This one goes out to all the women with straight hair who struggle with styling challenges. You know the drill: Curls that go limp by lunchtime, dealing with hair that’s too straight and slippery to hold a braid or simply feeling bored with your strands day after day. To amp things up a bit, why not try to add some color? Balayage on straight hair as an easy way to add some visual interest to your hair via subtle or bold balayage highlights. So regardless of whether your hair feels like holding a curl, you’ll always have a little unexpected color to fall back on.
Read on to check out some of our favorite straight balayage hair ideas that we hope will inspire your new look this year.
A Collection of 15 Trendy Ideas of Balayage on Straight Hair
1. Super Long Balayage
Take your super long strands to the next level by adding a high contrast dose of balayage. Bleach blonde ends will make your dark roots pop and will help elevate your waist-length strands.
2. Warm Balayage
The warm tones in this balayage make it the perfect blend to pair with darker roots. The transition feels effortless while it still managing to make a major statement.
3. Subtle + Natural
By choosing a straight balayage hair route that only lifts your color by a few shades you’ll nail the natural balayage look.
4. Blended Balayage
The balayage technique works by pulling strategic strands out to highlight. When expertly executed, you’ll be loved with a beautifully blended result like the one pictured here.
5. Just the Ends
Nervous about making a big commitment when it comes to coloring your strands? Consider a balayage option that includes just the ends of your hair. If you decide to get in on the bob trend later this summer you can easily let go of the extra colored weight.
6. Amp Up the Contrast
If you’re working with a shorter haircut and you’re worried that your balayage won’t have the impact you’re looking for then you’ll want to consider amping up the contrast. Pair much lighter ends with your dark roots for a style that makes a statement, with a shine spray, like Bed Head by TIGI Headrush Shine Spray, giving your look more gleam.
7. Balayage on the Ends
If you’re worried about your hair looking over-processed and damaged then this might be a good option for you. This is what we like to call ‘second glance balayage’ because, well, it requires a double-take to see the subtly lighter ends. Talk about a head-turning style!
8. Rooted Balayage
What used to be considered a faux pas is now a major statement—in a good way. Rooted balayage works with your grown-in roots for a low maintenance style that’s super easy to keep up with.
9. Soft and Feathered
This style also highlights darker roots but the contrast is a little softer. A honey blonde keeps this look soft and subtle. Want more body? Make sure your hair is refreshed and clean-feeling by spritzing with a dry shampoo at the root. We like Dove Refresh+Care Fresh Coconut Hydration Dry Shampoo diffused all throughout strands.
10. Blunt Balayage
While this balayage is particularly well-blended, the blunt short haircut makes a real statement in contrast with the coloring. This style is modern and edgy, and easily one of our favorite looks of the collection.
11. Face Framing Balayage
Choose a balayage that hits just at the tops of your cheekbones for an ultra-flattering, face-framing option. Any style or cut that draws attention to this part of your face will draw the eye upwards for an instant facelift.
12. Red-Toned Balayage
Many brunettes find that some natural red highlights emerge when they’re out in the sun. Opt for a bold, red-toned balayage to beautifully compliment your brown hair. A serum, like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum, helps keep colored/bleached ends looking and feeling healthy.
13. Short and Choppy Balayage
Pair a short and choppy bob with a balayage that’s mostly light-colored. The lighter ends will highlight the blunt nature of the haircut and will make your hair your favorite and constant accessory this summer.
14. Golden Balayage
Get in on the gold trend that’s been taking over Instagram by adding subtle gold balayage into your brown strands.
15. Barely-There Balayage
This is another great option for those of us who have a hard time committing to one specific bolder style. By starting with a color that’s pretty close to your natural shade, you can slowly transition to a lighter color down the line or stick with something subtle yet equally striking.