Balayage on short hair can be a bit tricky. Unlike with long hair, the placement of the highlights and precision becomes very important. However, when done right, there are a few short styles that can beat the balayage look. Here, I’ve put together a list of 25 trendy balayage looks for short hair. But first, let’s look at how you can get this look at home.
How To Balayage Short Hair
You Will Need
- A Balayage Kit
- Clips For Sectioning
- An Old Shirt
- Brush/comb your hair to get rid of any tangles. Ensure that you are working with hair that hasn’t been washed in a couple of days.
- Put on your gloves and wear an old shirt that you wouldn’t mind getting stains on.
- Following the instructions on the balayage kit, mix the lightener and developer.
- If you have a bob or a lob, clip away the crown section of your hair and start working with the lower layers.
- Using a toothbrush, start applying the highlights onto your hair.
- Ensure the lights are heavier at the tips.
- Take thin and evenly spaced sections of hair and brush the lightening mixture onto your hair from the mid-lengths to create a “swept on” effect.
- If you have extremely short hair, apply the lightener only to the crown section of your hair.
- For bobs or lobs, unclip the crown section and apply the balayage to these layers.
- Once you’re done, leave the lightener on for the amount of time specified on the kit.
- Shampoo and condition your hair.
25 Balayage Hair Color Ideas For Short Hair
1. High Contrast
It is so hard to achieve the perfect high contrast style with short hair, but this artist has done the look complete justice. The deep brown roots smoothly blend out to a pale blonde, creating a drop root effect in this chic pixie. The dark undercut helps add dimension, emphasizing the darker roots.
2. Fiery Gradient
This style is on fire! The hairstyle quite literally looks like a flame with the strawberry ginger hair blending out to a warm but pale blonde. The undercut adds to the flame-inspired style while also helping add the illusion of length of to the face.
3. Soft Contrast
We love how this style has the perfect amount of texture. Because the short style is stacked at the back, only the crown layers have been lightened using the balayage technique, creating a smooth blend that does not add too much texture to the already existing volume. This look is perfect for smooth silky hair.
4. Gray Pixie
We love our pixies! Especially when they hop onto the granny train. The gray balayage on this undercut pixie if one of the most badass looks we’ve come across. The black roots seamlessly blend into the gray lights, creating one of the smoothest transitions we’ve seen.
5. Rooted Sterling
The lights on this look start very close to the roots, creating a drop root effect. The sterling gray has been swept on to create a textured gray look that is just accentuated with the dark roots. This is one of the simplest and cutest sterling gray looks we’ve come across and we absolutely adore the style.
6. Unicorn Balayage
There is no highlighting technique that can’t be unicorned. We love how the vivid pastels in this style have been painted onto this A-line bob to create a sweeping effect. So much so that it is sweeping us right off of our feet. The streaks begin very close to the roots, creating a drop root effect and we are positive that this style will look as stunning fading out as it does freshly painted.
7. Dirty Blonde Babylights
We love the subtlety that comes with the babylights effect. This balayage has a transition so smooth that it makes the style looks like it faded out naturally. The style has texture and depth, making it perfect for women with fine hair.
8. Strawberry Blonde Texture
Talk about volume. If you love texture and volume, this style is for you. The transition from black to strawberry blonde begins very close to the roots on this bob. The blonde is multi-hued to add texture while the roots add depth. But that’s not it. The tips of the sections towards the front of the hair have been further lightened so that they perfectly frame the face.
9. Smooth Transition
There are few things we love more than the perfect asymmetrical bob, and one of them is perfect blending. The warm tones of the rich brown base of this style have been seamlessly blended out to a cooler blonde. This look is chic and glossy perfection.
10. Purple Texture
We love unnatural colors. Especially when the styles they’re used incorporate expert fading. This purple balayage on a pixie starts with a black base that transitions to a deep purple, which blends out to a rosy lavender. We heart the balayage ombre effect that this look has.
11. Purple Rose Melt
Talking about expert fading, they’re even better when you incorporate more than one color. The natural black has been beautifully painted with shades of purple and rose gold, and we’re head over heels in love with the result of the balayage. The black roots blend out to a purple, which beautifully fades into a rose gold.
12. Cherry Pixie
Using multiple shades from the same color palette is the best way to add texture, and this look does just that. The style has multiple shades of cherry red, adding dimension to this cute short pixie. The lighter hues allow the color to pop while the darker ones add depth.
13. Blonde Contrast
The best way to balayage a short style that has volume at the crown is to ensure that the lights are heavy towards the front of the crown. That is exactly what this style does. With heavy lights at the front, the side swept fringe perfectly frames the face creating the perfect tousled look.
14. Textured Ginger
This is the shortest balayage style we’ve come across and we’ve mesmerized by the colors and the amount of precision. The ginger base has been expertly blended out to a fiery orange toward the front of the crown while the sides and back retain the natural base color.
15. Dirty Blonde Balayage Pixie
We love how defined this balayage is. The high contrast on this style has been minimized by expert blending. The crown has been evenly blended out to a lighter brown than the base. The artist then spruced up the volume at the crown with defined lights that add the perfect amount of texture.
16. Dirty Blonde Texture
If you have fine hair and need texture, this is the style for you. The natural dirty bronde base has been blended out to a dark dirty blonde. The color has been swept on, creating the perfect amount of texture and depth.
17. Brown Balayage
The balayage on this style is so subtle, yet so gorgeous. The dark brown has been toned out to a lighter brown. The mid-lengths have splashes of lighter color to help add movement. The dark roots add depth while swept on balayage effect adds texture.
18. Soft Texture
This is the perfect sun-kissed balayage to sport if you have fine wavy hair. The look adds subtle texture. The natural base has been seamlessly blended out. The look is low maintenance, soft, and rooty. Being completely on trend and low on maintenance.
19. Ash Babylights
This ash hair color has a babylights effect and has been blended out with the perfect amount of texture for the granny hair look. The A-line bob has lighter strands of gray near the front and a heavy rooted look from the back.
20. Charcoal Melt
We thought we’d seen most perfect blends until we stumbled upon this style. The dark black roots have been seamlessly blended out to a light charcoal. The balayage ombre look has been perfected with color that has been swept on to create texture while retaining the smoothness of the look.
21. Dirty Flamingo
Dirty pastels have become our new favorite trend and this color is helping nail the look. The dark roots add depth to the style. The color has been swept on to create texture. While the balayage starts very close to the roots and does not have a very evident fade, the look is sure to grow out seamlessly.
22. Ice Melt
We’re scouring the dictionary to find the right words to describe this look because it has rendered us utterly speechless. The black at the base has been blended out to a beautiful metallic blue. The artist has created the perfect balayage by painting on streaks of silver over the blue and blending the blue out to a beautiful ashy sterling.
23. Peekaboo Balayage
It’s safe to say that we’ve not come across many looks that are more dimensional than this one. The rich brown base has been faded out to a mahogany brown, which then taken on vivid blues, reds, and yellows. The balayage at the crown incorporates a neat transition from brown to blue whereas the lower layers have been painted in vibrant reds and yellows, creating the perfect balayage and peekaboo crossover.
24. Subtle Brown
We cannot get over how classy this subtle brown fade looks. The balayage looks so natural, sprucing up the style just enough to add dimension. The hair has been lightened from the higher lengths, near the framing sections. The transition starts closer to the mid-lengths around the back. If you want the perfectly natural sun-kissed look leaving none the wiser about your color job, this one’s for you.
25. Sterling Blue
We love the cool tones on this one. The black hair perfectly blends out to a sterling blue. The artist has incorporated movement and definition by adding splashes of silver in the style, making it dimensional and textured.
These short balayage hairstyles have us swooning and wanting more. Which one is your favorite? What do you have in store for your short hair? Let us know in the comments section below.