20 Most Popular Balayage Brown Hair Colors Right Now

Balayage brown hair colors

A balayage brown hair color features dimensional highlights hand-painted all over a brunette mane for a healthy, voluminous, and surprisingly low maintenance look. It’s a famous highlighting technique because of how it creates an awesomely natural and multi-tonal look on any hair. Balayage hair color is perfect for adding extra color to your current hairstyle.

Believe me when I say that this style is so versatile! You can choose from warm and creamy vanilla blonde streaks that give a fresh and light sun-kissed effect to bright pops of rich caramel or mahogany hues that offer stunning contrasts. Deciding whether you want to go soft or vibrant, bronzed or muted – the possibilities are never-ending. Plus, it doesn’t matter what type of hair texture you have! This color melt technique works amazingly on all kinds of hair. It’s also perfect for brunettes who want to keep their natural shade, yet crave a new, refreshing look that doesn’t require high upkeep.

Here’s a collection of some of the best brown balayage hair colors to welcome you to the world of the sexiest hair dyeing style this season!

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Red Brown Balayage

Red Brown Balayage
Instagram @xcellenthairsquare

Rock a red-brown balayage hair color and achieve that “awesome, trendy girl” vibe! This hair color is one of the easiest ways to pull off edgy hair. It demands lower maintenance compared to a solid red color. Though it may offer a rebellious-looking finish, it still looks chic on long, wavy tresses.

Brown and Burgundy Balayage

Brown and Burgundy Balayage
Instagram @hairbypiyush96

This brown and burgundy balayage does a great job with a fuller mane. The depth from the roots to the mid-lengths complements the density of thicker hair. It looks soft yet dramatic when styled with subtle volume. If looking for a low-maintenance hair color that offers edginess, go for this balayage.

Sun-Kissed Balayage Brown

Sun-Kissed Balayage Brown
Instagram @nkc_hair

Q&A with style creator, Nicole Cournoyer
Balayage Specialist @ Hair by Nicole in Hudson, MA

How would you describe this?

This is a natural sun kissed balayage brown color. The golden/neutral tones are a great accent to a natural color with a seamless lightening effect. Balayage hair painting allows for long-lasting results and a seamless blend. The long layered cut helps assist the color with its movement.

What’s your best advice?

The best part about brown balayage is it is very customizable for each woman. Even with the same technique done on all ladies, it will look unique to your hair. This is because of how the hair lightens with the painting technique. Most women nowadays want a low maintenance color to last for months.

Rose Gold and Chestnut Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Jill-Ann Bauer
Balayage Specialist @ Hazel And Harley Salon in Denver, CO


How would you describe this?

This is a cool tone of rose gold and chestnut balayage. The rose gold toner was mixed with a violet toner.

What’s your best advice?

This balayage is beautiful, however, pastel colors always fade fast. It’s unavoidable. The positive side to that is, it’s a commitment free hair color as it fades to a beautiful pastel cool blonde.

Copper Brown Balayage

Copper Brown Balayage
Instagram @prissyhippiebeautyshop

This copper-brown balayage is for bombshells! It takes away the dull, boring element from black hair. It adds a softer blend of tones, and it even gives a youthful finish. The best thing about this trend is it demands minimal upkeep. Thanks to the balayage, it enables a more natural grow out.

Auburn and Medium Brown Balayage

Auburn and Medium Brown Balayage
Instagram @ohlucyy

An auburn and medium brown balayage creates a fiery yet feminine dimension. For natural brunettes, this gem is low-maintenance. The streaks of brown are sure to add shine to a dark mane. To give it a softer finish, subtle waves will do.

Blonde and Dark Brown Balayage

Blonde and Dark Brown Balayage
Instagram @blondedbyfaith

This blonde and dark brown balayage is a total gem! Pair it with soft waves to give your tresses a nice upgrade. It’s ideal for dark brown hair with a thin density that requires more texture and dimension. The depth of the natural brunette hair is guaranteed to enhance the shine of the added blonde hue.

Q&A with style creator, Alyssa Morrison
Hair Stylist @ Empower Beauty Salon in Clarion, PA


How would you describe this?

This blonde and dark brown balayage is a free hand painted technique! I went in with diagonal slices on the sides to the crown and then I went with 3 teased foils down the middle part. This created the face frame followed, by 5 weave teased foils.

What’s your best advice?

This dark brown balayage is ideal for women. Face shape can be adjusted with the painted sections. Maintenance for this balayage is 10-12 weeks with proper at home color care products. Try Color Conserve Shampoo, Conditioner, and Daily Hair Repair by Aveda.

Toffee and Espresso Balayage

Toffee and Espresso Balayage
Instagram @_jorgegaray_

A toffee and espresso balayage opts to provide a soft, flawless color melt effect. Depth at the roots is what makes the bronde tones accentuate the hair. Turning hair from dark to light requires a wash using purple shampoo. A weekly hydrating mask and conditioning treatments for aftercare are necessary, as well. These are the secrets to keep the hue vibrant.

Light and Dark Chocolate Balayage

Light and Dark Chocolate Balayage
Instagram @olivia_larissalakeandco

Go for a light and dark chocolate balayage for that beautiful, rich hair color. This is how to fire up a typical black mane. The result looks soft but does a great job of giving the hair a few lighter pieces for a subtle dimension. It turns out to make a stunning pairing with a textured cut and beachy waves.

Mushroom Brown Balayage

mushroom brown balayage_
Instagram @preston.sg

Q&A with style creator, Preston Tan
Hair Stylist @ Harts Salon in Tan Quee Lan St, SG


How would you describe this?

This mushroom brown balayage is very popular right now. Some women who like grey colors feel grey makes them look older. So ask your stylist for a fullhead backcomb bleaching, then tone with the color.

What’s your best advice?

For this brown balayage, it’s best to use purple, grey ash shampoo like Olaplex. Don’t forget to blow dry hair after every shower.

Honey Brown Balayage

Honey Brown Balayage
Instagram @soph.hair.styles

Paint hair with a honey brown balayage and look cute without trying! If looking for the least damaging hair color technique, balayage is the one. It’s low-maintenance and keeps the warm tones in the honey brown hue, too. Style hair with waves, and it gets more dimensional.

Milk Chocolate Balayage

Milk Chocolate Balayage
Instagram @beautybyalaura

Ever heard of a milk chocolate balayage? It’s a brunette hair color with a cooler tone. The hints of caramel hue add creaminess to the mane. Adding volume and texture won’t hurt the appearance. In fact, balayage and beach go so well together.

Ash Brown Balayage

ash brown balayage
Instagram @judy.mai.hair

Q&A with style creator, Judy Mai
Ombre/ Balayage Specialist @ Hair by Judy in Vancouver, BC


How would you describe this?

This color is an ash brown balayage. It features black roots blending to ash brown in the middle, then blending to silver at the bottom.

What’s your best advice?

This color is a cool tone with a shadow brown balayage. Typically, 90% of women want a brown shadow look for winter, then go lighter for summer.

Honey Caramel and Chocolate Brown Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Ana Grisi
Goldwell Artist @ Nece’s Salon & Spa in Buffalo, NY


How would you describe this look?

A balayage for brown hair has high contrast and depth when you add honey caramel highlights.

A chocolate brown balayage gives so much more healthy reflection to the hair having gold pigments in your color mixture.

We used Goldwell Colorance to create these shined up tones. Her sharp angular haircut incorporating a hidden undercut gives her head shape a more symmetrical balance.

Any advice for someone considering it?

When clients ask me for a balayage, I make sure to first figure out what they are willing to do at home to create the whole look of their inspo. If you aren’t willing to put forth some wave work (like a majority of the inspo pictures out there), don’t expect to get this result more than just the day you left the stylist chair. The color maintenance and final look are low, but ultimately the styling to get there is not.

Mocha and Light Brown Balayage

Mocha and Light Brown Balayage
Instagram @tatisantoswt

Wear a mocha and light brown balayage to grant hair a whole new life! This brown balayage is the perfect hair trend for ladies trying to channel their inner diva. The aesthetic beauty it offers is incomparable. A light brown hair with balayage creates movement and depth. It’s a great transitional color coming out of the summer. It has a combination of tones that works great with wavy, long hair.

Mahogany and Caramel Brown Balayage

This mahogany and caramel brown balayage is a low-maintenance color for natural brunettes. The subtle reddish and brassy tones result in a vibrant finish. To protect the balayage on brown hair, wash it with a shampoo that has turmeric and saffron. That’s how you make its shinier finish stay for a while.

Q&A with style creator, Vivek Shyam Bhatia
Co- founder and Hair Stylist @ Mantastic Barbers in Mumbai, IN


How would you describe this?

This mahogany and caramel brown balayage is for brunettes. It’s a union of toffee brown hair with brunette balayage pieces, faded well from the roots.

What’s your best advice?

This mahogany and caramel brown balayage is for brunettes. It’s a union of toffee brown hair with brunette balayage pieces, faded well from the roots.

Balayage Butterscotch Brown

Q&A with style creator, Jessica Scott
Manager / Master Stylist @ Tangles Salon and Spa in Easton, PA


How would you describe this look?

This is a nice dark brown to light brown balayage enhanced with butterscotch hues.

It has nice subtle pops of brightness that helps pull all the warm colored tones together.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This balayage for dark brown hair is great for having a nice rich color, but still having a nice soft dimension with a little pop of brightness!. This is great if you are low maintenance and can’t get to the salon often!

Golden Brown Balayage

Golden Brown Balayage
Instagram @ulisescastillo87

A golden brown balayage features warm and rich tones. It flatters olive skin complexions the best. If you’re searching for vibrant hair color, this balayage on brown hair is optimal. It’s a hair trend that if you choose to flaunt, you won’t go wrong!

Coffee and Cinnamon Brown Balayage

Coffee and Cinnamon Brown Balayage
Instagram @hairby.clarissa

This coffee and cinnamon brown balayage creates a subtle brightness. It has rich tones that make the hair appear healthier and full of life. This is perfect for both thin and thick tresses. With waves, it looks gorgeous without effort.

Sandy Brown Balayage

Sandy Brown Balayage
Instagram @hairchemist_jaz

This sandy brown balayage has a warm, sun-kissed tone. It’s perfect for giving dark tresses a dimension and a long-lasting shine. It’s low-maintenance, trendy, and stylish. There’s no reason not to love this hair trend!