27 Fabulous Ideas for Dark Brown Hair With Highlights

Beautiful, dark brown hair can be stunningly beautiful, shiny and rich. Although dark brown has a ton of depth on its own, adding a pop of color with subtle or even bold highlights can turn your one dimensional brunette hair into a multi-dimensional masterpiece. Check out these fabulous ideas for dark brown hair with highlights and get color inspired!

Chesnut Tones

Chesnut Tones hairstyleInstagram @karllkyl

Q&A with style creator, Karl
Senior Stylist @ Mi the Salon in Singapore

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I love how this look helps naturally dark haired clients to achieve a low maintenance look. I left her roots at her natural hair color, and this is a mixture of warm and cool tones that create more dimension and movement!

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I recommend a balayage technique with Loreal Professional Blond Studio Multi Techniques Lightener for lifting and Loreal Professional DIA Richesse 5,13 (diluting it with clear) to achieve this look! During the coloring process, I also recommend putting in smart bond to minimize any damage of the hair.

For maintenance, I definitely recommend a purple shampoo to neutralize any unwanted brassy tones.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is great for clients who have naturally dark hair but wish to go lighter, yet do not wish to visit the salon too often for retouches. It is really a fuss-free, easy to maintain look that creates just enough dimension for straight hair.

Wearable Bold

Q&A with style creator, Heather Harroun
Level 5 Hairstylist @ The Head Shoppe Halifax Shopping Centre in Halifax, Canada


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as wearable bold. She stands out with the pink ends, yet still has a natural shade at her root which gives a lived-in feel to the color.

My favourite thing about this look is how fun it is and also how softly it can blend with a natural shade, like brown. Pink is a very trendy hair color this year, and I love how having multiple tones in her hair gave her a sunset appearance!

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

Having the right products is huge when it comes to maintaining fashion colors. I recommend a gentle sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Some of my favorites are Pureology Hydrate and Redken Color Extend Magnetics. Try to wash your hair as little as possible, and when you do, wash it in cold water to keep it from fading a lot.

If you’re planning on heat styling your hair to get beachy waves, you’re definitely going to want a heat protecting spray like Redken Iron Shape. To finish off the look, a dry texture spray will add the perfect “on purpose” messy look to the curls. I love the one from Moroccan Oil.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look would be perfect for anyone who is willing to try something bright and trendy. Hair that is already highlighted blonde is going to give the best result as opposed to very dark colored hair. Since this look has multiple shades of pink, it will look good on both warm and cool skin tones!

If you’re someone who washes your hair daily, this color will not be for you because it does fade with each wash. However, if you’re someone who wants to stand out and try something different, this will be the look for you!

Subtle Color Melt

Subtle Color Melt hairstyleInstagram @kassandra_rae_

Q&A with style creator, Kassie Banuelos
Hairstylist @ LUXE Beauty Bar in Pleasanton, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a sleek long hairstyle with long fringe around the face and long layers. I created a softer, more subtle color melt for low maintenance and up keep. My favorite thing about this look has to be way the color ends with a cool but neutral brown.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

To create this look, I applied all R+Co products. I started with the One prep spray, then used Park Ave blowout balm. She has curly hair, so this combined with Olivia Garden round brushes help give the hair a smooth and shiny finish.

Once blown out, I applied Foil because it’s the best for combatting frizz and static. I added come Tinsel smoothing oil on the ends for extra shine, then Vicious strong flexible hold to keep everything in place.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

My client is a nurse and has her hair up a lot, so I wanted to get her some longer bangs for her center part that were long enough if she needed to put them back up. The client with a strong jaw ine will benefit most with the shorter, softer pieces around the front hairline dropped out. This hairstyle is ideal for the girl who doesn’t want to be in the salon every six weeks for a balayage touch up.

Warm Caramel Balayage

Warm Caramel Balayage hairstyleInstagram @alistcolor

Q&A with style creator, Ashley Moehring
Hairstylist @ Mad Styles Salon in Mason City, IL


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a dark chocolate brown base with ribbons of hand painted, warm caramel highlights. My favorite thing about this look is that it’s not your traditional foil highlight, but instead is balayaged to look sunkissed.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

To maintain the richness of the color, I would recommend a color-safe shampoo and conditioner. My current favorite is AMIKA’s ‘Keep Your Color’ shampoo and conditioner.

In order to achieve the beach waves, I recommend using a 1.25-inch barrel curling iron, making sure to leave the last inch to two inches out to keep it effortless. Finish with a dry texture spray for extra volume, and voila!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this type of color for those who don’t like the upkeep of traditional foil highlights. This look is perfect for those who are low maintenance and only want to visit the salon every four to six months. The warm caramel tones tend to work best on those with warm (think olive) skin tones, or those whose natural color is a level 4 or darker.

Understated Elegance

Q&A with style creator, Natalie Carmichael
Salon Owner / Master Stylist @ My Salon in Chico, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is effortless, easy and classy. I would call this look “I woke up like this”. My favorite thing about it is that it’s styled in a way that doesn’t look like she tried too hard, but has the confidence to bring out the fabulous in this look in such a subtle way.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

For this look, I recommend using a dry texture spray or wax spray such as Unite Texturiza or Sexy Hair Play Dirty. These types of products are a must for creating an effortless, textured look that has just enough of a playful style  without looking messy.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This client has olive skin tone, a lot of fine long hair, and doesn’t want to put more than five minutes into styling her hair. She also prefers an understated look.

I believe this look is truly universal and well suited for anyone from the busy mom with just a few minutes to put herself to together to the the busy business woman who has a tight schedule and only five minutes to make it happen.

Copper Tones

Copper Tones hairstyleInstagram @louisesb123

Q&A with style creator, Louise
Salon Owner / Hairstylist @ Alla Moda Hair & Beauty in Derbyshire, England


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

The look I created is casual and textured ,which in turn creates this effortless but sassy style. My favorite thing about the color and style is that it is super easy to wear and maintain. It looks so effortless, but will catch the eye instantly and appears more time consuming that it really is!

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

Being a Matrix Educator and working for Matrix Color, I used Light Master to pre-lighten the hair using a balayage freehand technique with 6% peroxide. Once lifted, I applied 4ma in Matrix So Color to darken the root area and add an indulgent richness. I then toned the pre-lightened areas using Matrix Color Sync 8cg and 8m. To maintain the look, I recommend Biolage Color Last shampoo. To style the textured cut, I recommend Matrix Style Link Mess Maker and Gloss Booster.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look to anyone wanting an effortless but stylish look with very little maintenance. It would suit an active and busy lifestyle well. The copper tones and rich mocha color compliments dark brown, hazel or green eyes and a warm skin tone that has yellow and golden tones. This color and style suits autumn and winter really well!

Kissed By The Sun Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Shelby Sorheim
Stylist / Updo Specialist @ Willow Salon in Maple Grove, MN


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would best describe this look as a natural, kissed by the sun balayage. My favorite thing about this look is that it appears effortless. It’s perfect for a summer or fall look.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

To create this look, I used Paul Mitchell Synchro Lift lightener with 20 vol. I used a heavy weave, thin slice balayage technique with foils and did not fold my foils. I used the platinum card technique by placing another foil on top of the other. This kept my work very neat and assured the color would stay where I placed it. For foil placement, I was creative with it, which is part of what makes this so fun to create.

We left my client’s root at her natural level between a 4 and 5. To maintain this look, it really is up to the client and when they feel it’s looking a bit too grown out, which could be in a month or in six months.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is perfect for moms, college students, or anyone who does not make it to the salon every four to six weeks for retouches. Because it is such a low maintenance look, it’s great for anyone who lives a busy lifestyle.

I feel this look really does compliment any skin tone because you are able to tone the blond accordingly. My client does have very thick medium to coarse hair, but this look can be created on almost any hair type.

Honey Caramel Balayage

Honey Caramel Balayage hairstyleInstagram @hairbytran

Q&A with style creator, Tran Nguyen
Color Specialist @ Fox & Jane Salon in New York, NY


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is effortless. The tone is a honey caramel balayage. My favorite thing about this technique/balayage hair color is that it is low maintenance. Clients don’t have to come in often because there isn’t a line of demarcation as it grows out.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I used R+Co Gemstone shampoo and conditioner. It’s sulfate-free which helps maintains the color and doesn’t strip the hair color or get brassy. After shampooing, I recommend R+Co High Dive for moisture and shine on mid lengths to ends, and a little of the R+Co Motorcycle flexible gel around the hairline to help smooth out her natural curls during the blow dry.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Balayage is very versatile. It works with every hair type (straight, curly, fine or thick). Based on a client’s skin tone and eye color, texture and density, I personalize the end results for individuality.

This honey caramel balayage is for the type of woman that doesn’t want to come every six weeks. She wants a natural, sun-kissed look.

Caramel Balayage

Caramel Balayage hairstyleInstagram @mkitmittohair

Q&A with style creator, Michelle
Stylist / Hair Painter @ Salon Prive in Lorton, VA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this as a caramel balayage. My favorite thing about this balayage is that I can personalize the hair anyway I like.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I recommend Schwarzkopf bleach with Brazilian Bonder to protect the hair while lifting. My go-to toners are Kenra and Redken Shades eq. The Joico K-Pak color therapy shampoo is my favorite, followed with Joico K-Pak Luster Lock.

To maintain this look, simply refresh with a toner as desired.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for anyone looking for low maintenance color. You don’t have to worry about roots and you can control the tone depending on client’s skin tone. I do not recommend this for super curly hair.

High Fashion Sombre

High Fashion Sombre hairstyleInstagram @gogetpretty

Q&A with style creator, Tammi S. Ramirez
Artistic Educator / Redken Hair Color & Design Certified @ ULTA Beauty in Tempe, AZ


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a soft ombre or “sombre.”  The color itself seamlessly transitions softly from a rich brown to kisses of a dark golden blonde. An ombre can be very drastic in its color graduation from dark to light or light to dark, while a sombre is just a few hues lighter from its deepest shade, giving any client’s hair that high fashion feel.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

To maintain this look, I highly suggest a gloss treatment from Redken’s Shades EQ Gloss line six to eight weeks after color application to keep the color looking fresh. With rice protein and pomegranate oils, it gives your hair tons of shine while maintaining that awesome tone and strength in your hair. It’s like a lip gloss for your hair!

Redken Color Magnetics Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner is a must as well to keep your color protected.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I think this a great color technique for all hair types and all lifestyles because it is very high fashion with very low maintenance. You can literally wear this color straight, curled or in an updo and it will look on trend and then some.

Warm Bronde

Q&A with style creator, Jacki Spellman
Colorist / Stylist / Make-up Artist @ Lifted Salon in Roseville, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is one of my favorite brondes! We did a rich chocolate brown base color and added ribbons of gold balayage just through her crown. We finished the look with a medium length, long layered haircut.

My favorite thing about this look is that it’s a rich warm color with strong contrast. It isn’t a high maintenance color since the contrast is at her mids and ends, blending softly into her base color.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I recommend Eufora’s Beautifying Elixir line to maintain the rich color and health of the hair.

For styling, I recommend a root lift for volume, a styling cream for heat protection and control (prior to curling), polishing the look with a shine spray, and then hairspray to finish (if needed) for hold.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is great for brunettes with warm skin tones. The yellow undertones in her skin help to pull of the rich golden shades throughout her hair. If you have a cooler skin tone (with pink undertones), choose beige or cooler ashy tones throughout.

The maintenance is low for highlighting (from 12 weeks to 6 months if she wants). We only maintain her base regularly for grey coverage and to keep the richness in tone with a gloss on the ends (every five to seven weeks). It fits into a busy lifestyle with the ability to go as long as you want between highlighting or balayaging.

Soft Balayage Ombre

Soft Balayage Ombre hairstyleInstagram @tr1zzz

Q&A with style creator, Jordan Truong
Senior Stylist @ James Joseph Salon in Medford, MA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This technique I used to color her hair is called balayage ombre. Balayage is a technique where we as stylists paint on the hair whether with color or lightner. As you can see in this picture, the color is painted off her root, therefore it will leave a soft, natural grow out versus highlighted to the root. Highlights to the root will leave a line of demarcation within six weeks.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

The great thing about this look is that it is meant to look lived-in. In this picture, I simply used a 1.25-inch barrel curling iron to curl her hair, then I broke up the curls with Oribe Dry Texture Spray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is great for those with very busy lifestyles. The color is painted off the root, therefore whatever color is chosen will not clash against her skin.

My favorite thing about balayages is that it’s such a natural look and feel!

Glossy Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Jasmine Nicole Miller
Hairstylist @ Salon JLadner and Spa in Dayton, OH


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look was created by using Redken Color and their Gloss Shades eq over a balayage technique. My favorite thing about this kind of look is that once the light is painted onto the hair, you can custom tone it in a multitude of different ways over many sessions with your guest, keeping it fresh and beauty budget friendly. This results in keeping your guests happy and your book filled!

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

To maintain this look, it’s a must to get color-safe products. Any rich color will fade without proper take home products. All colors but grey and blonde have red in them, which means they will fade fast and you’ll lose the rich tonal value of the hair. I always explain to my guest that if they are going to make an investment in their hair today, take home products are the only way I can guarantee success in their color journey long term.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this type of look to anyone who wants a contemporary look that is budget friendly and low maintenance, because a full overhaul isn’t needed if they consistently keep up with their re-growth and gloss services every four to six weeks.

This can be customizable in a multitude of ways based on lifestyle,underlying skin tones and/or color preference of the moment, simply by changing up the gloss that’s applied to the pre-lightened areas. The only type of hair that I don’t recommend dark colors on are people who have a finer hair texture and or thinning hair issues. Dark colors will make it appear even less dense and no one wants wants to enhance their hair struggles.

Rooted Pink Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Ashley Joal Hambly
Stylist @ Square Salon in Las Vegas, NV


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a rooted pink/peach/rose gold balayage. My favorite thing about his look is that my client was able to get some fun color in her hair for the summer without doing her whole head.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

You would need to lighten the hair beforehand. I personally used Pulp Riot Blonde AF with 20 volume developer and B3 to keep the integrity of her hair. Then, on clean dry hair, I went through with a combination of Pulp Riot Blush, Cupid, Lemon and Clear to achieve the different pink tones in her hair.

To maintain the look, I suggest rinsing hair in cold water and a color-safe shampoo and conditioner. For this client, I actually took a white conditioner and mixed in a little bit of the pink formula to create a custom toning mask for her to use when she felt like the color was fading.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Anyone can wear this color! It doesn’t matter if you have the curliest or thinnest of hair, what skin color you have or even your personal style, you just have to own it to love it! Lifestyle wise, it’s best for people that won’t mind day three or four hair (an amazing dry shampoo will be your best friend!) as the color will last longer the less you wash it.

Also, if you spend a lot of time in the sun, that is more likely to fade the color as well. I suggest wearing a hat if you plan on being in the sun for awhile.

Illuminated Surfwaves

Illuminated Surfwaves hairstyleInstagram @dashu_lovehair

Q&A with style creator, Dashu
Hairdresser @ Aloha Beauty Studio in Russian Federation, Novosibirsk


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This color was a difficult task because we were focused on saving the quality of the hair. All work was performed in stages: 1. Colorout with Olaplex and 2. Maximum toning to keep it natural.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I toned the hair with Wella Illumina. For the style, I used Tigi Catwalk Salt Spray and Tigi Bedhead Hard Head. The surfwaves were created with an iron.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

If you are a brunette that wants just a little blonde, this look is a great option for you. This color will appear blended longer.

Surfwaves are trendy, easily created, and work in any situation from the office to a party.

Cool-Toned Brunette

Cool-Toned Brunette hairstyleInstagram @kluthenia

Q&A with style creator, Krista Watson
Cosmetologist @ Hair By Krista Stamper in Beavercreek, OH


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

We are transitioning into fall with this cool-toned brunette with sunkissed beige babylights! I love how the blonde gives this look just enough movement and dimension to catch the eye no matter how it’s styled.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I always say that a good blowout is a solid foundation to your hairstyle. I used Matrix Style Link Skinny Cream for the round brush style. I used Paul Mitchell’s Hot Off The Press for just the right amount of hold for these flawless, heat protected curls. I finished the style off with CHI Shine Spray and fingered through the curls!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look would be great for any client! The baby-ights grow out to give the balayage effect, making this wonderful for a lived-in color. Maintenance is a breeze!

Balayaged Ombre

Balayaged Ombre hairstyleInstagram @hairenvy_nikki

Q&A with style creator, Nikki Foster
Loreal Pro Colorist @ Salon Cielo in Orlando, FL


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a balayaged ombre. My favorite thing is the dimension and contrast it creates.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I recommend using Olaplex #3 at home and a professional line that is formulated for your hair type.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is perfect for someone who wants highlights, but not directly on the partline. You have fewer touch up appointments with this look, but keep in mind that most balayage ombres need to be maintained with regularly scheduled toners.

I recommend balayage for clients who want a more natural-looking, highlighted effect, no matter the hair type or skin tone.

Berry-Toned Waves

Q&A with style creator, Malisa Weaver
Balayage & Color Specialist / Stylist @ Sola Salon Studios in Columbus, OH


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this as a midnight rose/berry-toned hue, which is a great fall transition when you’re bored with your blonde highlights from summer. It’s rich and trendy, but can still be office appropriate. I love that when it fades it will turn into a beautiful pastel.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I definitely recommend a sulfate-free shampoo. My favorite is Lanza Healing Color Care shampoo and conditioner. It has plant botanicals that keep the color from fading and gives incredible softness and shine. I always recommend a deep conditioning treatment one to two times a month, especially on pre-lightened hair.

For styling, I love Moroccan Oil Smoothing Lotion to keep frizz at bay while maintaining smoothness. I finished with IGK Down and Out Grunge Spray for definition and that tousled, lived-in look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Anyone from brunette to blonde that is looking for something fun would wear this look. It compliments neutral and olive undertones. It is a higher maintenance color that would need refreshed about every four to six weeks to maintain the vibrancy.

Subtle Waves

Subtle Waves hairstyleInstagram @thegrieveeffect

Q&A with style creator, Abby Grieve
Hairstylist @ Shenanigans Hair Lounge in Riverside, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as as subtle and sexy. I love the easy flow of it. It is very simple and elegant, but it also has a fire to it.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I used a special mixture of Redken Shades to create this color. As far as maintaining it, wash in cold water with your favorite color-safe product! I am in love with the All Soft line by Redken!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for any client who is afraid of taking that next step, but wants to be different. It is perfect for easygoing women that don’t need to be flashy, they just want a small enough change to feel beautiful! It’s very natural and easy to manage and, contrary to very drastic blondes, this type of color is fairly easy to transition to. This is also a perfect color for all skin tones and eye colors!

Soft Caramel Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Katie Overholt
Hairdresser @ Karma Salon & Boutique in Tryon, NC


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this as a soft caramel balayage. I absolutely love doing color that looks lived-in and soft and that will have a pretty grow out.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I used Oligo Pro Blacklight Lightener with B3 added. We processed for 25 minutes, and glazed midshaft with Redken Shades eq 8n+9p and pulled 9p through the ends. I finished the look with my favorite Redken styling products.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this color to anyone at a level 5 or below to add some soft dimension. Whether the client is fair or olive, it works well with most skin tones. I suggest this look to the clients wishing for a low maintenance color as it’s very natural and will look great for months at a time.

Dimensional Bronde

Dimensional Bronde hairstyleInstagram @hairbyamybee

Q&A with style creator, Amy Baugh
Hairstylist / Colorist @ Advanced Techniques in Fruita, CO


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as an organic, dimensional “bronde”. My favorite thing about this look is that it allows for someone with dark hair to get some beautiful brightness, but without the upkeep of traditional highlights that start at the scalp.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

To create this look, I used a balayage lightener with 40 vol and a 2-inch chip brush from the hardware store. We balayaged in deep “v” patterns to create a ton of dimension throughout my guest’s hair. I toned her with 8v and 8n, which is my favorite “bronde” toner.

To maintain this look, I recommend Pureology Hydrate shampoo and conditioner. I also recommend using a purple shampoo once a week to fight away brassy tones, as well as Olaplex #3 to help keep the hair healthy and strong between chemical services.

For styling, I used my Chi Onyx flat iron to create soft waves and a dry texture spray to add some definition and piecy-ness to the hair.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Honestly, I love rooty balayage on everyone, regardless of their hair or skin tone. It’s super low maintenance, which is great for all lifestyles. Although I recommend coming in for regular trims, my balayage clients usually only need to come in for their color touch ups one to three times a year, which is a big time and money saver for them.

Caramel Pop

Q&A with style creator, Jessica Carter
Hairstylist Assistant @ Tricho Salon and Spa in Novi, MI


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as timelessly chic. You can’t go wrong with a classic bob, and adding that pop of caramel color to brown hair creates a unique overall style.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

To create and maintain this look, I recommend using Oribe Straight Away Smoothing Blowout Cream. This is my new favorite product for medium to course hair! It seals down the hair cuticles, leaving a beautiful sleek finish. It also reduces drying time.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is a versatile look and would be perfect for fine to medium hair types, neutral or warm skin tones, and suitable for a more professional setting or something more casual. The color is customizable whether you want to have a caramel accent like this, or copper, red violet, etc.

Rich Violet & Dramatic Copper

Q&A with style creator, Nicki Gazlay
Color Specialist / Hair Stylist / Make-up Artist @ Tangerine Salon in Highland Village, TX


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I love this look because the root area is more natural and the bold ribbons of color attract the eye’s attention. The rich violet undertones with the dramatic copper highlights create a dynamic combo.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I created this look using Aveda Full Spectrum Intense color. To maintain such a bold color, I highly recommend Aveda Color Conserve Shampoo and Conditioner. As for styling this long layered hair, I applied a quarter-sized amount of Aveda Daily Color Protect from mid shaft to ends, then applied a quarter-size amount of the Aveda Confixor Gel from roots to ends to add volume and hold.

To create the loose waves, I used a Chi 2-inch round brush to blow dry her hair, then used a Babyliss Titanium Pro 1-inch curling iron.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

These bold colors can be worn by anyone who loves a dynamic and vivacious look. Our hair should be our best accessory and I believe in changing accessories often. This guest has extremely thick hair that can support a vast amount of color and layers. Depending on the texture of your hair, the outcome of a color and cut like this will vary.

Beach Waved Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Carlie Soule
Future Professional @ Paul Mitchell the School Great Lakes in Port Huron, MI


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This hand painted balayage is a look that allows women to go lighter without the frequent upkeep that traditional highlights require. My favorite thing about this look is the beach waves that really showcase the dimensional color.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

The products used to create this look are all from the Paul Mitchell product line. For the style, I used Heat Seal for thermal protection, Quick Slip for memory and faster drying time, and Hold Me Tight for a strong but flexible finish. To maintain the color, I recommend Paul Mitchell’s Platinum Blonde Shampoo which includes a touch of violet to prevent brassiness.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this color and style for clients who are seeking a low maintenance look. Beach waves are great for women looking for a quick style that can last from day to night.

The best part about the hand painted balayage is that it’s blended at the top, which allows it to grow out beautifully and extends the time between salon visits. The combination of the two is dynamite.

Mid-Length Layered Bob

Mid-Length Layered Bob hairstyleInstagram @hairbythree

Q&A with style creator, Therese Harvey
Hairstylist @ Cameron James Salon in San Francisco, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a mid-length layered bob that is styled with beach waves. There is some slight graduation in the back which allows for more height in the crown and more versatility with styling.

My favorite thing about this look it’s that you can go from straight to curly with the help of a styling tool and can still get the front back off your face for a more active look.

The color is actually a correction! She had very heavy highlights and a really dark base color, so we broke it up with babylights and balayage for a soft transition into something more natural. I love how low maintenance this type of color is. This client is able to go 12 weeks in between color services and loves how much wear she is able to get out of the color.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I used a soft styling spray and a dry shampoo to style her. We carry Oribe and Seven Haircare in our salon, so I used a combination of those two lines on her.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I think this is a look that’s great for any hair type. It’s all about adjusting the weight within the shape so that you can have it translate to all textures. This is also a great look for a naturally curly girl. I would say this is great for anyone that wants a low maintenance look that still offers a lot of styling versatility.

Dimensional Grey Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Kory Clark
Stylist @ 29ten Salon in Brookfield, WI


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a dimensional grey balayage. My favorite thing about it is how it melts from the dark to the light colors perfectly.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I recommend either a purple or silver shampoo to keep the silver color from fading as much as possible. To create the waves, I used a 1-inch Marcel curling iron, leaving the ends straight. Texture spray can be your best friend for looks like this!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Balayage in general is a perfect color for the low maintenance gal as you only need to get it touched up every three to six months. This color will have a bit more maintenance if you want to keep it silvery, coming in for a gloss once every month generally. Any and all hair types can rock these colors!

Smoky Balayage

Smoky Balayage hairstyleInstagram @kittycooboo

Q&A with style creator, KC Benson
Hairdresser @ Bedlam Beauty and Barber in San Jose, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

My favorite aspect of this look is the dimension! I love how the light pieces pop against the dark background pieces.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

For stylists, I definitely recommend a lightener to help achieve your desired level, but also help with health of the hair. I LOVE using Schwarzkopf Blonde Me for hair that can handle a little more. For hair that needs something more gentle, I recommend Goldwell Silk Lift.

As far as the client maintaining their color, I believe good shampoo and conditioner are key! You want to use something color-safe and hydrating, such as Color Minded from Bumble and bumble. It is my go to!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

It really depends on the person. If the client is willing to maintain the color (i.e. toners, special shampoos, etc.), I think this could look great on a variety of people.