22 Best Balayage Hairstyles for Straight Hair

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Balayage on straight hair is a freehand technique which blends one colour to another for a natural-looking finish. Unlike highlights, a balayage doesn’t start at the roots, instead, they can be placed throughout the lengths of your hair to help create a sunkissed finish or add dimension to straight hair. 

So, if you’re looking for a way to transform your entire look in a small yet striking way, a balayage is the answer.

Jessica Alba Toffee Balayage

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Stop long locks looking weighed down by adding dimension with balayage. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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?

Rosie Huntington Whiteley’s Honey Blonde

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You can’t have a round-up of balayage on straight hair without including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Her honey-blonde balayage looks golden and glossy whether she’s on the catwalk or the red carpet.

Rose Byrne’s Balayage Bob

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Looking for short balayage hair inspiration? Turn to Rose Byrne and her sleek brown balayage and you’ll have the perfect combination.

Naomie Harris’ Balayage Bob

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Dark brown and black hair hues like Naomie Harris’ can opt for an ash toned hue for a colour transition that’s understated and effortless.

Mila Kunis’ Dark Brown Bob

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Add dimension to the ends of dark hair by mixing in shades of chestnut and caramel brown hues.

Editor’s tip: Keep things glossy with the TONI&GUY Picture Perfect Hair Gloss. Helping to reduce frizz and banish flyaways, this is the perfect on the go companion and handbag must-have.

Margot Robbie’s Light Brown to Blonde Balayage

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Root stretch colour has become the latest buzzword in the hair industry and is ideal for creating light brown to blonde balayage like Margot Robbie‘s.

Lily Aldridge’s Caramel Balayage

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Who wouldn’t want hair like a Victoria’s Secret model? Give your hair the ultimate glow up with this caramel balayage.

Selena Gomez’ Auburn Brown Blend

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Auburn = instant autumnal vibes! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

Elizabeth Olsen’s Bronde Balayage

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Elizabeth Olsen is our ultimate bronde idol. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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, but 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.

Heidi Klum’s Golden Brown Balayage

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Heidi’s our golden girl with this sunkissed style! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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!

Ashley Benson’s Grown Out Roots

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Grown out roots is the new celeb trend that we are obsessed with and it’s the perfect excuse to stretch out your salon appointment. And for all your blonde babes it’s the perfect way to transition your colour to a cool dirty blonde shade.

Chrissy Teigen’s Brunette Balayage

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Chrissy Teigen is always rocking the most gorgeous brunette balayage styles whether she has rapunzel length hair or a stylishly short bob.

Eva Longoria’s Dark Hair Balayage

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Thought you couldn’t have a balayage on dark hair? For a subtle and natural finish, follow Eva Longoria and add a chestnut hue to the mid-length and ends of your dark hair.

Jennifer Aniston’s Bronde Balayage

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You may already be familiar with Jennifer Aniston‘s hair CV but did you ever stop to notice how flawless her bronde balayage is?

Kaia Gerber’s Balayage on Brown Hair

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From her brown balayage to her tousled bob, Kaia Gerber is hair goals! – Did you expect any less from the daughter of Cindy Crawford?

Khloe Kardashian’s Brown Blonde

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Khloe Kardashian‘s straight brown to blonde balayage is just the inspiration we needed.

Editor’s tip: For a poker-straight finish like Khloe’s, prep hair with the TONI&GUY Heat Protection Mist. This heat protection spray protects hair up to 230 degrees, so you can continue creating your favourite styles while reducing the amount of damage to your strands.

Sofia Vergara’s Toffee Balayage

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Transform brown hair by adding a toffee balayage à la Sofia Vergara. This easy to maintain hair hue is ideal for those looking for a low-maintenance clour.

Jennifer Lopez’ Honey Brown Hair

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While Jennifer Lopez may experiment with her hair lengths and styles, one thing that never changes is her honey brown balayage.

Suki Waterhouse’s Butterscotch Balayage

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Darken up lighter blonde hues with a rich butterscotch shade a la Suki. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Always wanted to go blonde but afraid to commit? Ask your stylist to use balayage on straight hair to create a mid-toned butterscotch blonde, just like Suki‘s.

The perfect middle ground between dark blonde and light brown, it will allow you to get more of a feel for how you’d look with lighter locks (without having to go platinum overnight!).

Behati Prinsloo’s Honey Blonde Balayage

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Always wanted to try balayage? Behati’s straight balayage hair is what hair dreams are made of. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

The TONI&GUY Illuminate Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner will help to maintain your dream hue and also add masses of shine for glossy, healthy-looking hair.

Amber Le Bon’s Liquid Gold Balayage

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The #hairenvy is real with Amber’s seriously shiny strands. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

Megan Fox’s Medium Chestnut Brown

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Stay loyal to the dark side with subtle, lighter brown highlights through your ends. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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?!


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