31 Balayage Highlight Ideas to Copy Now

There were three looks that drove everyone crazy over 2015 and they were balayage, ombre and babylights. For those of you who fell in love with those stunning hair designs, there’s good news ahead. 2016 is going to be a big year once again but this time for the following balayage highlight ideas.

We’ve learned a lot of about the humble highlight over the years and we’ve realized they can do a lot more for us than just add a bit of depth to our hairstyle. From teeny-tiny, barely there stripes to chunky and cool contrasts, there are so many ways to incorporate these balayage highlight ideas into your new ‘do.

11. Honey Blonde + Natural Root

The thing we love most about these balayage highlight ideas is that the way they are positioned means the natural root grow-out won’t be obvious or ‘ugly’. The worst thing about going lighter than your natural color are those pesky roots but with a look like this, no one would be able to tell what’s root and what’s dye anyway. That’s the beauty of it – making growing out your roots both pretty and flattering!
Honey Blonde Balayage Highlights

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In order to recreate this look you’ll need to ask your stylist to leave your roots naturally dark (or go a shade or two darker than your natural colour) and blend the balayage highlights down to the ends, giving you a lighter gradient at the bottom. You can use a medium-barrelled curling tong to achieve those bouncy waves and because they’re loose curls, they’ll look just as great slightly fallen out at the end of the day as they did freshly done at the beginning.