31 Balayage Hair Ideas for Summer

31 Balayage Hair Ideas for Summer

What is it you’re looking for from your next hairstyle? Are you looking for something a little different? Something that’ll spice things up a bit to show your joyous mood that the sun is finally here? There’s a definite winning hairstyle if that’s the case, plus there are a hundred and one different reasons why the look is such a good idea. In case you were wondering, the style in question is balayage.

So without any further ado, let’s jump right in. We hope you’re ready for these beauties:

1. Blonde Balayage Ombre

The first reason these balayage hair ideas for summer are such a great idea is because they allow for some serious root re-growth.

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That means fewer and less frequent trips to the hair salon which in turn means more time for you, more money for you, and a well-needed break from your hair which, let’s face it, is definitely well overdue a nervous breakdown from all the styling you do to it.

2. Caramel Balayage Highlights

Those dark roots allow for a lot of growth. You can get away with not heading to the salon for a few extra weeks because the darker hair at the root will blend in with your natural roots if you pick smart colour options.

Caramel Balayage Highlights on Dark Hair

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This will obviously not be the case if you have blonde hair and dark dyed tops. In this case you’d probably want your balayage hair ideas for summer to be in reverse – light at the top and dark at the bottom.

3. Pearl Blonde Balayage Ombre on Dark Hair

The balayage art of hair-dyeing is essentially just a hand-painted way of blending different shades and colours together. The lights and darks would be on the areas where the natural sunlight would naturally hit – think blonde grow out for winter (classic balayage with dark tops and light ends), or even a balayage vertical blend of shades such as blondes and caramel / honey tones.

Pearl Blonde Balayage Ombre on Dark Hair

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You could mix a broad spectrum of colours to work with here and it would still look fabulous. It’s all about clever blending.

4. Caramel Balayage Ombre

The next best thing about these amazing balayage blends is that no two looks would ever be exactly the same. The hand blended nature means that every time you have the look, even if you have the same style, colour and cut repeatedly, it will still look a little different.

Caramel Balayage Ombre on Dark Brown Hair

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That’s the beauty of creating art with your hair. Long gone are the days when shower caps with holes in were necessary for the latest designer ‘do.

5. Silvery Blonde Highlights

A look that’s often darker at the top with much lighter roots, balayage blends don’t need to be all-natural. If you want a bold and striking effect, you can have just that, you just need to make the two contrasting colours a little brighter and more obvious.

Silvery Blonde Balayage Highlights on Dark Hair

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Think a very light and bright bottle or platinum blonde at the end with much darker roots and you’ll have a look as striking as this one.

6. Mahogany, Copper and Honey Balayage Hair

Everyone always assumes that their balayage hair ideas for summer need to revolve around light shades of browns and blondes but there’s nothing to say you can’t mix things up a little, incorporating a beautiful sunset mix of honey shades with mahogany and copper too.

Mahogany Copper and Honey Balayage Hair

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Another one that’ll allow for root regrowth, this is actually a very clever way of growing out a lighter shade when you have naturally dark hair and want to go back to basics.

7. Honey Blonde Balayage Lowlights

Long and wavy layers are another easy go-to style, and it’s one of the very first things you should learn how to do. If you have longer hair, one of the easiest ways you can add those beautiful waves is to separate your hair into pigtails either side of your face and then curl those in sections.

Honey Blonde Balayage Lowlights on Dark hair

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Using your fingers (not a hairbrush because it’ll go fluffy), tousle the hair and bomb through and when finished, you’ll have beautiful waves that don’t go too far up the hair/head.

8. High Contrast Balayage Highlights

If you have fine hair, you should consider a medium-brown shade base with lighter, more eye catching shades of blonde running throughout it. This helps to add a new dimension to the look, helping it to appear shinier, healthier and more than that, thicker too.

Blonde Balayage Highlights on Brunette Hair

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This one is perfect for that, classic balayage hair styles for summer done the right way!

9. Beige Blonde Balayage Ombre

The word balayage actually translates to ‘sweeping’ from the French language, which gives you some idea of how this dye is added to the hair. Rather than relying on the old and traditional approach of using foils to ‘highlight’ or ‘lowlight’ the hair, a hand-painted method is used, enabling you to achieve a much more natural approach.

Beige Blonde Balayage Ombre for Brunettes

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You may want to go lighter, or even blonde, but when you don’t want a harsh and bright colour that’s a real slap in the face (or one-dimensional colours), your balayage hair ideas for summer should include ones like this beautiful beige blonde balayage ombre.

10. Golden Caramel Highlights + Long Bob Cut

If length isn’t on your side, there’s no need to despair, there are still plenty of ways you can balayage-up your bob, long or short bobs included.

Golden Caramel Balayage Highlights on Bob Haircut

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The golden caramel ombre at the ends work splendidly with those large barrel-rolled waves, creating oomph and volume in otherwise limp and lifeless hair. Again, a beautiful and natural mix of browns, blondes, caramels, honeys, and even reddish tones have been mixed.

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