Red balayage: How to pull off the look

All Things Hair | 17 October 2016

Fierce and fiery!

There’s no denying that red balayage is one of this season’s hottest trends. Perfect for injecting subtle elements of colour into your hair, this unique French colouring technique involves a sweeping motion done by hand, to add colour to the ends of your hair. And we’re here to tell you, that incorporating red balayage highlights is a great way of creating natural-looking, soft highlights, that will bring a new dimension to all hair types and colours!

So, if you’re looking to embrace this ever-popular colouring technique, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve created a list outlining our top tips on how to pull off this look with ease, so you can rock the a fiery new hue for the season ahead!

Red balayage: Our top 5 tips


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Red balayage: Work different shades of red to create a statement. Credit:

1. Multiple shades of red

Injecting multiples shades of red into your hair is a great way to stand out from the crowd. After all, a multi-dimensional hair colour (that embraces both bright red and dark burgundy) is a surefire way to earn you instant style points! You should also note, that the balayage colouring technique tends to work best with layered hair – this is because layers create lots movement, texture and shape, which will help show off your chosen shades even more. Credit@helenski

2. Natural red

Natural-looking red balayage hair is perfect for brightening up home-grown colours, such as blonde or brown, without imposing on your everyday look too much! And the best thing is, that working with understated red tones will give a subtle, yet high-impact finish, that won’t overpower your facial features. Genius!

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Red balayage: Keep it bold and bright. Credit:

3. Bold and bright!

The beauty of the balayage trend, is that it lends itself to a whole host of stunning shades of red. And if you’re looking to make a bold statement this season, there are a huge variety of bright red hues that will allow you to turn more than a few heads (for all the right reasons, of course!). Bright red highlights or lowlights look especially great with dark hair colours, as the contrasting tones will provide heaps of depth and dimension to your tresses! Credit: @hairbyhollyrenee

4. Light burgundy

This hair colour trend doesn’t always have to be about investing in bright hues, you know! Muted burgundy tones also look equally impressive when teamed with any number of different hair colours, making it the ideal shade to update your ‘do. Oh, and to really enhance this look, we’d recommend rocking your hair curly or wavy, as this will allow you to show off the balayage technique in all its glory!

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Red balayage: It even works with blonde! Credit:

5. Blonde and red!

Want to adopt this fierce look, but feeling a little apprehensive about getting a full head of vivid red tones? Then adding subtle elements of your favourite red shade into your locks, is the perfect way to test out this look! Not only that, but deep red tones work especially well if you have naturally dark roots, making a simple and low-key way to refresh your look. Sometimes it’s the smallest details that make the biggest difference! Credit: @riibendz

Editor’s tip: To maintain the vibrancy of your tresses, use a shampoo and conditioner that’s been specially formulated for colour-treated hair. We suggest trying the TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Colour Vibrance Protection Shampoo and Conditioner


Have these red balayage tips got you all fired up? Then, check out our Red Hair and Balayage pages for even more ways to rock these hot hair trends!

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