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15 Summery Blonde Balayage Looks for Brunettes

Has this exasperating situation happened to you recently? You’re sitting in your colorist’s chair, finding a little refuge from the unrelenting heat, and you’re PLEADING with her to let you go blonde. You don’t care if it takes all day—Netflix can wait. But she won’t budge. She reminds you that you’re a brunette, and it would be too damaging to go that light in one visit.

We feel for you, girl. We’ve all had our hearts set on a look that a stylist or colorist talked us out of at the last minute. But summer’s still chugging along, which means there’s time for a healthy dose of golden-sunshine streaks. Whether you’re looking for something subtle or stark, we’ve collected 15 summery blonde color options for brunettes to keep you feeling fresh and light. Check ’em out below.

1. Long Curled Dark Brown Locks with Sunflower-Blonde Balayage


Beauty vlogger Casey Holmes scored big-time with this look. The sunny balayage applied to her dark hair is subtle—but not so subtle that you gloss right over it. The warm tone lights up her face, and her curled tendrils dance all the way down to her waist.

Kay Wilson

Kay Wilson works your typical beige-collar office job by day (the collar used to be white, but she repeatedly spilled coffee on it). By night she keeps things interesting by spilling red wine, runs, reads, and blogs at Hairstyle Guru.

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