Balayage hair color is a French technique that is the latest dye trend to gain international popularity. The goal is to create soft, natural-looking highlights that look more modern than traditional coloring methods. Check out our top 60 options in the gallery below.
What is Balayage?
As opposed to standard highlighting methods that use foil or a cap, balayage is strictly freehand where the color is painted on. You can amplify the hue to vary from a soft wash to bright and bold depending on your personal preference. Outside of very short cropped hair, it can work on a variety of hair lengths, textures and colors, making it truly universal and flattering for all women. Most are drawn towards it because the maintenance level is relatively low; many are able to go four months between color treatments.
#1: Multi-Tonal Wavy Brown Bob
Balayage hair color options within brown palette are endless. You can go into reddish (caramel and auburn) tones of brown or try golden shades varying from browns to blondes. In case you would like a more neutral solution, it looks like this: dark brown for the under layer, medium browns washed to the lightest ash hues towards the ends and very light thin ribbons of brown blonde throughout the length here and there.
#2: Dramatic Brunette Balayage for Layered Hair
If you want to wear your hair down, a medium-length layered haircut is the best choice. If it’s bold and choppy, support its spirit with a dramatic balayage job. Graze the ends of the layers with a shade much lighter than your base color. Light caramel brown on black is a pretty good idea.
#3: Brown, Caramel and Blonde Color Mix
Reddish tones of brown are also a very popular solution in balayage. You may start with chocolate brown or dark burgundy as the darkest base color and then pair it with chunky caramel highlights which of course need a sprinkling of blonde to set off the used colors.
#4: Brown Ombre Highlights for Black Hair
This look blends two hair coloring techniques – ombre and balayage to achieve an effect of gorgeous dimensional waves effortlessly cascading down through their natural curves and bends.
#5: Dark Brown Mixed Balayage Color
This mix of browns looks adorable on the shaggy waves. It’s truly an art to compose a blend that is so natural-looking and, at the same time, sophisticated and exquisite. A woman who doesn’t want to reveal the efforts she puts into looking this gorgeous will love the idea.
#6: Delicate Balayage for Medium Length Hair
Most examples of balayage on the Internet feature long hair. But shoulder-length locks also look very beautiful with ombre and with balayage. Brunettes who want to lighten up their hair significantly may go this cute idea with a light brown tone around the face, dark blonde at the ends and a sprinkling of the lightest blonde throughout the length.
#7: Chocolate and Dark Brown Hair Color
It’s not the common streaking. The major benefit of this dye technique is creating dimension in the hair. If you enjoy being a brunette, opt for medium-toned brown balayage hair, remaining on your natural dark brown base. This color will look beautiful on medium length layered haircuts for wavy hair.
#8: Caramel-Toned Layers for Brunettes
Brunette balayage can be also performed with some delicious caramel tones involved. This hair color choice will be particularly flattering for women with warm complexions. The long luscious waves flow like real caramel. This mane is made to drive someone crazy!
#9: Subtle Balayage Highlights for Dark Brown Hair
A modern textured bob worn effortlessly in loose tousled waves always wins from subtle touches of color called to enhance the texture and dimension of your medium length hair when you wear it undone.
#10: Shaggy Blonde Balayage Bob
In the times when solid colors reigned in hair color trends, brunettes had to do frequent root touch ups. Blonde balayage highlights have become a salvation in this relation. Being a blonde and rocking your natural dark underlayer is not a beauty crime anymore.
#11: Face-Framing Balayage Highlights
Sometimes you don’t want additional colors to distract from the beauty of your healthy flowing locks. In this case subtle balayage highlights, a little bit more intense for the face-framing strands, are exactly what is needed. An exquisite compliment, but not an overshadowing attraction.
#12: Sun-Kissed Brunette Balayage
Some girls prefer to interfere as less as possible into their natural beauty. If you are a sultry brunette, chances are you love your natural hair color and do not want to change it drastically. Very subtle balayage highlights will only give your locks some added glow. Nobody would ever guess you visited a colorist.
#13: Dimensional Hair Color for Brunettes
A balayge hair idea that gives you maximum dimension is often the most requested one. In this case the more pronounced variety of shades is concentated around the face. The blonde highlights disappear towards the ears, and that can be a more interesting solution than the same color pattern all over.
#14: Brown Blonde Balayage Ombre
When you like the idea of lighter ends, but want to wrap it into the most popular today coloring approach, go for balayage ombre. In this particular look the beach waves seem to melt towards the ends – the most relaxed look ever!
#15: Caramel Ribbons in Chocolate Waves
Caramel balayage always looks twice appealing because it’s not only pleasing to the eye, it evokes your gastronomic senses. Caramel and chocolate is the sweetest couple, as is well known. Applying this combo in hair coloring or clothes is definitely a success.
#16: Ash Brown Balayage
This hair color solution suggests washing the color out to the ends with dark brown base peeking through the adorable ash brown waves. It’s a good idea for medium length hair, when you want to go a few tones lighter, but keep the root color.
#17: Caramel Highlights for Brown Hair
Brunette balayage can have as many varieties as you can imagine. If you prefer a natural look of sun-faded locks, caramel and blonde tones are a worthy choice. Those shades can breathe new life into your common choppy bob haircut.
#18: Chocolate Brown with Caramel Highlights
Dark brown hair and balayage highlights complement each other beautifully, as evidenced by this gorgeous hair color choice. With the chocolate brown base diluted with caramel highlights, this is absolutely a fuss-free and flattering look. The undone waves placed throughout also keep this look modern and fresh.
#19: Coffee-Brown Ombre Hair
Compared to caramel, auburn might be a less popular hair color choice for brown balayage, but it’s no less beautiful. If you do not want a hair color that yells: “Look at me!”, but still would like some colorful diversity and interest within your locks, consider this option.
#20: Light Brown Balayage on Dark Hair
With long dark brown hair it’s usually flattering to lighten up the face-framing pieces. These can be either rather thin streaks or relatively large sections with blurred edges like in this example. This solution offers an unobtrusive diversity for the hair you generally like.
#21: Blonde Highlights for Brunettes
Healthy long brown locks are inherently bright and beautiful, but a solid dark color may look a bit monotonous. Balayage hair is the best modern coloristic idea to upgrade your natural hair color with minimal risks of hair damage and low maintenance in mind.
#22: Sweet Caramel Balayage
Tanned skin and tousled waves with sun-kissed highlights are the two main attributes of a sexy surfer look. If it flatters you, wear it regardless of season, experimenting with caramel highlights which pair perfectly with medium chocolate hue.
#23: Dark Brown Choppy Hairstyle with Highlights
Nowadays balayage hair is a must-try look for hair of any color, length and texture. You can personalize the look, picking a unique combination of hues or taking your cue from the styles you like and introducing some personal touches in the way colors are applied. It can be a mix of chunky highlights and babylights, for instance.
#24: Light Brown Feathers for Espresso Brown Hair
Using color to define the layers within your new haircut is another popular trick you may use to upgrade your look. In this case you can go for a much lighter shade if you want the result to be distinctly visible. Though subtle touches of a darker shade would work here too.
#25: Brown Blonde Shoulder-Length Balayage
When you combine the colors of brown and blonde, you get a beautiful caramel balayage like the solution seen here. Shoulder-length hair is lightly layered and styled with a chic center part and soft face-framing waves. The final result is modern with just a hint of edge.
#26: Wavy Cinnamon Style
You don’t always have to accent your brunette hair with light golden tones; sometimes a medium brown hue is just as effective. The upside is that you can filter thicker strips of color throughout your strands and it still won’t overpower your look.
#27: Long Layered Brown Blonde Hair
Every other girl is crazy about having brown blonde hair these days. Even a new word emerged to name it – “bronde”. The easiest way to achieve a quality brown blonde hair color is with the balayage technique. You locks will shine and flow like a fairy-tale river!
#28: Light Brown Babylights for Dark Hair
Some girls prefer chunky highlights, but delicate babylights, definetely, have their special charm. The three-tier color idea pictured here embraces a dark brown base, a light ash brown mid layer and a sprinkling of tiny blonde ribbons – such a cute solution, indeed.
#29: Natural Chocolate Waves
If you are a conservative woman who wants to add some spice to dull, dark straight hair, this is an ideal style. With just enough color to add depth and dimension, you can slightly enhance your chocolate mane.
#30: Delicious Mix of Browns and Blondes
Balayage highlights can be much lighter than your natural hair color and still look very sophisticated thanks to the seamless trasitions of hair hues from dark brown through light chocolate to caramel blonde – the sweetest blend ever.
#31: Dark and Wavy Balayage
Here, dark brown locks are left super long and the exquisite brunette balayage begins towards the lower middle section of the hair. The delicate subtle touches of the delicious hue that is only a few tones lighter than the base hue create some sort of mysterious flair that might not turn every head, but it will definitely be noticed and appreciated.
#32: Sun-Kissed Balayage for Brown Hair
Want a look of sun-faded hair? If you have a cool skin tone and blue or gray eyes, go for the cool tones of blonde in balayage. Such highlights will look amazing of medium brown to dark brunette hair.
#33: Subtle Balayage for Brown Hair
One of the best ways to test out balayage is to do it in a more subtle manner to determine if you truly like it enough to try a more pronounced effect. This style features an easy way to try out the popular hair color technique. The final look is sleek and polished with just a hint of highlight throughout.
#34: Light Caramel Balayage
There’s a certain tendency to make long hair rather natural-looking and express more drama through shorter hair. That’s not a rule, just a well-grounded solution, in our opinion. This angled bob needed the maximum definition to enhance the texture and show off the layers, and it succeeded thanks to the highly-contrasting two-tone color.
#35: Brown to Caramel Ombre with Blonde Balayage
A fade to caramel tones for brunettes is gorgeous but nothing new nowadays. How can you personalize the look you like so much? Go for blonde highlights here and there to frame your mane. It’s going to look particularly amazing if your wear a long V-haircut.
#36: Multi-Tonal Blonde Hair
A long layered haircut is the best base for multi-tonal techniques like ombre and balayage. Goldilocks herself comes to mind when you see those efforless glimmering and shimmering waves where the hues flow from gilded browns to clear, sparkling blondes.
#37: Delicate Blonde Balayage Hair
Medium ash browns and soft flaxen blondes are ideal when you have a long length to stretch the hues for a very delicate and sophisticated hair color solution. Doesn’t it look like your dream hair?
#38: Black to Caramel Dramatic Hair Color Transition
Highly-contrasting balayage hair for longer lengths is usually a choice of younger girls. You can actually blend in any color you like. Golden brown and caramel tones create a beautiful temperature contrast when joined with the jet black.
#39: Tousled Tortoiseshell Style
Ecaille, or tortoiseshell hair, is a beautiful mix of golden brown, chestnut tones and honey blonde for a blended brunette balayage. The combination of tones is meant to add warmth to your look. Added bonus: this is the go-to look of Gisele Bundchen, which means it’s great for those looking to tap into their inner Victoria Secret model.
#40: Flaxen Blonde Fade
Long, thick, healthy hair is an excellent base for non-trivial hair color solutions. If you want a fairly natural-looking yet not subtle hair color, you may go for a gorgeous flaxen blonde fade with balayage highlights like in the photo. The darker your natural color is, the more dramatic the final result will be (in case you choose to preserve your natural hue at the roots, of course.)
#41: Beach Blonde Balayage
It’s no secret that blonde hair is always destined to garner a host of attention from admirers all over. This beautiful beach blonde balayage features a perfect mix of medium and light tones that come together to provide the hair with dimension. And still it wouldn’t be considered a true beach blonde look if some nice, flowy waves weren’t placed throughout to create a soft and effortless style.
#42: Flowing Brunette Curls
Keep it simple and sweet with long gorgeous curls and subtle highlights. There’s no need to go light and bright with balayage on dark hair, a rich mahogany shade flowing through the coffee colored strands still accents your style without changing your overall color.
#43: Lightly Textured Balayage Hair
It’s amazing what the right amount of light texture can do for naturally fine hair. This hairstyle is an example of the perfect marriage between fine hair, texture and color. The result is a classy and modern look.
#44: Thick and Curly Balayage Locks
If you have thick, curly hair there is a variety of hairstyles and hair color ideas that flatter your tresses flawlessly. This mid-length hair style features a soft balayage application throughout, while the actual styling is understated with a nice amount of undisturbed curls.
#45: Messy Silver to Blonde Hair
Perfect for a girl who likes a messy hair look and enjoys experimenting with hair color ideas, this messy blonde balayage offers the best of both worlds. Featuring a dark blonde on the top gradually transitioning to a light blonde on the ends, this look is completed with super cute shaggy waves.
#46: Flowing Waves and Balayage
For some reason, balayage highlights look even better when you combine them with waves or curls. This dark brown hair is given a balayage color boost, but the massive amount of messy waves seriously aims to steal the spotlight.
#47: Auburn and Golden Blonde Balayage
Versatility is one of the strongest advantages of balayage hair color technique. Whatever base color you have or choose, you’ll always be able to pick up a flattering hue to compliment it. The auburn and golden blonde remind us of the last sunny days of Indian summer.
#48: Wavy Brown and Honey Blonde Balayage
Here is a vivid answer to why balayage highlights are so incredibly popular. They offer you a unique multi-tonal effect. Mix the sweetest and the most delicious hues of milk chocolate and honey to come up with your perfect color combo.
#49: Babylights for Dark Chocolate Curls
While the dyeing method can be used on different hair textures, the difference in color shows best on curly hair. As shown in the picture, mixing in some subtle ribbons of color is a great way to add warmth and depth to dark brown hair.
#50: Touches of Blonde
With dark hair, balayage works wonders giving the color a nice added boost. The blonde balayage highlights here blend nicely with the deconstructed waves that are pulled apart and finger-combed to create a messy, undone look.
#51: Dark and Straight Balayage Hair
When your hair color looks this amazing, you don’t need a lot of styling to make it stand out. Here, you have brown balayage that is left to be the star of the show. The only actual styling is a bit of a texturizing product rubbed into the ends for some extra definition and a shaggy feel.
#52: Ash Blonde Balayage
To make sure that balayage hair color is compatible with a variety of shades, all you have to do is to look at this sexy style. While the very top of the hairstyle is a dark blonde, the rest of the mane is a bright ash blonde that commands attention. The finishing touch is the messy waves that have been finger-combed to create an effortless appearance.
#53: Layered Bob Balayage
Balayage short hair – how does it look? A choppy bob, whether long, short or somewhere in between, is one of the hottest hairstyles around, and it looks even better when you incorporate some balayage color. As a result, you get a fabulous layered look aptly enhanced by color.
#54: Dark Brown Balayage Hair
This ravishing hairstyle proves that balayage hair looks great on the locks with extreme length. The natural dark brown is left from the roots to the chin level, then it gradually lightens through the caramel brown streaks. For the finishing touch, loose curls are styled along the ends and pulled apart for a deconstructed look.
#55: Choppy Waves with Ombre Highlights
Naturally black hair can easily mix well with honey blonde accents, especially in a chin-length style where there is not too much length between the dark roots and lighter ends. A wavy balayage black hair style is perfect for a low maintenance woman who wants to wash her hair and go.
#56: Complex Medium Brown Hair Color
The medium brown blend with smears of dark honey, streaks of flaxen blonde and occasional chocolate ribbons in between provides the complexity of the color that won’t be so easy to duplicate. You are likely to get something similar, but not exactly the same. This balayage solution is particularly flattering for tanned skin.
#57: Blonde Balayage for Brunettes
Incorporating blonde balayage highlights for brunettes has never been so easy, smart and beautiful. Well, easy for someone who is experienced, because you’ll need to blend the lightest shades of blonde through muted golden brown strands. Use the lightest shades for face-framing.
#58: Brown, Ash Blonde and Platinum Blend
This pretty hair color solution is dazzling, as it reaches the brightest platinum notes at certain points. Brown and blonde blend can give the feeling of warmth or coolness. This is the coolest combination possible.
#59: Rainbow Balayage
This is a funky way to upgrade your auburn hair color. Or, actually, you can take any hue as your base color. Auburn or muted copper just pairs beautifully with each of these particular shades. Do not use additional colors in equal proportions. Let some of them be bolder and more pronounced, while others will be just little accents.
#60: Chocolate Covered Cherries Color Inspiration
Red violet balayage will always be popular with brunettes, because it looks harmonious on dark brown hair and reminds of the loved by many cherry blossom candies. The strokes of color are bold yet light, as if they were created spontaneously in a second.
Balayage hair color can range from white blond to jet black, with varying intensity depending on your preference. With minimal maintenance and maximum impact, this is an ideal coloring technique for any woman.