Balayage Short Hair: 20 Looks We’re Simply Obsessed With

Alyssa François | 17 November 2017

The possibilities are endless.

Getting a little tired of your short hair? We have an easy fix! There are plenty of balayage short hair ideas that can make your look feel brand new again. Adding balayage to your short crop, whether it be a pixie or a grown-out bob, can help add dimension and character to your style.

Need help finding ideas? We’ve got that covered for you. Scroll through our gallery to enter a world of balayage short hair ideas:

Balayage Short Hair: 20 Hair Color Ideas for Any Crop

balayage short hair:
Big, fluffy brown curls.

1. Short Afro Balayage

Mix brown highlights with a dark brown base to lighten up your curls. When styling use a gel serum like Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Curl Defining Gel Serum to add definition and shine to your curls.

balayage short hair: blonde
Natural-looking blonde balayage.

2. Blonde Crop

This short hairstyle is blended with blonde highlights and hints of warm brown highlights to create dimension.

balayage short hair lob
Wavy and voluminous.

3. Blonde Lob

Update your wavy lob with a few ribbons of blonde highlights.

balayage short hair: natural curl
Add a pop of color to your curls.

4. Platinum Blonde Natural Curls

Want to try a hair color that makes your curls stand out? Try blonde balayage to awaken the natural definition of your hair.

balayage short hair: blonde
Update your short hair with a platinum hue.

5. Platinum Blonde Balayage

Experiment with shades of blonde highlights to create an even more natural effect.

Balayage Short Hair: Bob
Add a bright color to enlighten your bob cut.

6. Balayage Short Hair Messy Bob

Make your textured bob stand out with face-framing strips of blonde and balayage. When styling use a bit of a salt spray like Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt Spray to create the textured effect.

balayage short hair: pixie
A touch of color.

7. Balayage Short Hair Pixie

Add a few layers of copper lights to a short dark brown pixie cut.

Balayage short hair classic bob
Update the classic bob with a few natural-looking highlights.

8. Balayage on Classic Bob

Use blonde and brown tones to lighten up your look.

balayage short hair: natural curls
Light brown tips to add dimension.

9. Short Hair Curls

Create a fun look and add dimension to your ringlets with brown balayage highlights.

balayage short hair: curly
Make your curls pop with a light brown hue.

10. Short Light Brown Curls

Want something a little more laid back? Keep it simple with a touch of blonde highlights at the ends of your curls.

balayage short hair: dark roots
Blonde balayage against dark roots.

11. Balayage Short Hair Dark Roots

The balayage method creates a natural effect against black roots. To maintain body throughout your look, set hair with a hairspray like Dove Style+Care Flexible Hold Hairspray.

balayage short hair: light brown hair
Love this butterly hue against brown hair.

12. Light Brown Lob

Looking for a simple update for your lob haircut? Go for buttery blonde tones to lighten up your look just a bit.

Brighten up a dark hair color with the balayage technique.

13. Ash Brown Balayage on Short Hair

A few hints of ash brown tones mixed in dark brown hair stands is a subtle way to give your hair a stylish update.

balayage short hair: pink hair
A pop of pink stands out. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

14. Pink Balayage Short Hair

Try the  balayage technique to with a fun cotton candy pink hue.

balayage short hair: edgy pixie
A peek of color to add an interesting detail to your look.

15. Edgy Pixie

A hint of copper and blonde tones in between your fringe adds a fun element to your look.

balayage short hair pixie
Mix warm browns together for a natural look.

16. Short Pixie

A few reddish tints warms up the look of a dark chocolate base.

balayage short hair: red highlights
Shades of red.

17. Red Balayage

These reddish-orange highlights creates the illusion of auburn on dark brown hair.

balayage short hair relaxed
Update your straight hair with a pop of blonde tones.

18. Balayage on Relaxed Hair

Want to refresh the look of your straight hairstyle? You can try the balayage effect at the front of your hair. We love a fringe with detail.

balayage short hair: straight
A touch of blonde at the ends.

19. Straight Hair Balayage

Add a subtle hint of color at the ends of your hair to revamp your look.

balayage short hair waves
Wavy brown hair.

20. Shoulder Length Balayage

Jazz up your shoulder length hair a little with a hint of blonde balayage.

Want more hair color ideas? Here are some copper highlights we adore