Top 20 Balayage Hairstyles You’ll Definitely Love

This hair dye trend is what everyone’s talking about, but what exactly is balayage? To begin with, balayage is a French word meaning ‘to sweep’ or ‘to paint’. It allows for a sun-kissed natural-looking hair color, similar to what nature gives us as children. It is a freehand technique as no foil or meche are used to create the highlights. So, if you’ve been wanting to twist your hairstyle a bit, here are some ideas for you. You’ll love #16, #11 and #7!

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#20. Subtle Highlights

If you don’t want to make a huge makeover, but you want to enhance your natural hair color, this type of balayage is for you. A bit of light brown pulled through the ends of your hair will make your new color look as natural as possible.

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One of the best things about this look is that it barely needs maintenance and it’s not so damaging to your hair. This hairstyle is perfect for fine hair. You can have your hairdresser mix shades of caramel and milk chocolate on your strands to create a more 3D look, just as in #19.

#19. Caramel And Honey

Who doesn’t love it when you can take care of your hair while still getting a dye? Here’s one of fall’s favorite balayage styles. The toned-down combination of black-brown and caramel will make you glow, even if your suntan is fading. Soul surfer, we got you!

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You can take it to the next level by changing the caramel shade to a more intense color for a sexier and natural look. Your natural roots will remain untouched, but at the same time, you’ll boast a sun-kissed look with this hairstyle. If you like this style, then you’ll love #15!

#18. Deep Brown And Bright Blonde

Spam warning: this hair color is your whole Pinterest feed. Outer layers of blonde really pop against the deep hazelnut underlayer. What a great contrast this balayage creates! It will be super hard to guess which tone is the one you were born with.

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Are you a blonde? Brunette? You are no longer under the pressure of having to choose to be one of the two. Thick strands of different colors are recommended to those who have a lot of hair to work with. If you’re not fond of this last option, you can also do it on thinner strands.

#17. Chocolate Cinnamon

Any woman can select her most flattering chocolate shade! This type of balayage creates a delicious blend of the following tones: dark chocolate, mahogany, chestnut, and cinnamon. As a result, you’ll get a look that’s dynamic and rich in color.

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From season to season, vibrant chocolate hues have remained in the mainstream. With the right choice of hue, a chocolate color will refresh your face and make it look younger. Sporting a chocolate brunette can make you look very feminine and romantic, and you can curl your locks or shape them into a chic updo.

#16. Rose Gold

PASTELAGE! Yes! You should know that the pastel color trend is definitely not over. Ask your colorist for a rose gold balayage to achieve this look. You can go for an orange-y copper tone at the base or else just go with your natural color. You’ll look great!

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Pop singer Pink was one of the first ones who dared to pull off this look. Among the celebrities who joined the pink club, we have Blake Lively, Katy Perry, Rita Ora, Sienna Miller, Hailey (now) Bieber, Cara Delevingne, Bella Hadid, Ellie Goulding, and many more.

#15. High Contrast

For this type of balayage, we have radical dark roots and hair base together with high contrast strands. It’s just perfect for those with thick and voluminous hair to emphasize the texture of a layered haircut. Queen Bee is one of the celebrities who sported this look first and she looked great with it!

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If you have short hair, there’s no problem! Next time you go for a dye job, add orange-tinted tips to your bob or lob. The lighter strands may be used to frame your face and… boom! Your whole hairstyle got spiced up.

#14.   Black And Purple

Are you a Disney fan? We got you! This combination of color is what Dove Cameron wore in the Descendants movie. The good thing is that you can stick to one hue similar to your natural color. This luxurious purple-ish tint combines perfectly with dark hair.

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Wanting to make a stronger impression? This shade of color will automatically stand out if you have a lighter undertone. You can also choose a pastel shade as Nicole Richie did. What is more, it looks totally cool mixed with gray hair. Check slide #11!

#13. Berry Sorbet Hair

Strawberry hair forever! This mix of cool-toned reds and dark black is one of the latest fruit-inspired hair colors blowing up Instagram. Such a mixture of cool-toned reds into a deeper black makes us love how simple yet dynamic a look like this can really be.

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It’s so good to know that this color can suit all skin tones. You need to bear in mind that if you have pink undertones in your skin, these colors will bring those out. A downside, these fashion colors are very high maintenance and their longevity are linked with at-home care, just like #8!

#12. White Blonde

This is an interesting hair color choice for women with cool skin undertones and it is a perfect choice with those with light hair. Here’s a tip: mixing shades of the brightest blonde over a brown base gives this hair color so much dimension!

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Platinum and white are one of the best coloristic ideas for contemporary multi-dimensional blonde hair. This look can be rather soft or, on the contrary, very sharp and dramatic depending on how the colors are applied. Now, you can let your inner ice queen out!

#11. Shades Of Teal

Halloween season is near and this look is a must if you are looking to stand out. If you love mermaids this is your cup of tea. Blending the blues or graduating the colors create exciting styles on longer hair cuts. Dark hair makes a contrasting backdrop that gives the style an enhanced dramatic look.

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You can also ask your hairdresser to pull shades of sherbet through the ends of your mermaid-like hair for a gorgeous under-the-sea look. You can curl your hair to show off the different blends, or you can also braid it to show the different graduating colors.

#10. Deep Cherry

The deep cherry fading to light red is so subtle that you can hardly see it. However, it still adds a noticeable dimension to your strands. This balayage technique is about to give a little twist of auburn shade to the dark chocolate cherry tone.

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Sometimes it looks browner, sometimes it looks redder—it’s all about the lighting! The most awesome part is that this style doesn’t require much maintenance. If you are hesitant to go full red but you’ve been meaning to, you can do this as a first step.

#9.  Bleach Bronde

First thing’s first. What does “bronde” mean? Well, it’s a multidimensional hue that perfectly complements a tan and gives hair a beachy feel. So, it’s neither fully blonde or brunette, a perfect choice for those who can’t decide between those two.

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If you are looking for a balayage hair idea that’s just a little bit extra, this style brings a major contrast thanks to the noticeable fade between brown and bright-blonde. This hair dye just makes you wanna go to the beach and let your hair down.

#8. Crimson Copper

Feeling sassy? This girl is on fire!! This hairstyle is both wild and bold. Bright red fades to white-tinted orange for a gorgeous, natural-looking dye job. You don’t have to be a natural redhead like Emma Stone to take a chance on this look!

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If you happened to be one of Hayley Williams’ fans back in the days when Paramore was a thing, you can choose a vibrant tone of red in her honor. You can totally wear the bold combo of reds and oranges. Bear in mind that you’ll have to visit your hairdresser frequently and that you’ll have to show your hair some love and dedication.

#7. Rainbow

Wanna join Team Unicorn? You’ll be accepted for sure with this colorful balayage. You can go for pastel tips, which can feel much more natural… well, as natural as rainbow hair can be. The outgrowing won’t annoy you anymore.

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Worried about maintenance? Don’t worry, it’s OK not wanting to take a trip to the salon every four days and still wanting a rainbow style. A neon balayage that will grow out with your hair will do the trick. You’ll have one job: keeping the colors looking fresh. Loved this look? Go to slide #2!

#6. Silver Raven

In case it’s not clear enough, of course you can balayage black hair. This silver raven style is a must-have for a funky, cool and trendier you! Now, one of Mother Nature’s secrets can be sported thanks to this new hair trend. It’s also a favorite of Kylie Jenner.

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Men have always got away with this color. But now, it’s turn for the ladies to get away with grey hair and make it a fashion statement. Sporting a few grey pieces does make the difference. If you got tired of the golden streaks, it’s time you gave this look a try.

#5. Beige And Honey

The base color has a hint of warmth to it, making honey the best blonde shade to enhance your natural tone. The honey shade is frequently used to frame the face and is peppered throughout the rest of the head to achieve cohesiveness. If your skin has warm undertones, all shades of honey will be the right fit for you.

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Colorists believe that the best skin tones for this type of highlights are peachy, olive, reddish, and sometimes dark deep skin tones. If you’ve been meaning to hide your grays, you can try a golden balayage. It is also used to transition from dark hair to a lighter and cooler color.

#4. Vibrant Red

This hair color is not only meant for cartoons like Ariel or Jessica Rabbit. Celebrities such as Rihanna, Bella Thorne, and Tyra Banks also bet for the Red Team. Let’s face it, red is one of the most popular hair colors and thus, red balayage is all the rage.

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Red balayage is hot, sizzling, and it can be said that it’ll become the next big trend in hairstyles. This is the type of hairstyle that will bring brightness to even the cloudiest day. Are you ready to paint the town red—after painting your hair red?

#3. Ashy Blonde

If you loved Barbies when you were a kid, then why not get barbie hair? You can totally go for it! This head of cool-toned ashy blonde strays from just sticking with its own tone by weaving in subtle buttery blonde balayage with icier light blonde.

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All you need to do is find the right shade of ash blonde that works for you. Since it is on the cooler-toned side of the color wheel, ash-blonde looks best on people with lighter complexions and blue, gray or green eyes. This doesn’t mean that gorgeous dark-skinned ladies can’t sport this color!

#2. Midnight Rainbow

Ultra dark iridescent balayage is the perfect way to subtly transition into rainbow hair if going all-pink still feels a bit scary and damaging to your hair. This style gives you a chance to have fantasy colors without having to get your hair bleached.

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Do you have dark hair? Don’t you worry. This color gives a bit of edge to your style that looks good with really dark roots. You can also try a rainbow peek-a-boo for a balayage look that is somehow super chill, yet still playful and fun.

#1. Lived-in Blonde

Lived-in colors are one of the recent trends that use an intricate novel system of balayage, which incorporates both lighter and darker shades from the base color, thus creating a blend that looks very natural. It’s a great solution for those too lazy or busy to commit to regular salon appointments.

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This type of balayage is very practical. You can enhance your natural color or choose another one as a base. It’s up to you! One of the best things about choosing this hair dye is that you will only have to head in for touch-ups every six months.

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