40 On-Trend Balayage Short Hair Looks

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Whether your hair is curly and layered or straight and blunt cut, a sure way to show off lovely locks is with a balayage short hair look. Trying this new trend will accentuate the lines and curves of your natural hair texture and give your hairdo the extra pop it needs!

Balayage Short Hair

While the soft fades of color applied in ombre technique look better on long hair, balayage highlights can be considered an alternative to ombre hair for shorter lengths. It’s a terrific way to add depth, dimension and visual interest to your bob or long pixie.

#1: Medium, Beachy Waves with Ombre Highlights

Do you still have vacation memories lingering in the mind? This balayage gives an impression of dark hair gone lighter in the sun. The soft waves and tender brown tones are so in tune!

#2: Soft Wavy Brown Bob with Shaggy Ends

This short hair balayage style will win the hearts of those who love natural-looking hair colors. Here again we mix softness and shagginess for touchable and admirable locks. Beautiful!

#3: Layered Dimensional Style

Girls with straight hair don’t need to envy curls anymore! It doesn’t take waves to create a show-stopping look. Adding balayage along with thoughtfully placed layers creates drama and double interest.

#4: Delicious Brown-Toned Coloring

Want a sun kissed look all year long? Balayage offers dimension and delicate accents to add to your hairdo. The good thing about this technique is that such highlights grow out in a natural way that isn’t difficult to maintain. Easy, breezy!

#5: Angled Cut with Warm Hues

Can’t decide between warm and cool tones? Well, ok! Have the best of both worlds with this lovely blend of color which transitions from red to a dark blonde hue. What a beautiful and non-standard hair color solution!

#6: Caramel Toned Short Balayage

This gorgeous style brings so much warmth and brightness to the face. Thanks to the extra long pieces in the front, beachy waves, and super dark roots, this look is edgy and modern. A texturizing spray will be your best friend for achieving the piecey separation.

#7: Short Soft Blonde Curls

Highlights for short hair are often a must. You want a short hairstyle that is glamorous and chic—not dull and lazy. For a stand out style, ask your stylist for highlights that are two shades lighter than your base color. Curling your hair will add to the femininity of this hair style.

#8: Short Red and Blonde Undercut

We’re on team undercut! We’re constantly singing the praises of a feminine undercut because it can be styled in so many ways. And here’s proof. Instead of styling it to the front or one side, try blowing the hair in every direction for a modern, grungy look.

#9: Burgundy Balayage on Dark Hair

Curious about new hair color ideas for short hair? When you go short, that’s a perfect opportunity to experiment with bleach. It will be easy to maintain healthy ends when you aren’t aiming for length at the same time. Picking a warm-toned color is typically more flattering, but ask your stylist what new hue will work best for your skin tone and eye color.

burgundy balayage on dark hair

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#10: Cool Toned Angled Bob

Short hair color should always blend seamlessly with the cut. The simple layers in this cut work perfectly with barely there balayage highlights. Plus, the cool ashy tones pair well with the sleekness of the styling. Long playful pieces in the front and short feathers at the nape give the best of both worlds!

#11: Balayage Ombre on Dark Hair

This beautiful style is just the right mix of subtle and stand-out. Dark brown hair looks best with ashy blonde balayage highlights. To keep the contrast between the dark strands and light strands from appearing stark, the trick is thin highlights that gradually get thicker towards the ends.

Wavy Brown Balayage Bob

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#12: Honey Brown Balayage

Honey brown is a great hair color for short hair because it adds vibrancy and glamour to short strands. Balayage means painted on, which is exactly why this technique tends to produce an artistic result. The way the lighter tones catch the light is just amazing!

#13: Bright Red Balayage

Often times when women opt for a bright hair hue, they tend to think of it as an all-over color. But no one’s hair is the same on every strand. That’s why having a couple tones for even the craziest hair colors is a good idea. The darker berry underpieces add tons of dimension to the overall look.

#14: Perfect Short Blonde Bob

Who doesn’t love a blonde bob? All over platinum is all the rage right now, but nothing compares to pretty sunny blonde highlights and adorable layering. This look is far more feminine and flirty. The golden tones are also more flattering on warm skin tones than platinum would be.

#15: Bob with Bangs and Balayage Ombre

Bangs aren’t a common pairing with short balayage hairstyles. It seems like everyone is going for the deep side part look today. But some girls just look fantastic with bangs. If you love having bangs, then go for them! To blend everything in, have your stylist put just a few faint highlights in your dark bangs.

#16: Short Hair with Brown Balayage

Balayage short hair doesn’t have to be bright or crazy! The style first originated to mimic and enhance the natural lighting of hair ends. For a more natural approach, make your upper strands only 1-2 tones lighter.

#17: Short Hair with Twisted Multi-toned Waves

These beautiful waves really add to the effect of the balayage highlights. To get twisted locks like these, you definitely need to try the straightener method. After blow drying your hair, randomly grab sections and twist in alternating directions, leaving the bottoms straight.

#18: Side Parted Short Balayage Bob

Keeping your pretty new bob straight and sleek is a styling option that will never go out of style. Short layers enhanced with highlights create a beautiful texture of straight hair. This also helps to shave off the thickness in the ends for a more rounded shape.

#19: Short Voluminous Curls

Short hair balayage is a gorgeous, trendy way to reimagine short hair. Just about any way you style your hair will look really chic with pretty highlights like these, but curls really take the cake! Use a large barrel curling iron to curl one or two inch sections of hair.

#20: Lavender Balayage A-Line

This stunning a-line cut gets a dose of modern edge with the addition of soft lavender highlights. The main reason this look is so successful is because the lavender highlight hue and the light brown base hue are really similar in saturation. Pick a highlight color that is right for your natural shade of hair if you want everything to blend in.

#21: Soft Bronde Hair with Short Layers

For a really natural balayage look, ask your stylist for full, blended highlights. Keeping the hair darker on the roots and the under layers provides a back drop for the highlights to really pop. If your hair is naturally wavy, you can let it air dry and simply use a texturizing spray or cream to create definition.

#22: Balayage Highlights for Long Bob

Balayage on short hair is one of the top trends right now. To master the look, the thickest highlight should be framing the face, starting almost at the root and stretching to the end. Then any other highlights should start a little lower down at varying points.

Dark Brown Bob With Caramel Highlights

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#23: Blunt Cut Balayage Bob

This super cute bob is perfect for a city girl in search of a fashionable look. Keep your ends perfect with regular trims! To maintain a spunky (instead of sleek) style, don’t get too perfect with your everyday styling. Use a blow dryer to get hair straight and apply products that build volume. Don’t use any heavy products that will weigh your hair down.

#24: Subtle Balayage Highlights for Short Hair

To reinvent your brown hair, try subtle highlights with plenty of warmth. Golden tones in brown hair really help catch the light. Soft curls showcase the balayage effect and add a lot of femininity to the style. If you have thick hair, you’ll want to section off the top of the hair before you start curling.

#25: Cinnamon Balayage Bob

These short hair highlights are done in such a pretty color! Not quite red, cinnamon is a color that is very flattering on women with warm skin tones. It’s also much easier to pull off than red, and it gives off a softer look. To style, add in a few twists and waves randomly.

#26: Stacked Ashy Blonde Cut

Can we say adorable? This style for straight hair is spot on! The balayage short hair style has a plethora of colors that range from darker rich tones to lighter ashy shades, and the addition of layering in the back shows off the different hues in the best light.

#27: Brown Blonde Sweeps of Color

Got dark hair? Want to add some lightness and diversity to your look? Try short hair balayage. The highlights are aptly swept through the length to give the look ease and movement. This is a great way to add depth to straight hair.

#28: Half Bob Half Pixie with Balayage

Ramp up your style with the wow effect of pastel hues, grazing the longest strands of your asymmetrical haircut. The cut alone does make a bold statement, but the hair color solution skyrockets it to the new unknown heights!

#29: Marsala To Strawberry Blonde Ombre

Why to limit yourself to one tone, if you can have two interesting shades with short hair balayage? The transition is quite soft, but the colors are pretty pronounced, which introduces an element of fun. Got straight hair? Use a curling iron to adopt some playful curly locks.

#30: Dark Brown Hair With Very Subtle Red Highlights

Ooh la la! This sleek style has just the right amount of color. The subtle warm tones envelop black hair in a sort of haze, and the softly contrasting frame around the model’s face is sheer perfection! This look resorts to very delicate highlights that don’t require any commitment.

#31: Sexy Pixie Bob With Extra Volume and Babylights

Tones of caramel and cinnamon are blended to add oomph to this statement-making pixie-bob cut. If you don’t have enough length to play around with, it’s certainly fun to add a distinct color to ramp up the showiness of your hairdo.

#32: Brown Blonde Balayage

Whether your waves are natural or styled, balayage on short hair will certainly enhance their bounce and shine thanks to the classy blend of blonde and brunette tones. This style looks effortless, carefree and lovely – all in one!

#33: Short Sun-Kissed Style

Natural blondes, would you let your hair go darker for the colder months? Nah! Let that summer sun shine all year through with this adorable balayage idea. Once highlighted hair can now have a softer vibe while still offering a high impact and enhancing the tones.

#34: Stacked Bob with Balayage

Want an extra dose of dimension in your hair? Then balayage may be just the ticket! Who knew that such softness could come with such an impact? The addition of caramel color also brings out the layers of the cut.

#35: Blonde Hair Balayage

Calling all blondes! Even on light colored hair, balayage is a good way to achieve a sophisticated and unique hair color. Go as subtle or bold, as you desire!

#36: Long Pixie with Dramatic Tones

Ready to rock a sassy pixie cut? Leave your natural dark hair hue at the roots and accent your layered short locks with caramel and blonde tones to spice them up even more. Who wouldn’t love balayage on short hair when it looks as fabulous as in the photo?

#37: Shaggy Bob with Face-Framing Highlights

This face-framing balayage offers softness in the refined hues of red on natural brown hair. The shaggy texture at the same time balances this softness for a trendy eye-catching look most brunettes would love to wear!

#38: Dimensional Red Toned Balayage

This is a high impact look! The shiny black hair fades through red to the lovely tangerine highlights places here and there. This color pattern will look equally good on straight hair and on loose effortless waves.

#39: Natural-Looking Dark Blonde Style

This balayage short hair style is a popular choice for women with dishwater blonde hair color. It gives just the right amount of brightness and refreshment for shorter layered styles like the one in the photo.

#40: Black Hair with Light Brown Highlights

Talk about versatility! Highlights on black hair look stunning whether it’s worn natural or straightened and curled. The options are endless, and both styles look spot on with this technique.

If you are thinking of a new hairstyle, why not to consider also a color upgrade? Rocking balayage short hair styles is now very popular. You can pick something that is soft and subtle or create some mind-blowing combo with a bold color. There are so many choices, so we can confidently claim: balayage is perfect on everyone!

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