8 A-list styles which confirm that balayage straight hair is always a good idea

Beth | 08 September 2017

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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


model and actress suki waterhouse with shoulder length butterscotch blonde straight balayage hair
Darken up lighter blonde hues with a rich butterscotch shade a la Suki. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Suki Waterhouse’s butterscotch balayage

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!).

sports illustrated model behati prinsloo with tousled straight balayage honey blonde hair
Always wanted to try balayage? Behati’s straight balayage hair is what hair dreams are made of. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

TONI&GUY Illuminate Blonde Shampoo

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.

actress jessica alba with long straight toffee coloured balayage
Stop long locks looking weighed down by adding dimension with balayage. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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?

actress and singer selena gomez with lob length straight auburn balayage hair
Auburn = instant autumnal vibes! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

actress elizabeth olsen with bronde long straight hair balayage
Elizabeth Olsen is our ultimate bronde idol. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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!).

TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo

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.

model heidi klum with long straight golden brown balayage hair
Heidi’s our golden girl with this sunkissed style! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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!

model amber le bon at the gq men of the year awards with long straight balayage hair
The #hairenvy is real with Amber’s seriously shiny strands. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

megan fox with long straight dark brunette hair with light brown balayage
Stay loyal to the dark side with subtle, lighter brown highlights through your ends. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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?!

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