Balayage: Medium hair looks to steal from the stars

Leona | 02 October 2017

Not sure your mane is suitable for balayage? Medium-length hair is the ideal – and these celebs prove it!


We all know that those with Rapunzel-worthy locks can work almost any hair colouring technique out there, especially the much coveted balayage. Medium hair, however, seems a little trickier to emulate the trend on (sigh) – but with our round up of the hottest celebrity balayage looks, that’s all about to change…

Over the past few seasons, balayage has gone from strength to strength, being experimented with in so many shades and colour combinations. And since the technique uses a free hand application, it allows for a more natural and modern finish with less noticeable root regrowth – hooray!

So whether you’re currently blonde, brunette, a red head or, well any hue, there is a medium-length balayage look waiting for you, below.

Medium balayage hair: The dreamy celeb-approved combo


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley with blonde balayage hair
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looks effortless. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

With her model looks and perfect blonde balayage hair, it’s no wonder that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is one of the poster girls when it comes to medium-length balayage hair.

Now while we can’t all have her enviable features or her catwalk gait, we can have a balayage look just as gorgeous! Just add a slight wave in the front of your hair to help frame your face, and you’ll instantly have a sweet and feminine look to die for.

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Editor’s tip: Get Rosie’s enviable waves by using the TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Wave Creating Sea FoamThis nifty product will enhance each strand for wonderfully textured waves, every day!

Jessica Alba holllywood waves brown balayage hair
Jessica Alba gives her balayage a sophisticated Hollywood wave. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Jessica Alba

With Jessica Alba’s dark roots melting into a golden brown hue, her medium balayage hair look has an effortlessly natural finish to it. Going the extra mile, though, the star added in some appropriately glamorous Hollywood waves for this red carpet appearance.

Tip: To create Jessica Alba’s timeless Hollywood waves at home, simply follow our easy-peasy hair tutorial, here.

Eva Longoria dark brown balayage wavy updo
Our fave Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria tamed her dark brown balayage with a romantic updo. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria opted for face-framing highlights on her dark brown balayage hair and we have to say: it looks untterly gorgeous! Pulling her lengths back into a loose updo and allowing her front tendrils to frame her face, Eva manages to draw all the attention to her captivating brown eyes.

TRESemmé Make Waves Creation Hairspray

Editor’s tip: If you have a problem with your curls dropping too quickly, we recommend giving the TRESemmé Make Waves Creation Hairspray a try.

Chrissy Teigen medium length hair in dark to light blonde balayage
If it’s good enough for Chrissy Teigen, who are we to say no. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Chrissy Teigen

Although she often experiments with different styles, Chrissy Teigen‘s medium balayage hair is the lightest hue we have even seen her go! With the tousled texture and bleach blonde balayage, we’re pegging this ‘do as one of Chrissy’s best look yet.

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Editor’s tip: If you are thinking of following in Chrissy’s footsteps and going for a light blonde finish, you’ll need to invest in a shampoo made specifically for blonde hair. We suggest trying the TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo to keep your colour looking wonderfully vibrant.

Lilly Collins smokey warm balayage hair
Lily Collins’ smokey brown hair is the thing of dreams. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Lily Collins

Are you looking to switch up your dark medium hair with balayage? Then we suggest taking inspiration from Lily Collins, who is a fan of adding a mix of various shades for a more bespoke finish.

Selena Gomez long bob dark brown hair with balayage finish
Look to Selena Gomez for balayage inspiration. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. Selena Gomez

For maximum results with minimal effort, we turn to Selena Gomez‘ balayage on medium length hair for inspiration. Threading lighter shades mostly on the underside of her medium hair is the perfect way to soften the sometimes harsh look of dark tresses.

Kate Mara long wavy bob blonde balayage hair
Kate Mara looks great with this blonde balayage finish. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

7. Kate Mara

Tired of changing your hair colour to match the seasons? Then it’s about time you got a year-round hue, like this strawberry blonde balayage, that we spotted on Kate Mara!

With her pinned back twists, soft waves and white dress, this look is screaming bridal hair to us. Is that wedding bells we hear in the distance?

Suki Waterhouse blonde medium length hair balayage finish with 70s bangs
Suki Waterhouse gives her balayage a ’70s vibe. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

8. Suki Waterhouse

While she may have dabbled with a few alternative shades, Suki Waterhouse always returns to her dark to light blonde balayage hair – and we can see why. Accompanying her look with some soft, grown-out bangs, Suki is serving up some major ‘70s vibes!


Have these A-list medium hair balayage colours got you tempted to try something new with your tresses? Then we suggest heading over to our Hair Colour page to discover all the latest hues from the hair world!

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