12 Trendy Balayage Highlights Ideas for Short Hair

11 trendy balayage highlights ideas on short hair
Short and middle-length hair is currently in trend, and various hair coloring like balayage and ombre is too. Combining these trends in your look means getting super trendy and gorgeous hair that will catch all the eyes. We’ve already shown some balayage ideas and today I’ll share some more but these ones are for short hair. Believe me, short can be no less gorgeous than long!

Just because you have short hair doesn’t mean you can’t still play around with beautiful shades and tones of your natural color, and a few unnatural ones too. This is what makes these beautiful balayage highlights ideas for short hair such great ones. Just take a peek and you’ll see…

Front, blonde balayage highlights

Short Hair Blonde Balayage Highlights

If you want to really frame your face with that beautiful platinum blonde shade, you need to bring the look towards the front of your face as well as towards the ends of your hair. As you can see here, the bulk of her hair is that natural darker blonde shade but the front and ends catch the light wonderfully, creating a really pretty glow for the face.

Gorgeous Caramel highlights

Gorgeous caramel highlights

If you’re a dark brunette girl usually and you want to go light, but just not too light, you should definitely consider adding tones of caramel and honey blondes, closer to the brown spectrum, to help give the style a brand new dimension. This is an especially neat trick for those with feathery-fine hair. It helps make your hair appear thicker!

Beige blonde and silver blonde balayage

Beige blonde and silver blonde balayage

Silver was all the rage over the last year or so and if you’re growing or fading yours out, we would definitely recommend keeping the ends of your hair this beautiful silvery blonde tinge whilst adding the beige blonde to the top to bring the balayage to life. When your roots grow through, there will just be another level of toning thrown into the mix, making it yet another simple and versatile plus low-maintenance look that we reckon you should definitely rock.

Ash blonde bob + blonde balayage highlights

Ash blonde bob + blonde balayage highlights

It’s a very short look, only reaching chin-length, but it has maximum impact with those ash blonde tones running through it, still blonde, but using slightly different tones to bring the look to life. The side swept bangs and parting really help to show off the look, the lighter sections catching the light, and it’s super cute too.

Balayage ombre lob

Balayage ombre lob

The ‘lob’ or long-bob is actually a very good way of having short hair, but not too-short hair. Plus, as you can see from this balayage ombre lob, it can be discreet, natural and beautiful all at the same time, even when you don’t have length on your side to be able to play around with lots of shades and tones of your blonde color. Slightly darker at the top to make the roots a little easier when they come through, the blondes travels through the ash and icy layers to finally reach a wonderful platinum blonde.

Honey blonde

Honey blonde

It’s a great way of adding a natural look to your colored hair, this honey blonde highlighted look has also incorporated shades of brown to bring the look to life completely. If it’s super easy and simple you’re looking for, this is the one to go for, and there are one hundred and one reasons why you should.

Peekaboo highlights

Peekaboo highlights

Just because you’re having a contrasting shade doesn’t mean it needs to be bold and out-there. This is a great way of showing how subtle these balayage ideas for short hair can be if you play your cards right. The bulk of the coloring has been restricted to the face-framing layers, and also to the very ends of the hair where much lighter shades of blonde have been added. We love it – bold and beautiful but subtle and discreet all at the same time. Everything we want from our balayage ideas for short hair.

Wavy blonde bob

Wavy blonde bob

Ideally, you’ll want to have a chat with your hairstylist before going for the chop, take as many photos of balayage ideas for short hair in with you so he or she can get a good idea of exactly what it is you’re looking for, and really TALK so you end up with a style you really love. It’s hard work trying to explain something to someone, having photos to prove your point (as such) is always an easier and better approach.

Brunette bob hairstyle + light balayage highlights

Brunette bob hairstyle + light balayage highlights

If you have long hair, going for the chop can often be a very daunting experience but as these balayage ideas for short hair show, there really isn’t anything to worry about. You can have just as much fun, and still play around with different dyeing techniques, even when you don’t have length on your side. Plus there are so many advantages associated with going for the chop.

Light brown lowlights on dark hair

Light brown lowlights on dark hair
The best thing about short hair is that you can totally rock bedhead hair – hair that looks as if it might have been slept in. You might have spent fifteen minutes styling your hair this morning or it might be the same hair you woke up with. No one would ever know but everyone’s doing it and it looks super cool so it doesn’t matter.

Short bob haircut + honey blonde balayage

Short Bob with Honey Blonde Balayage Highlights

If you have fine hair, a bouncy balayage look like this one is a really great idea, curly layers added to give it a three-dimensional effect and honey blonde balayage highlights thrown in to complete the look. It all works together to add oomph where it may have been previously rather lacklustre.

Choppy bob cut + ice blonde highlights

Choppy bob cut + ice blonde highlights

Cutting your hair short will give it a new lease of life because you’re cutting inches of dead and dying hair off, dead and dying hair that will be stealing nutrition and vitamins from the rest of your hair and body. Cutting the hair short will focus all the good stuff on the hair that can actually benefit from it so by cutting inches off, you’ll find the inches grow back much quicker than you’d think, and in much better condition too. 

Bobs and bangs are quite a brave move but as this beauty shows, can be done quite easily with the right knowledge, shade of hair, and cut.

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