20 Hottest Balayage Hairstyles for Short Hair 2017 – Balayage Hair Color Ideas

Choosing your perfect balayage colors is crucial to any cut and color makeover this season! With today’s complex color schemes, you can’t leave anything to chance and it’s essential to have colors that flatter your skin-tone and eye-color.  Today’s gallery has lots of completely new color blends – from quirky to classy including sophisticated, sexy and subtle along the way – to showcase the main trends!  Color me crazy about these fabulous new short cuts with trendy balayage!

Chic short bob with honey, beige & ash tones

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This neat shape is all about softly curved lines and gentle color contrasts creating chic style for medium/fine hair.  The hair is gently graduated into the neck with brown tones emphasizing the tips and matching the roots.  The top image shows an all-over ash-blonde rinse and beneath is mostly honey-blonde with a subtle ash-blonde ombré.

High-fashion angled bob with bangs & dual-blonde highlights

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This expertly layered bob haircut almost carves the precise graduated shape into the neck creating a defined line at the back of thick hair.  And to show off the line and movement on a dark chocolate base, dual-blonde highlighting creates fabulous patterns on the sliced layers.

Gorgeously glossy bob with chocolate & caramel

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This model had natural chocolate and caramel balayage highlights on her hair, before the amazing styling process that transforms natural curls into trendy waves.  The angled bob cut looks gorgeously glossy after being straightened and re-waved in trendy, loose ringlets!

Quirky auburn-red with lively orange ombré

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It seems as if there are a million ways to update your angled bob haircut with totally new hair color trends!  This is a lovely blend of colors with orange balayage on deep red-brown hair accentuating the long fringe – before becoming an eye-catching, bright copper ombré!

Fashionable silver & gold twisty waves

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‘Silver threads amongst the gold’ used to mean you were getting older, but not now!  Silver and gold balayage means you’re bang up-to-the-minute with the latest hair color ideas.  This lovely rounded bob with pretty twist waves has so much color depth and texture – it’s a great look for adding style and volume to fine hair.

Extreme volume on brilliant copper bob

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Here’s a fabulously trendy cut with an extreme front-to-back angle that finishes in a pin-curl at chin-level.  This is the perfect short cut to show off rich copper colors, including copper-brown with lighter balayage highlights.  The lovely bump of volume at the back and gorgeous smooth bangs swept across the face are beautifully accentuated in this fashionable look!

Sexy peek-a-boo bob with copper balayage

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This casual look scores highly on the Sexy Chart with its peek-a-boo section draped across the face.  This mid-length bob suits all hair types, including fine hair that could look too thin in a longer length.  Warm copper balayage and vertical highlights really light-up dark hair and accentuate a pair of dancing eyes beneath the sexy wave!

Subtle beige & copper balayage

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For those who prefer an understated look, this color scheme shows how to add texture and movement on brunette hair in a subtle way.  The long, blunt-cut bob is an elegant style, but a little too plain for today’s hair fashions.  Adding beige vertical highlights, with a touch of copper at the nape and framing the face, introduces complementary color without being over-the-top!

Trendy tousled copper-blonde ombré on espresso short cut

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This tousled short cut is full of layers creating volume, movement and super texture.  With copper and blonde ombré over dark roots, it’s a good style for medium or fine hair, as the colors add 3-D dimension.  Then you can wear the layers fluffed-up, tousled and shaggy!

Glamorous red & orange ombré on brunette

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This fashionable A-line bob is a great cut for medium to fine hair and with ringlet waves you have a good style choice to soften a thin, long or angular face shape.  With the rich, deep colors of this color scheme, dark brown hair comes to life and takes on a more glamorous and lively attitude!

Lovely light golden-brown with cream highlights

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This close-up shows how three shades come together to create the illusion of thicker hair.  Fine hair can look thin and flat in its natural state, but in a short bob with tousled waves and a clever balayage you get a fuller look altogether!  The dual highlights/lowlights contrast with the base shade for a high-fashion finish!

Chic long bob with lilac-blonde detail

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For a simple cut, this multi-toned haircut is extremely chic and alluring!  The hair is the same length all around, with blunt-cut ends. The front and side layers are ‘sliced’ to create finely tapered tips.  The fabulous color scheme includes shades of brown and golden-blonde with a gorgeous lilac-blonde section at the side!

Sophisticated diagonal waves with subtle balayage

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This is one of our favorite mid-length hairstyles right now because the broken waves and forwards/backwards movement is so attractive.  The gold and hazelnut color is gently lightened in a natural looking blonde ombré that makes this a very classy and fresh look!

Chocolate with orange balayage on short layered bob

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I love how copper-blonde balayage harmonizes with brown in a way that just seems to exaggerate the natural glints in mid-brown hair. I can’t believe no-one’s thought to combine orange and brown before – it really jazzes up this simple bob on thick hair!

Iced sherbet colors in strawberry, apricot & steel blue

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This asymmetrical style displays several iced pastel shades, which give the trendy faded effect.  The cute, short side has a dainty side-point and 3-points decorating the nape.  The short profile also shows the lovely wave draped over one eye . . . But the other profile (bottom right) probably needs a bit more styling!

Flattering medium-blonde balayage on easy-care daily style

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This easy-style, chin-length bob is one of those handy styles that’s perfect for every day wear, but also has layers long enough to create a faux upstyle if required!  Dark-blonde hair gains texture from flattering medium-blonde balayage and lighter blonde accents highlight the lovely rounded shape perfectly!

Liven up black hair with fine blonde balayage

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It’s great when I can get the ‘before’ and ‘after’ images to show how you can change your whole image with the right highlights!  This model has lovely, thick black hair – but I do think the artistic, blonde highlighting creates a softer look.  Maybe a cute balayage-ombré is just what you need to freshen up your look!

Fabulous flowing waves with graduated ombré

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Here’s a great hairstyle idea for a special occasion, which you can get on long hair.  Loose tousled waves create a softly feminine look and the gorgeous copper, blonde and dark-brown ombré shades intermingle to create fantastic texture and movement!

Classic angled bob in pretty blonde shades

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This is another good haircut for medium/fine hair, which doesn’t rely on natural volume.  Lovely tapered layers create attractive forward movement and the mix of blonde shades gives added texture.  Gently ‘faded’ blonde at the ends highlights the pretty curves just below chin-level!

Wonderful wavy bob with blonde & red balayage

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Give your angled bob a fresh look by adding waves that eliminate the sharp geometric lines.  The sides are styled to curve in at the back, creating a soft ‘cone’ shape. Then random twists are beautifully highlighted with blonde and plum-red balayage – in a fabulous new look!

Before you go for a salon appointment, make a note of your favorite clothing colors, because the end result should be a blend of complementary colors! Hope you feel as excited and inspired by these new balayage colors and short hairstyles as I do!


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