Brown Balayage Ideas
If you don’t already know, balayage is a highlighting technique in which the dye is painted on by hand to create a natural, graduated effect that is usually lighter towards the tips. It differs from ombre in that it is not a solid color, more slices of color over a base color. Brown hair offers a great base for a balayage as it complements so many other colors, from the subtle to the bold. If you are thinking of updating, take a peek at some of our favorite balayage brown hair looks.
1Sun-kissed Balayage Brown Hair
2Silver and Ash Brown Balayage
3Balayage Light Brown Hair
4Ash Blond Balayage in Long Hair
5Chocolate Cake Balayage
Chocolate cake hair is a new color trend for 2019 and it is simply delicious. Gorgeous chocolaty tones are mixed together to create a rich and gorgeous hair color that looks good enough to eat.
6Mushroom Balayage on Dark Brown Hair
Mushroom is a big hair color trend for 2019 and the greyish shade of brown looks beautiful as a balayage in this dark chocolate hair. The fine slices of color highlight the messy waves and give this hair such great texture.
7Copper and Mahogany Balayage
8Super Natural Brunette Balayage
9Emerald Green Balayage Brown Hair
10On Trend Tortoiseshell Balayage
The blunt cut of this bob is absolutely gorgeous and those choppy edges are accentuated by an on-trend tortoiseshell balayage. The tortoiseshell hair color trend involves blending caramel, honey, chestnut, and platinum highlights together to create a tortoiseshell effect.
11Subtle Rose Gold Balayage
Rose gold tones are still going to be popular throughout 2019 and this balayage in rich chocolate hair is such a beautiful and subtle take on the trend. The rosy hues will really shine under natural sunlight, whilst looking a little more muted in artificial light. Gorgeous!
12Smokey Honey Blonde Balayage
The smokey honey shade of highlights in this balayage is amazing. It complements the model’s skin tone to perfection and really stands out against the deep brown shade of her lob.
13Lavender and Caramel Balayage
For a more youthful and contemporary brown hair balayage, experiment with color. Lavender has been blended perfectly through the tips of this chocolate hair thanks o some caramel highlights. So fresh!
14Golden Brown Hair with Caramel Balayage
There is such a laidback and beachy vibe to this golden brown hair with caramel balayage. The natural highlights really give the hair extra depth and help to define the big, bold waves.
15Short Hair with Toffee Ombre
Balayage brown hair can look really effective on short and straight hair, just look at this lovely toffee ombre on dark brown hair. It has added definition to the blunt edges, which also creates depth and the illusion of extra volume.
16Chunky Mahogany Balayage
This luxurious and rich shade of mahogany looks so stunning against an almost black shade of brown. It has helped to pick out the subtle tones of the base color as well as defining gorgeous curls. Love it!
17Icy Blonde Balayage
Chunky slices of icy blonde have really lifted this dark ash brown and created such a strong contrast that is so striking. Looks amazing styled into loose curls, but will also look lovely when poker straight.
18Stunning Ash Brown Balayage
19Chocolate Hair with Golden Brown Ombre
20Beautiful Navy Balayage
21Soft Tortoiseshell Brown Balayage
22Caramel and Toffee Balayage
23Ash Brown Hair with Platinum Balayage
24Bronze Brown Hair Balayage
25Dark Chocolate with Chestnut Balayage
26Silvery Grey Balayage
27Dusky Pink Balayage
28Rich and Warm Auburn Balayage
29Deep Purple Balayage Dark Brown Hair
30Gorgeous Ashy Balayage
31Magenta Dark Brown Balayage
32Toasted Coconut Balayage
33Toasted Cinnamon Balayage
34Bright and Sunny Balayage
35Blue Lilach Brown Balayage
36Natural Light Brown Balayage
37Mushroom Brown Balayage
38Subtle Balayage on Dark Brown
39Mousy Brown Balayage Hair
40Warm Brown Balayage
41Brown On Brown
42Subtle Brunette Balayage
43Warm and light brown ombre balayage
44Caramel balayage on dark brown base
There are so many great brown hair balayage looks to try out, how will you choose? If you want something more natural, choose a balayage color that is just a few shades lighter than your base color. Or choose a lighter blonde shade and fine highlights for that beautiful sun-kissed effect.
If you are looking for a bolder balayage, go for a color that contrasts against your shade of brown so it really stands out, such as caramel or auburn, etc. If you want something more original, go for non-natural colors, like greens, blues, purples, and pinks for a really striking effect.
If you are on a tight budget, there are some really good at-home balayage kits. They come with an applicator brush, which helps to create that naturally highlighted effect. Just be sure that you always do a patch test, as you should do with any at-home hair color.
The plus side of going to a salon for your balayage brown hair is that your stylist will be able to go through your options with you and even create a bespoke color, just for you. Professional stylists will be super skilled at applying hair color free-hand, so the blend between your base/natural color and balayage shades will be so smooth.
Don’t forget to invest in a good color care regime to keep your brunette balayage looking its best for as long as possible.