Balayage is a French hair coloring technique that has been a growing trend and is making a statement as some celebrities like Selena Gomez and Jessica Alba are bringing it to the attention of the public. Traditionally, balayage is paired with curled or wavy hair, but it can also be applied to straight hair with fabulous results, as you’ll soon see.
Balayage is freehand color painted on hair without foil or caps, and in the hands of a talented hairstylist, can bring about amazing, natural, sun-kissed looks, and much, much more. The effect can be subtle, natural, or dramatic depending on the colors and contrast selected.
Some people confuse balayage with ombre, a shade effect, and so if you’re one of them, see balayage vs ombre to get up to speed. Then come back here to see the latest balayage trends. In some hairstyles, balayage is combined with ombre to give a person a unique look.
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Best Balayage Hairstyles for Straight Hair
Now that we are all up to speed on what is balayage, lets dive in to our top picks to inspire your next straight hair color ideas.
Blue Hair Balayage for Asian
Check this blue balayage on an angled bob for Asian hair. It’s mostly muted denim blue, gray, and violet under tones, with a and accent pop in bright blue color. It’s an amazing color combination for short, straight black hair.
Pewter and Silver Balayage for Straight Asian Hair
Show off a cool toned, muted pewter and silver balayage over long straight black hair at your next event. The color is blended with a hint of ash brown to keep the overall look subtle.
Ash Blonde and Lilac Balayage
Transforming fine Asian black hair to ash blonde is dramatic on its own. Adding lilac highlights softens the look while taking it to the next level. It’s pure elegance with a pop.
Blonde Balayage for Straight Hair
This side part, medium length, straight hairstyle features a warm chestnut brown base infused with golden blonde and champagne blonde balayage highlights. It’s a gradual color change that anchors the face with darker tones while brightening the overall appearance.
Subtle Blend Balayage
Apply a subtle balayage to give your hair a fabulous, gentle sun-kissed look. Sometimes the best balayage for the corporate professional is just a hint of color. Choose this for a super yet natural appearance.
Blonde Bob Balayage
You can balayage short straight hair, too. Choose a dramatic contrast for an immediate impact.
Silvery Blonde Balayage
For fine, light silvery hair, darken the roots to add contrast add weight. This blending of colors works best with fine, thin hair.
Asian Long Black Hair Balayage
For Asians with long straight dark brown or black hair, balayage can bring a lighter brown tone to accentuate brown eyes.
Medium Brown Hair Balayage
For medium length brown hair, bring a lighter color toward the face to frame, brighten, and lighten your look.
Long Brunette with Soft Highlights
Rejuvenate long dark brown hair with soft balayage highlights to bring out your inner glow. The many color lines bring out a fresh look.
Rose Gold Asian Balayage
For Asians with medium length straight hair, a rose gold balayage brings a warmer tone to black hair. Choose this if you want to go bold, but not outrageous.
For a more dramatic look, mix copper tones with your rose gold balayage.
Asian Medium Length Hair Balayage
Asians with medium length hair blend to a light blonde color for a lighter tone with easier maintenance.
Brunette Blonde Blend Balayage
Brunettes with long straight fine hair can try a dramatic and seamless blend from brown to blonde. Amazing transformation.
Long Fine Blonde Hair Balayage
For long, straight, fine hair, get this blonde balayage with strawberry highlights for a fabulously rich look. From the darkest blonde to the lightest, its an amazingly graceful mix and transition.
Asian Subtle Brown
Balayage Asian hair with gentle natural highlights to give a subtle and elegant look. Choose this look to keep a conservative appearance while showing off a natural sun-kissed look. This would work well in any professional office setting.
Asian Gray-Blonde Hair Balayage
To stand out from your friends, Asian balayage can incorporate gray and gray-blonde shades. Choose this for a stunning, complementary look to your natural color.
Balayage and Ombre Blend
Balayage and ombre can be layered together to soften the typical ombre’s abrupt color change. Mix balayage and ombre to give a blended look with highlights.
Long Gray, Ash Blonde Balayage
This delicate balayage graceful transition to grey and ash blonde is positively striking.
Blonde Balayage on Long Straight Dark Brown Hair
Straight dark brown hair with blonde and caramel balayage.
Short Dark Brown with Blonde Balayage
Short dark brown hair with a dramatic flow to bright, light blonde. Choose this to pop out from the ordinary without going over the top.
Asian Short Pink Hair Balayage
Asian sporting a soft pink and blond balayage with dark roots on medium straight hair, looking amazing. The pink exudes delicate femininity with definite style.
Long Brown with Soft Blonde Color Balayage
Balayage on long straight brown hair.
Ash Blonde Balayage
Beautiful soft color, balayage Ash blonde with babylights. This is a beautiful look for those with fine, thin hair.
Jessica Alba Balayage
Jessica Alba shows off her balayage dark brown hair and light caramel brown highlights.
Asian Blonde Balayage
This Asian blonde balayage hairstyle shows the graceful transition that is possible with this technique. The seamless look appears natural yet striking.
Pastel Pink on Blonde Balayage
A soft pastel pink balayage adds a delicate flair to blonde hair. It’s a graceful look that will set you apart from the others.
Asian with Purple Balayage
For an Asian with straight hair seeking an amazing hair color. Multiple shades of purple and a touch of gray come together to add a vibrant highlight to a black background hair color.
Straight Turquoise Balayage
For a beautiful trendy color that works well with long straight black hair, check out turquoise. This color works even better when paired with a complementary eye shadow.
Long Red Balayage
Adding a fiery red balayage to your straight brown hair is a sure fire way to attract attention. This color is not for the faint of heart. But if you have the personality to match, this red color take you to the next level.
Ash Blonde Blunt Lob Balayage
This blunt lob haircut paired with an ash blonde balayage in an ombre style looks amazing. Super delicate highlights make for a soft, feminine look.
Asymmetrical Short Blonde Bob Balayage
For this asymmetrical blonde bob, balayage creates depth and dimension throughout the hairstyle. It’s one more example of how balayage can take any haircut to the next level.
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Thank you for staying with us to the end. We hope you enjoyed the photos and have been inspired to tryout balayage on your own straight hair. Let us know which one you like best, or if you have your own ideas about balayage hair colors that you can share with us. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.