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90 Balayage Hair Color Ideas with Blonde, Brown and Caramel Highlights

90 Balayage Hair Color Ideas with Blonde, Brown and Caramel Highlights

Posted by trubridal in Wedding Hair 12 Nov 2017
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Nothing helps to stay looking current as a modern hair color and a trendy cut. The balayage is deservedly considered the hottest customized hair color solution of today. Our vast gallery embraces the chicest balayage looks of 2017 from celebrities, A-listers and the most popular Instagram accounts associated with hair styling and hair coloring. These won’t leave you uninspired. By no means.

#1: Dark Blonde Hair with Platinum Pieces

Platinum Balayage For Dark Blonde Hair

Instagram / @soraverly

Forget the foils and opt for balayage highlights at your next salon visit. This clever contouring technique leaves hair looking sun-bleached. Here’s a cute idea for dishwater blondes: icy streaks breaking up a darker dirty blonde base. Keep your balayage free from brassy tones by using a purple shampoo at least once a week.

Long Caramel Balayage For Brunettes

Instagram / @cris_cobucci

#2: Dramatic Brunette Balayage for Layered Hair

If you want to wear your hair down, a medium-length layered haircut is the best choice. If it’s bold and choppy, support its spirit with a dramatic balayage job. Graze the ends of the layers with a shade much lighter than your base color. Light caramel brown on black is a pretty good idea.

#3: Brown, Caramel and Blonde Color Mix

Reddish tones of brown are also a very popular solution in balayage. You may start with chocolate brown or dark burgundy as the darkest base color and then pair it with chunky caramel highlights which of course need a sprinkling of blonde to set off the used colors.

#4: Ash Blonde V-Cut for Fine Hair

Ash Blonde V-Cut for Fine Hair

Instagram / @hairby_gabbs

#5: Dark Brown Mixed Balayage Color

shaggy brown bob with subtle balayage highlights

Instagram/ @hairby_chrissy

This mix of browns looks adorable on the shaggy waves. It’s truly an art to compose a blend that is so natural-looking and, at the same time, sophisticated and exquisite. A woman who doesn’t want to reveal the efforts she puts into looking this gorgeous will love the idea.

#6: Delicate Balayage for Medium Length Hair

Most examples of balayage on the Internet feature long hair. But shoulder-length locks also look very beautiful with ombre and with balayage. Brunettes who want to lighten up their hair significantly may go this cute idea with a light brown tone around the face, dark blonde at the ends and a sprinkling of the lightest blonde throughout the length.

#7: Chocolate and Dark Brown Hair Color

It’s not the common streaking. The major benefit of this dye technique is creating dimension in the hair. If you enjoy being a brunette, opt for medium-toned brown balayage hair, remaining on your natural dark brown base. This color will look beautiful on medium length layered haircuts for wavy hair.

#8: Caramel-Toned Layers for Brunettes

Brunette balayage can be also performed with some delicious caramel tones involved. This hair color choice will be particularly flattering for women with warm complexions. The long luscious waves flow like real caramel. This mane is made to drive someone crazy!

#9: Subtle Balayage Highlights for Dark Brown Hair

A modern textured bob worn effortlessly in loose tousled waves always wins from subtle touches of color called to enhance the texture and dimension of your medium length hair when you wear it undone.

#10: Ash Blonde Balayage Ombre

Ash Blonde Balayage Ombre

Instagram / @hairbysharmichele

#11: Dirty Blonde Coloring for Medium Hair

#12: Brunette Hair with Hint Of Caramel

Brunette Hair with Hint Of Caramel

Instagram / @jadergeneroso

#13: Silver Gray Balayage Ombre Hair

Silver Gray Balayage Ombre Hair

Instagram / @hellobalayage

#14: Brown Blonde Balayage Ombre

When you like the idea of lighter ends, but want to wrap it into the most popular today coloring approach, go for balayage ombre. In this particular look the beach waves seem to melt towards the ends – the most relaxed look ever!

#15: Chunky Honey Blonde Balayage

Caramel And Blonde Balayage For Brunettes

Instagram / @hairbyamberjoy

A beautiful balayage starts at the salon. No blocky highlights here! To get a flawlessly blended finish, your stylist will use a hand painting technique, picking up strands strategically and applying bleach and dye to create a gorgeous multi-tonal effect. True hair artistry!

#16: Deep Brown Hair with Auburn Balayage

Deep Brown Hair with Auburn Balayage

Instagram / @kellymassiashair

#17: Angled Bob with Blonde Highlights

Angled Bob with Blonde Highlights

Instagram / @ksorianohair

#18: Chocolate Brown with Caramel Highlights

Dark brown hair and balayage highlights complement each other beautifully, as evidenced by this gorgeous hair color choice. With the chocolate brown base diluted with caramel highlights, this is absolutely a fuss-free and flattering look. The undone waves placed throughout also keep this look modern and fresh.

#20: Dark Brown Hair with Caramel Balayage

Curly Caramel Balayage Bob

Instagram / @amy_ziegler

How gorgeous is this caramel balayage? If you want to break up very thick brown hair, illuminating streaks will create dimension and volume. Hints of amber and rose gold compliment brown and black hair, and provide a great transition shade if you’re looking to go lighter in the future.

#21: Cool-Toned Blonde Colormelt

Blonde Balayage For Brown Hair

Instagram / @hdresseronfire

Balayage styles aren’t going to step out of the spotlight any time soon, and it’s easy to see why when they look this fantastic. It’s the perfect example of blonde and brown shades melting seamlessly into one another. To recreate the look, ask your stylist to include honey, creamy beige and platinum hues into the mix for a sublime, dimensional finish.

#22: Medium Hair with Copper and Beige Highlights

Medium Hair with Copper And Beige Highlights

Instagram / @sharchang

#23: Long Hair with Tiger Eye Coloring

Long Hair with Tiger Eye Coloring

Instagram / @harttofcolor

#24: Brunette Bob with Sandy Blonde Highlights

Brunette Bob with Sandy Blonde Highlights

Instagram / @erinstonerstylist

#25: Lob with Bronze and Blonde Highlights

Lob With Caramel Blonde Balayage

Instagram / @prettylittleombre

For a subtle, sun-kissed take on the balayage color, lighten hair just two to three shades above your base hue. The liquid caramel and silky bronze hues reflect the light for a flattering, super natural finish. In a nutshell; you’ll look like you’ve spent two weeks soaking up the sun in Ibiza, not two hours at a salon.

#27: Long Waves with Warm Caramel Highlights

Long Caramel Balayage For Brunettes

Instagram / @cris_cobucci

Long hair, tumbling curls and caramel highlights make for a timeless combination. A variety of beautiful V-cut layers will add movement to locks and emphasize the warm undertones running throughout. Sophisticated and stylish.

#28: Tangerine Balayage Bob

Caramel And Chocolate Balayage Bob

Instagram / @off7thsalon

Who said balayage hair color had to be blonde? This choppy bob proves you can be playful. Notice the assortment of cinnamon and tangerine hues carefully placed through the lengths, with a higher concentration of color added around the face. Fun, fabulous and alluring.

#29: Brown, Ash Blonde and Platinum Blend

ash blonde balayage

Instagram/ @josievilay

This pretty hair color solution is dazzling, as it reaches the brightest platinum notes at certain points. Brown and blonde blend can give the feeling of warmth or coolness. This is the coolest combination possible.

#30: Dirty Blonde Lob with Balayage

Dirty Blonde Lob with Balayage

Instagram / @hairbybrae

#31: Medium Bob with Dimensional Coloring

Medium Bob with Dimensional Coloring

Instagram / @loribabb757

#32: Subtle Light

Balayage hair doesn’t have to be dramatic or overly noticeable – sometimes it’s as simple as subtly illuminating your hair to light brown with just a pinch of color.

#33: Ombre Inspired

Ombre hair is still beautiful and in style, but it’s gradually phasing out due to its severity. If you want something that looks more God-given than salon-given, go with a more natural balayage ombre that will flatter your features without overpowering them.

#34: Light Brown Balayage Hair

#36: Brown Haired Beauty

Any brunette knows that features seem weighed down if they don’t have some sort of hair-incorporated pick-me-up. Go for a highlight shade that’s only a few shades lighter than the bulk of your hair.

#37: Natural Blonde to Supernatural Silver

Gray hair has been trendy among young women for several seasons now, and it shows no sign of slowing down. These balayage highlights start with a classic blonde and descend into a carefree purple gray hue that is as fun as your super hero outlook on life.

#38: Sprinkled Chocolate and Caramel Balayage

Brown Hair With Chocolate Highlights

Instagram / @mallonyfarias

Tired of espresso brown hair? Why not try a sprinkle of gorgeous burned caramel highlights? Introduce them slowly, with just a handful of fine streaks placed through the front. It will not only create a beautiful face-framing effect, but also look luxurious and cool simultaneously.

#39: Long Layers with Honey Blonde Balayage

Balayage Highlights

Instagram / @hairluvbytiffany

#40: Two-Toned Shoulder-Length Hair

Two-Toned Shoulder-Length Hair

Instagram / @styledbycarolyn

#41: Fashionable Roots

Showing your roots used to be a total fashion faux pas – but thanks to popular highlighting techniques like today’s balayage styles, brown and blonde hair can co-exist without any shame.

#42: Medium Layers with Nude Hair Color

Medium Layers with Nude Hair Color

Instagram / @cristen_smith

#43: Choppy Bob with Soft Blonde Balayage

Bronde Balayage Lob

Instagram / @hairbyliaa

Say goodbye to flat color with a brunette balayage completed with soft honey and blonde highlights. Upgrading a shorter choppy cut with soft, feminine streaks feels modern and cool. Add in some understated waves and you’re onto a winner.

#44: Dark Brown Hair with Beige Lowlights

Dark Brown Hair with Beige Lowlights

Instagram / @hairbykatlin

#45: Layered Bob with Blonde Balayage

#46: Delicious Balayage Highlights

Caramel highlights look so lovely on dark haired women, and the balayage technique really ups the beauty. With the ability to place highlights more freely and seemingly randomly, balayage highlights can brighten up any color or style. If your hair is dark, request chocolate, auburn or honey colored streaks to keep things looking natural.

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#47: Messy Waves and Golden Blonde Balayage

Messy Waves And Golden Blonde Balayage

Instagram / @amhair_

#48: Dark Brown Hair with Beige Highlights

Dark Brown Hair with Beige Highlights

Instagram / @meredithabloom

#49: A-Line Lob with Highlights

A-Line Lob with Highlights

Instagram / @beth_at_thebhc

#50: Layered V-Cut with Blonde Balayage

Layered V-Cut with Blonde Balayage

Instagram / @cristen_smith

#51: Gorgeous Caramel Brown Layers

Cinnamon makes for a stunning addition to black hair. The beautiful balayage pieces really help the layers stand out, creating an effortless, feminine style that is modern without appearing too fake. Ask your stylist for highlights that start from the temple and angle backwards to the nape level.

#52: Dark Brown To Caramel Balayage

#53: Espresso with Caramel Blonde Highlights

So pretty! For a trendy balayage look, ask your stylist for thin highlights above the midshaft and thick highlights below. These honey and caramel tones blend so perfectly together—and help tie the dark root and blonde end. To recreate these curls, try a clipless barrel curling iron.

#54: Pearl Blonde Balayage for Brunettes

Pearl Blonde Balayage for Brunettes

Instagram / @simplicitysalon

#55: Beige and Blonde Layered Hairstyle

Beige and Blonde Layered Hairstyle

Instagram / @thehairlabstl

#56: Complex Medium Brown Hair Color

The medium brown blend with smears of dark honey, streaks of flaxen blonde and occasional chocolate ribbons in between provides the complexity of the color that won’t be so easy to duplicate. You are likely to get something similar, but not exactly the same. This balayage solution is particularly flattering for tanned skin.

#57: Blonde Balayage for Brunettes

Incorporating blonde balayage highlights for brunettes has never been so easy, smart and beautiful. Well, easy for someone who is experienced, because you’ll need to blend the lightest shades of blonde through muted golden brown strands. Use the lightest shades for face-framing.

#58: Dark Blonde Hair with Platinum Pieces

Platinum Balayage For Dark Blonde Hair

Instagram / @soraverly

Forget the foils and opt for balayage highlights at your next salon visit. This clever contouring technique leaves hair looking sun-bleached. Here’s a cute idea for dishwater blondes: icy streaks breaking up a darker dirty blonde base. Keep your balayage free from brassy tones by using a purple shampoo at least once a week.

#59: Honey Balayage with Flashes of Blonde

A mix of light brown and blonde pieces is a popular choice when it comes to balayage color combinations. Why? They can be tweaked to suit everyone! Ask a stylist you trust for their expert opinion on which combo you should go for, then take the plunge.

#60: Warm Balayage and Side-Swept Bangs

Warm Balayage and Side-Swept Bangs

Instagram / @corynneylon_hair

#61: Shaggy Lob with Partial Balayage

Brunette Bob With Face-Framing Balayage

Instagram / @prettylittleombre

A smattering of super fine highlights can create a beautiful subtle balayage. Ask your colorist to paint luscious honey hues mostly around the face and a bit through the lengths, focusing on where the light naturally hits. Beautifully understated.

#62: Long Hair, Romantic Color

If you are lucky enough to have long, healthy and soft locks, lighten things up to provide that eye-catching sheen. Your hair will rival the beauties tossing their locks in shampoo commercials – only yours will be real! Brown hair should stick with subtle – a little bit of blonde goes a long way.

#63: Caramel Balayage on Medium Length Hair

This soft caramel shade makes for perfect brunette highlights. Worked into the bottom layers of deep espresso hair, the color creates some pretty glints of light. If you want to try blonde balayage (but don’t want anything too crazy) then ask for hidden highlights like these.

#64: Long Bob with Beige Highlights

Long Bob with Beige Highlights

Instagram / @raylorojohair

#65: Medium Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights

Medium Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights

Instagram / @hairbynoora

#66: Soft Balayage for Coffee Brown Hair

Soft Balayage for Coffee Brown Hair

Instagram / @hairbynoora

#67: Caramel Balayage for Brunettes

Caramel Balayage for Brunettes

Instagram / @sammiiwang

#68: Mid-Length Layers with Balayage

Mid-Length Layers with Balayage

Instagram / @romeufelipe

#69: Textured Bob with Beige Highlights

Textured Bob with Beige Highlights

Instagram / @saloncouture_ny

#70: Multi-Tonal Wavy Brown Bob

wavy brunette balayage bob

Instagram/ @hairby_chrissy

Balayage hair color options within brown palette are endless. You can go into reddish (caramel and auburn) tones of brown or try golden shades varying from browns to blondes. In case you would like a more neutral solution, it looks like this: dark brown for the under layer, medium browns washed to the lightest ash hues towards the ends and very light thin ribbons of brown blonde throughout the length here and there.

#71: Chocolate Hair with Rose Gold Highlights

Chocolate Hair with Rose Gold Highlights

Instagram / @southmarksouth

#72: High Contrast Balayage for Brunettes

High Contrast Balayage for Brunettes

Instagram / @constancerobbins

#73: Lightly Textured Balayage Hair

It’s amazing what the right amount of light texture can do for naturally fine hair. This hairstyle is an example of the perfect marriage between fine hair, texture and color. The result is a classy and modern look.

#74: Medium Hair and Multi-Colored Balayage

Medium Hair and Multi-Colored Balayage

Instagram / @glamhairbymarie

#75: A-Line Bob with Face-Framing Highlights

#76: Caramel Beige Ombre Balayage

Brown Hair With Beige Balayage

Instagram / @jeni_does_ham

We are eternally grateful that balayage hair means we can grow out our dark roots and still look gorgeous. If you’ve got long hair, you’re in for a great result, as you’ll be able to achieve an incredible graduation from root to tip. What’s even more exciting is that as the style begins to grow out, the beige hues will become even more flawlessly blended.

#77: Sweet Caramel Balayage

Tanned skin and tousled waves with sun-kissed highlights are the two main attributes of a sexy surfer look. If it flatters you, wear it regardless of season, experimenting with caramel highlights which pair perfectly with medium chocolate hue.

#78: Cool-Toned Beige Balayage

Cool-Toned Beige Balayage

Instagram / @mizzchoi

#79: Shaggy Hair with Arctic Blonde Balayage

Shaggy Hair with Arctic Blonde Balayage

Instagram / @thechemicalqueen

#80: Long Bob with Platinum Blonde Balayage

Long Bob with Platinum Blonde Balayage

Instagram / @alysssahair

#81: Strawberry Blonde Balayage for Brunettes

Strawberry Blonde Balayage for Brunettes

Instagram / @southmarksouth

#82: Dark Color Sheen

If you have very dark hair, you know that brown hair with highlights isn’t always the loveliest. It’s just too easy to reach that overkill territory, and once you go blonde in any form, it can be difficult to return back again. Balayage hair allows dark haired beauties a chance to try some color enhancement without going overboard.

#83: Chamomile Blonde Layered Hair

#84: Shaggy Blonde Balayage Bob

In the times when solid colors reigned in hair color trends, brunettes had to do frequent root touch ups. Blonde balayage highlights have become a salvation in this relation. Being a blonde and rocking your natural dark underlayer is not a beauty crime anymore.

#85: Face-Framing Balayage Highlights

subtle balayage for long layered brown hair

Instagram/ @hairby_chrissy

Sometimes you don’t want additional colors to distract from the beauty of your healthy flowing locks. In this case subtle balayage highlights, a little bit more intense for the face-framing strands, are exactly what is needed. An exquisite compliment, but not an overshadowing attraction.

#86: Wavy Lob with Skinny Caramel Highlights

Subtle Golden Brown Balayage

Instagram / @alexkhoeunhair

These short sexy waves and honey highlights are giving us life! It’s the style du jour for cool girls everywhere, and with practically no upkeep necessary, we’re sold on the idea. If you’ve got straight hair, use a curling wand to achieve those cute relaxed waves. Spray with a medium hold hairspray to keep the curls bouncy through the day.

#87: Ash Brown and Beige Balayage

Bronde Balayage For Straight Hair

Instagram / @jandrewserna

Fancy a change? A balayage on dark hair is a lovely way to lighten up your look. If you’re blessed with a full, thick mane, consider having some flicky layers chopped into the length. It will complement the varying colors running through the ends, creating a gorgeous ombre-like style.

#88: Wavy Cinnamon Style

You don’t always have to accent your brunette hair with light golden tones; sometimes a medium brown hue is just as effective. The upside is that you can filter thicker strips of color throughout your strands and it still won’t overpower your look.

#89: Light Caramel Balayage

short brunette bob with light caramel balayage

Instagram/ @salonpk

There’s a certain tendency to make long hair rather natural-looking and express more drama through shorter hair. That’s not a rule, just a well-grounded solution, in our opinion. This angled bob needed the maximum definition to enhance the texture and show off the layers, and it succeeded thanks to the highly-contrasting two-tone color.

#90: Very Subtle Balayage

This color job is feminine, subtle and glowing with natural radiance. Bring in photo examples such as this one if you want your stylist to understand what you’re hoping to get out of your salon visit. A picture really does speak a thousand words – especially when it comes to hair colors and styles.

Why Do We Love Balayage?

These highlights are hand-painted with the dye being swept on your hair strategically, and that means that the highlighted areas get a non-uniform distribution of the dye which results in a soft, sun-kissed, and shimmery appearance.

As opposed to standard highlighting methods that use foil or a cap, balayage is strictly freehand where the color is painted on. You can amplify the hue to vary from a soft wash to bright and bold depending on your personal preference. Outside of very short cropped hair, it can work on a variety of hair lengths, textures and colors, making it truly universal and flattering for all women. Most are drawn towards it because the maintenance level is relatively low; many are able to go four months between color treatments.

The Difference Between Ombre and Balayage

Ombre is a darker shade washed to a lighter shade, with no darker pieces at the ends of your hair, whereas balayage is well-blended vertical highlights that let glimpses of a darker shade throughout the length and even at the ends. With ombre the lighter shade is denser and its concentrated mid-shaft to ends. The lighter pieces of balayage are placed strategically, some start higher and closer to the roots, others lower, and some brighten the ends, resulting in a less uniform, less predictable and more natural style.

Balayage Against Traditional Highlights

In this fair battle balayage highlights wins 4:0 because it:

  • offers a dimensional, customized look;
  • takes less time than foil highlights;
  • gives less evident regrowth lines and grows out beautifully;
  • turns out cost-efficient in the long run, since you save on regular touch ups.

How to Get a Quality Balayage?

Find a colorist you trust. Google for reputable stylists in your area, check their Instagram accounts and sort out those whose work you really like.

Make balayage inspiration mood board. Save pictures of hair colors that inspire you and may be considered as your future hair color. It’s also useful to pick up pictures with manes that have the same texture as your hair. Balayage works equally great on wavy/curly hair as it does on straight strands, but the placement of highlights and the contrast of hues may vary depending on whether your hair is textured or super straight.

Go for a consultation first. Make sure you are comfortable with your colorist and they understand the result you want to get. Discuss the details of your color, like whether you want a warm, cool or neutral look and where you’d like your lightest highlights. Find out how many sessions you’ll need to achieve the result you want. A reputable colorist will slowly work to your desired color to minimize damage. A good product to use for lightening is Olaplex. It’s mixed with the lightener to reverse the damage that comes from bleaching by repairing the weakened and broken bonds between the hair cells. As a result, the hair looks healthier and feels softer than before bleaching and dyeing. So, you may want to ask whether they use Olaplex and find out about the dyes they work with.

Balayage Maintenance Tips

Once you get your quality balayage, you can either grow it out and cut it off without caring for the color or try to maintain it and enjoy for months, watching as it turns into a beautiful ombre and later into gorgeous sun-kissed tips that are hard to tell from your own unless you were using some unnatural hues. You’d probably go for the latter. So, how to keep the color?

  1. Use a blue shampoo to prevent your hair from developing brassy tones. If you notice your color fading from sun exposure and heat styling, do glossing every 3-6 weeks to restore the intensity of the hues and shine.
  2. Apply a color protecting shampoo and conditioner. Stay away from products with sulfates and silicones.
  3. Try deep conditioning treatments, such as weekly at-home Olaplex Hair Perfector #3.
  4. Don’t neglect heat protection when styling.

Today balayage is our ultimate hair goal. Only with balayage we can achieve the most bespoke hair colors, fine-tune the palette to brighten up our overall looks and express our individuality. A balayage done by a professional colorist is less damaging than a solid hair color, reqires less maintanence and looks more expensive. These benefits are pretty convincing, but what’s even more is the hair color you see on someone and fall in love with. Today it’s definetely a balayage hair color, dimensional, exquisite and exclusive.

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