35 Balayage Styles For Short Hair

We’ve all seen the amazing Instagram posts showing off ultra long hair with a brand new balayage hair color, but you don’t have to have waist-length locks to pull off the color style. Balayage styles for short hair are picking up steam as this hair color trend is proving to be more than a passing fad. If you’re looking to add a touch of color to your long bob or a shorter pixie style, the balayage technique of painting on highlights can help your new shade to look soft an natural, even it it’s in a color like pastel peach or vibrant magenta. If you’re ready to add some new color to your shorter style, check out our favorite balayage styles and hair color ideas for short hair.

Chocolate Lob With Blonde Balayage

Choclate lob with blonde balayage

The dark chocolate base of this textured long bob gets a huge pop of color thanks to a warm blonde shade applied using chunky balayage technique. Try this look out if you’re going for a high contrast color style that looks rich and sophisticated.

Dirty Blonde Balayage Bob

Dirty Blonde Balayage Bob

If you’ve got dirty blonde hair, this lighter blonde balayage is a natural looking addition to your bob that won’t completely make over your look. Highlights are concentrated in the front to accentuate the longer face framing pieces of this modern textured bob.

Lavender Balayage

lavender balayage

We love how summery and chic this lavender shade looks against a medium brunette base color with hints of red undertones. A pastel color this eye-catching can be applied sparingly and still create major effect.

Warm Auburn Balayage

Warm Auburn Balayage

If your dark drown hair naturally pulls red tones or you’ve always wanted to experiment with red hair, this warm auburn shade will brighten up your short hair while still being subtle enough to fly under the radar.

Platinum Balayage

Platinum Balayage

Ashy blonde hair gets a gorgeous pop of color with this nearly white platinum balayage. Try this style out for any season when you’re looking to make your hair look ultra light without coloring it directly from the roots.

High Contrast Blonde

High Contrast Blonde

Very dark brown meets a warm golden blonde in this high contrast balayage style that’s set to turn heads. Applied in thick sections, this less natural-looking style is a great way to freshen up a bob that’s starting to feel flat in a one dimensional color.

Subtle Blonde Ends

Subtle Blonde Ends

This ultra subtle balayage features more concentrated color at the ends, making it look almost like an ombre style. If you’re hesitant about experimenting with color, this scheme is one of the most natural ways to add balayage highlights to your look.

Warm Copper Highlight

Warm Copper Highlight

A warm copper balayage highlight is used to enhance the texture of this modern bob haircut.

Touches Of Blonde

touches of blonde

With a hybrid hairstyle that’s somewhere between pixie and bob, balayage highlights can be placed throughout longer pieces on top of the head to create the same painted-on effect. This style uses touches of blonde over a natural brunette base to enhance this short cut without looking distracting.

Warm Blonde Balayage

Warm Blonde balayage

A warm blonde shade melts down the length of this medium brown lob, creating an incredibly rich color effect that will have people asking you who your colorist is and how far ahead they’re booking.

Teal and Denim

teal and denim balayage

In this moody blue-on-blue hair color style, a greyish blue denim hair color gets some extra highlighting with a deep teal blue shade.

Face Framing Balayage

Face Framing Balayage

Highlights around the face begin much closer to the roots, creating a balayage style that does extra work at framing your face. This hair color technique is a popular choice for shorter styles like this long, textured bob.

Platinum On Black

blonde on black peekaboo

For the ultimate in high-contrast hair color styles, this black bob is enhanced with silvery platinum highlights. Some of this balayage color is applied slightly underneath hair’s top layer, giving it a neat peekaboo effect especially when hair is worn straight.

Balayage Bangs

Balayage Bangs

A deep side part and thick long bangs makes for a sultry bob hairstyle that looks especially flattering on women with oblong faces. Blonde balayage throughout the bang section helps to enhance this haircut and makes a nice warm style to wear for spring or fall.

Blonde On Blonde

Blonde on Blonde

Warm blonde balayage over a darker blonde base is one of the most popular color combinations we’ve seen using this technique, and it looks incredible with any hair length.

Rose Gold Balayage

rose gold balayage

With a blush pink shade at the roots and a peachy blonde balayage overtop, this rose gold hairstyle pulls off an incredible interpretation of two of the biggest hair color trends.

Shag Balayage

balayage shag

This shaggy bob hairstyle is a super fun way to wear shorter hair, and a great choice for women who either have a natural texture to their locks or don’t want a bob that looks too sleek and professional. Subtle balayage highlights look soft and natural, and help to enhance the layers and texture in this style.

Summery Blonde Balayage

Summery blonde balayage

Add a buttery blonde balayage to your darker brown bob and your hair will be looking summery no matter what the season.

Toasted Brown Highlights

Toasted Brown highlights

A warm and toasty brown-on-brown balayage style will make your brunette locks feel special while still feeling like yourself.

Denim Blue Balayage

denim blue balayage

The denim hair trend offers up a more subtle, sophisticated take on the cool blue shade. Luckily for anyone who’s commitment-phobic about their hair color, this trendy shade looks just as good in a balayage highlight as it does in an all-over color style.

Subtle Brunette Style

subtle brunette style

Use a subtle balayage highlight in a shade just a few lighter than your base color to add some depth to your hair without changing up your current vibe.

Blonde Sides Balayage

side heavy balayage

Light blonde balayage gets concentrated at the sides of this A-line bob hairstyle, showing off hair’s wavy texture and helping to add the illusion of depth and volume in hair that’s been feeling a little on the limp side.

Warm Brunette Balayage

warm brunette balayage

Sweet and subtle additions of warm blonde help to breathe new life into a brunette base color. Using an extra delicate touch, these highlights perfectly accentuate curls and won’t look overbearing when your hair is worn straight.

Candy Pink

candy pink

Pastel pink balayage on platinum blonde hair creates a fun, summery look, and lets even the lightest haired ladies try out this trend.

Golden Balayage Bob

Golden balayage bob

Deep brunette and golden blonde make for a classic color combination that’s flattering on medium to dark skin tones.

Blonde Texture

blonde texture

The textured ends of this collarbone-grazing lob get some extra love with this blonde balayage hair color, helping to accentuate the haircut using a color that’s super easy to grow out.

Textured Brunette On Black

textured brunette on black

Natural black hair can be tough to highlight in a way that’s subtle yet noticeable. This balayage color style incorporates a chestnut brown shade though various layers of hair to create a gorgeous style for any season.

Silvery Grey Bob

silvery grey bob

Silvery blonde balayage over a steely grey base color creates an antique-chic bob that looks sleek and trendy.

Pink Blonde Balayage

pink blonde balayage

A balayage with intermixed pink and blonde shades makes for a summery hair color that looks good enough to eat. You can go for this style straight from a plain brown base shade, or apply a pink color overtop of existing blonde balayage for a refreshed color job that won’t require any additional bleaching.

Chill Beach Blonde

chill beach blonde

Proving beachy hair doesn’t have to be three feet long, this chill summer bob looks ready for sun and surf thanks to warm blonde balayage highlights.

Warm Balayage Melt

warm balayage melt

Warm, rich, and perfect for fall, this long bob style looks like it’s dripping in melted chocolate and caramel. Women with dark or medium complexions with golden tones in their skin will be blown away by how flattering these colors look against their face.

Raspberry Balayage

raspberry balayage

A muted raspberry color is the perfect pastel compliment to brunette hair, and helps to make brown or green eyes stand out against your skin.

Thin Balayage Ribbons

thin balayge ribbons

Thin ribbons of warm brunette are a soft and delicate way to warm up your natural brown base color. This evergreen style is appropriate for any season, and easy to grow out if you decide to make it a one-time thing.

Chunky Peach Balayage

chunky peach balayage

Peach hair may have once meant a bleach job gone wrong, but the delicious shade has been one of 2017’s top color trends. Chunky peach balayage is a nice way to add more color to your bob hairstyle, and leaves a hint of darker roots for some extra dimension.

Deep Brown Balayage

deep brown balayage

Probably the most subtle balayage style on our list, this long black bob has been ever so delicately enhanced with a rich brown balayage color. We love this style for women who don’t want to deviate from their natural dark hair color, or as a complete color makeover to a newly dark and multidimensional style.