Top 50 Balayage Hair Color Ideas

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Balayage Hair Color Ideas

Celebrity stylist such as Guy Tang have really brought balayage into the spotlight recently. So what is balayage hair and how to DIY balayage? If you have no idea what the term balayage is, allow us to explain; balayage definition: it is a style of ombre designed to look natural and sun-kissed, as if painted by nature. The goal is to create an ombre that will look natural with new growth that will also spice up every day hair. While this look may seem daunting and high-upkeep, it is one of the least maintenance required dye jobs you could get. Additionally, you don’t need to select a ‘natural’ color to take part in the balayage movement: more and more stylists are balayaging every shade imaginable, creating stunning masterpieces of hair. We’ve selected 50 of the most stunning balayage dye jobs to hopefully inspire you to call up your stylist and make your balayage appointment. Each color also includes a recommended “base” color, but feel free to experiment. No time is better than the present to take part in this beautiful trend!

1Upside-Down Cupcake Blonde Balayage

Recommended Base Color: Blondes, Pastels

Something about this frosty-pink look reminds us of sweet treats and guilty pleasures. We love how the cool, chic platinum pairs so well with this pastel pink. Try a rose gold balayage for even more glamour! This balayage is especially wonderful on ladies with paler skin or cool undertones.

2Brown Blonde Balayage & Platinum Tips

Recommended Base Color: Brunettes, Reds

This balayage has a bit too high of a contrast to be mistaken for natural, but don’t worry: it will still look amazing as you grow it out. If your hair is a golden or other blonde, go for more platinum tips! If you’re still not convinced, have your stylist select shades that will compliment you.

3Just a Hint of Balayage Color

Recommended Base Color: Brunettes

This color has just the right amount of warmth without being too overwhelming or blatantly dyed. If you want to have that “just returned from a trip to the beach” glow, go for a balayage that’s only a few shades warmer than your current color. Because brunette is a universal hair color, this balayage is universally appealing on ladies of all skin tones.

4Warm, Rich Reds Balayage Ombre Hair

Recommended Base Color: Reds, Brunettes

Pairing a deep red or brunette with a muted orange is sure to be a hit! This balayage ombre hair color is not quite fiery enough to be “in your face”, but perfectly blends rebel with regal. How to balayage this color? Play around with base colors and oranges to find the right combination for your skin tone! Be warned, though: wearing pink may create a visual clash of colors.

5Stunning Silver Hair Balayage

Recommended Base Color: Any

Silvers and whites look good with almost any base, so no worries if you aren’t sporting a black base like the model. Be warned, though: going silver is a long process and will take multiple visits, so be prepared to shell out some $$$ if you’re beginning from a darker base. Silvers and whites look good with all skin tones and undertones, but find a grey that works well for you.

6Sun-Stripped Tresses Brown Blonde Balayage Straight Hair

Recommended Base Color: Blondes, Brunettes

This airy blend of warm and cool tones could easily be obtained with a bottle of Sun-In and a few hours lounging outside. Have your stylist select a blonde balayage that will warm your skin and rock this color for the summer. After you step out of the salon, hit the beach in your brand new bikini and rock your new color!

7Natural Glow Brown Blonde Balayage Dark hair

Recommended Base Color: Brunettes

This look reminds us of days spent with lemon juice in our hair, trying to create the perfect blonde from a brunette base. Worry no more! Bring this balayage inspiration to your stylist for a warm, edgy new color. Since this color is relatively natural, it’s perfect for ladies with office jobs or strict dress codes.

8Rose Gold Reward

Recommended Base Color: Brunettes, Blondes

Rose gold has become increasingly popular as of late: hop on the train with a rose gold balayage. Although this coloring looks good with most base colors, we recommended staying away from red to combat any awkward brassiness. If you’re feeling particularly daring, pair this sweet color with dark makeup for a dreamy, out-of-this-world look.

9Fiery Fiesta Balayage Highlights

Recommended Base Color: Reds, Brunettes

Muy caliente! This color is perfect for hot summer nights and a wild vacation to an ocean-side paradise… or any time, really! If you want to re-create the fire of this color, we recommend sticking with warmer bases likes reds or some brunettes. This balayage looks fantastic on ladies with darker eyes as it brings out flecks of warmth in your irises.

10The New Goldilocks Balayage on Dark Hair

Recommended Base Color: Reds, Brunettes

Who says Goldilocks can’t have experimented with her look? We love how this golden balayage looks when paired with a red or warm base, especially on those with tanner skin tones. Have your stylist create the perfect color combo for you! The model’s chic, trendy dark attire only serves to bring out the beauty of this balayage to its full potential!

11Painted with Sunshine Caramel Balayage

Recommended Base Color: Brunettes, Reds

I got a pocket, got a pocket full of sunshine~ Create your own sunshine by pairing warm, strawberry blonde balayage with brunette or even red bases. How to achieve this balayage technique? Toy around with hints of platinum and gold for an even more dynamic color. If you’re feeling really bold, throw in caramel and red coloring for even more appeal.

12Whispers of Balayage Highlights

Recommended Base Color: Brunettes

A dramatic balayage does not always equal a better balayage! This barely there brunette balayage is still stunning and perfectly compliments the model’s skin tone. If you want a very natural look, draw your inspiration from this whisper of a dye job. Be careful not to select a brunette or gold that’s too ‘green’ or you may look as though you’ve taken a dip in some algae.

13Burgundy or Purple?

Recommended Base Color: Any

Well, which is it? It doesn’t really matter, as you can choose as warm or as cool as a balayage as you like within this color family. Most base colors work well with burgundy: talk over with your stylist if you want a dramatic balayage or a more complimentary color. This color works well with all skin tones, but is particularly dramatic on paler ladies due to the contrasting colors.

14Secretly a Mermaid Dark Hair Balayage

Recommended Base Color: Any

Any girl can be a mermaid with a few dashes of teal in her hair! While this color can have some fading issues, it’s beautiful while it lasts and looks good with a variety of base colors. Book your teal balayage today and soon you’ll be singing with Ariel! For even more drama, throw in a few shades of blue or green with your teal to create a vivid, eye-catching balayage all your friends will want.

15Runway Ready Brunette Balayage

Recommended Base Color: Brunettes

Warm, sunny blondes or barely-brown brunettes make a stunning, inviting balayage that just screams “I’m ready for my close up!” This particular balayage combo looks wonderful on brunette bases and darker skin tones. Due to the warmth of this balayage, it looks simply stunning when paired with a dramatic red lip.

16Ashy Blonde Balayage

Recommended Base Color: Brunettes

Ash blonde is a hot color this season (here’s looking at you, Cara.) Go in for an ashy blonde balayage to bring a bit of ice queen to your brunette base. Platinum tips really vamp up this chilly cool balayage. If you’d like to take it a step further, play around with hints of pastel pink to really vamp up your color.

17Neon Overload

Recommended Base Color: Neons, Pastels, “Unnatural” Shades

Channel your inner Jeffree Star with a bright, vivid neon that screams to the world your are a one-of-a-kind goddess. Although we recommend pairing a neon balayage with a neon base, any “unnatural” color works well with glowing tips: try pastels or other vivid hues. This bright blue/alien green combo is just the color to welcome in a summer of partying!

18Warm and Welcoming Caramel Balayage

Recommended Base Color: Brunettes

Something about this honey-dipped balayage is so sweet and tempting! While you can create this color on a dark or dirty blonde, it is best on brunettes. The warmth really works well with ladies of many undertones; how to balayage hair to this style? Ask your stylist to select a blonde that will look the best on you. This balayage looks wonderful on ladies of all skin colors.

19Natural Caramel Balayage

Recommended Base Color: Brunettes, Blondes

Why are blonde balayages so tempting? Your friends will never be able to guess if you created this blonde caramel balayage color with time in the sun or in a salon chair, so leave them guessing! Play around with warm and cool tones to find what works best for you.

20Strawberry Amore

Recommended Base Color: Brunettes, Reds

Sweet as a strawberry but still fiery and exotic, this balayage is stunning on other shades of red as well as brunette bases. If you’re looking to bring some spice into your every day color, look no further!

21Sandy Blonde Balayage

Recommended Base Color: Warm Brunettes

These sandy blonde balayage highlights are a perfect way to get your natural brunette hair ready for spring. Almost verging on an ombre style in appearance, this bold balayage pattern still looks fairly natural because the highlights are only a few shades lighter than the base color.

22Dusty Burgundy

Recommended Base Color: Black or Dark Brunette

This dusty shade of burgundy looks more subtle and natural than vibrant purplish shades, and it acts as a nice way to lighten up naturally dark hair without applying a high-contrast color like blonde.

23Platinum Ash

Recommended Base Color: Cool Blondes or Brunettes

Brighten up your cool blonde or brunette hair with a dusting of ashy platinum blonde balayage highlights.

24Subtle Caramel

Recommended Base Color: Natural Black, Dark To Medium Brunettes

Put a hint of subtle caramel color balayage over your black or dark brown hair to help warm it up without going too crazy. This is a perfect balayage style for women who are new to coloring their hair or anyone who wants a very light touch with their color.

25Electric Copper

Recommended Base Color: Auburn, Dark Ginger, Warm Brunettes

This bright copper highlight looks fairly natural over auburn or dark ginger hair, but you can also try it over a warm brunette color to add a little more pop and contrast.

26Sunkissed Blonde Balayage

Recommended Base Color: Dark Blonde

These pale blonde balayage highlights make for a perfectly natural sunkissed look when worn overtop of natural darker blonde hair. We love this color palette as a sophisticated way to get your color ready for warmer months, and it’s easier to maintain than a root to tip dye job.

27Hints Of Copper

Recommended Base Color: Red, Burgundy, Warm Brunettes

Delicate hints of copper colored balayage are a great way to add natural looking dimensional color to dark reds or warm tinged brunettes.

28Golden Caramel

Recommended Base Color: Warm Brunette

We’ve seeing these golden caramel balayage highlights on famous beauties like Ciara and Jennifer Lopez, and their strategic placement around the face helps to brighten up the complexions of women with medium to deep or olive complexions.

29Dusty Rose

Recommended Base Color: Grey, Dark Blonde, Dark Pastels

While we’re still seeing big popularity among a wide variety of unnatural shades, the vibrant hues and cotton candy pastels are taking a back seat to grey-tinged colors like this dusty rose. Because these balayage highlights have a muted tone, they look best worn over a grey, cool dark blonde, or darker pastel base color.

30Coppery Blonde Balayage

Recommended Base Color: Reds

If you’re looking to dress up your dark red hair with balayage highlights, our absolute favorite option is this multi-tonal coppery blonde balayage.

31Deep Chocolate Espresso

Recommended Base Color: Black or Dark Brunette

If you’ve got naturally dark hair and you’re not into high contrast blonde-on-black styles, go super subtle and sophisticated with these dark chocolate balyage highlights. This rich looking color is perfect for women who want to look timeless without hopping from trend to trend, and is appropriate for any season.

32Warm Golden Blonde

Recommended Base Color: Brunettes

Even if you’re majorly crushing on how good balayage highlights look on ultra long hair, that doesn’t mean you have to wait to grow your hair to go for a balayage style. Use a golden blonde balayage to warm up your textured lob or mid length hair, and you can let these highlights grow with your hair.

33Steely Grey

Recommended Base Color: Black

Combine the granny hair trend with balayage fever and this steely grey style is what you’ll get. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to try going grey without the hassle of consistent root touch-ups, and the darker grey shade will have you looking more like an enchanted sorceress than someone’s actual grandma.

34Blonde Balayage With Violet Surprise

Recommended Base Color: Dark Blonde, Brunette

This beautiful blonde balayage looks great on dark blonde or medium brunette base colors, but it’s hiding an extra surprise. Adding a few hints of a vibrant contrast color in hair’s underneath layer can make for a fun ribbon of color when hair is worn up or in braided styles.

35Ocean Blue

Recommended Base Color: Black or Dark Brunette

Blue hair used to mean a home dye job that was either bright, primary blue or barely noticeable, but today it can be anything from pastel baby blue to a deep sapphire. It’s hard to pick a favorite with so much blue to choose from, but if we had to make a choice it would probably be this oceanic shade of greenish blue. More dusky than vibrant, this blue balayage looks chic and sophisticated, especially over natural black hair.

36Ashy Brunette

Recommended Base Color: Cool Brunettes

Do you prefer your balayage to be dark and moody? Whether you call it dirty blonde or ashy brunette, these cool toned balayage highlights are the perfect sophisticated accompaniment to any brunette hair with cool undertones.

37Warm Rose Gold

Recommended Base Color: Blondes or Brunettes

The magic pinkish blonde shade also known as rose gold is an incredible balayage accent for almost any blonde or brunette. We love a warm rose gold over an equally warm base color, but your stylist might be able to make the color work with your naturally cool toned hair.

38Buttery Blonde

Recommended Base Color: Dark Blonde, Brunette

This classic shade of sunny blonde is the perfect balayage hue to warm up blonde and brunette hair for summer.

39Burgundy Auburn Autumn Melt

Recommended Base Color: Reds, Dark Brunettes

Although you don’t have to wear this color palette in autumn, it seems like a pretty perfect fit for the season.

40Peachy Balayage

Recommended Base Color: Reds, Blondes

Add these super subtle peach balayage higlights to your auburn or warm blonde hair for a more low-key way to get on the unnatural hair color bandwagon.

41Face Framing Blonde

Recommended Base Color: Brunettes, Blondes

Concentrating blonde balayage highlights around the face and toning them down towards the back of the hair helps to brighten up your hairstyle while keeping a fairly natural look overall. As a general rule, you’ll want to use a lighter touch when applying balayage highlights that are much lighter than your base color.

42Pastel Lavender

Recommended Base Color: Blondes, Brunettes

We love the earthy, DIY feel that comes with adding pastel highlights over blondes and brunettes in natural shades. In the pictured style, blonde balayage has actually been colored over with a lavender shade, making for a nice pop of color over an existing balayage style.

43Peekaboo Balayage Bob

Recommended Base Color: Brunettes

These balayage highlights that are concentrated around the face while the rest subtly peek through from the lower layers around the back and sides.

44Rich Red Velvet

Recommended Base Color: Black Or Dark Red

This rich red velvet shade looks glamorous and sophisticated over a similarly dark shade of red or natural black. And because red dyes tend to fade from hair the fastest, opting for a slightly darker shade might help you preserve your color for longer.

45Oil Slick Balayage

Recommended Base Color: Black or Dark Brunette

Two toned balayage in purple and green mimics the cool rainbow pattern of an oil slick. If you’re looking for an unnatural colored balayage that’s cool, dark, and on trend, this is the style for you.

46Subtle Model Balayage

Recommended Base Color: Dark Brunettes

If subtle is the word that best describes your dream balayage highlights, copy Lily Aldridge’s barely there brunette-on-brunette look. Not only does this style grow out like a dream, but your look will outlast the super trendy styles that are here today and gone tomorrow.

47Gingery Blonde Color Melt

Recommended Base Color: Copper or Ginger

Using a color melt technique to blend blonde balayage highlights with copper or ginger roots makes for an incredibly luxe looking style that will make everyone you meet wish they were a red head too.

48Natural Balayage Bob

Recommended Base Color: Blonde, Brunette, Red

Keep your bob looking its best with balayage color applied to the very outer layers of your hair, and reap the added benefits of making your hair look endlessly thick.

49Luxury Balayage

Recommended Base Color: Dark Brunettes

Jessica Biel’s golden balayage highlights are concentrated in her face framing curves to give them maximum impact. The combination of a strong color contrast and perfectly placed highlights makes this balayage style look luxurious without being overblown.

50Sandy Blonde Balayage Lob

Recommended Base Color: Dark Blondes, Medium Brunettes

Subtle and sweet for any season, we love the gradual blend between brownish blonde roots and a brighter blonde shade throughout the ends.

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