15 brilliant blonde balayage styles we’re dying to try this summer

It's time to find out whether blondes really do have more fun!  

You heard it here first people, blonde balayage is back for summer 2017 and it’s hotter than ever. Bringing home some tried and tested looks, as well as a wealth of innovative new styles, balayage is yet again proving its credentials as the undisputed ruler of summertime colouring!

So whether you’re already a blondie searching for a style shake-up, or a brunette looking to add dimension to your tresses, you need to give one of these 15 balayage blonde looks a try.

Balayage blonde: 15 looks we’re lusting over


woman with long curled ash blonde balayage hair
Not sure which shade to go for? Ash blonde is a great place to start as it’s so universally flattering. Credit: Instagram.com/amoresalon53

1. Ash blonde balayage

If you’ve never gone blonde before, but want to experiment with blonde balayage, we recommend trying out a soft ash blonde to start with. Light and flattering (without the drama of a more full-on platinum shade), it’s the perfect option for first-timers! Credit: @amoresalon53

woman with beachy blonde wavy balayage hair
Do your best Baywatch impression with this summery beach babe style! Credit: Instagram.com/hairbylouiseskelton

2. Beachy blonde

Beachy-blonde hair is one of those looks that never really goes out of style, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s crept it’s way into this round-up!

Once you have your desired balayage, make the most of your different tones by styling your hair into loose, tousled waves. Summer style = sorted. Credit: @hairbylouiseskelton

woman with brunette to blonde ombre balayage hair
Have the best of both worlds with a graduated colour. Credit: Instagram.com/vivahairgoudhurst

3. Brunette to blonde balayage

Torn between brunette and blonde? A graduated brunette to blonde balayage is the perfect way to lighten up your look, without having to make any difficult style decisions. Plus, if you end up loving it, you can always add more blonde in! Credit: @vivahairgoudhurst

woman with warm butterscotch blonde balayage hair
There’s a blonde balayage style out there to suit everyone! Credit: Instagram.com/extensions_by_grainne

4. Butterscotch blonde

Move over honey blonde, there’s a new tone in town: butterscotch blonde! A hybrid of warm blonde and light brunette, this unique hue provides a youthful and natural touch to locks, for an utterly fabulous finish. Credit: @extensions_by_grainne

woman with curled medium length dark blonde balayage hair
Not a fan of ultra light shades? No worries! Credit: Instagram.com/tylerjadehair

5. Dark blonde balayage

If you’re not totally keen on baby blonde, perhaps a darker blonde is more your vibe? This universally flattering shade works on both light and deeper complexions, so it should definitely be on your radar! Credit: @tylerjadehair

woman with long dirty blonde curly hair
In need a low maintenance hue to see you through summer? Dirty blonde could be the answer. Credit: Instagram.com/glamhairbyadriana

6. Dirty blonde

Love the idea of going blonde but hate the idea of the constant maintenance? Ditch the creamy, cool-toned shades for a dirty blonde shade (like this Instagrammer’s) and you’ll be able to leave it longer between touch-ups – phew! Credit: @glamhairbyadriana

woman with long curly hair and face framing highlights
Incorporating lighter strands around your face will add dimension and open up your face. Credit: Instagram.com/hairby.tia

7. Face-framing highlights

If you’re happy with your current hair colour, but still want to get on board with the balayage blonde trend, we’ve got just the thing!

Simply ask your stylist to work in a few lighter, face-framing blonde strands, and you’ll instantly open up your face and bring out your best features. Credit: @hairby.tia

woman with a wavy lob cut with platinum and golden blonde highlights
Combine warm and cool tones for a multi-dimensional effect. Credit: Instagram.com/carolinelysandrouhair

8. Golden platinum blend

Usually, when you’re thinking of going blonde, your stylist will ask whether you’d prefer to go for a warm or cool-toned shade; but why limit yourself to one or the other?!

Combining both golden and icy tones makes for a unique fusion of colour that’ll have you shining brighter than a diamond! Credit: @carolinelysandrouhair

woman with brunette curly hair with lighter blonde balayage
Dark hair? Don’t worry, you can get in on the action too. Credit: Instagram.com/balayageartists

9. Brunette with blonde balayage

Loyal to your dark locks? You can still trial a balayage blonde look! Adding blonde to just your tips will make a huge difference to your overall look and can be easily reverted back to your darker colour come winter time. Credit: @balayageartists

woman with medium blonde balayage hair
This medium blonde shade looks stunning styled into tumbling waves. Credit: Instagram.com/camouflageandbalayage

10. Medium blonde

Choosing a medium blonde will allow you to create extra movement and body, making it a great choice for those with fine hair.

Plus, curling your hair into bouncy curls – like the Instagrammer above – will also help to bring out your hue and amp up your mane game even more! Credit: @camouflageandbalayage

woman with platinum blonde hair and pink balayage
Want to give your ‘do a colourful twist for festival season? Think pink! Credit: Instagram.com/mood_hairdresser

11. Pink blonde balayage

If you’re a fan of colour, look no further than this Instagram beauty’s Barbie-pink blonde balayage hairstyle. We just love the way that the creamy blonde base flows into a muted pastel pink – it’s the perfect way to spruce up your blonde hair for festival seasonCredit: @mood_hairdresser

woman with long curly sandy blonde hair
We’re loving the California vibes of this sunkissed sandy hue. Credit: Instagram.com/hairbykaylita

12. Sandy blonde

On the hunt for a shade that’ll transcend the seasons? Why not keep it classic with a ’70s-inspired sandy blonde? Striking the perfect balance between polished and effortless, this laid-back style is a lazy girl’s dream. Credit: @hairbykaylita

woman with silver bob length hair
The silver hair trend isn’t going anywhere! Credit: Instagram.com/locksbylia

13. Silver balayage

Grey and silver hair has never been so in vogue, so follow in the footsteps of fashionistas everywhere by opting for a silvery-blonde balayage this season.

Psst: Investing in a purple shampoo, like the TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo, will help to keep your silver shade bright and not brassy. Credit: @locksbylia

woman with smokey white hair
Channel your inner snow queen with an icy white hue! Credit: Instagram.com/habitsalon

14. Winter-white balayage

It may be summer, but wintery whites will always make a statement! Break up the blonde with smokey undertones, and this will not only add shape and dimension, but also make regrowth less of an issue, too. Credit: @habitsalon

woman with long strawberry blonde balayage hair
Strawberry blonde shades are super flattering on cooler skintones. Credit: Instagram.com/girl_with_the_scissors

15. Strawberry blonde balayage

In case you hadn’t heard, red hair is massive right now, with auburn and strawberry blonde shades topping the hair style charts.

So, if you’re bored of your regular blonde, why not go a little off-piste and try a red-tinted strawberry blonde balayage? It’ll instantly warm up even the palest of complexions and is less of a commitment than an allover red hue. Credit: @girl_with_the_scissors


Now go forth and spread the word of the miracle that is blonde balayage! And while you do, you might also want to check out our our Blonde Hair page, which is sure to inspire your next mane change for summer.

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