark brunette hair might think that long balayage hair is unattainable but that’s not the case. Follow Jasmine Tookes’ lead with balayage that’s a few shades lighter than your base colour to enrich your mane and make it look extra glossy.

4. Silver balayage

Balayage long hair: Back view of a woman with long straight silver blonde balayage hair
Ready to give your hair a shimmering silver transformation? Credit: Instagram.com/rochellegoldenhairstylist

If Khaleesi is your hair icon, then look no further than this silvery-blonde balayage. The shimmering multi-tonal highlights will give your hair an ethereal look worthy of the Mother of Dragons herself. Credit: @rochellegoldenhairstylist

Editor’s tip: The key to maintaining a bright and ashy silver tone is to wash your hair using a purple shampoo, like the Dove Silver Care Shampoo. This will help to eliminate any yellowy, brassy tones and accentuate the cooler, silvery tones in your colour. For the best results, use it in combination with the Dove Silver Care Conditioner.

5. Caramel blonde

Balayage long hair: Chrissy Teigen with long caramel balayage highlighted hair, worn swept over one shoulder
Chrissy Teigen lightens up her colour with a mix of highlights and balayage. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Chrissy Teigen is a prime example of how to use both balayage and highlights together to lighten up brunettes in the most natural-looking way.

6. Creamy blonde balayage

Balayage long hair: Back view of a woman running her hands through her creamy blonde balayage long hair
Keep brassy blonde at bay with a creamy, butter hue. Credit: Instagram.com/haircandy435

If you’re someone who consistently aspires to go blonder, why not switch your full head of highlights out for balayage? Long hair requires a lot of bleaching to keep the colour light but balayage is a kinder option, as you don’t have to bleach your whole head. Credit: @haircandy435

7. Butterscotch

Balayage long hair: Jessica Biel with brunette balayage wavy hair
Jessica Biel’s waves help to show off the different tones in her colour. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

With her soft waves and golden balayage long hair, Jessica Biel will always be one of our mane inspirations. Take note of how her balayage starts in line with her eyes to really make them pop.

8. Smokey charcoal balayage

Balayage long hair: photo of a woman with long curly smokey balayage hair
Mysterious smokey shades look totally badass! Credit: Instagram.com/_beyou.nique_

Long balayage will instantly add interest to your locks but if ‘normal’ colours leave you feeling uninspired, why not try this smokey charcoal shade?

This unconventional yet oh-so-chic option is a great middle ground between dark and light locks, and is sure to set you apart from any other balayage lovers. Credit: @_beyou.nique_

Editor’s tip: Have any of these long balayage looks caught your eye? Whichever colour you like, we recommend switching out your normal shampoo for a colour protect range, like the TRESemmé Colour Shineplex Shampoo and Conditioner.

This will help to cleanse your hair without stripping away any of your colour’s vibrancy, keeping it looking bright and fresh between dye jobs!

9. Caramel balayage on dark hair

Balayage long hair: Shay Mitchell with dark brunette hair with balayage, styled in loose waves
We can’t get enough of Shay Mitchell’s dark balayage. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Shay Mitchell has been on both ends of the hair colour spectrum, trying everything from dark brown to platinum blonde but this dark caramel balayage was one of our favourites.

10. Beige blonde

Balayage long hair: Back view of beige blonde balayage wavy hair
We’re all over the beige blonde trend. Credit: Instagram.com/abeautifulhair

Beige hair might sound boring, but as you can see the reality is far from it! The perfect update for natural blondes, it works best on those with fair or cool complexions. Credit: @abeautifulhair

11. Honey balayage

Balayage long hair: Back view of a woman with long wavy honey brown balayage hair
This honey hue is just what you need to bring your brunette into spring/summer. Credit: Instagram.com/geminiofchicago

The beauty of balayage is that you have the freedom to try out the colours you’ve wanted to without committing all over – like this irresistible honey brown. Credit: @geminiofchicago

Editor’s tip: Make coloured hair shine and enhance vibrancy with the TIGI S Factor True Lasting Colour Oil. Use on damp hair before styling or on dry hair to tame any pesky flyaways.

12. Rich brunette

Balayage long hair: Jessica Biel with dark brown balayage curly hair, wearing a red dress
Low-maintenance, high impact. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

If you’re a first-timer, ask your colourist to keep most of your balayage to the ends of your hair, like Olivia Munn’s. Balayage is less of a commitment than an allover dye, meaning you can easily dye it back if you change your mind (phew!).

13. Chestnut balayage

Balayage long hair: back shot of a woman with long curly balayage brunette hair with highlights
Add dimension to dark strands with lighter ribbons of colour. Credit: Instagram.com/nico_lacone

Toying around with the idea of going red? Dip your toes into the redhead life by adding autumnal chestnut balayage through the lengths of long hair. Credit: @nico_lacone

14. Golden balayage

Balayage long hair: back view photo of a woman with long caramel brunette balayage hair
Give your hair an all year round summer glow with this sunkissed caramel style. Credit: Instagram.com/blodgett.ally

Currently rocking the ombre look but getting a bit bored? Shake up your style by asking your colourist to pull this burnt caramel shade up higher towards the roots, to give a softer balayage on long hair look, rather than two contrasting tones. Credit: @blodgett.ally

15. Bronde balayage

Balayage long hair: side profile shot of a woman with bronde balayage hair
We heart this balmy bronde combo. Credit: Instagram.com/jarrod.hair

If you’ve always wanted to go blonde but have a tanned or olive complexion, you might want to consider bronde instead. This is the perfect shade to help you transition to lighter locks and leave you looking washed out. Credit: @jarrod.hair

16. Soft brown

Balayage long hair: Minka Kelly with brunette balayage wavy hair, wearing a blue dress
This is what brunette dreams are made of. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Don’t get us wrong, we love a mane transformation but sometimes it’s the subtlest colour tweaks that have the biggest effect. This soft brown balayage is a your-hair-but-better shade that will work for just about anyone!

17. Auburn balayage

Balayage long hair: back view of a woman with long auburn balayage hair
This auburn hue is the perfect seasonal transition shade. Credit: Instagram.com/hairboothsalon

Adding warm auburn tones can look utterly gorgeous, especially when the light hits. Credit: @hairboothsalon

18. Nude hair

Balayage long hair: Gigi Hadid with wavy blonde balayage hair
Look to Gigi for your nude hair inspiration. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Gigi Hadid‘s neutral blonde hair colour is great for blondes looking to give their mane a new lease of life.

19. Strawberry blonde balayage

Balayage long hair: back view of a woman with long wavy strawberry blonde balayage hair
Warm up pale complexions with a fruity red hue. Credit: Instagram.com/nics_place_hair

Natural redheads can also get in on the long hair with balayage trend by brightening up their ends with a hint of lightness.

Not only will this give a fresh, sun-lightened result, it’ll also add vibrancy to your natural base shade — result! Credit: @nics_place_hair

20. Rose gold balayage

Balayage long hair: Back view of a woman with long pinky rose gold balayage hair with curled ends
Pretty in pink! Credit: Instagram.com/erblinxerxa_studiovolume

Rose gold hair is a more grown-up take on the pastel pink hair trend and still looks good as it fades. Credit: @erblinxerxa_studiovolume

21. Lilac balayage

Balayage long hair: Back view of a woman with long curly purple balayage hair
Lilac hair has never been so coveted. Credit: Instagram.com/hairbykathyyy

Craving a more daring hue? Jump right into this spring’s purple hair trend with this violet balayage for long hair.

22. Cherry red balayage

Balayage long hair: Side view of a woman with cherry red balayage curly hair
Balayage can be bold too! Credit: Instagram.com/hairartistedev

Want to make more of a statement with your look? Take the plunge and make this cherry red balayage your next hair colour and you’ll be turning heads wherever you go. Credit: @hairartistedev