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.

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. Read on to discover some balayage blonde ideas that you can rock on your own hair.

1. Classic Balayage Color

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An easy grown-in look that looks and feels effortless. Photo Credit: Craig Alexander

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. 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.

2. Opt for Warmer Shades

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Let your hair ‘pop’ with balayage. Photo Credit: Craig Alexander

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?

3. Go for a Lighter Blonde

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For a salon visit that brings big change…and will last you months.

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.

4. Add Blonde to Brown Hair

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

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.

5. Balayage on Short Hair

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Proof that having short hair is just the beginning of trying different styles.

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.

6. Blonde balayage on dark hair.

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The balayage technique offers a more natural look. Photo Credit: indigitalimaegs.com

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.

7. Blonde Balayage on Natural Hair

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We love adding some blonde balayage to the ends of natural curls–stunning!

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.

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