Brown balayage is a colouring technique that creates a natural-looking hair colour on brown hair. It combines blondes, caramels, chocolates, light brown, coffee and mahogany tones, which are hand-painted to create a subtle style all over brunette hair.
If you’ve been contemplating trying out balayage on brown hair, scroll on down to our carefully-curated list of colours, which proves that this trend works on just about everyone. We’ve pulled together 6 of our favourite brown balayage looks – from the runways to Instagram – to help you feel inspired.
Balayage dark brown hair
Ultra-thin chestnut highlights are a flattering way of adding life and dimension to a natural raven or ebony hair colour. We’d suggest this look as your “entry level” style to a full head of balayage highlights because of its subtle and natural effect.
Rich brunette tones
Looking for something a bit more adventurous? These thicker highlights in rich, warm hues give a medium brown look a multi-tonal feel.
Booked in to get balayage? Make sure you switch your usual wash and care to a colour protection range. The TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Shampoo and Conditioner are designed to gently cleanse and moisturise dyed hair, while keeping your colour vibrant and shiny for longer.
If you want a brown balayage that will give you that natural sun-kissed hair colour, these face-lights are for you. Opt for a balayage that focuses on the areas where the sun would naturally lighten your hair for the most natural, beachy results.
Cool brown balayage
Many brown balayage looks are warm or red-toned, but cooler shades can look just as flattering. If you’re not sure which to go for, we recommend talking to your hair colourist to see what tones they think would work best for you — based on your skin tone and eye colour.
Bronde is one of our favourite ways to wear a more blonde balayage look on brown hair. Beloved by stars like Chrissy Teigen and J-Lo, the multidimensional blend of blonde and brown tones are what hair dreams are made of.
To give your bronde balayage highlights an extra shine and enhance their golden colour, add a dab of the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Oil to the length of your hair.
Auburn balayage on brown hair
Combine different shades of red and auburn with brown balayage to create a warm, lit-from-within finish. This fiery highlight combo will instantly give your brown hair a more vibrant look.
After dyeing your hair the brown balayage of choice, don’t forget to take care of your strands. Using a hair mask like the TONI&GUY Damage Repair Intensive Mask will help to replenish moisture loss and repair damage caused by chemical styling.