When it comes to trendy hairstyles and colors, “balayage” is a word we hear a lot. Every famous celebrity seems to have it, but what is it exactly? Balayage is a French word that translates to “sweeping.” In hair styling, it’s a technique used to apply color in such a way that the result looks smooth and natural, unlike the harsh, stripe-y highlights of the ’90s.
A blonde balayage is a great way to inject a bright glow into your hair color. Whether you’re a blonde who wants to add dimension to your natural hue or a brunette looking for that sun-kissed shine, a balayage can give you the color of your dreams.
Read on for some chic blonde balayage inspo.
Reese Witherspoon's Blonde Balayage Waves
Combining different shades of blonde like Reese Witherspoon does here results in a balayage look with amazing depth and dimension. She’s also wearing her hair in piecey waves, which adds to the beautiful texture.
Kelsea Ballerini's Ash Blonde Balayage
For a more subdued balayage, try Kelsea Ballerini’s ash blonde hue. It features just the subtlest highlights and a gradual transition from the darker roots to the lighter tips for a natural look.
Kate Beckinsale's Blonde Balayage on Brown Hair
If you’re a natural brunette, adding a blonde balayage results in a brighter, more vibrant look to your dark hair. Here, Kate Beckinsale is wearing touches of blonde on her waves, giving her brown hair a gorgeous glow.
Paris Hilton's Honey Blonde Balayage
Paris Hilton’s blonde tresses are giving off a golden glow that looks so glamorous, especially with the Old Hollywood-inspired styling. The touches of honey combined with lighter and darker shades of blonde here definitely create the perfect balayage look.
Selena Gomez's Blonde Balayage on Dark Brown Hair
Brown is Selena Gomez’s signature hair color but we love how she’s added a blonde balayage here. The contrast is subtle and looks natural yet adds great dimension to her dark tresses.
Emma Stone's Strawberry Blonde Balayage
Here, Emma Stone is sporting a seamless strawberry blonde balayage that looks so sleek and beautiful on her lob. This is a perfect combination of color and style, resulting in a really elegant look.
Rachel Brosnahan's Dark Ashy Blonde Balayage
If you want an understated shade of blonde, try this dark ashy color Rachel Brosnahan is wearing. Somewhere between brown and blonde with subtle gray highlights, this feels so relaxed and natural yet so stylish.
Elisabeth Moss' Platinum Blonde Balayage
Platinum is such a stunning color on hair but it could look artificial sometimes. By combining it with other shades of blonde like Elisabeth Moss does here, you can achieve a more natural-looking style.
Margot Robbie's Brown to Blonde Balayage
Here, the transition from the dark top to the blonde tips is so dramatic yet it feels natural and effortless. This high-contrast look is perfect for those who want a balayage color that’s more on the bold side.
Gigi Hadid's Dark Blonde Balayage
Here’s a balayage that looks so seamless it feels like she was born with it. Gigi Hadid’s blonde color strikes the perfect balance — not too light that it looks artificial yet not too dark that it lacks the glow factor.
Ashley Benson's Brown Blonde Balayage
Here, the streaks of blonde add a gorgeous shine to Ashley Benson’s brown hair, which is styled so elegantly in side-swept waves. Blonde and brown are definitely a match made in hair heaven.
Priyanka Chopra's Blonde Balayage on Dark Hair
Priyanka Chopra’s natural color is very dark but her blonde balayage ensures that her hair doesn’t look flat at all. Teamed with messy curly styling, her color definitely adds great dimension and body to her tresses.
Cara Delevingne's Icy Blonde Balayage
If you want to take your balayage from summer to winter, try Cara Delevingne’s icy blonde color. It features a frosty silver hue with platinum blonde tips and just a touch of dark roots. And can we just take a moment to admire that perfectly styled bob? Fantastic!
Rachel Zoe's Light Blonde Balayage
A great way to give your natural blonde hair even more of a golden glow is through a light blonde balayage. Here, fashion designer Rachel Zoe sports different shades of blonde with dark roots for a totally radiant look.
Hailey Baldwin's Caramel Blonde Balayage
For a more muted shade of blonde, incorporate a caramel balayage into your look like Hailey Baldwin’s does here. This is such a warm and gorgeous color to take your look from summer to fall.
Carey Mulligan's Short Blonde Balayage
If you’re wondering how balayage can work on short hair, here’s some inspiration from Carey Mulligan. She’s wearing a platinum blonde color with subtle strawberry highlights and dark roots, which give gorgeous dimension to her sleek bob.
Paris Jackson's Dirty Blonde Balayage
Here, Paris Jackson is wearing dirty blonde tips with a dark base. This color combo provides just the right amount of glow while still keeping the natural look of your hair.
Olivia Holt's Blonde Balayage on Short Hair
Who says you need long hair to rock the ombre look? Here, Olivia Holt is wearing a messy wavy bob that’s dark brown at the top and lighter blonde at the tips, a beautiful color combo that looks very natural.
Halston Sage's Brown Hair with Blonde Balayage
Halston Sage’s roots are a very dark shade of brown then flows seamlessly into blonde at the ends. The lighter color contrasted with the brown definitely adds a radiant glow around her face.
Sienna Miller's Golden Blonde Balayage
This is the quintessential blonde look which will never go out of style. Sienna Miller has incorporated darker shades of blonde for added depth and dimension.
Riley Keough's Dark Brown to Blonde Balayage Ombre
If there’s still any doubt that brown and blonde make the perfect balayage combo, here’s Riley Keough wearing a stunning ombre look. The color transition is seamless, making it such a modern yet natural look.
Gwyneth Paltrow's Sandy Blonde Balayage
Gwyneth Paltrow’s blonde balayage features an ashy root that transitions to sandy blonde and gets lighter towards the tips. This has a very subtle ombre feel that looks casual and natural rather than too fancy.
Maddie Ziegler's Copper Blonde Balayage
Maddie Ziegler’s blonde tresses have dark roots and touches of copper that give it a warm and alluring glow. The combination of lighter and darker shades of blonde look perfectly elegant.
Kate Bosworth's Warm Blonde Balayage
If platinum is too flashy and frosty for you, try a warmer shade of blonde. Here, Kate Bosworth is wearing a color that sits somewhere between strawberry and gold — not too fancy but still radiant.
Natalie Dormer's Reddish Blonde Balayage
Natalie Dormer strikes the perfect balance between red and blonde with this stunning balayage look. It starts dirty blonde at the top before brightening up into a gorgeous mix of copper and beige. So radiant it’s sure to turn heads!
Joey King's Blonde Balayage with Dark Roots
If you want it as simple and natural as possible, try a combination of dark roots, dirty blonde, then a lighter shade towards the tips like Joey King is wearing here.
Alessandra Ambrosio's Sun-Kissed Balayage on Brown Hair
Having brown hair doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on the sun-kissed glow blondes have. Adding a blonde balayage like Alessandra Ambrosio’s results in a beautiful beach-glam look.
Charlize Theron's Natural Blonde Balayage
Nothing’s more natural than this golden hue with just a touch of dark roots. A classic color that will always outlive trends.
Ciara's Bronde Balayage
Here, Ciara is sporting a brown color with a blonde balayage around the face and down the ends. This is bronde done right and adds such a gorgeous glow to her face.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's Face-Framing Blonde Balayage
Here’s another example of using a blonde balayage to frame the face. The front is brighter while the rest features a combination of darker shades of blonde and streaks of brown.