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Stunning Brown to Blonde Balayage Looks

By Rebecca Jenkinson - 3 years ago | Updated
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This year has brought about a lot of at-home haircuts, hair dyes and hairstyles. But with hairdressers reopening, more and more people want a professional retouch to help revamp and refresh their lockdown locks.

Of course, a trip to the hairdressers is the ultimate treat and can help transform a daily ritual into something more indulgent and luxury. I mean, who doesn’t come out of the salon feeling fresh and ready to take on the day?

With that in mind, what style should you be showing your hairdresser? Well, one of the hottest trends is obviously the classic balayage. It’s a low maintenance option, which suits everyone and helps smudge those darker roots that might have overgrown in recent months.

Specifically, we can’t get enough of the ‘brown to blonde’ balayage looks. That’s why we’ve rounded up our favourite hair styles to give you the ultimate inspo. So, get screenshotting and make sure you take these pics to your next appointment.

What is balayage?

First, let’s explain exactly what a balayage is.

Balayage is a hairdressing technique where your stylist dyes the mid to ends of your hair a lighter colour to create a softer dimension rather than one block shade.

In this case, it starts with darker roots and ends in a lighter blonde colour. How the hair dye is applied is all down to your individual hairdresser, so it can be completely personalised to suit your style and face shape. They often use a sweeping motion with the brush to achieve a natural effect.

This trend is a popular choice for anyone who wants to dip their toes into the blonde world without making a full-blow commitment to one shade. It’s also great for lazier beauty lovers as it requires fewer touch-ups as the darker roots blend seamlessly into your colour.

Everyone can suit a balayage, but it’s all about finding the best inspiration. So, we put together a few of our faves just for you…

What does blonde balayage on brown hair look like?

Blonde balayage on brown hair creates a beautiful and natural-looking contrast that can vary depending on the specific shades of brown and blonde used, as well as the placement of the highlights. Here's a general idea of what brown and blonde balayage can look like on all different textures and tones!

Balayage on dark hair

Brown to blonde balayage isn’t just for lighter locks. They also look absolutely fabulous on deep, dark hair types. If you're considering going for dark brown to blonde balayage, don’t be afraid to go for a ‘dirtier’ or ashier blonde colour on your ends rather than brighter hues used on lighter hair.

Balayage on short hair

Equally short haired guys and girls may be intimated by the whole trend, but of course you can rock this look too. Just make sure you show your hairdresser exactly what you’re after or risk vintage frosted tip vibes.

Balayage on long hair

Long hair may be the easiest to pull off the brown to balayage hair transformation as there are more strands to work with. This is great if you want all the fun of a blonde but without the commitment of six-week root touch-ups.

Balayage on curly hair

Achieve effortless glam with balayage highlights on curly hair. Think honey and caramel tones which give your curls that sun-kissed look.

Balayage with a fringe

Combine two trends in one with curtain bangs and brown to blonde balayage. This is a perfect way to frame the face and give your hair cut extra dimension and movement.

Haircare tips for blonde balayage on brown hair

We're here to help you learn how to maintain your balayage with ease!

Now you've got your new hair inspo sorted, it’s important to know how to maintain it.

Be as gentle as possible

First things first, don’t overwash your hair with shampoo as it can dry out your precious locks. Sulphate-free products are gentler on coloured hair and help preserve the vibrancy of your blonde balayage. Also make sure you’re super gentle when brushing out tangles and knots to prevent breakages and damage.

Deep condition

When you do need to give your hair a refresh, make sure you treat your tresses to nourishing products like hair masks and hair oils. This is especially important for the blonde sections, which can become dry and brittle. These must-have hair care items help restore vibrancy, bounce and shine.

Use colour-protecting products

Invest in haircare products specifically designed for color-treated hair. These products contain ingredients that help lock in colour and prevent fading.

For extra blonde balayage, we also recommend getting your hands on some of the best purple and silver shampoos to help banish brassy tones and keep your blonde looking bright and beautiful until your next salon visit.

Here are a few products worth adding to your shopping list:

Philip Kingsley Pure Blonde/Silver Brightening Daily Shampoo


Joico Blonde Life Brightening Conditioner

£2.19 £6.99 (69% off)

Amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask


Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil

£17.99 £28.76 (38% off)

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler

£12.41 £15.00 (18% off)

More haircare tips

So, what do you think? Is it time you hopped on the balayage trend? We love these colours, but if you’re after something a little bolder take a look at the 5 ways to rock the lilac and grey hair trend.

Rebecca Jenkinson

Written by Rebecca Jenkinson

Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.

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