Balayage hair is the latest trend in hair coloring, and it has an international popularity with different styles and techniques coming up regularly. As opposed to the standard coloring techniques it uses free hands painting where you should dye the hues without using foils and caps. One of the reasons that make this color technique unique is that it looks very natural and if you do it right it will not appear so obvious that you have a dye job. Whether you prefer bright and bold looks or a soft wash you can easily achieve it with Balayage, and it also works well for a variety of lengths. The gallery below provides you with 75 different ideas on how you can use free hands painting to achieve an elegant look.
# 1 Messy Chocolate to Bronde
Hand dyeing your strands will give you an appealing look, but you still have to use an attractive pattern like ombre. In this design, the color pattern involves transitioning from a chocolate base to a blend of brown and blonde. You should then style your long locks by pushing them back in a messy design.
The dimension of these locks is fantastic, and it will make you want to dye your hair. It is a product of chopping the strands neatly for some texture and then painting them with a dark brown and blonde shade and finish with a shag styling.
# 3 Gorgeous and Brighter
Although the strands on this design have a perfect cut and style, their color is what makes them stand out. A bright blonde shade is painted on a dark base to create a gorgeous look that also makes the long wavy locks look very distinct.
# 4 Ash Gray Streaks
Any color can look good on you provided you know how to use it inventively. This style uses a sweet ash gray shade to spice up long textured black locks. The gray streaks look amazing, and they give the long tresses a unique tone.
# 5 Face Framing Balayage Highlights
The face frame design on this headdress is amazing, and it makes it look splendid. However, it would not look this good without the lovely hand painted highlights that are in a Sombre pattern. The design starts with a black base but transitions gradually to a shade of chocolate brown.
# 6 Vintage Caramel Waves
Sometimes you have to go with a vintage look to spice up your appearance or to create a unique look. The vintage look in this style comes from introducing a caramel shade on some thick wavy strands in and ombre pattern and styling the hair with a center part and brush back.
# 7 Blonde Lob Perfection
A long bob may be a typical headdress, but the colors on this particular one make it look unique. Although the design uses natural brown and blonde shades, they are painted using a balayage technique. The hair also has some subtle waves that add to its beauty.
# 8 Wavy Tresses with Smoked Roots
These locks look very natural, and it is hard to notice that they have a dye job, and this is because they have a perfect blonde shade, and it is hand painted. The smoked roots also add to the beauty of the style, and you should expose them with a part line and by side sweeping your locks.
# 9 Shiny and Soft Blend of Dark Browns
Balayage gives you the freedom to combine any shades that you wish to create a top notch hairdo. In this design, the tones come from combining different shades of brown in a soft ombre pattern with the darker ones forming the base. The strands also have a subtle shine, and you should style by backcombing them.
# 10 Faded Purple Pastels
The purple pastel is what will catch the attention of most people in this design because of its brightness. However, there are still several other shades in the style including blonde and brown. The pastels fade to create lighter ends and the strands also have an incredible texture and layered styling that adds a touch of class to the headdress.
# 11 Blonde Curls with a Hint of Pink
If you have sweet blonde strands like these, you will not have to do much to create an elegant look. The only thing that you need to do to your blonde curls is to trim them short and then give them a hint of pink through a balayage dye job.
# 12 Lose Updo Knots
The styling of these long tresses is as effortless as it can get as you only need to tie a few of them into loose knots at the back to create a loose half updo. However, the knots would not look this good without the balayage dye job that involves transitioning from dark brown to a bright blonde hue.
# 13 Sun Kissed Light Blonde Strands
These blonde strands might not have a perfect volume and texture, but their color and simple styling give them all the elegance they need. The blonde shade is the most dominant, but there is also a light brown base hue that helps to create the sun-kissed look.
# 14 Blend of Copper and Brown
The copper and brown tones on this design blend in perfectly to create a distinctive shade that makes the long, voluminous locks classy. Apart from the tone the long locks also have a simple but elegant style. To replicate it you should twist and tie a few locks into a knot at the center of the head.
# 15 Short and Hand Painted
Contrary to what most people think you do not have to keep long locks to get a refined balayage dye job since short strands will also work well. The blend of colors in this short hairdo is proof of this, and it involves mixing different shades of brown and a hint of blonde to give them a refined tone.
# 16 Rooted Blonde Balayage
The beauty of these locks shows why blonde is one of the most widely used shades. Here it is the most dominant shade but what makes the design special is the fact that the colors are hand painted. Apart from this the long tresses also have a lovely texture that comes from skillful scissor trims.
# 17 Dimensional Platinum
Platinum is a unique shade that you can use to break away from the standard colors that most ladies use on their hairdo. In this style, it adds some dimension to the medium strands. It also has a hint of pink and a side part that helps to make it trendy.
# 18 Asymmetrical Purple Bob
Purple is a very feminine shade, and so you can never go wrong with it on your strands. It makes this asymmetrical bob cut look fabulous, but the fact that it is hand painted also makes it attractive. Here it blends into a natural black base to create a refined short asymmetrical bob headdress.
# 19 Gorgeous Sombre Blondes
The short choppy haircut on this headdress is amazing, and the strands also have an incredible texture. Even with all this perfection you still need a good shade for your style to stand out. And in this design, it comes from combining several shades of blonde on a light brown base.
# 20 Highlighted Cupper Chunks
Balayage highlights can transform a typical tone such as copper into something elegant. Here the copper base color has some subtle light brown highlights that give the locks an excellent definition. The center part and the free flowing locks also help to enhance the overall appearance.
# 21 Elegant Pastel Ombre
This design uses free hands painting and a backcombing style to create an elegant hairdo with vibrant purple pastel shades. The purple hues are also in a peek-a-boo design, and this helps to enhance the overall appearance when you brush back your strands.
# 22 Soft and Wavy
This fresh haircut looks amazing, and this is because it has a perfect trim, beautiful color, and a smooth styling. The color is a typical balayage that involves blending brown and blonde in a soft ombre pattern. For the styling, you only need to side-sweep the strands to enhance the appearance of the soft waves.
# 23 Sweet Curly Bob
The multiple tones on this headdress are amazing, and they make the short curly bob look classy. Apart from just having various shades, you should also give them a free hands dye job if you want to look natural. For styling, you should make your curls slightly messy.
# 24 Blondie Locks with a Hint of Silver
Ladies with long natural blonde locks do not have to do much to create a refined look. If you also have an excellent volume and texture like in this design, a center part is enough to create a polished look. However, this style takes things a notch higher by introducing a hint of silver on the locks.
# 25 Natural Honey Tone with Baby Lights
Some shades such as honey brown are very distinctive, and you can almost be sure of an elegant look. And if you also have long thick locks like these then you will look outstanding. A few or moderate light brown baby lights will be enough to create a polished look with your honey tone
# 26 Mixed Dark Brown Balayage
This style is pure beauty, and it shows that you can achieve a fabulous headdress with your natural locks just by using the colors inventively. Here the design uses a mixture of dark brown shades to create a refined look with an ombre pattern, and you should style with a center part and face frame design.
# 27 Charming Blonde Bangs with Darkened Roots
Blonde is one of the most widely used shades and even ladies without this natural shade want to have it due to its elegance. However, you still have to know how to use it to create a polished look. And in this design, it has some shadowed roots that you can expose by backcombing the soft strands.
# 28 Cute Wavy Brunette Lob
A long bob gives you the opportunity to tame the length of your locks without having to go with a very short haircut. In this design, the Lob also has a marvelous shade and smooth waves that make it look very classy. The lovely tone comes from blending a blonde hue into natural brunette strands in a Sombre pattern.
# 29 Caramel on Brunette
This design is perfect for ladies who wish to maintain and overall dark tone. To replicate it you should first trim your locks short and then color them with a sweet caramel hue. The caramel will melt into the brunette base, and you should then finish the style with a shallow side part.
# 30 Gorgeous Mahogany Red Streaks
This headdress is another perfect example of how you can enhance the appearance of your brunette locks with some color. Here the natural locks have some lovely mahogany red streaks that brighten up the appearance, and you can add some detail to them by brushing them back. Spraying the strands to give them an extra shine will also spice up your look.
# 31 Stunning Blend of Blonde and Brunette
The shades of this style blend in fabulously to create an attractive tone that makes the thick wavy strands look amazing. Although brunette seems to work with most other shades, it looks very natural with the blonde hue. You should finish your style with a simple part and a face frame.
# 32 Subtle Coffee Brown Ombre
Although these long locks have a perfect trim and texture, you still need to give them some color to look outstanding. Their perfect color comes from a subtle coffee brown shade, and it proves that you can still look elegant even without using bright hues on your hair.
# 33 Summer Blonde Highlights
The cut on this hairdo is splendid, and it involves trimming your strands to give them some uniformity and also creating and arched fringe at the front. However, the color is what sets the design apart from the rest. It is a cute summer blonde that melts into a light brown base.
# 34 Delicate Chocolate Waves
The long, voluminous strands in this style are very attractive, but you can still spice them up with a sweet chocolate brown shade. And by hand painting your shades you will maintain a natural look that you can enhance with a simple brush back that maintains the wavy appearance of the locks.
# 35 Adorable Caramel Blonde on Black Base
Caramel is a beautiful shade that will make you feel good, but this is only if you paint it right. In this style, it melts into some smooth and straight black locks to create lovely tone. The other thing that makes this design fabulous is the ombre pattern that the black and caramel shades in the design create.
# 36 Braided Bridal Updo
The collection of medium size braids in this design is magnificent, and they create a top notch hairdo. However, the twists would not look this good without the hand painted blend of copper and brown on the strands.
# 37 Cool Painted Beach Waves
Your beach waves are perfect for the outdoors, but they still deserve some fresh color to give them some elegance. This style provides an excellent example of how you can enhance their appearance with a lovely shade of blonde. You should also darken the roots to add some contrast to your beach waves.
# 38 Ashy Bronde Balayage
This style has a lovely shade that comes from blending brown and blonde, but it is also a very widely used hue. However, you can still use it to create a unique headdress like this one by introducing an ashy gray shade to the design. And with such a lovely color you only need to brush back your strands to finish your style.
# 39 Classy Golden Waves
A style like this will turn heads everywhere you go, and this is not only because the strands have a perfect length and volume but also because they have the right shade. The lovely tone comes from introducing a golden hue to a black base in an ombre pattern.
# 40 Brown Balayage with a Hint of Rose
These lovely short strands are as elegant as it can get and you will hardly notice just how short they are. They have a nice texture and a simple side sweep styling. However, what makes them refined is their classy brown balayage shade with a sweet hint of rose. The strands also have some lovely shadowed roots that also help to spice up the appearance.
# 41 Super Glossy and Multi-Tonal Brunette
The super gloss on this headdress is what will catch the attention of most people, but this is rightfully so as it makes the strands look very refined. However, the brunette hair also has some lovely tones, but they are all dark, and so they will not be very visible.
# 42 Red on Black Balayage
If you prefer to go with a stylish bright shade, then you should try out this one as it is not only dazzling but also looks fantastic. The design comes from hand painting your black strands with a bright hue in an ombre pattern.
# 43 Light Blonde with a Hint of Blue
The light blonde shade on this style is easy to achieve as you will only need to bleach your stands if you have a naturally dark tone. However, you should keep the roots dark to create a shadowed look. To finish your style you should hand-paint a hint of light blue on your blonde locks and style them with a side sweep or by brushing them to the back.
# 44 Dark to Light Brown Ombre
This color design is not unique since it is easy and so most ladies prefer to go with it. However, what makes this style unique is that the shades are hand painted, and hence, it looks more natural than others. The golden hint and the shine on the hair also help to make this a unique style.
# 45 Cool Blonde Sombre
Even if you have fine strands, you can still wear an elegant look by using some colors. The strands on this design may not have the perfect volume, but their trendy blonde Sombre color pattern still makes them look fabulous. Apart from the shade the locks also have some lovely swirls and a hint of light brown on the base that also enhances the appearance.
# 46 Dramatic Ombre Balayage Hair
The drastic transition from the black shade to light brown and the blonde blend is marvelous, and it creates and incredible contrast. Apart from the contrast the hair also has some lovely waves and an excellent volume that gives the design a touch of class.
# 47 Honey Brown Locks with Partial Streaks
Balayage highlights are not trendy by chance as they can transform any hair into something very elegant. Although the honey brown base on this headdress is still exquisite, the introduction of the hand painted light brown streaks take the design a notch higher.
# 48 Dark Toned and Layered
Some designs are simply fantastic, and they make a woman's hair look very trendy. And in most cases, all you have to do is to choose the right colors. This particular one goes with dark tones, and they are hand painted to give the long locks an impressive look. The locks also have some lovely curls on the ends, and you should style them with layers.
# 49 Modern Hand Painted Waves
The blend of shades in this design is magnificent, but you can only achieve it through hand painting. Although there are many other dyeing techniques, you have to use balayage if you want to look this elegant balayage. Here dark and chocolate brown melt in to create an eye-catching hue that helps to add some dimension to the long wavy strands.
# 50 Red Violet Strands
Red heads do not always have to be bright to look outstanding since you can still look great with a dark tone like this one. And if you spice it up with a violet shade you will look very refined. Apart from the hues in this style, it also has some lovely long locks with moderate waves.
# 51 Blended Red Brown
Although the light brown shade is the most visible, this design also has a dark red hue. However, the two colors melt in perfectly to create a distinct tone that you will want to keep for long. And with such a perfect shade you do not need to do any sophisticated styling since a center part, and brush back are enough.
# 52 Wavy Silver Blonde
This hairdo is another perfect example of how a perfect hand painted dye job should look. To replicate it you should hand-paint your strands with a silver blonde hue starting with a dark brown base. If you have swirls like in this particular design or some subtle waves, your colors will look magnificent.
# 53 Bronze on Brunette
Bronze is a lovely tone but what makes it a good idea for your hair is that it is not very common. In this design, it brightens up the brunette strands and helps to create a fantastic headdress. The lovely trims and simple styling that involves sweeping the locks to the back in layers also contribute to making this a top-notch design.
# 54 Free Hand Rusk Hair
The Rusk look in this design is very distinct and if you can replicate it you can be sure of a head-turning appearance. It works well with the black locks and helps to give them a beautiful dark tone. And the nicely chopped and textured strands add some detail to the lovely hue.
# 55 Funky Purple Gray
It is not always about the colors that you use on your hairdo but how you apply them. In this design, the hues are purple and gray, but they melt in to create a fantastic shade. The choppy short strands and the simple styling that involves brushing the strand to the side also add some class to the design.
# 56 Bright Sunset Strands
This design is ideal for a lady who is willing to experiment with bright hues. The sunset shade comes from melting various hues with the most dominant ones being orange and red. These tones create a dazzling look, and a smooth side sweep is enough to complete the look.
# 57 Deep Brown with a Mix of Rose
Deep Brown is a moderate shade that can go with almost any other color to create a vibrant balayage hair. In this design, the tone gets some lovely rose gold streaks that accentuate the shoulder length wavy strands to create a polished look.
# 58 Gray with Pastel Purple Balayage
Silver gray is a modern hue that can give a woman an exquisite look if she uses it right. This style demonstrates how one should use it to create a refined look. Although it is the base color and also the most dominant, the design also has a hand painted hint of purple pastel.
# 59 Deep Red and Burgundy Melt
Most people think that redheads always have to be bright, but this is not the case since you can still have a subtle dark tone like this one. Here the red shade melts in with a burgundy hue to create a vibrant hue that gives the soft textured locks and appealing look.
# 60 Perfectly Toned Spring Lob
Even if you have a short haircut like this one, you can still make it a top notch design by introducing some sweet shades. To replicate it you should darken your roots after chopping the strands and then give them a blend of blonde and light brown with a hint of pink.
# 61 Blazing Light Brown on a Chocolate Base
You can almost never go wrong with a shade of brown because it seems to work well for nearly all ladies. In this style, a light shade of brown is keenly hand painted on a chocolate base to create an impressive design that you can enhance further by spraying to give the strands a shine.
# 62 Dimensional Golden Hues
Some natural long locks will always look fabulous provided you keep them neat and healthy. It is also important to note that adding some color will give you a modern look. The long locks on this style also have some lovely swirls and so introducing a golden hue to the design makes your headdress look marvelous.
# 63 Long Blond Highlights
Even if you do not have any ideas on how to color your strands you can be sure of an exquisite look if you go with highlights. The blonde highlights on this headdress prove that you do not have to do any complicated dye job to stand out. In this design, the blonde streaks blend in with the dark brown base color to create an outstanding appearance.
# 64 Balayage and Foil Combo
You cannot achieve an exceptional hairdo without creativity. A creative way to dye your strands would be to combine two distinct coloring techniques like the balayage and foil combo in this style. By doing this, you will not only get a unique shade but also an unusual pattern that will help you stand out.
# 65 Multicolored Balayage Excellence
This headdress has three of the most attractive bright hues and so if you are looking for a dazzling look this is a perfect idea for you. The shades that make this design stand out include pink, purple and blue. These shades form a very distinct highlighted design, and you should style the textured strands with a simple push back.
# 66 High Lift Brown and a Red Tone
This headdress is very novel, and this is because it starts with a virgin black hair. To create this look, you should lift the black hair with a dark brown tone. And to spice up the strands, you should give them a nice hint of red. You should also have the shades in an ombre pattern by keeping the base color in its natural black shade.
# 67 Skillful Golden Blonde Shading
It is not always easy to create a flawless hairdo, but it is still possible if you do all the touches right like in this particular design. Here the style starts with some neat bangs before introducing a golden blonde hue with a hint of light brown. You should then finish by stacking your strands to create a flawless look.
# 68 Natural Grow Out with Lowlights
The locks in this style look very natural, and it is hard to believe that they are a product of a dye job. The natural look comes from darkening the roots to make the hair appear like it is growing out. You should then introducing some soft hand painted lowlights to finish the look.
# 69 Brunette Lob with Dark Toned Roots
Several things define a classy hairdo, but the color and styling are the most important ones. This style gets both right, and the strands have a dark brown shade with the roots darkened. The styling looks complicated, but it is just an ordinary side sweep with a little inventiveness.
# 70 Copper to Light Brown Ombre
The copper shade in this style is very dark, and most people will confuse it with a dark brown shade since they are very close in appearance. However, this is not the only thing that makes this design elegant since it also has a lovely ombre pattern that involves transitioning from the copper to a light brown hue.
# 71 Brunette to Beachy Blonde
No other color technique is as versatile as balayage since you can create a unique look with every hairdo that you wear. The uniqueness of this one proves this and it comes from a smooth transition from a brunette base color to a blonde hue to create a perfect outdoor look.
# 72 Charming Sun Kissed Look
An inspiring hairdo like this one will require some skills and a lot of time to create, but once you have it, you will look fantastic. The shades in this style are chocolate brown and light brown with the former being the most dominant. Although the lovely shades are enough to create a beautiful headdress the soft side part and moderate layering also help to enhance the look.
# 73 Sexy Pastel Baby Lights
Baby lights will make your locks appear smoother than they are and this is one of the things that makes them attractive. The baby lights will look fantastic if you introduce them on your style using pastel shades like in this headdress. You should also ensure that they blend in with your base color if you want to look this good.
# 74 Pleasant Pure Brown Blonde
Most ladies would not mind having a blonde hair because it is one of the few shades that can never go wrong. This design is a Sombre that starts with a light brown base and then transitions to the lovely blonde tone. A few pins and a flower also come in handy when you are accessorizing your style.
# 75 Refreshing Bronde Waves
This style is another perfect example of how the different shades of brown can create a refreshing look when you melt them with blonde. The longs locks also have some nice waves and volume that will help you show off your beautiful color melt.
Balayage hair has been in trend for a couple of years now, and it will continue to be for a long time. And this is because it helps a woman to create a very natural looking style using some color. Apart from this, a free hand painting is also an easy way to dye your locks, and the styles above should give you some ideas on what you can try out.