How to Wear Balayage Dark Hair: Flattering Ways to Style This Look

We've got balayage dark hair ideas for days. 

If you have dark hair and new to getting color, you know the struggle. It’s hard to decide what hair color or technique best suits your dark hair color. We suggest going for options that look natural, like balayage, to avoid regretting what you can’t undo. If you need some new hairstyle ideas for your hair color, scroll through these balayage dark hair looks below and add your favorites to your camera roll.

Balayage Dark Hair: Style Ideas for Everyone

dark balayage blonde bone straight
Sleek and easy. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

1.Bone Straight Balayage Dark Hair

To recreate this bone straight look, prep your clean, damp hair with some of the TRESemmé Get Sleek Heat Protection Spray, then blow-dry. Follow up with your flat iron, flat ironing quickly in small sections and seal with a strong-hold hairspray.



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dark balayage curly hair
Gorgeous coily texture with blonde balayage.

2. Wash and Go on Dark Balayage

With dark balayage or any hair color on naturally curly hair, you may need to switch your regular shampoo and conditioner for one that is formulated for curly hair. Try the Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Color Care Shampoo and Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Color Care Conditioner for long-lasting conditioning (which your hair needs) and for shine. Use a diffuser to dry your hair and set your curls.


Suave Moroccan Infusion Color Care Shampoo

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Suave Moroccan Infusion Color Care Conditioner

Suave Moroccan Infusion Color Care Conditioner
dark bayalage: half up curls
Style your hair into this half up style for special events.

3. Balayage Dark Hair with Half-Up Curls

In our book, the half-up trend is suitable for any occasion. Like weddings! Recreate this look by using a curling iron to add curls, then pull the top half of your hair up into a ponytail using hair pins only.

dark balayage middle part
The middle part never goes out of style.

4. Middle Part with Dark Balayage

The middle part is one of our favorite ways to section our hair. We like to look at is as the perfect hair part for every day styling. The side part on the other hand, has a much more romantic feel. If you’re looking for a super casual and easy way to style your dark balayage hair for day time, opt for this look.

dark balayage long curls
You can’t ever go wrong with Hollywood curls.

5. Hollywood Curls Dark Balayage

Lights, camera, action! Give your dark balayage the Hollywood treatment with these gorgeous curls. Need a hand? Check out our Hollywood curls tutorial to get the look at home.

dark balayage curly ringlets
Have fun with your curly hair.

6. Ringlet Curls on Balayage Dark Hair

Balayage looks so good on curly hair, don’t you agree? If you don’t have naturally curly hair, you can acheive this ringlet look with a curling wand. Simply wrap small sections of your hair around the wand and hold for a few seconds and release. Set with some hairspray to prevent your newly-formed ringlets from falling and you’re all set.

dark balayage side curls
Romantic hairstyle idea.

7. Romantic Side Curls

Need a date night hair idea for your new dark balayage hair? Or better yet, a hair idea for your wedding? Look no further than these chic side curls.

dark balayage tousled hair
Opt for a the tousled effect. Photo credit: Dvora

8. Tousled Hair

We’re completely obsessed with the tousled hair look. It’s so easy to do on your own and it’ll look like you just walked out of the salon as long as you use the right products. Want to know how? Read our easy tousled hair tutorial to learn how you can achieve this style on your dark balayage hair.

dark balayage voluminous hair
Add a boost of volume to your new hair color.

9. Voluminous Locks

You can’t ever go wrong with a voluminous hairstyle. After washing your hair, use Dove Style + Care Volume Amplifier Mousse, then blow-dry. This mousse will provide your hair with touchable body and bounce. Just remember a little goes a long way.


Dove Style+Care Volume Amplifier Mousse

Dove Style Care Volume Amplifier Mousse
dark balayage wavy hair
Easy runway style idea. Photo credit:

10. Runway-Inspired Waves

Looking for a style that’s fresh off the runway? Give these runway-inspired waves a shot. Use a hair wand at the ends of your hair to create the wave, then set with a hairspray, like TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Flexible Finish Hairspray, for a soft yet effective hold.


TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Flexible Finish Hair Spray

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Nope, the lob is never going out of style.

11. Lob on Balayage Dark Hair

The lob was the haircut to have in 2016 but the look is still going strong. Try this look out on your dark balayage hair.

dark balayage with bangs
Need an update? Try a fringe. Photo credit:

12. Fringe Balayage Dark Hair Style

Already have balayage dark hair and looking to update your look? A fringe is a great way to change up your look in an instant. If you still want to be able to wear your hair back without bangs, you can either use a gel during the styling process, or get a fringe that is still long enough to be brushed back.

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Blondes still have more fun. Photo credit:

13. Blonde on Dark Hair

Blonde hair with any color technique won’t ever go out of style. So if you’re wondering what kind of balayage on dark hair to get, go for blonde!

dark balayage crimped hair
Turn an old school look into something new.

14. Crimped Dark Balayage

Give this old school crimped hairstyle a modern look by mixing it with the half-up top knot style. Don’t have a crimping iron on hand? No problem! Simply braid your damp hair and allow it to dry overnight. In the morning, gently remove your braids and lock it in your crimped hair with some hairspray, then loosen the curls. This trick is best for those with hair that is hard to keep a curl. You want to lock it in before using your hands to comb through the crimps.

Looking for some more hair color idea for dark hair colors? See how the bronde hair trend can work for you.

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