Winter Balayage: 5 Hair Color Ideas for 2017

Pick your winter balayage carefully!

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t lighten up your hair! We think bleach can be your friend all year long. When it comes to winter balayage, you simply have to choose a color that fits the season! We’ve got so many balayage color favorites that we can’t pick our number one. You can go for anything from mauve tones to the perfect amber shade. Read on to check out five of our favorite winter balayage hair colors.

Different Winter Balayage Colors To Try This Season

winter balayage color ideas: high contrast
Who needs subtle?

1. High Contrast Balayage

Who needs beachy in winter? Not us! Skip the barely there balayage hair tones this season and go for a super high contrast hue. This look is easy to wear if you have naturally super dark hair, because you won’t need to touch up your roots! Make sure to use a toning shampoo and conditioner at least once a week to keep away orange tones. We like the Bed Head by TIGI Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo and Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Reconstructor.

winter balayage color ideas: honey blonde
Winter hues for beach babes.

2. Honey Blonde Balayage

For an overall lighter look, go for this honey blonde shade. Sure, it could look a little beachy for winter, but keeping your natural hair color mixed throughout makes this shade much more wearable all year long! We love how light blondes in winter still have that shine and brilliance. It takes the edge off the cold, right? When you go for a color this light, remember to take it slow. Trying to lift a dark brown natural hair color to a light blond would be very damaging. You may need to make friends with your stylist because it could take two to three treatments to get you there.

winter balayage color ideas: auburn
A ginger treat for your hair.

3. Auburn Balayage

So we are more than a little bit excited about this orange/auburn balayage. It’s such a refreshing hair color, right? If you have natural red tones throughout your hair, you’re lucky! You’re already halfway there. Otherwise, to get this look, you may need to get an overall base color, then have the balayage technique done to the rest of your hair.

winter balayage color ideas: amber
This color screams #hairgoals. Photo credit: Dvora

4. Light Amber Balayage

This amber balayage is totally hair goals. It’s like the textbook definition of the balayage technique. To get this effect on brown hair you will need to use bleach. Bleaching hair, even if you aren’t lightening your color too much, you’ll probably incur a bit of damage. And, when it comes to bleach, damage means dryness. When you style, be sure to soothe your color-treated hair with the S Factor By TIGI True Lasting Colour Hair Oil.

winter balayage color ideas: Chocolate Mauve
Dream color, right? Photo credit: Hannah Edelman

5. Chocolate Mauve Balayage

Remember chocolate mauve hair? This gorgeous color is still hot on our radar! We just love these pretty purple tones are so much more refined and subtle than the rose gold hair trend. Going for this color will give you an extra pep in your step, for sure.

Need more information about winter balayage? Check out this guide to the difference between ombre and balayage