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While many would kill to be blessed with naturally straight strands, we know that the grass isn’t always greener. Those with straight hair are more likely to suffer from limp, lifeless locks, making trying new styles a real pain. But fear not, as there’s a colour solution that can make all the difference — balayage. Straight hair in particular can really benefit from this freehand colouring technique and we’re going to prove it to you…
Giving the illusion of dimension and shape that you might otherwise be lacking, balayage can transform your entire look in a small yet striking way. And if this sounds like the miracle you’ve been searching for, take a peek at the A-list stars who have already benefited from the style, below!
Straight hair balayage styles: 8 celebrities who’ve rocked the look
1. Suki Waterhouse’s butterscotch balayage
2. Behati Prinsloo’s honey blonde balayage
One thing to consider before hitting the salon is where you want your stylist to start your balayage, as this will impact how your overall look turns out.
For the most natural looking balayage straight hair, we recommend starting the colour transition from dark to light at around eyebrow level, like Behati Prinsloo.
Editor’s tip: We can’t all look as good as Behati but we can certainly try! To make sure your blonde straight balayage stays looking salon-fresh between dye jobs, we recommend switching out your usual wash and care routine for a targeted blonde range.
3. Jessica Alba toffee balayage
Dark eyes? Take your style advice from Jessica Alba ahead of your next cut and colour with this balayage straight hair look.
As you can see, she’s kept the hair around her face and jawline largely the same rich chocolate brown hue to match her eyes, while lightening just the ends to a warm, toffee tint. Delicious, no?
4. Selena Gomez’ auburn brown blend
Despite what you might think, balayage doesn’t always mean having to go blonde. Don’t believe us? Selena Gomez shows how you can you rejuvenate mousy brown locks with auburn highlights for a perfect autumn/winter style.
Combine it with an on-trend lob cut like hers, et voila: you’ll have a chic style that’ll transcend the seasons.
5. Elizabeth Olsen’s bronde balayage
We have stars like Elizabeth Olsen and Gisele Bündchen to thank for our current bronde obsession. Not only does this blonde-brown hybrid mean you can rock both shades at once, it’s also a great way to avoid having to stop by the salon so much for root touch-ups.
Wondering, why? Well, the regrowth won’t be as noticeable than on lighter shades so you’ll be able to leave it longer between visits (yay!).
Editor’s tip: The key to preventing brassiness from ruining your blonde is to treat your tresses to regular purple shampoo treatments.
The TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo contains violet toners to counteract any yellowing and maintain a cooler, ashy look.
6. Heidi Klum’s golden brown balayage
We don’t know about you but half the excitement of going on holiday for us is seeing the results of our sun-lightened strands. So what would you say if we told you you could recreate that exact sun-kissed glow in the salon?
Keep your strands looking summery all year round with golden brown straight balayage hair (like supermodel Heidi Klum) and you’ll be sure to brighten up any grey days with just a swish of your hair!
7. Amber Le Bon’s liquid gold balayage
While balayage is loved thanks to its subtle, natural fade effect, this doesn’t mean that you can’t go for a more drastic colour contrast if you want to!
Amber Le Bon’s grown-out brown roots flow into a striking, liquid gold shade and while it’s quite a dramatic contrast, it proves you shouldn’t be scared to go a few shades lighter than you are.
8. Megan Fox’s medium chestnut brown
For brunette ladies looking to dip their toe in the balayage trend, try opting for a subtle graduation like Megan Fox.
Her straight balayage hair blends seamlessly from a dark chocolate shade at the roots into a softer, medium chestnut brown at the ends. No-one has to know it’s not natural, right?!
Love the straight hair balayage trend but looking for something a bit more vibrant? Pastelage hair is here and it’s ready to help you live out your rainbow hair dreams. So what are you waiting for?!