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Balayage and ombré hair colors have been taking over our social media feeds—and it’s easy to see why! The two low-maintenance highlighting techniques are fit for blondes, brunettes, and redheads alike. They’re also the techniques behind some of the latest and greatest hair color trends. Want to try an ombré or balayage hair color for yourself? Keep reading for 31 of the trendiest balayage and ombré hair color ideas for 2020.
Red isn’t just a popular hue to sport on your lips—it’s now making a name for itself as one of the best balayage colors. If you’ve ever considered going red but weren’t quite ready to commit to a full head of fire engine red locks, this is your solution. Simply grab the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color in BronzeAuburn and use the temporary hair color to give your mane red highlights that will wash out in just one shampoo.
One of the most sought-after ombré hair ideas, blonde ombré is the perfect way to test out if blondes really do have more fun—without the need for constant root touch-ups. This look works on virtually any base color since you can play with different shades of blonde for both subtle and high-contrast looks. You can even do blonde ombré on dark blonde hair to add more dimension and movement to your ‘do! To DIY the look, pick up the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Ombré Bleach.
When it comes to your beauty look, you don’t have to worry about metallics going out of style—and yes, that applies to balayage hair, too. A copper balayage is one of our favorite metallic hair hues, and it’s a look that’s particularly stunning on brunettes as it brings out the natural warmth of your hair color. If you feel like taking the metallic vibes up a notch, ask your stylist to blend gold balayage highlights throughout your hair as well for an even more dimensional look.
Are you a fan of the blue hair trend? You’re in luck, because a blue ombré hair color is particularly trendy. We love this option when paired with a jet-black base, though anyone can rock the bold color. To test drive the look, use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Blue to color the bottom portion of your hair, building the color up at the ends for that gradient effect.
Calling all brunettes: This is another balayage hair color that’s perfect for you. Whether you have light, medium, or dark brown hair, this cool-toned balayage is totally on-trend at the moment. Ask your colorist what shade of ash brown will best suit your mane, skin tone, and undertones, so you can embrace this trend in style.
Love the idea of red balayage but prefer the transition of shades that the ombré highlights technique gives? Consider red ombré hair to be your color match! To learn all about this trendy option—including how to DIY it—check out our article on How to Get Red Ombré Hair.
Golden blonde balayage is as good as gold. This color is particularly flattering for brunettes who want to go blonder and blondes who are looking to add some warmth and dimension to their mane. Just make sure to grab a purple shampoo to keep your golden strands from becoming brassy!
Want to add a touch of metallic color to your hair? Upgrade your ombré with a gold ombré look. This shimmering color looks beautiful on those who have warm, olive complexions as it further brings out your natural golden glow. Try it out temporarily with the help of the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Gold.
Silver hair is one of the hottest trends for 2020, so why not try it with a balayage twist? You can use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color in Silver Blue to get the look for the day (or night). If you find yourself totally in love with this cool, trendy hair color, go to your stylist for a permanent fix!
If you like to stick with natural-looking hair colors, allow us to point you in the direction of chocolate brown ombré hair. This rich, warm brown hue looks great when paired with a dark base, like black or espresso. It offers a subtle change in shades that’s ideal for those who wish to steer clear of a high-contrast ombré hair colors.
Did we mention cool-toned balayage hair colors are totally in right now? Well, you can add ash blonde balayage to the list of trending cool-toned colors! If you haven’t heard this hair color idea on everyone’s lips just yet, that’s probably because it’s often referred to as vanilla chai hair when it's making the rounds on social media. Click through to our article, Why Vanilla Chai Hair Will Be Your New Obsession, to learn more.
For those who want to try their hand at being a natural redhead without the upkeep, auburn ombré hair might be the perfect option. This reddish-brown color pairs beautifully with a brown base, allowing you to play up any red undertones you may—or may not—already have in your hair.
Love the idea of strawberry blonde hair but aren’t ready for a full head of reddish-blonde tresses? Consider strawberry blonde balayage the answer to your hair prayers. This hair color is flattering on a range of skin tones and—like most balayage hair colors—is totally customizable. Ask your stylist for the hue that looks best on you!
Want to make things smoky? If you have a black hair color, switch things up by adding charcoal grey ombré highlights into the mix. As it turns out, gray hair happens to be super on-trend for 2020, so what better way to give it a try?
Platinum blonde hair isn’t going anywhere, but we understand not everyone is rushing to make their mane as light as can be. This look isn’t for the faint-hearted, and it does require quite a bit of maintenance. However, if you’re waffling on whether you should take the plunge and go platinum, icy blonde balayage hair may be exactly what you’re looking for. You can have the best of both worlds since you’ll have platinum ends and darker roots, making this a more low-maintenance take on platinum hair. Sign us up!
Are you a fan of high-contrast looks? Instead of transforming your tresses into an icy blonde balayage hair color, stick with platinum ombré instead. This technique will allow your base to gradually transition to an icy white shade as opposed to having various hand-painted highlights throughout your mane. It will be subtler on those who have blonde hair to begin with and a true statement-maker on those with a darker base color.
We love a warm-toned brunette mane. What better way to warm things up than with some caramel balayage? Trust us—this hair color is just as sweet as it sounds. Learn everything you need to know in our article, Crazy for Caramel Latte: How to Get This Season's Natural-Looking Hair Color.
Speaking of warm balayage and ombré hair color ideas, we love the way honey ombré hair looks on brown and dark blonde tresses. The rich blonde color is perfect for adding a golden touch to any mane. Even better, it’s great for any time of year, whether you want to complement the summer sun or warm things up during the cold winter.
Did someone say chocolate? If you have a sweet tooth, you’re in for a treat! This rich, chocolate brown balayage hair color looks good enough to eat. This is the perfect option for all our dark-haired ladies (we’re talking espresso brown and black hair colors). Ask your stylists to melt chocolate hues into your ‘do, and it’ll be downright delish.
To play with color, allow your hair to transition to a pretty pink shade at the ends with pink ombré hair. There are plenty of ombré hair color ideas that fall under this trend, from bold fuchsia to soft baby pink. You can test out either option—or a combination of the two—using the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Hot Pink and Rosegold.
If you’re a fan of fun colors, this purple balayage hair color will likely pique your interest. Purple strands can be difficult to maintain, but purple balayage hair makes the upkeep so much easier. Here’s Everything You Need to Know about Getting Purple Balayage Hair.
In case you haven’t heard, green hair happens to be one of the hottest hair color trends for 2020. If you aren’t quite ready to go for a Christmas-tree-green mane, consider giving a mint ombré hair color a try. This pastel green hue looks stunning when paired with a dark brown base, creating just the right amount of contrast—but that’s not to say that blondes can’t rock it, too! To take the color for a temporary spin, use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Pastel Mint.
You’ve likely seen blackberry hair circulating your Instagram feed as of late. This color is a major trend for 2020, and it’s another trend that involves the balayage highlighting technique! Imagine a dark, black base that transitions into beautiful deep purple highlights. This color quite literally resembles a blackberry. Even better, the purple highlights can be customized to match your skin tone depending on if they’re blue or pink-based.
Head to your stylist to rock this look long term or try it for yourself with the help of a temporary purple hair color, like the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color in Purple or the L’Oréal Paris Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Purple.
Remember the blue ombré hair color we talked about earlier? If a cobalt blue shade isn’t your thing but you’re still intrigued, perhaps pastel blue ombré is just what you’ve been searching for! This soft blue hue looks best when paired with baby blonde locks.
For a hair color that truly shines, look no further than neon pink balayage. This bright, vibrant trend is not for the faint-hearted, but it’s sure to make you a trendsetter. For a true statement, add neon pink balayage highlights to a black base, which will leave you with a mane that has serious contrast. Want to take the look for a spin? Use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color in Neon Pink to do so.
Another reddish-brown hue to consider, chestnut ombré is a wonderful option for adding natural-looking warmth to dark brown hair. The subtle transition between shades will create just the right amount of depth and movement throughout your mane without the need for constant upkeep.
Love the idea of adding some pink tones to your mane? If you aren’t quite ready to go for pink balayage but want hair with rosy undertones, allow us to point you in the direction of rose blonde balayage. This pink-toned hue is a subtle way to add a trendy touch to a blonde base.
Like we said, gray hair is super trendy for 2020, and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Consider this to be a more natural-looking alternative to the silver balayage we talked about earlier.
For those with dark hair who want to give blonde hair a try, dark blonde ombré is a great way to do so. The borderline light brown shade will let you test the waters without the need to bleach your hair several shades lighter at once, which could result in damaged tresses.
Have black hair and want to add a bit of dimension into the mix? Look no further than espresso balayage hair. This cool, dark brown shade will create just the right amount of subtle definition throughout your mane.
If you liked the trendy blue hair colors we talked about earlier, we have a feeling you’ll be a fan of sapphire ombré hair. This blue-black shade has cool blue undertones that truly shine in the sunlight. It’s a subtle way to catch people by surprise!
Can’t get enough of hair color ideas that are totally of the moment? Head on over to our article, The 25 Biggest 2020 Hair Trends, for more on-trend hair color options to consider.
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