‘Balayage’ is one of those strange words that has taken over the fashion world in the past couple of years. “But what is balayage?”, you ask. This particular French word refers to a hair coloring technique where dye is literally painted freehand onto your hair. There is no foil used to separate the different sections of your hair. The resulting highlights are super natural and blend seamlessly into the natural base color of your hair. Now there are many ways that you could go about styling your balayage. From a blonde shade to give your hair a sunkissed look and soft pastel colors to let out your inner flower child to bright, popping colors that show off your spunk, the options are endless. Which is where I come in. I have compiled a list of my top 30 picks for balayage color ideas so you don’t have to take the effort!
But let’s hold our horses for a minute. I know going to a professional hairdresser could cost you a pretty penny that you can’t afford. So let’s first look at how you can balayage your hair at home.
HOW TO BALAYAGE YOUR HAIR AT HOME
You Will Need
- An old towel
- Large hair clips
- Paddle brush
- Balayage color kit
How To Balayage
- Apply Vaseline all along your hairline and put on your gloves to avoid staining your face or hands with the hair color.
- Drape your towel around your shoulders to avoid getting any color on your clothes.
- Follow the instructions given on your box to mix the hair color.
- Section off and clip all the hair at the top of your head and flip the hair left loose at the back over your shoulders.
- Using the brush given in the kit, apply the hair color onto the bristles of your paddle brush.
- Run your paddle brush from the mid-length to the ends of your hair.
- Flip the brush and run it through the same section of hair, but from the back.
- Keep applying hair color onto your paddle brush and running it through all the sections of your hair.
- Make sure you apply more color towards the ends and lesser on the top to achieve that natural look.
- Unclip the top half of your hair and apply color to it in the same manner.
- On sections of hair where you want more color, apply the same with the help of the coloring brush that comes with the kit.
- Run your paddle brush once again through all your hair to spread the color more evenly.
- Leave the hair color on for the duration of time indicated on the box.
- Wash your hair and condition it.
- Let your hair air dry or blow dry it to finish the look.
Well, now that you’ve balayaged your hair successfully, let’s look at the beautiful colors and shades you can style it in!
Balayage Hair Color Ideas
1. Dusty Rose Balayage
So after years and years of waiting, you’re finally going to Coachella this year. But wait! Besides putting together the perfect boho chic outfits, you also need to do something about your hair. This dusty rose balayge that blends shades of soft brown and blush pink together will make you look like the desert princess of Coachella Valley.
2. Raspberry Sorbet Balayage
Is there anything better than a cool fruity sorbet on a hot summer afternoon? Of course not! Be the coolness of everyone’s eyes with this balayage style inspired by raspberry sorbet. The pinks and purples blend seamlessly into one another to create this look that definitely packs a punch.
3. Gold Lining Balayage
Every cloud may have a silver lining, as the adage goes. But why settle for silver when you can go for gold? These chocolate brown have been highlighted with a gorgeous golden shade at the ends to create this magnificent balayage style.
4. Sunkissed Blonde Balayage
Dark colors may rule the winter, but come summer, and everyone’s rushing to their hair salons to get that touch of blonde in their hair. This sunkissed blonde balayage style is sure to transform you into a total beach babe. Style your hair in some shaggy texturized waves and throw on a leather jacket to complete the look.
5. Smoke And Mirrors Balayage
Put on an air of mystery and intrigue everyone around you with this beautiful balayage style. The black hair at the roots flows into an ashy grey and then a lustrous blonde to create a look that is the literal personification of smoke and mirrors. Add more depth and dimension to this look by styling your hair in big bouncy curls.
6. Supernova Balayage
Do you ever look up at the night sky and marvel at its beauty because it makes you realize why people draw so much inspiration from it while making a piece of art? Take this stunning balayage style, for example. Her jet black hair has been highlighted with shades of deep blue and purple to create a masterpiece.
7. Neon Mermaid Balayage
Regular mermaids are cool and all but picture this – neon mermaids. With iridescent tails in shades of neon blue and pink. Cool, right? Now, transfer all that imagery onto your hair, and you’ve got this look. Her light blonde hair has been accented with shades of neon blue and baby pink to create this gorgeous look that’s one for the ages.
8. Dark Chocolate Balayage
Once you see that dark chocolate ganache oozing down the sides of that cake, you know that your diet is going for a toss. Dark chocolate tends to have that hypnotizing effect on people. So, enchant people with your hair by going for this brown balayage look. This naturally dark brown hair has been highlighted with beautiful soft brown and auburn streaks to give it tons of dimension.
9. Caramel Latte Balayage
Honestly, seeing people’s addiction to coffee these makes me feel like Starbucks is the capitalist overlord that is controlling all our lives. But look on the bright side! It makes amazing coffee in an array of flavors that then serve as inspiration for hair color looks! Take this gorgeous blonde balayage style, for example. Warm brown and creamy blonde blend to create a look just as magical as your morning cup of coffee.
10. Valentine’s Pink Balayage
Whether you love Valentine’s Day or believe that it’s a capitalist mechanism brought about to make people buy more stuff they don’t need, I think we can all agree that it’s fun being inundated with red and pink decoration for that one day. So, show off your love for all things pink with this romantic pink balayage done on brown hair.
11. Soft Blonde Balayage
Elegant, poised, has all her shit together – if these are the qualities you’re trying to project through your appearance, here’s a balayage look that is tailor-made for you. The beauty of this blonde balayage done on dark brown hair is only elevated by the straight long bob that it has been style into.
12. Rosé Pink Balayage
If you’re one of those ladies who loves her wine, I’m sure you know how pretty a bottle of rosé looks. Well, this balayage style takes inspiration from just that. The dark burgundy tresses are fantastically highlighted with a soft pink shade to create this style that looks exactly like a bottle of bubbly rosé.
13. Bright Blonde Balayage
Always wondered why blondes have all the fun? Then try out this look and find out for yourself! This chic balayage style incorporates messily done blonde highlights on dark brown hair. Style your hair in some rough and textured waves to make the most of this balayage look.
14. Rose Gold Balayage
Every store you enter and every shopping website you visit, there’s no way that you can escape the rose gold products that they are all flooded with. It’s the color of the hour and, of course, hairdressers around the world are trying it out. This absolutely stunning rose gold balayage is classy, chic, and one of a kind.
15. Cool Toned Blonde Balayage
Go for that “warm winter evening spent by a bonfire in a log cabin” look with this brown balayage style. The blended light and dark brown look keeps things with its cool toned finish. Just style your hair in some relaxed waves and throw on a chunky sweater to complete this look.
16. Blush Pink Balayage
For those unfamiliar, taupe is that unusual and beautiful shade that lies somewhere between pink and brown on the color spectrum. This gorgeous color makes for a great highlighting shade when doing a balayage on medium brown hair.
17. Lava Red Balayage
Let your inner fire out and let it glow through your hair with this intense red balayage style. The deep auburn at the roots rapidly melts into a fiery lava red shade to create this look that is a feast for the eyes. Set your style statement on fire by curling your hair up and pairing it with a neutral toned outfit.
18. Forest Green Balayage
Feel a little closer to nature with this verdant balayage look that is as pretty as it gets. Over the base of jet black hair, the rich forest green balayage comes to life to create a stunning effect. Leave your hair unstyled and throw on a flannel to complete your lumberjack-living-in-the-middle-of-the-woods look.
19. Pastel Unicorn Balayage
Who doesn’t love unicorns? (If you don’t, what’s wrong with you?) Though you might never be able to poop rainbows and fart glitter like them, at least you can have their fantastic pastel hair! Go for a subtle balayage look by highlighting your blonde hair with light blue and pink to create this gorgeously colorful style.
20. Sunrise Yellow Balayage
Everyone talks about the beautiful colors of the sky at sunset. But you know what’s tragically underrated? Sunrises! This yellow balayage style is a tribute to that magical time at dawn where the dark sky beautifully bursts into a bright yellow. The ginger hair at the top slowly transitions to copper and then to yellow to create this super pretty look.
21. Ultraviolet Balayage
OK, first up – if you haven’t listened to Ultraviolet by The Stiff Dylans, do so right now and thank me later. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s turn our attention to this mesmerizing balayage style. The effect created by layering a vivid violet shade over her jet black hair is absolutely out of this world.
22. Lavender Balayage
Lavender perfume, lavender soap, lavender oil…heck, even lavender tea. Anything infused with this gorgeous flower is transformed into a thing of beauty. So why wouldn’t you try out its beautiful shade on your hair? Highlight and balayage your dusty brown hair with a lavender shade to transform yourself into an adorable flower child.
23. Lilac Balayage
Here’s another flower themed balayage that is sure to tickle your fancies. Balayage your light brown or blonde hair with a light lilac shade to give it an ethereal feel. Curl up your hair and add some texture to it to complete your carefree hippie look.
24. Plum Balayage
Go for a royal look with this plum balayage that is sure to take your and everyone else’s breath away. Just balayage your dark hair with a rich and intense shade of purple to create an air of sexy mystery around you. Style your hair in a straight long bob and you’ll have everyone wondering “Who’s that girl?”
25. Maroon Balayage
Now, here’s a hair color that you don’t see people sporting all that often. Which is a crying shame because look how stunning it is! The breathtaking maroon balyage done on black hair looks fun and flirty while still maintaining an air of dignity around it.
26. Deep Purple Balayage
Besides being the name of the band that pioneered heavy metal rock, deep purple also happens to make for a stunning hair color. Balayage your dark hair with various shades of purple to create a hair look that is an absolute treat for the eyes. With your hair styled in some soft curls, it is sure to look like the galaxy.
27. Bubblegum Swirl Balayage
Are you a total girly girl and addicted to everything pink? Well, here’s a stunning balayage style that will be perfect for you! This swirly bubblegum pink balayage style is the epitome of cutesy and adorbadorbs.
28. Rich Blonde Balayage
If you ever watched Gossip Girl, you’ll know that Serena van der Woodsen (played by Blake Lively) had the most enviably gorgeous blonde tresses. This balayage style recreates her iconic shaggy blonde hair look and how! With rich blonde highlights running through deep brown hair and super voluminous and textured waves, there will be no stopping you from being on top of your style game.
29. Silver Fox Balayage
You know what they say…you either go big or go home. And this balayage style definitely goes big. Show everyone the foxy mama that you are with this silver balayage hair look that is sure to make everyone’s heads turn. It may take a few sessions to perfect this look. But hey, the magical elven look you end up with is worth all the effort.
30. Bloody Mary Balayage
Bloody Mary may make for a truly disgusting cocktail (#sorrynotsorry), but it sure does have the most gorgeous red color to it. This balayage style takes inspiration from this classic drink. The intense red color highlights strikingly stand out on her naturally dark hair to create a look that is bound to enamor anyone.
Phew! There you have it, then! Our top favorite balayage looks that are to die for. Comment below to let us know which ones you find worth trying out at least once. Toodles!