As far as gradient hair is concerned, the balayage short hair dyeing technique looks like it’s here to stay. The term balayage is a French word that can be translated to mean “to sweep” or “to paint”. This is because the method used to apply dye is the freehand technique where the hair is hand painted against a backboard to create the highlight.
This results in a softer gradient and a more natural-looking tone that matches the skin tone and gives hair a glossy sun-kissed appearance. The method has been popularized due to the fact that it never looks strong and is delightfully low maintenance. Although it works best on hair that goes below the shoulders, a balayage expert can recreate the effect outstandingly on short and medium length hair.
# 1 Sun-Kissed Bob
This would have been an ordinary-looking bowl cut hadn’t it been for the soft highlights added randomly towards the edges of the fringe. The soft blonde highlights give the dark locks an enticing gradient that leaves the roots darker and the edges glossier.
Balayage looks better on messy hair as it gets more volume. The copper highlights on the red locks look even better due to the freehand application as it works well with the disheveled locks to create sexy bed hair. This fun summer look is also easy to maintain and is perfect for a day of vigorous summer fun.
# 3 Burgundy Lob
When it comes to balayage short hair dyeing, low maintenance is the name of the game. This cute lob haircut is given more character by the freehand dyeing that embeds a lusty red hue to the thick messy curls. Short hair looks just as good with the soft highlighting technique.
# 4 Glossy Babylights
It’s all about the smooth glow these days, no more stark contrasts and punky hairdos. Shoulder-length locks can be made exciting using a combination of soft baby lights and even softer balayage highlights. Depending on the proficiency of your stylist, expect nothing but spectacularly glossy blonde hair.
# 5 Pristine Bob
There is nothing like babylights to give your neat bob a lingering appeal and nice subtle contrasts. Although you will spend more time on the stylist’s chair, the copper highlights in this neatly cut bob make it all worth it. To emphasize on the crisp cut of the fringe, bolder colors should be used to highlight the hair well.
# 6 Bleached Ombre
Creating an adventurous look with short locks is as simple as experimenting with the direction of the color gradient. The ombre handiwork done on this short haircut leaves the locks bleached at the end and darker at the roots and with a dark under shave giving the hair a more adventurous look.
# 7 Brunette Balayage
For a playful summer look, a well-done balayage short hair dye can add zing to your short cut by taking away the focus from the length and emphasizing on texture. The tousled locks give the hairstyle a carefree appeal that looks ready for the beach.
# 8 Fiery Streaks
Feathery locks and a fiery red dye can turn your short, spiky locks into stylish flames. This hairstyle uses a bolder ombre dyeing technique to get that stark contrast between the highlighted orange tips and the dark roots. The disheveled appearance adds to the allure of this androgynous haircut, making it easier to maintain.
# 9 Subtle Glory
Add a hint of luster to your dark hair by touching the tips with warm gold. The random consistency created by this light balayage short hair dyeing technique makes your hair appear like it is glowing even on dull days. The disheveled appearance of the locks is also a nice touch.
# 10 Lustrous Blonde
A stronger balayage makes your locks all the more lustrous and gives it a slight metallic appearance. Whereas the dark shades are prominent towards the roots and at the very edges, the body of the hair is streaked with gleaming streaks of gold that really give it depth and a sleeker appearance.
# 11 Bold Twist
The marvelous use of the balayage short hair dyeing technique on these twisted locks gives them a thicker, more lustrous appeal. The wavy shoulder-length locks are made sexier by the twisted and windswept tresses with random bleach blonde highlights. The subtle gradient leaves it looking flashy but natural.
# 12 Golden Spin
This short hairdo features a soft dye applied onto random locks of hair to create an overall lustrous appearance. The honey colored locks blend well with a sunny blonde hue and a bit of brown towards the roots in a way that exudes a sophisticated feminine appeal.
# 13 Reverse Balayage
This simple bob cut has been given a bit more sass and fun using an expertly done reverse balayage coloring that has darkened the top and faded out towards the tips to blend in with her natural hair color. The auburn dye has given the hair more dimension, depth, and an undeniably stylish finish as well.
# 14 Natural Balayage Curls with Tousled Finish
If you are all about maintaining the natural appeal of your hair, balayage can blend ribbons of color through your locks without making them stand out too much. The sun-kissed strands of golden brown start out high but get bolder towards the edges of the curls. This ensures the natural growth of hair from the roots without spoiling the do.
# 15 Crispy Long Bob
The stark contrast created between the dark locks from the roots and the flowing bleached curls bears the markings of an excellently done dip and dye. While not as subtle as other techniques, it is a bold way to wear your mane with even bolder makeup and accessories as well.
# 16 Caramel Delight
Balayage lets you style up your locks while maintaining its naturally healthy texture. The soft caramel highlights on brown locks give this tidy look more dimension and depth. Tousling the locks at the edges is the best way to wear this short look stylishly. Not only does it leave you having a tantalizing disheveled look, it requires little retouching throughout the day.
# 17 Elegant Swing Bob
Nothing adds a smooth, feminine touch to a short hairdo like sprucing up your locks with luxurious curls and sun-kissed tips. This elegant balayage coloring blends the natural auburn tint of the hair with golden ribbons of color which are made more stunning with wavy locks.
# 18 Silver Highlights
Going for that salt-and-pepper look? Sprinkle some silver highlights on the tips and ribbon it through the locks for a unique look. The shoulder-length wavy bob retains its raven-black color at the top with the silver highlights coming in towards the edges of the tousled locks. The gradient looks sophisticated and transitions the colors in a natural and seamless manner.
# 19 Frizzed Blonde
Spiky hair can rock a balayage short hair dye too! The spiky bob in this example features spiky curls that fade from a deep brown into a glorious golden at the edges in classic fashion. A bit of color can do wonders to your locks especially by giving them a more defined appearance. This sun-kissed look also features uneven trims that make it all the more spectacular.
# 20 Mellow Shoulder-Length Bob
The golden highlights are expertly streaked through the hair to give it a glorious sun-kissed color towards the tips. Whereas the dye is apparent, it blends in smoothly with the brown color of the locks in such a way that the gradual lightening seems smooth and natural.
# 21 Touches of Blonde
Yes, short hair looks just as great with balayage. In this gorgeous example, the red short hair with a blunt fringe cut is given the lightest touches of blonde across the top. This results in a color alteration that is so subtle, it makes the locks appear emit their own angelic glow.
# 22 Flowing Bob
The addition of soft copper highlights on your locks gives them a more lustrous appearance. Use this balayage short hair dyeing technique to give your hair an eternal glow and to make it appear richer, fuller and healthier.
# 23 Boyish Balayage Pixie Cut
Touch up your short pixie cut with an intricate balayage short hair coloring to give it dimension and also add a feminine touch to the androgynous look. The tousled look features casually styled blonde locks with a slight forelock and is specked with dark hair and a well outlined dark shave at the sides and back.
# 24 Silver Ribbons Balayage
Turn any ordinary-looking bob into a bold fashion statement by streaking it with lustrous silver ribbons to bring more contrast and dimension to blonde locks. This stark ombre dyeing method leaves the fringe at the back slightly darkened and a few dark strips within the neat bob for added depth to the look.
# 25 Silky Blonde Balayage
For the ultimate summer look, treat your short hair to an exquisite balayage short hair dyeing and give it that eye-catching lustrous summer hue. This gradient hairstyle features a smooth transition from brown to gold to beach blonde at the split edges.
# 26 Cranberry Fun
You don’t need flowing locks to make a statement with your hair. The stylishly messy curls in this example have been transitioned smoothly from black to a lusty red shade that ribbons through the locks, spectacularly giving them a much-needed boost of color and character.
# 27 Sun-Kissed Pixie Cut
Take the boyish edge off your pixie cut with subtle highlights on your locks. The androgynous hairstyle can be made more feminine simply by throwing in some mild golden streaks into thick, dark hair. Not only will you look more girly, it makes the pixie transform into an elegant hairstyle.
# 28 Rich Auburn Summer Balayage
This elegant balayage is a classy finish on the shoulder-length hair with slightly curled edges. The flowing auburn hair is given a glossy, sun-kissed finish with the addition of streaks of copper through the locks, which brighten towards the curled edges. With this look, you will never have to worry about growth as the dark roots will conceal it nicely.
# 29 Flashy Bob
Playing with color for brunettes can result in exquisitely shaded hairdos as in this example. The dark natural hair color fades out into the golden highlights that again fade in towards the tousled shoulder-length locks. If you are into bold contrasts, this gradient hairstyle will show off your nicely blended hair colors.
# 30 Lush Blonde Balayage with Peppered Silver
Give your locks bit more depth by throwing in more than just one color to the mix. This unique shoulder-length balayage carries subtle blonde accents, red ribbons streaking through and a smattering of silver that touches on wispy strands of hair to give it a radiant glow.
# 31 Blonde Balayage with Babylights
You can combine two different dyeing techniques to give your locks more depth and dimension. This lustrous example features a smooth transition from the dark roots to the bleached tips with a dash of bright baby lights within the locks to give the hair character.
# 32 Curly Bob with Copper Highlights
Accentuate dark locks by adding a rich, copper brown hue using the balayage short hair dyeing technique. Not only will the achieve a more natural gradient, the lustrous shade of the highlighted curls gives it an ever-glossy appearance and adds spark to dull hair.
# 33 Handpainted Bowl Cut
The allure of exquisite highlighting is apparent in this example where the short, common bowl cut with a blunt cut and a slightly swept back fringe becomes is made superbly lustrous. The beauty of the balayage dyeing technique is that it works towards enhancing the natural appeal of your hairstyle even when adding artificial color.
# 34 Melted Tint
This style features a natural gradient that makes the locks lighten into a radiant golden blush towards the edges. The transition from the silky dark color of the roots into the golden highlights is so smooth and natural that the hair seems to ooze liquid rays of sunlight.
# 35 Shiny Balayage Bob
You can use uneven cuts and silvery highlights to add some sass to your bob cut hairstyle. This hairstyle has dark roots that give way to blonde highlights with silvery accents towards the stylishly chopped ends. The resulting gradient looks natural and seamlessly blends the natural hair color with the color of the highlights.
# 36 Fierce Shoulder-Length Balayage
A more distinct color difference between your hair’s natural color and the color of the highlights creates a fiercely stylish look. The gradient is steep and the transition is almost sudden, giving the impression of two entirely different types of hair. Dark streaks ribbon through the blonde highlights to reconcile the two different tints.
# 37 Solaris Bleach
Give your bob a balayage short hair dyeing that will leave it glistening even in dull lighting. The predominantly blonde hair is given a bit of zing with the addition of silvery gray highlights and blended highs and lows which leave it looking radiant and healthy.
# 38 Asymmetrical Bob
The smooth gradient featured in this uneven bob hairstyle helps it retain a natural appeal. As such, the copper streaks embedded into the neat bob not only emphasize on the cut of the fringe, they also add glamor and luster to the texture of the hair as well. Balayage dyeing gives the locks depth and character.
# 39 Rosy Gold
This delicately finished bob is made chic by the short hair dyeing technique used to give its fringe a bit of flair and color. The dark brown hair transitions into golden brown before taking on a playful rose gold tint on the edges of the fringe. A few rosy ribbons run amidst the golden locks in a way that spices up the look.
# 40 Wavy Bob
The simplicity of this wavy bob is toned down using golden brown highlights. The balayage technique employed here colors the entire length of the locks running along the temples before sprinkling the soft golden shade all through the tousled locks with emphasis put towards the edges. The smooth transition of the gradient creates a natural shift of color and makes the look easier to maintain as well.
# 41 Dimensional Balayage Long Bob
Confidence, class, and sophistication are exuded from these tousled locks with an intricate balayage dyeing. The bob is given exciting dimension using dark colored streaks intertwined in the beach blonde locks in a stylishly chaotic manner. The subtle sprinkling of the color does nothing to compromise the natural and healthy appearance of the hair.
# 42 Straight Balayage
Although featuring one of the bolder versions of the delicate balayage dyeing technique, this straight haired shoulder-length hairdo becomes more attractive thanks to the bold streaks of gold running through it. Black ribbons of hair provide a nice contrast and help the locks look deeper and have more dimensions. You can spice up this low maintenance summer look with girly accessories and bold makeup.
# 43 Angelic Highlighted Curls
Try some soft blonde highlights to compliment your skin tone and make the color of your eyes pop. The brightness of the hairdo is toned down by the untouched black patch of hair that spills into the blonde in slim ribbons. Despite the intricate appearance of the hairstyle, growth will not mar the lure of the highlighted curls.
# 44 Medium Balayage with Half Bun
This hairstyle features a natural transitioning of color from brown to blonde in a smooth gradient. The lengthy locks retain their natural color for a few inches before fading out into the lustrous shade of blonde that makes them gleam in soft light.
# 45 Golden Bob
This simple bob has been given an exciting twist using lustrous golden highlights that make it emit a radiant glow. The top features a bit of dark hair that ribbons into the neatly styled golden locks, giving it more depth and dimensions. The short-haired look is transformed entirely by the use of the balayage dyeing method.
# 46 Inverted Balayage
A dull bowl cut can be transformed into a chic and trendy hairstyle using the right dyeing technique. In this example, the dark brown locks are streaked with copper brown highlights that leave it gleaming in soft light. The dark hair is still visible underneath, letting your hairstyle have a bit of depth.
# 47 Wavy Hand Painted Balayage
Like an artist’s canvas, the smooth gradient carries from the top of the head to the edge of the tousled curls using a seamless transition that blends the blonde locks with the dark hair on top. For hair with more dimensions and depth, dark strands ribbon through the golden locks with a few copper-tinged locks spicing things up a bit.
# 48 Highlight and Lowlight Blend
This hairstyle uses a combination of illuminated sections and darkened sections to create a lustrous hair texture that looks healthy and attractive. The dark hair is given a burst of color with a dash of blonde locks randomly streaking through it. When combined with the natural dark hair, the result is hair that looks deeper and possesses more character.
# 49 Beach Blonde Balayage Curls
Rather than just bleach out your hair, try and give it a bit of texture and depth by applying a smooth color gradient. In this scenario, the hair remains dark at the roots but lightens towards the edges of the wavy curls. Streaking lowlights add dimension to the hair and give the highlighting a more natural appearance.
# 50 Wavy Mermaid Balayage
You have seen classy, elegant and cute balayage—now feast your eyes on this edgy dyeing technique. The hair is given bottomless depth with the array of dyes used to complement each other and to give it more dimensions. The dark hair fades into deep blue, then aqua, then light green and finally a shy hue of amber embedded into the thick wavy locks. The burst of color makes it a great party look.
The balayage short hair dyeing technique has carved out a niche for itself mainly because of its low-maintenance requirements. Unlike other dyeing methods, the hair grows in beautifully without looking too apparent or even disrupting the gradient. Furthermore, it works equally well on dark and fair hair and allows you to get funky and experiment with soft, bold and even iridescent highlights to give your hair that extra spunk. Its bespoke nature suits all hair types and makes hair appear lustrous, healthy and sophisticated.
However you prefer your hair to look like, your stylist can tone down or bump up the color to give you the exact shade of hair that you need. Ideally, the hairstyle looks exceptionally gorgeous when given a slight tousle that allows the different blend of colors to portray depth and dimension. Experiment with different color combinations to see which one best suits your hair.