With temperatures rising and beach days ahead, summer is the perfect time to lighten up your locks and embrace sun-kissed hair with balayage. As a gentle hair coloring technique that provides a natural finish, balayage gives you that just-off-the-beach look without needing to bake in the UV rays.
For the ultimate warm weather look, add balayage hair extensions to your natural hair to create the perfect hair color for summer along with mermaid length and volume.
What is Balayage?
Balayage is a French word meaning “to paint” or “to sweep,” describing the gentle technique in which the hair lightener is applied to the hair. Lightener is essentially hand painted onto the surface of the strands, creating natural looking highlights without any harsh lines or streaks. Balayage uses a variety of light and dark tones to create depth and dimension that appears natural and with a sun-kissed glow.
Balayage hair extensions come to you already colored and ready to be worn. As long as the base color of the extensions matches your hair at the root, you can wear them instantly for added volume, length and texture for your perfect summer style.
Why Choose Balayage Over Highlights?
Similar to highlights, balayage comes in a wide variety of tones to customize the look to your hair color and preferred style. While you may see this look a lot, balayage doesn’t have to only mean blonde; it can also be simply two shades lighter than your natural color (even dark hair color) to add dimension to the hair.
Unlike highlights, balayage is hand painted onto the surface of the hair and not saturated through. This is what allows balayage to look as effortless and natural as it does, while highlights can sometimes appear too thick, stripe-y, or obvious. As someone with balayage hair and extensions, your highlights will have a softer progression from darker roots at the top to lighter color at the ends, resulting in naturally multi-dimensional color.
Why Balayage is the Perfect Hairstyle for Summer
Because balayage mimics the sun-kissed glow and lightening that the sun provides as you spend more time outside, it looks super effortless and natural. That also means it’s less maintenance than other hair color styles, since you won’t need as many trips to the salon for touch-ups. As the days go by this summer, the sun will only enhance your look and make it even better.
Balayage is the perfect look for summer because you can make it as bold or subtle as you want. If you want to look like you already spent an entire summer in the sun, then go for lighter highlights. If you want a subtler, more natural look, opt for less of a difference between your base hair color and the color of the highlights. For example, if you have dark brown hair, you can go for chocolate brown or chesnut balayage to lighten your look without a stark contrast. But don’t think that blondes can’t hop on the balayage wagon for summer as well. In most cases, you can always go lighter, and those with naturally blonde, dirty blonde, or bronde hair can sun-kiss their strands with balayage in light to platinum blonde in neutral, warm and ash tones.
Balayage works best on medium to long hair, but if you don’t already have the length you need, you can always get some balayage hair extensions to rock this summer look immediately!
Balayage Looks for Summer 2021
As we mentioned above, it’s not only blondes who can have fun with balayage. Darker-haired beauties can also rock this sun-kissed look, even those with naturally black hair. By adding subtle balayage highlights in only a few shades lighter in chocolate brown, the hair gives off barely-there warmer tones that glisten in the sun.
Warm-toned mocha brown hair looks super luscious when paired with balayage in dirty blonde or lighter blonde to enhance the warmth of the shade and create the ultimate sun-kissed look for brunettes.
Chocolate brown already comes with warm undertones and balayage can bring out those delicious warm tones even more for a glow-y look with caramel balayage. Lightening up even further with dirty blonde balayage will make you look like the campfire queen with roasted marshmallow highlights over chocolate locks.
Falling somewhere between blonde and brunette, bronde hair is very versatile and works with a wide range of tones and colors for balayage. We love the look of adding dirty blonde highlights to bronde hair for an effortless style that looks like it came straight from the sun.
If you have natural blonde hair, adding platinum or ash blonde balayage will compliment your color perfectly and offer a multi-dimensional look.
Which of these balayage looks are you going to try this summer? Let us know in the comments below!
Check out our selection of balayage hair extensions in a wide range of base colors and tones to find the perfect sun-kissed look this summer. All of our balayage extensions are made with 100% human Remy hair for the highest quality look and texture.
If you don’t see the perfect balayage style here for you, simply take your hair extensions into your stylist and have them create custom balayage with the tone and dimension you’re looking for.