Colouring curls: 8 beaut balayage curly hair looks we’re fawning over

Beth | 23 October 2017
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Give spiral strands a new lease of life with these gorgeous curly balayage looks. 

 

Think you know everything there is to know about balayage, huh? Well, today we’re going to let you in on one of the lesser-known benefits of getting balayage… Curly hair types might not think this graduated colour would work for them, but in reality, the look works just as well (if not even better) on coiled textures, as they give the look an even more natural result.

Not convinced? See some of the prettiest examples of balayage on curly hair below – you’ll never be so grateful for your curls!

Curly hair + balayage:  8 ways to rock the look

 

selfie of a woman with tight defined curls and sandy blonde balayage
Sandy bronde is the ultimate girl next door hue. Credit: Instagram.com/keysikurls

1. Sandy bronde

Want to go lighter but dread the maintenance? This sandy bronde curly balayage would be a great one to try.

For an undetectable finish, just remember to ask your stylist to start the colour graduation a few inches from your roots. This way, when your hair begins to grow out, you won’t be able to tell. Credit: @keysikurls

side profile picture of a woman with bob length copper balayage curly hair
The perfect cosy autumn colour! Credit: Instagram.com/berosiesalon

2. Copper hair

Hygge hair has been a huge craze this year, prompting a flurry of celebs from Emma Roberts to Shakira to try out copper colours. And guess what? This trend also works amazingly well for curly hair. Balayage for everyone!

Yet aside from being totally on trend, the deeper tones help to warm up paler complexions and really make brown eyes popCredit: @berosiesalon

TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Shampoo

Editor’s tip: Balayage may be easier to maintain than an allover colour, but you’ll still need to switch out your products if you want the colour to last.

The TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Vibrance Protection Shampoo and Conditioner are great options for everyday care, plus you can rely on them to keep your colour looking fresh.

woman with brunette curly afro hair with blonde balayage
Get that sun lightened look in the salon with curly balayage. Credit: Instagram.com/hairthrone

3. Holiday hair

The effect that balayage on naturally curly hair has is similar to being on a beach for a week – and let’s face it, who doesn’t want that just-off-the-sand look 365 days a year? We certainly do! Credit: @hairthrone

woman with curly afro hair and pink balayage lying on the grass
Be pretty in pink! Credit: Instagram.com/kenraprofessional

4. Rose pink

When done right, pastel hair can work for all occasions – not just festivals.

Take this Instagrammer’s muted hue for example; while it’s still unmistakably pink, it’s muted enough for everyday wear and won’t clashing with your outfit, either. What’s not to love? Credit: @kenraprofessional

car selfie of a woman with toffee brown balayage curls
A colour that looks almost good enough to eat! Credit: Instagram.com/katrisharose

5. Toffee

Balayage on natural curly hair? Step this way. If you’re worried that curly balayage won’t work for your skin tone, don’t be, because tanned and darker skinned girls can absolutely work the trend – and this Instagrammer proves it.

All you have to do is play around with different colours like toffee, caramel and golden blonde, to try and find one that fits you best.  Credit: @katrisharose

selfie of a woman with creamy blonde balayage curly hair
Baby blonde at its finest. Credit: Instagram.com/itsmecaines

6. Creamy blonde

Whether it’s warm California blonde for summer or Ice Queen white for winter, blonde hair is always in.

So to channel an on-trend ‘do all year round, opt for a balayage that only alters the ends of the hair, as it’s a great way to subtly change up your blonde with the seasons – without the damaging effects of re-dying or bleaching the hair. Credit: @itsmecaines

TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo

Editor’s tip: Brassiness is the bane of any blonde’s life, but using purple shampoo can help remedy this. Just apply a small amount of the TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo to your lightened ends while you’re in the shower. It’ll help neutralise any yellowing and keep your colour Khaleesi white.

photo of a woman in a denim jacket and mustard top with curly ginger hair
A colour so pretty you’ll want to go red immediately! Credit: Instagram.com/maja_kapetano

7. Ginger

It’s hard to believe there was ever a time that ginger hair was unloved, as nowadays it’s one of the most coveted shades around!

Yet if you’re not one for intense red hues, tone things down with lighter, strawberry blonde balayage for curly hair, as this is easier to pull off than a single, allover colour. So if you’re a red newbie, this is the way to go. Credit: @maja_kapetano

photo of a woman with curly brown natural hair with a subtle balayage
Subtle enough to look natural but noticeable enough to be seen. Credit: Instagram.com/patricemarrow

8. Natural

Colour virgin? You don’t have to jump in at the deep end with balayage… Naturally curly hair that lightens towards the ends has the benefit of not needing too much colour added to it – just a small amount will be the helping hand you need to up your style game.  Credit: @patricemarrow

 

So come on, spill, have we managed to convince you to try balayage on curly hair? If you’re not sure it’s for you, head to our Hair Colour page now, where you’re bound to stumble across a look you’ll love.

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