How to Use Balayage Highlights to Brighten Up Your Entire Face

Miriam Herst | 14 November 2017
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Five ways to let your hair shine bright.

Would you believe us if we told you that taking a leap and getting beautiful balayage highlights can brighten up your entire face? Balayage highlights have quickly become one of the trendiest and most commonly requested looks, and we aren’t surprised at all. This style adds a touch of brightness to darker hair, particularly when rendered with strategically placed blonde highlights. The results are vibrant strands with beautiful color that brighten up your entire face. Thinking about trying a balayage highlight? Read on for major inspiration:

Balayage Highlights

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This style incorporates a soft and easy transition from brunette to blonde.

1. A Soft Transition

Whether you’ve chosen a balayage style that starts close to your roots or one that starts further down, it’s important to note that a soft transition is key to making this style seamless. Give the look a natural feel by keeping the blonde highlights just a few shades lighter than your base color.

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Let your roots grow in.

2. High Contrast

On the other end of the spectrum is a high-contrast balayage look. Leave your roots natural and start at your temples with a slow transition from brunette to blonde.

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Or move to the opposite side of the spectrum!

3. Lightly Rooted

Alternatively, you can still manage a high contrast look with much thinner dark roots. Ask your stylist to keep some darker strands on the bottom layers as well to keep the look cohesive.

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Go for complimentary colors.

4. Golden Blonde

If you aren’t ready to go for a very light blonde then consider a golden hue like this one pictured above. Wear your hair straight to really show off your highlights! If you’re using a flat iron to straighten your strands, don’t forget to protect them first with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Defense Spray.

TRESemmé KERATIN SMOOTH HEAT DEFENSE SPRAY
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Keep it cool and ashy.

5. Cool Blonde

Keep it cool with an almost universally flattering shade of blonde hair. One of the best ways to keep your blonde a cool ashy color in between dye jobs is by incorporating a purple shampoo into your routine. Try Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo—it’s one of our favorites!

BED HEAD by TIGI DUMB BLONDE PURPLE TONING SHAMPOO

Looking for more ways to wear balayage highlights? Check out 21 long balayage styles to inspire you.