Balayage hair is hotter than ever. The colouring technique, which involves sweeping sections of hair lightly with colour, has been a celebrity favourite for a while now and is only getting more interesting as stylists experiment with new colour combinations. Last year, balayage using darker tones became so popular, the trend was nicknamed fallayage.
What is Balayage?
Balayage is a technique, not a look. It’s French for “sweep”. The idea is to create light and shade through the hair by applying colour with a brush and paddle board. The visual colouring method creates a chic, easy to maintain hairstyle, which offers a more subtle approach to ombre. From blonde hair colours to brunette shades, there’s something for everyone.
Be inspired by the A-listers that wear balayage so well? Keep scrolling for the ultimate queens of swept colour…
Bow down to the new queen of balayage. Jessica Biel’s glossy waves at the Emmy’s made us want to book a salon appointment asap. If only we could get in with her colourist, Tracey Cunningham, who revealed her secret weapon to be Redken’s Shades Eq Hair Gloss. She used at least six shades(!) to get this colour bang on, and finished with a good dose of Olaplex, too.
If you were to say you’ve never googled ‘Jessica Alba hair’ before, you’d be lying. The girl has never stepped a strand wrong. Her honey balayage is super flattering and is the kind of colour that will suit everyone.
Nobody does golden goddess quite like Gigi Hadid. And although she’s sporting darker roots than usual, she’s kept some highlights to frame her face and add warmth.
If you love having blonde hair but hate regrowth, Nicole Richie’s balayage might be your match. Her caramel base with blonde tones is a lighter take on the hair trend, with seamless blending that will help to disguise darker roots for longer.
Kate Mara’s balayage could be mistaken for an ombre when the light hits her locks, the full colour is a beautiful choice.
If hair goals could be defined by one picture, it would be this one: Cindy Crawford (and her gorge balayaged strands) at the Chanel SS18 FROW.
Rose Byrne’s romantic look, with tousled locks and soft balayage.
We adore Emma Watson’s rock chick-inspired balayage hair. She has the sophistication to pull off any trend!
Gisele is the queen of long balayage waves. Jealous, us? Yeah, maybe a little…
Elizabeth Olsen’s colour has been lightly touched with lighter hues to create this light-reflecting effect.
The Queen of balayage? Sarah Jessica Parker, of course.
Rihanna’s Grammys look is simply stunning. Balayage hair looks great with a bold red pout.
Emilia Clarke’s style straddles the realm between ombre and balayage. Nevertheless, it looks ultra pretty.
The ever-gorgeous Abbey Lee Kershaw shows off the subtlest of balayage looks.
Pair your style with some bold, vibrant eyeshadow shades, like Olivia Wilde.
Side-sweeping bangs look excellent with this colour trend. JLo does it best.
A subtle underlay of balayage makes Rosie Huntington Whiteley picture-perfect.
At the Met Gala, Beyonce showed off her straight highlighted locks and paired them with dark smoky eye makeup.
Natalie Portman’s soft waves look stunning coloured in these honey hues.
Kaia Gerber shows off the exemplary balayage hairstyle and pretty, feminine makeup.