The Ultimate Guide to Blonde Balayage

A low maintenance blonde refresh just in time for summer.

So you’re thinking about going blonde, but probably don’t want to take the full plunge and change your entire hair color. Now you’re on the fence about ombré or balayage, right? If you’re after a hair color that’s low-commitment and quite easy to maintain, the balayage technique may just be your thing. It involves less maintenance than the ombré since you’ll won’t have to deal with a vivid demarcation line and it complements your natural hair color since it blends in and accentuates its tones. You’ll have darker pieces left at the bottom, which then give dimension to your hair giving it a more natural look. This season, freshen and brighten your hairstyle up a notch with blonde balayage.

You may or may not be wondering what this technique is all about. In short: Balayage is a freehand technique, and during the process, your stylist paints the color onto your hair by hand as opposed to applying it with the foil technique.

This technique provides less of the grown-out-root look that ombré has.

And when working with blonde, the last thing you want is visibly grown out roots, right? Read on to discover some balayage blonde ideas that you can rock on your own hair.

Stunning Balayage Blonde Hair for Summer

blonde balayage for the summer
An easy grown-in look that looks and feels effortless.

1. Classic Balayage Color

A grown-in look like this one is the queen of effortless color. Keeping a skin-tone flattering natural shade of brown around most of your face makes this a not-so-harsh change while still “going blonde.” This slow fade from your base color to cool lighter ends screams beach goddess. What more could you ask for? Keep in mind that achieving ends as blonde as these when your natural color is a darker brown might take more than one bleaching session. Make sure you’re feeding moisture back into your hair with a nourishing shampoo. Try the Dove Regenerative Nourishment Shampoo and Dove Regenerative Conditioner, which works to repairs the structure of damaged hair and leaves it smooth and manageable.

blonde balayage on shorter hair
Let your hair ‘pop’ with balayage.


2. Opt for Warmer Shades

For an edgier look that doesn’t require quite so many bleach sessions try a warmer blonde that starts a little higher up. If you’re growing out your bob haircut and in that in-between stage this is a fun way to make a change without sacrificing the length you’ve been working so hard for. Plus, how great does this shade look with a bold red lip?

blonde balayage hair trends to try
For a salon visit that brings big change…and will last you months.

3. Go for a Lighter Blonde

For a more daring take on this laid-back look, try strands of blonde that start an inch or two out from your part. This will give you the most longevity on your investment and in a few months you’ll still be making a statement with that effortless grown-in vibe. The lighter shades of this style are best kept intact with the Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo.

blonde balayage gold highlights
Hints of gold make this look a must-try. Photo credit: Dvora

4. Add Blonde to Brown Hair

For an understated and chic look that adds dimension without doing too much damage, try small strands of gold in the ends of your hair. These thin pieces of color catch the light and let you maintain those chocolate brown locks. Win-win? We think so.

blonde balayage pixie hairstyle
Proof that having short hair is just the beginning of trying different styles.

5. Balayage on Short Hair

Think you can’t rock balayage with your short hair? Think again. Adding strands of blonde starting close to the roots will give you an edgy rocker vibe. This style is a great base for hair accessories and is asking for some temporary spray-on color.

Guide to Trying Blonde Balayage


blonde balayage on dark hair
The balayage technique offers a more natural look.

1. Blonde balayage on dark hair.

Some dark-haired girls usually shy away from adding a blonde hue to their hair. However, blonde balayage can look natural against your hair color when done with the right shade. Opt for an ashy shade of blonde that gradually becomes more bold towards the ends of your hair. The key is to have the balayage emphasize and heighten your natural dark color and not take away from it.

2. From ombré to balayage.

Maybe you’re over your ombré style and want to try something new. How dare you run away from this hot trend? Just kidding… balayage is just as hot! Ask your hair stylist to hand-paint some stunning blonde tones throughout your roots to blend the ombré style naturally.

3. Blonde balayage on natural hair.

Add more life to your curls with balayage highlights. Don’t be afraid of blonde especially in the warmer seasons. Allow your highlights to naturally kiss and make your curls pop. Your wash and go’s or whichever curly hairstyle you fancy now have a stylish touch with this vibrant color.

4. Face-framing blonde balayage.

Accentuate your best features with this contouring technique for hair. Add some blonde balayage to your front tresses to frame your face. This is a great option for ladies with round faces, as this will help lengthen your face frame.

5. A hint of blonde balayage.

In the mood for just a pinch of color? Insert some blonde babylights underneath the layers of your hair. This technique looks especially attractive on wavy hairstyles giving the color hiding underneath a sudden peek-a-boo effect. Swing those locks and reveal your hidden blonde hues.

6. Mix-and-match blonde balayage.

Perhaps you have a playful and fun personality and want your new hair color to represent that. In addition to blonde, add some ribbons of strawberry blonde, or honey blonde highlights to experiment with a fun technique that’s still classy. If these colors seem rather boring for your personality, go the distance even more by experimenting with a rainbow effect. Add some pinks, purples, and blues but stay on the pastel end of the spectrum so the colors blend in nicely with your blonde hues. Looks like you’re hopping on the unicorn hair movement! Go you!

Balayage Product Suggestions

Now that you’ve got your new hair color, be sure to maintain your overall look. Try a wash and care system like TRESemmé Color Revitalize Collection. Use the TRESemmé Color Revitalize Shampoo to gently cleanse hair without stripping its vibrancy. Then, use the TRESemmé Color Revitalize Conditioner to replenish vital moisture to color-treated hair respectively. You may also find that your hair is drier post balayage hair treatment where you’ll need to incorporate a hair mask into your hair care regimen. Try the Suave Moisture Mask with Almond + Shea Butter whose formula can provide your hair with deep moisture, making it soft and hydrated.

Which of these blonde balayage options are you excited to try?