24 Balayage on Black Hair Ideas Trending in 2024

Avery Hunt
Avery Hunt Hair Colorist

Balayage on black hair is a modern technique expert stylists use to effortlessly transform a flat, dark-based mane into a highly dimensional, great-bodied one. This contemporary style of coloring creates a soft, natural-looking effect using a melt of light hues that produces a myriad of dimensions and tones!

It has become a famous hairstyle for women who desire to bring life to their tresses without all the hassle of maintenance. Grow-outs will never be a problem because it’s a sure deal that your hair will look as gorgeous and sophisticated as it is!

You get to enjoy this sweeping style without sacrificing the health of your hair and without limits! Get ready to be left in awe when you finish browsing through these trendiest photos of balayage on black hair!

Stunning Grey Balayage for Thick Black Hair
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#1: Stunning Grey Balayage for Thick Hair

Consider your natural hair color if you want to try a stunning grey balayage for thick hair. The color of your natural hair will determine how much maintenance this hair color will be to upkeep. Plus, it could be a long process to achieve the first time. One of the best ways to get a true tone of gray balayage on black hair is to use a blue or purple base color. This will cancel out the orange and yellow tones your hair will naturally lift to. I suggest finding a stylist that specializes in blonding. And be prepared for frequent visits to the salon for re-toning every 4-6 weeks.

#2: Chocolate Brown Balayage Black Hair

A chocolate brown balayage black hair carries a glamorous feel. It’s rich in tone and looks expensive. Gone are the days of one-tonal hair adding dimension will pop the hairstyle. Dark hair reflects light better, leading to a shinier look, but only if the hair is healthy. So, you should always use the recommended home care.

Copper Brunette Black Balayage on Very Long Hair
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#3: Copper Brunette Balayage

Those with brunette hair always look stylish with ribbons of copper. Orange copper provides clear definition, while red copper offers a softer appearance. Use a shine spray after styling to keep your hair shiny.

Black Root Melt with Beige Balayage Tones for Long Tresses
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#4: Black Root Melt with Beige Tones

Beige-toned blondes look good against darker bases because it’s neither too light nor ashy to cause a clash of colors. Request your stylist to feather your balayage with a root melt to avoid hard lines or regrowth. Lightened hair requires care, so invest in a good quality hair mask for weekly use.

Ash Blonde Balayage Money Piece on Longer Dark Black Hair
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#5: Ash Blonde Money Piece on Dark Hair

Put a bold, attractive money piece into your dark hair. This creates a soft frame for the face. Gone are the days of harsh strips. Now, the focus is on a blended look. Discuss hair maintenance with your stylist. Some salons offer packages that include toner top-ups to keep your hair color vibrant.

Midnight Purple Balayage Highlights for Black Mid-Length Hair
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#6: Midnight Purple Balayage Highlights

If you want something different than a bold take on balayage, the midnight purple hue could be for you. Swap the blondes with this hue. It works amazingly on darker bases, making the color pop. You may need to lighten your hair before adding the creative color. For this, taking care of your hair is essential.

Light Brown Balayage Highlights on Long Black Dark Hair
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#7: Light Brown Highlights on Long Hair

Enhance your long hair with light brown highlights. This will add definition and dimension to your cut and highlight the different tones when under light. Keep your hair hydrated by using a nourishing hair mask once a week. Pigment shampoos are another option to keep your hair vibrant. However, always follow your stylist’s guidance when using these products.

#8: Black Balayage with Yellow Highlights

A yellow balayage with a black hair base is edgy and cool. When dyeing your hair lighter on a dark base, it may take a couple of visits to get it as light as you want. Ask for a foiliage technique. It mimics a balayage and gives better lift on darker bases because you can incubate in foils.

Deep Black Balayage
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#9: Deep Black Balayage

The canvas naturally takes on many tones within one palette as hair grows longer. If the hair was previously lightened or lifted, a common service is a tint back. A form of staining and then painting the hair to fill in the missing colors while aiding the dimension of a balayage placement on a dark background.

silver balayage hair color
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#10: Silver Balayage

Go for a high-contrast balayage ombré. It involves a dark root gradually blending seamlessly into a very icy blonde. The cut is long layered. Expect high maintenance unless you are a natural dark brown. If you are a natural blonde, expect to come in every 6-8 weeks for a root touch-up and every third appointment for a balayage touch-up.

Grey Balayage on Black Hair
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#11: Grey Balayage

Celebrate your long, thick, luscious hair with glamorous huge soft curls and this muted ash. Surely, this hair is a perfect look for a carefree girl.

balayage burgundy hairstyle
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#12: Burgundy Hair

Fall in love with this beautifully painted long burgundy hair styled with soft beach waves. The soft red hue in this burgundy balayage on black hair gives off a mysterious and alluring vibe.

Honey Balayage on Black Hair
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#13: Honey Balayage

Any fine, medium-length girl should try this honey-blonde partial balayage on black hair. Gorgeous beach waves paired with a honey-blonde balayage are perfect for a charming everyday look.

#14: Rose Gold Balayage on Black Hair

Have your soft strands emerge out of the darkness into a sweet, muted pink hue that mesmerizes on long waves!

blonde balayage highlights
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#15: Blonde Balayage Highlights

This is featured for women with black hair wanting balayage. Ask for more foil work to get your hair lighter during multiple sessions. You’ll never get light results like this on the first session with open-air balayage.

Ash Blonde Balayage
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#16: Ash Blonde Balayage

This look is a lived-in cool ash blonde balayage on black hair. By using the technique of teasylighting (one of my favorites) and adding natural depth to a blonde, you can achieve the most natural blend from dark to light. The greatest thing about this look is its high contrast and the fact that you get the best of both worlds. You get a beautiful blonde without all of the maintenance. This is truly the best part about lived-in color!

Auburn Red Balayage
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#17: Auburn Red on Black Hair

My client came in looking for an auburn balayage on her straight hair. We had previously colored her hair to a level 4/5, so I knew we would have to lift some of the old colors out to get an auburn tone. I chose to use a natural level 5 at her root and balayage the rest with a low volume. Use the developer to keep her color from lifting too high so that the auburn lasts longer!

Caramel Balayage
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#18: Caramel Hair Color

This look is a warm caramel brown balayage on black hair with long shattered layers. One of my favorite things about coloring this technique on dark hair is that it gives that brighter look that many dark-haired guests want without many of the pitfalls that those same guests struggle with. By staying within 2-3 shades of their natural hair, a more gentle type of hair color can be used, preventing damage and ensuring gorgeous, shiny, healthy hair. Also, the soft, warm color is usually less maintenance and avoids the “brassy orange-y” result, which is the arch nemesis of so many dark-haired guests.

#19: Ash Brown Balayage

It’s an ash brown balayage. The modern blend of highlights and balayage of ash brown on black hair with beach waves on the client. The client’s skin tone is the most important criterion for color matching. Some waves on the completed colored hair would make the color choice stand out more.

Platinum Balayage
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#20: Platinum Balayage

This look is a rooted dimensional platinum balayage. I love this look for so many clients because those light-painted pieces with hints of their natural base give them. This is amazing because it’s low maintenance and extremely adjustable. Over time, you can add more light or dark pieces to subtly change the entire look. These colors look awesome on many cuts, but especially layered ones, so when you style (especially curl) it, it shows all of that dimension and the dark and lightness throughout.

#21: Purple Balayage

This violet balayage is great for dark hair. Whether a layered cut or one length, this violet tone blends beautifully and effortlessly with dark hair. It’s bold enough but not too loud. What I love the most about this purple balayage is that it also brightens skin tone.

#22: Subtle Light Brown Balayage

This masterpiece is a light brown balayage. I find a woman’s eye wonderful when she’s with her hairdresser, and he says it’s possible to create lighting with strands of her hair. The colors of honey, hazelnut, and copper can enhance dark hair and the beauty of brown to black hair.

Blue Balayage
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#23: Blue Balayage on Black Hair

It’s always better to start darker when doing a vivid color while naturally having dark hair. This blue balayage gave my client a clean yet trendy look while keeping the integrity of her dark hair strong and soft like it was before we started. Remember, start darker for balayage on black hair.

#24: Golden Blonde Balayage

Just like the gods descended from up above! I love this blend of light and dark colors that came naturally.