18 Balayage Straight Hair Color Ideas You Have to See

The best balayage straight hair color ideas

If you’re thinking about getting a balayage on straight hair then you’ve come to the right place. Balayage straight hair features natural-looking, hand-painted highlights on straight or flat-ironed hair. This modern look, as opposed to popular belief with straight hair, is super far from simple and boring! It’s elegant, high-fashion, and feminine – and that’s why women are lining up fast to their colorists to own it ASAP!

It’s all about the expertise of your stylist, as doing balayage on straight hair means showing off a seamless transition from one tone to the other. When done right, the result is an amazing color combination that makes your strands look perfectly smooth and soft.

One major reason why this hairstyle’s a total must-have is the surprisingly low maintenance! No need to worry about grow-outs! A balayage can work naturally with your roots and look intentional even if your tresses grow.

You’ve seen this look on celebrities Selena Gomez, Beyonce, and Jessica Alba as they parade they’re stunning highlighted straight locks on red carpets! Now, it’s your time to get into the spotlight!

If you’re looking to add a burst of life into your straight strands, you’ve come to the right place. Here is an updated list of only the trendiest balayage straight hair looks!

Straight Dark Brown

Straight Dark Brown Balayage
Instagram @mandyhhair

With this kind of hair, you might be scouted for a shampoo commercial!

Golden Blonde

Golden Blonde
Instagram @helena_for_hair_dimension

Milky caramel balayage has never looked this hot!

Caramel Balayage

Caramel balayage straight hair
Instagram @candace.ellersick

The combination of blonde and brown hues creates a kind of dimension that the straight hair needs.

Brown to Blonde Balayage Ombre

Brown to blonde Balayage on Straight Hair
Instagram @hair_artistry_by_berenice_

The tricky part here is getting all those varied brown and blonde colors and making it seem like they’re just one color. Good thing there’s a professional for that.

Ash Blonde

Ash Blonde Balayage on Straight Hair
Instagram @kseniausk

This balayage straight hair creation perfectly leads to a healthy grow out. Plus, the milk cutaway from the coffee-colored roots is to die for.

Blonde Balayage Highlights

Blonde Balayage Highlights on Straight Hair
Instagram @tammyscarborough

It takes the right mix of colors and coloring techniques to create a flawless masterpiece like this. Good thing you can easily ask your stylist about this and come out the salon looking like perfection.

Rose Gold

Rose Gold Balayage on Straight Hair
Instagram @hair.by.jennismith

A new trend that is definitely here to last! Try a delicate sweep of muted pink on your hair and bring your crowning glory to life.

Light Brown Balayage

Light Brown Balayage on Straight Hair
Instagram @hairbytherese.s

One would think that it’s just a simple dye job but the balayage makes it so exquisite and unique.

Short Black Hair

Balayage straight short black hair
Instagram @beautyby_shan

A classic that never lets a lady down. Go for the trusty black bob and see what you can do with such a versatile hairstyle.

Champagne Blonde

Straight hair with champagne blonde balayage
Instagram @hairbygiu

Pop the bottle open and let’s celebrate this grand hair color! Just the right amount of blonde and brown for this bubbly look.

Honey Blonde on Short Hair

Honey blonde balayage on short straight hair
Instagram @stylingbyemily

A lot may be going on for this colored bob but the colors and the cut harmonize wonderfully, creating a flattering effect.

Brown Balayage

Brown Balayage
Instagram @hair.bynatalie

Effortless transitions on black and brown colors for the hair. The cut and length bring out the blend of the colors.

Straight Dark Hair

Balayage dark straight hair
Instagram @nicolereneeshairsalon

Dark hues like black, brown, and burgundy can be wonderfully blended to give little flashes of each color every time the light strikes your locks.

Medium Length Balayage

balayage medium length straight hair
Instagram @hairby_yv0

See this two-toned flowy curtain draped majestically on your head. What a sight!

Balayage on Asian Hair

Q&A with style creator, Clara Leung
Hair Stylist @ Clara Leung Designs in Vancouver, BC

How would you describe this look?

This look is a mix of teal and blue highlights. Teal is my client’s favorite color and she just feels like herself when she has this in her hair. I think everyone has a certain color they really vibe with, and this vibrant yet calming teal and blue shade definitely reflect her soul’s colors. My favorite thing about this style is the juxtaposition that it creates. She is naturally a very calm and introverted person but feels comfortable in this color, which is definitely more eye-catching and noticeable.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The vibrancy of the color will fade. If you don’t want to come back into the salon every 3 months to refresh the color, you will have to get a direct dye either from Sally’s Beauty or your local drugstore ie. London Drugs/Shoppers to refresh your own color. Some brands that have these type of colors are Punky Colors, Pulp Riot, Joico Intensity or Splat.

I never put limitations on which hairstyles or hair colors will fit my clients. My job is to push my clients out of their comfort zone and try something new. I love change and life is all about going through different experiences even when it comes to their hair!

Ash Brown

Ash Brown
Instagram @dolcebynina

Q&A with style creator, Nina Purton
Freelance Stylist @ Dolce Hair & Beauty in Victoria, Australia


How would you describe this look?

This particular balayage took some time and technique to achieve. First, I pre-lightened the hair with a full head of foils, as the client already had a dark balayage, to begin with. The client wanted a lighter look. A level 5 natural was used on the roots of the hair then blended with 10.1 to achieve the ash blonde.

After blow-drying the hair straight, I finished with a hair straightener with a trim on the ends of the client’s hair to complete this look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

It’s a subtle highlighting technique that isn’t as drastic as changing your hair color, so it doesn’t matter whether you have brown, blonde, or red hair. Also, if you’re looking for highlights that are as low maintenance as you can get then the balayage is for you. As the highlights grow out, it’ll look totally intentional.

Keep in mind that a balayage requires lightening and that means you will need your hair bleached. The darker the starting color, the more work it will take to achieve your desired look. As with any dye job, there are certain things you can do to help maintain your color. One of the best things you can do is use good quality products that are sulfate-free. It is also important to shower in lukewarm water, as hot water can strip essential oils leaving your hair dry.

This might be the most important thing for balayage hair – you’ll want to wash it once a week with purple shampoo and conditioner made just for ash blondes. No matter what color your root is, this stuff helps maintain your ashy toner on your balayage.

Long Dark Red Balayage

Long Dark Red Balayage
Instagram @looksbylkc

Q&A with style creator, Lindsey Cook
Cosmetologist @ Douglas J. Aveda Institute in East Lansing. MI


How would you describe this look?

This look has a fiery violet wine vibe. Our goal was to have lots of dimensions yet intense color. She just wants a sassy look and feels to her hair. She has a face frame that she loves with her face shape and that looks fabulous with lots of curls. Lots of layers were a must as well. My favorite part is the color we achieved using Aveda color. A lot of people think Aveda is hard to use for intense looks, but it can be done!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Make sure your hair can handle lightening enough to build up being intense. Use lots of protein treatments and trims to keep it looking fresh overall. I always inform intense hair color lovers to not over shampoo to keep color bright. Always have fun with your hair!

Black Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Elyse Bistodeau-Smith
Hairstylist @ Absolute Spa in Great Falls, MT


How would you describe this look?

It is a deep multidimensional brunette balayage on a long bob. My favorite thing is the subtlety to it. It’s definitely got different tones and levels to it, even though there isn’t a lot of contrast. Although, it’s still eye-catching. The best part is that it complements the long bob very well too, but I think it would be a good option for any length.

Any advice for someone considering it?

It would depend on their hair to start with. This client had dark long hair, and she’s petite with an oval-shaped face. She’s incredibly low maintenance (I’d like to add that I did a demi-permanent black color as the lowlight that I painted through.), so this was an easy choice for her! Also, she’s letting it grow out a little bit now, so it’s just an easy even longer bob. The grow-out is easy and so cute at every step.

As far as styling goes, I used a blow-out cream through her ends, a root lifter on her roots, and a Denman brush for the blow dry. Then, I sprayed it with a heat spray and lightly straightened the ends with low heat. Although, she could have gotten away with just the blowout.