If there’s one hair color trend that has captured the hearts of millions around the world, it has got to be the very trendily named balayage. This hair coloring technique involves hand painting highlights into your hair in sweeping motions to give it a more natural-looking effect. The results created are stunning and make your hair look naturally sunkissed. Balayage can be done in any color of your choice to create any persona that you may want to project. And it looks especially great on straight hair. The many shades woven and blended to create a balayage burst to life when done on straight hair. So, we took it upon ourselves to prowl the interwebz and compile the best balayage styles that can be done on straight hair. But, before we get into that, let’s first look at how you can balayage your own hair at home…
A word to the wise – we always recommend getting your hair colored only by a professional hairdresser as it requires a ton of skill. But if you would like to go for a simpler balayage, here’s how you can do it.
How To Balayage Your Hair At Home
What You Need
- An old towel
- Petroleum jelly
- Hair sectioning clips
- Paddle brush
- Balayage color kit
- Hair coloring brush
What To Do
- Put your gloves on and apply a layer of petroleum jelly all along your hairline and ears to prevent your skin from getting stained by the hair color.
- Drape an old towel around your shoulders to protect your clothes from staining.
- Mix and prepare the hair color in a bowl following the instructions given on the balayage kit.
- Section away and clip the top half of your hair.
- Start applying hair color on the bottom part of your hair in sections by streaking it on from the mid-lengths to the bottom of your hair.
- Concentrate more color at the ends and sparingly streak the higher parts of each section.
- Unclip the top half of your hair and repeat the coloring process.
- Once you’re done applying the hair color with the coloring brush, run the paddle brush through your hair to spread it more evenly.
- Leave the color on for the amount of time indicated on the box.
- Wash off the color and shampoo and condition your hair.
And you’re done! Now that you’ve perfected your balayage, let’s look at all the gorgeous ways that you can style it.
20 Breathtaking Balayage Styles For Straight Hair
1. Caramel Ripple
Imagine caramel sauce poured over a rich chocolate cake. Now, transfer that image onto your hair and this is the balayage style that you get. This luxurious caramel balayage done on straight dark brown tresses is as classy as it gets when it comes to colored hair looks.
2. Spectacular Sunset
Now this is what I call bold and beautiful. With a dramatic balayage done in a bright orange hue on a naturally dark mane, this look is certainly not for the faint hearted. The bold sweeps of color here blend marvelously to give off an effect as spectacular as the sky during sunset.
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3. Blonde On Blonde
Now here’s a balayage look that plays perfectly on subtleties. With shades of blonde layered on top of each other, there’s no stark contrast playing a central role in this balayage look. But the shades of honey blonde and platinum blonde play off of each other perfectly on straight hair to create this stunning balayage ombre style.
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4. Cool Toned Masterpiece
Long bobs done on straight hair work as the perfect canvas for balayage color jobs. Case in point, this cool toned look. The ash blonde balayage highlights stand out sharply against the cool toned coffee brown base to add oodles of dimension to her hair. Now this is what we call ‘sophisticated.’
5. Copper Craze
Warm tones come together quite beautifully when it comes to balayage styles on straight hair. The subtle copper balayage highlights on rich chocolate brown hair here look like they were masterfully painted on by an artist. Besides looking gorgeous, they also lend a whole lot of dimension to her hair.
6. Butter Blonde
Get ready to look like the chicest girl in town with this blonde balayage style that’s one for the ages. The butter blonde balayage highlights here look like they have been melted onto light brown hair to create this super chic hair look.
7. Raving Red
Drive everyone stark raving mad with this breathtaking ruby red balayage hair look. The jet black tone of her straight hair serves as the perfect base for luxurious red balayage highlights boldly streaked onto it. The only thing you have to do now is go at it with a straightening iron to style it poker straight to complete this edgy hair look.
8. Quartz Pink Quarry
It’s amazing how the subtlest tinge of color can make a world of difference in your hair look. These super fine balayage highlights done in a pale pink hue are quite blink-and-you-miss-it as they’ve been done on a bright blonde base. But they come to life every time you toss your pretty straight long bobbed head around.
9. Sunkissed Delight
If a quintessential balayage is what you’re going for, then this subtle blonde balayage will suit you perfectly. The golden blonde highlights in this look have been fluidly handpainted onto her rich chocolate brown mane to create the most gorgeous sunkissed effect. Style this look straight and you’re ready for a vacation by the shore!
10. Liquid Fire
For all you ladies who love playing with fire, here’s a balayage style that will light up your style statement. Done up on a straight short bob, this gorgeous balayage style in auburn and copper tones is what dreams are made of. Be prepared to make some heads turn every time you step out with this look.
11. Champagne Dreams
Poker straight hair works like magic in showing off your balayage hair in all its glory, especially when cut in a sharply angled bob. This champagne blonde balayage ombre is a masterclass in looking funky and sophisticated, both at the same time. You can pair it with an evening dress for a black tie event or with a miniskirt and crop top for a concert without changing the style one bit!
12. Bronze Beauty
There’s a beauty to ‘barely there’ balayage styles that just can’t be replicated by over-the-top color looks. This touch of bronze balayage comes to life when hit by light and gives your mahogany brown locks some gorgeous depth. It also works to make your hair look more voluminous.
13. Toffee Temptation
Not a fan of going crazy with your hair color? Then, here’s a natural tone balayage that will add a touch of warmth and dimension to your monotone chocolate brown locks. These toffee brown balayage highlights will give you the perfect sunkissed effect without indulging in blonde hues and keep things just a few shades lighter than your natural hair color.
14. Galaxy Spell
When it comes to balayage styles, it doesn’t get better than this. This galaxy themed color job is quite literally out of this world because of the way the midnight blue and deep green shades have been blended to create this look. The colors here shimmer and shine even more when styled straight.
15. Green With Envy
Make everyone envy your cool new hair look by going for this green balayage style that is oh-so-edgy. These emerald green balayage highlights stand out brilliantly against poker straight jet black hair and look like magic. All you need to up the cool-factor of this look is to get your bangs cut in a halfway style.
16. Pastel Princess
How cute and girly is this balayage style?! With soft magenta and glossy rose gold swept over a light brown base, this is a hair color look that is the epitome of feminine and flirty. Straight hair helps reflect the colors even more brightly and makes for an excellent way to showcase your new balayage look.
17. Mystic Grey
Coloring their hair might prove to be a challenge for women who work in organizations with strict dress codes. So, here’s an elegant and understated balayage style just for them. This shimmery grey balayage done on a cool toned brown base looks even better when styled in a straight long angled bob.
18. Banana Split
Quirky and whimsical are the only words that come to mind when I look at this cute balayage style. If that’s exactly what you’re aiming for, then get your straight hair cut in an angled bob and balayage it with a warm yellow hue. You can make the yellow pop even more if you color your base in a dark copper shade.
19. Cherry Bomb
For those of you out there who want to let their inner punk rock chick out, here’s a color job that will steal your heart. This cherry red balayage done in bold sweeping streaks on shoulder length straight hair is edgy, cool, and bound to make you like the badass that you truly are.
20. Honey, I’m Home!
It’s crazy how well straight hair works to show off the blending and gradient of colors used in creating a balayage style. For instance, this beautiful warm toned look is a menagerie of honey, toffee, and caramel shades with subtle pink undertones that add tons of dimension and depth to it.
Well, that was our rundown of the most marvelous balayage styles for straight hair. Don’t forget to comment below to let us know which one you can already envision yourself sporting!
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