The beauty world keeps threatening the end of balayage, but after this week I'm convinced it's here to stay. I've had numerous requests from colleagues to help them find the best colourists and inspiration pictures, and when Emilia Clarke unveiled her fresh hue before the Emmys you could almost hear the sound of people screen-grabbing her Instagram feed all over the country.
This year the key word for balayage is subtle. But that doesn't mean you're not going to see a dramatic refresh in your hair colour. Since this technique has been around for years there's no excuse for your colourist to give you bands of colour as you transition from root to tip. Celebrity colourist Jaye Edwards (from Edwards & Co) swears by the hand-painting technique to get this look perfect — and one look at his and his salon's Instagram feed proves they're experts at this sun-kissed colouring process.
If you've been searching for the perfect balayage image to take to your Spring colour appointment, look no further. Scroll to see 37 of our favourites — featuring different colours and textures — so you can get the reference pic of your dreams.