5 Best Examples of Balayage On Dark Hair

Discover how you can embrace balayage on dark hair, today...  

So you’re bored with your dark hair but don’t want to go blonde. We got you, girl! Balayage for dark hair is taking the beauty world by storm and it’s about time brunette babes everywhere joined in on the fun.

Aside from being super versatile, balayage colouring is also really low maintenance, which means less time spent in the salon and more time rocking your gorgeous new hue. So, start thinking about warm tones to add dimension, lit from within locks and flashes of vivid colour for head-turning tresses – all of which we have for your inspiration, below!

Purple balayage highlights

Balayage on dark hair: purple tones
Try purple tones for vibrant colour. Credit: Instagram.com/ale.chaconm

If you’re looking to dive straight into the deep end and add a bold colour to your dark hair, try incorporating some purple balayage highlights for a truly unique finish.

To brighten this look even further (yes, it’s possible), ask your stylist to also work in some pink or magenta tones alongside your purple highlights, to achieve the ultimate statement look. Balayage on dark hair has never been so fun! Credit: @ale.chaconm

TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Shampoo

Editor’s tip: Whenever you decide to dye your tresses, be it with bright and beautiful tones or a sweet and subtle shade, be sure to switch to a wash and care set specially designed for coloured hair.

We particularly love the TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Vibrance Protection Shampoo and Conditioner, as this duo works to gently cleanse, replenish moisture and help your colour look fabulous for longer! 

Chestnut balayage

Balayage on dark hair: Chestnut brown
Warm up your locks with chestnut brown balayage. Credit: Instagram.com/aimee_cuts_and_dyes

So you want to shake up your hair game, but you don’t want to go too bold either? Try adding chestnut tones to a dark base. Although subtle, this warm colour is great for adding tonnes of depth and vibrancy to your mane, all with a more natural-looking finish.

But we haven’t even told you the best part yet: this nutty balayage on dark hair isn’t only a great colour choice for all ages, but it also works a treat to complement and enhance your natural brown hue. Honestly, is there anything balayage can’t do for us? Credit: @aimee_cuts_and_dyes

A hint of red

Balayage on dark hair with a hint of red
Experiment with a hint of red. Credit: Instagram.com/amberstipanovich

If you have your finger on the beauty pulse, you’ll know that red is fast becoming one of the hottest hues to rock. But if you’re not one to stand out from the crowd, yet still want some extra dimension in your mane, opt for a low-key alternative like these deep red tones.

Not only will your tresses feel fresh and sleek, but your colour will look rich, without taking you too far out of your comfort zone. Work it with perfectly straight strands, textured beachy waves or luscious curls; whatever you choose, you’re sure to shine bright! Credit: @amberstipanovich

The green goddess of balayage

Green balayage on dark hair
Go bold with bright green balayage. Credit: Instagram.com/nayld.beauty

Make them green with envy with this emerald-inspired look! Full of attitude and rocker-chick vibes, if you’re looking to make a statement with a striking change, we think this colour is a must-try.

Complete the look by styling your hair with smooth tumbling waves, to create a finish that’s both pretty and a little bit wild! Credit: @nayld.beauty

Golden balayage

Golden balayage on dark hair
Add dimension to your look with golden balayage. Credit: Instagram.com/kelsforbeauty

Working golden brown balayage on dark hair (with creamy caramel tones thrown into the mix) is a great way to add a delicate, yet high-impact dimension to your base colour. Helping to uplift your existing shade, this sweet colour combo will also inject a healthy dose of warmth into your overall look.

Psst: To really give this technique the wow-factor it deserves, we’d recommend adding big, bouncy curls to your hair and watch the colours popCredit: @kelsforbeauty 


To discover more amazing colouring techniques, simply visit our Hair Colours page! Not only does it have some incredible celebrity-inspired looks (like Ariana Grande’s grape soda hue), but it’s also home to loads of expert advice from our editors.

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