The subtle balayage is a unique and modern hair painting technique that allows ladies to get some color on their hair without making it look obvious. This freehand painting technique entails introducing some beautiful and delicate shades to the strands while still maintaining a natural look. There are endless ways of achieving this color design and a lady only has to choose a shade that goes well with her natural hair color and skin tone. Also, it is important to get it from a skilled or professional hairstylist so as to ensure that the color remains subtle. This gallery showcases some of the striking looks that you can achieve with this color technique.
# 1 Freehand Painted Square One Length
The square one length, the waves and the side part styling in this hairdo are all fantastic. But, the overall shade which entails introducing some subtle caramel highlights to the chocolate brown hair is what takes this headdress a notch higher.
Color always has a way of complementing the movement in your hair and giving it some extra dimension. For these full waves, the moderate balayage streaks on the curly section are what bring about the incredible movement.
# 3 Rich and Natural Brunette
It is hard to tell that these straight strands have any artificial color because they look very natural. The vibrant and natural brunette color design involves introducing some freehand painted chocolate brown streaks to the straight hair.
# 4 Neat Caramel on Brunette
Caramel and brunette are always a perfect combination, and this hairdo proves this. It involves introducing some subtle caramel streaks to the textured and wavy brunette locks.
# 5 Easy and Gorgeous
This impressive color design does not take a lot of effort to create because it keeps the shades subtle, but it still looks superb. It is an adorable design that a woman can create by introducing some light brown highlights to the natural waves.
# 6 Sombre Color Melt
The movement from the black base shade to the light brown shade gives this straight hair an impressive sombre color melt that also gives the hair a healthy natural look.
# 7 Fresh and Stunning Bob
The cut and the waves on this bob look fantastic, and such an excellent cut only requires a subtle balayage to give it a chic shade. Introducing some partial highlights at the front and on the ends of the hair is what you need for this excellent hair color.
# 8 Textured and Dimensional
This bob haircut has some lovely textures that come from a skillful scissor trim. They also have an attention-grabbing dimension that is a result of freehand painting the textured and wavy strands moderately.
# 9 Glossy and Sun Kissed Mane
A full balayage like this one that involves painting the long curly mane with a blonde shade is just what you need to give it a glossy appearance. The blonde shade also creates a unique contrast with the natural hair color.
# 10 Golden Caramel on Brunette Ombre
The shine that the golden caramel hue introduces to this hairdo is incredible. The wavy and textured locks have a brunette base shade, and the caramel shade creates a cute ombre design that the lady enhances with a face frame styling.
# 11 Effortlessly Beautiful
You will never have to do anything complicated to give your hair an adorable look because subtle balayage is always very effortless. For this particular hairdo, you will only have to introduce some light brown highlights on the curly ends of the thick and long mane.
# 12 The Subtle Gloss
The shine on this hairdo comes from adding some subtle highlights on the medium volume hair. These streaks are freehand painted and are also very useful in giving the strands a beautiful shine.
# 13 Copper Virgin Locks
Some skillful scissor trims are what it takes to give these bangs their amazing texture. But, the color will require an inventive use of a copper shade to give the locks some subtle but attention-grabbing highlights.
# 14 Fall Lob with Cute Color Melt
This blended ombre color design entails melting different shades of brown and blonde with the natural dark base. However, these strands also have some beautiful waves and an excellent texture.
# 15 Dimensional Hair with Multiple Shades
Sometimes you have to experiment with different shades to get that unique balayage look that you want. This hairstyle shows one way to do this, and it entails painting the brunette mane with subtle shades of honey and caramel.
# 16 Perfectly Sun Kissed Mane
Only a creative and ingenious use of shades of brown can give you a perfect sun kissed look like this one. The healthy shine on the strands and their impressive texture also help to enhance the overall look.
# 17 Highlighted Chocolate Brown Locks
Chocolate forms the base color for this headdress, and with a pleasant shade like this, it is hard to go wrong with your color design. It also makes things easy because introducing some moderate light brown highlights to the textured waves is enough to create a chic overall tone.
# 18 Warm Tones on Seamless Layers
The adorable, warm tones in this hairstyle are perfect for a lady that wants an exciting color that still gives her a natural look. They are in an ombre design that entails moving from dark to light brown and using the seamless layers to enhance the color layout.
# 19 Sassy Sun Kissed Brunette
These waves have an adorable styling that entails forming a center part and sweeping them to the sides in layers. Their color is also fabulous and it it's a subtle balayage that involves painting the black hair with a chocolate brown shade to create a sun-kissed look.
# 20 Lovely Natural-Looking Waves
This look is what you would expect to get when the sun acts on your strands for some time. But, instead of waiting for the sun you can achieve it with a moderate coloring that entails painting some brown streaks on the brunette waves.
# 21 Fun Textured Bob
The skillful cut is what creates this cute and fun bob haircut, but the look would not be complete without the vibrant shade. However, the color is easy to achieve as you only need to touch up the roots and introduce some copper highlights to the rest of the hair.
# 22 Classy Beach Waves
Beach waves always guarantee ladies some amazing and classy looks but giving them a beautiful and natural looking shade like this can still spice up their appearance. Here you only need to melt a soft and ashy tone with the natural brunette shade to create a fantastic overall appearance.
# 23 Subtly Toned Ombre
This color design in this hairstyle is just enough for any woman who wants to upscale her looks. It entails introducing a caramel shade on the lower section of the long strands to create a subtle ombre design.
# 24 Pretty Honey Brown Mane with Blonde Streaks
This color design is simple but still very charming. It involves introducing some platinum blonde streaks to the honey brown base colors. The streaks are partial as they are only at the front and on the ends of the hair.
# 25 Perfect Blonde Color Melt
A sound subtle balayage color design like this one is the kind that will always draw attention everywhere you go. It involves melting a blonde shade with honey brown to give the wavy and textured mane a perfect color melt.
# 26 Textured Waves with Partial Streaks
The dark brown base color in this hairdo is already beautiful enough, and so you can almost never go wrong with any color design. This bob haircut also has some lovely textured waves and introducing some partial light brown streaks is all you need for a perfect overall shade.
# 27 Layered Wavy Lob
Layers are always an excellent addition to your short bob design as they help to enhance the appearance of your shades. For this bob haircut, they contribute to spicing up the subtle balayage that entails introducing blonde streaks to the brunette hair.
# 28 Glamorous Blend of Brown and Brunette
These wavy shoulder-grazing bangs start with a nice cut to give them their impressive texture and length. Once you have the cut the next important step is the color, and for this, you only need to blend brown and brunette hues.
# 29 Soft and Curly Balayage
The brushed out curls on the lower half of this hair look amazing, and this is not just because of their texture but also thanks to the color. To create this soft balayage design you only need to introduce some subtle highlights to the natural black mane.
# 30 Bright and Textured Strands
This headdress also comes in a long bob length with some beautiful textures, but its color is still the most prominent element. It involves painting the locks with shades of brown with a touch of blonde and in a sombre pattern.
# 31 Amazing Brunette with Blonde Streaks
The natural shine on this brunette hair is just fantastic, and it combines with the waves to give the strands a chic look. These strands also have some golden blonde streaks on the ends and subtle ones throughout the head.
# 32 Adorable Golden Blonde Melt
Your shoulder-grazing locks will always look fantastic with an excellent color melt. For these wavy ones, the color melt entails blending the natural hair shade with a golden blonde hue and keeping things uniform throughout the head.
# 33 Ashy and Dimensional Lob
Dimension is what steals the show for this adorable headdress. It comes from a balayage color design that involves melting ash blonde and brown shades and keeping the roots dark for an ombre contrast.
# 34 Cute Brown Hues
You do not always have to make it evident that you have more than one hue on your head. Using balayage to paint brown shades on your long mane like in this design will ensure that you get some beautiful colors while still maintaining a natural look.
# 35 Touched Up and Textured Bob
This hairdo starts with a touch up of the colors to create an ombre design that involves keeping the roots in a black shade and giving the curved ends a green shade. The design then cuts the locks to create a bob before styling into a face frame with plenty of movement.
# 36 Sexy Copper Tones
These bright copper tones can spice up any hair and make it look very classy. In these design they are subtle, and they help to give these long waves an excellent sombre design.
# 37 Fresh and Subtle Face Framing Bangs
How you style your locks has a significant effect on the appearance of your colors. For this design, the tone comes from a color melt of brown hues and the face frame styling help to show off the color patterns.
# 38 Thick and Glossy Mane
Although subtle balayage can work well for any hair type, it seems to be the best choice for a full hair like this one. Here you only need to paint the brown hair with subtle golden blonde streaks to give it a glossy and attractive appearance.
# 39 Elegant Fall Hair
There is always the right hairdo for every season, and this one is perfect for fall thanks to the colors. It is a long bob with some intricate waves, and it comes with a chocolate brown base that the lady enhances with sweet caramel streaks.
# 40 Trendy Highlighted Brunette
Natural brunette locks like these that come with an excellent volume and texture will make a woman look very classy. Introducing a chocolate brown shade to the appearance in the form of partial streaks is a good idea as it creates a very rich overall tone.
# 41 Charming Caramel Touch Up
This beautiful hair is all about giving the long wavy hair a touch-up. And to do this, the lady only needs to introduce a dark caramel tone on the lower section of the strands.
# 42 Short and Sexy Bob
The intricate wave on this hairdo is the only thing that will require some special skill to create because everything else is straightforward. To replicate this shade, you will only need to introduce some subtle blonde highlights to your natural brunette hue.
# 43 Golden Caramel Sombre
The beauty of your subtle balayage color design will always depend on your color choices. But, with a beautiful tone like golden caramel, you can always be sure of a refined look. In this style, the shade is in a sombre design, and it transitions from some shadowed roots.
# 44 Refined Balayage Blend of Shades
It is hard to tell the particular hues that are in this hairdo. And this is because they blend in perfectly. Freehand painting is what makes this refined look possible, but the straight strands with curved ends also have a role to play.
# 45 Mellow Brunette Ombre
A soft and subtle balayage design like this one will always make sure that your straight strands look fantastic. For this look, you have to transition your shades from a dark brown hue to a melt of blonde and light brown.
# 46 Delightful Bob with Bright Ends
The shades in this hairdo are what gives the hair its delightful dimension. They entail moving from chocolate brown to light brown on the ends. But the cut and the styling that involves designing the bob hairstyle with its natural wave are also fantastic.
# 47 Exemplary Blonde Placement
The distribution of the blonde shade in this design is what creates the perfect overall tone. Also, the choice of golden blonde is also excellent because the streaks create an amazing contrast with the black hair.
# 48 The Spicy Caramel
Caramel is always a perfect hair color idea, but this is only true if you know how to use it. For this design, it is part of a subtle balayage that involves transitioning from a black shade to the spicy caramel shade in an ombre pattern.
# 49 Polished Sombre Balayage
This choppy bob haircut also has some beautifully textured waves, but their color is the outstanding feature of this style. It is a beautiful, sombre color design that involves a gradual transition from a brunette base shade to light blonde.
# 50 Attractive Winter Bronde
Balayage gives you endless color options, and you can achieve some very impressive looks if you use it well. For this design, you have to transition from the natural black hair color to a blend of brown and blonde to create a chic winter hair color.
# 51 Warm Fall Tones
Here is another color idea that will be perfect for fall. It is an adorable design that entails painting the wavy brunette locks with a beige blonde shade on the ends to create a subtle and charming fall sombre.
# 52 Refreshed and Vibrant Balayage
This freehand painted color pattern is about melting your natural brunette with some brown shades to create a very distinctive shade that is just what you need to spice up some long and wavy locks like these.
# 53 Straightforward and Subtle
Sometimes keeping things simple can also give you the hair tone that you desire. This hairdo proves this, and it only entails using balayage to introduce some brown hues to the black hair and keeping the ends and front bright for a perfect winter tone.
# 54 Vibrant and Warm Brown Streaks
Warm brown streaks are what it takes to give this wavy mane its gorgeous and healthy looking shade. These highlights also help to give the strands a beautiful shine, and the lady only needs to sweep them back in layers to finish the design.
# 55 Shiny Chocolate Brown Highlights
Freehand hair painting is what you should go for when you want to change your looks. And to look as attractive as this you should paint your thick mane with chocolate brown highlights to create a bright and beautiful headdress.
# 56 Stylish and Dimensional Bangs
A dimensional and elegant hairstyle like this one can only be possible with the right choice of colors. It is about introducing a blend of honey and chocolate brown shades to your natural dark hair and having them in a distinctive sombre pattern. Also, the textured and wavy locks form the perfect base for these hues.
# 57 Polished and Easy Balayage
This hair color will not take much time or resources to achieve as it is very straightforward. It is a subtle balayage that is all about moving from a black base to dark brown to create a simple but elegant ombre design that you should accentuate with a face frame style.
# 58 Vibrant Blondes on Brunette
A soft and subtle tone like this will make you look very adorable, and you will want to keep it for long. It is about introducing some soft blonde hues throughout the brunette base shade and enhancing the look with some thick curls.
# 59 Redhead with Subtle Highlights
Redheads are lucky because their natural hair color is already attractive enough. However, using balayage to introduce some rose blonde highlights on the ends of this one still manages to give it a refined appearance.
# 60 Natural Ombre with a Soft Look
This soft ombre has a natural look that does not make it very evident that the strands have an artificial color. The appearance is a result of a subtle balayage that involves painting some brown and blonde streaks on the curly half of the long hair.
# 61 Brunette Beach Waves with a Subtle Bronze Finish
Brunette is one of the common natural hair colors, and ladies love it because it is easy to design. Also, in most instances, you do not have to do much to enhance its appearance. For this particular headdress, a subtle bronze finish with a hint of blonde is all that it takes to give the hair its gorgeous color.
# 62 Dark Base and Soft Highlights
This beautiful balayage color design is about moving from the dark base shade to some soft highlights. The cute highlights are a blend of different shades of brown that include chocolate and honey and having them on the textured section is also vital for this headdress.
# 63 Upscale and Flawless
There is nothing more that you can do to improve this hairdo as it is as perfect as any can get. The strands have an excellent volume and cute waves, but the color which involves introducing a subtle golden brown hue to the natural brunette is the center of attraction for the look.
# 64 Brilliant Bronde Mane
The shine and perfect color blend are what makes this a unique hairdo. This beautiful color comes from mixing golden blonde and brown hues and spreading them throughout the waves in a subtle design.
# 65 Moderate and Warn Brunette Tones
Painting your hair is always about creativity because it is what determines how attractive the shades will look on you. Some dark and warm tones like these are perfect for enhancing the appearance of a brunette hair, but the design also keeps the ends bright for some contrast.
# 66 Subdued and Shiny Hues
Healthy hair like this makes things easy when it comes to coloring your strands. To create a glamorous look like this one you should introduce some subtle and shiny highlights while keeping the roots dark to add some contrast.
# 67 Refined A-line Bob
The cut and construction of this A-line Bob are all perfect, and it a
lso entails giving them some natural-looking waves. Although the strands maintain an almost uniform shade throughout, they also have some muted streaks that give the bob extra elegance.
# 68 Sparkling and Blended Freehand Painting
When you have a soft and blended freehand painted color like this one it will take you a long time before you decide to change it as it is just fantastic. The warm tones of brown and blonde blend in with the natural hair color to give the wavy mane an excellent and fashionable overall look.
# 69 Amusing Super Subtle Balayage
Very few people can tell that this is not a natural hair color because there is almost no evidence of balayage as it is super subtle. However, the overall shade on this textured and messy bob comes from a perfect blend of chocolate brown and brunette
# 70 Edgy and Trendy Babylights
Babylights are ideal when you want to give your strands a soft and delicate tone like this one. Their caramel shade is also fantastic and keeping them subtle ensures that this hair can still maintain a natural look.
# 71 Brightened Up Bangs
Freehand painting is the best technique to turn to when you want to brighten up your appearance, and it is what makes this adorable design possible. For this style, the technique brightens up the wavy locks with a chocolate shade and some hints of blonde.
# 72 Fiery and Vibrant Red Hair
The vibrant red shade on this hair gives it a unique tone but applying it in a subtle balayage design ensures that it maintains a simple but fashionable look. This thick hair also has some subtle layers that add extra detail to the fiery red shade.
# 73 Striking Brunette Babylights
Some delicate and shiny babylights is what it takes to give these strands their striking look. They have a gorgeous golden blonde shade that creates a lovely color design with the ashy black base shade.
# 74 Awesome Depth and Contrast
The depth and contrast in this hairstyle are just stunning. They are a product of a skillful balayage color design that entails painting some brown and blonde tones on the lower section of these textured beach waves.
# 75 Gorgeous and Natural Sombre Balayage
This natural balayage shows why sombre is an excellent color design. It has a soft glow that comes from introducing some golden blonde streaks to the long wavy hair that the lady accentuates with a layered brush back.
# 76 The Lustrous Lob
Long bob haircuts are all about getting the cut right because this is what gives them their adorable shape. But this one also has a beautiful wave and a nice color that involves highlighting it with a golden blonde hue.
# 77 Blunt Bob with Subtle Color Melt
Here is another bob haircut that comes with an adorable shade. It is blunt with tucked ends, and its stunning shade involves painting the strands with a subtle blend of chocolate and honey brown hues.
# 78 Caramel Streaks for Textured Waves
Even as you want to give your strands a beautiful shade, it is always important to ensure that they have a nice cut and styling. Some textured waves like these are always an excellent idea, and this is more so when you want to paint your strands with some cute caramel streaks.
# 79 Superb Golden Mane
The dazzling golden tone on these locks is the prominent element for this look. These thick strands also have some cute curls, and the coloring involves painting them to create some shiny golden blonde streaks.
# 80 Chic and Subtle
The shades of chocolate brown on this hair look natural, and they also help to create a chic and fashionable headdress that is perfect for a modern woman. Apart from the highlights the shoulder length hair also has some beautiful waves that are useful in enhancing the color deign.
# 81 Extra-Bold Locks
Although these locks maintain an overall dark shade they have an awesome natural glow that helps to brighten them up. The texture of these strands and the chic face frame styling also contribute to enhancing the style.
# 82 Waves with a Touch of Class
A beautiful color is the only thing that these long and wavy strands need for a classy appearance. Their subtle balayage shade comes from painting them with soft brown and blonde shades in a neat sombre design.
# 83 Elegant Ombre with a Cute Color Melt
Ombre is one of those color designs that will always assure you an elegant and upscale look. In this design, it entails transitioning from the natural black shade to a color melt of brown and blonde. The hair also has some beautiful waves that form the perfect base for the ombre design.
# 84 Super Cute and Natural Balayage
These beach curls or waves look natural and super cute because everything from their volume to the length and color is just fantastic. The lovely color is also in an ombre design that involves movement from dark brown to caramel.
# 85 A Blend of Sweet and Ashy Tones
Mixing several shades using freehand painting is an easy way to ensure that your shades stand out. This particular headdress is a product of a combination between some sweet and ashy tones that include blonde, honey brown, and caramel.
# 86 Seamless Blonde Shading
This subtle balayage design is about spreading a blonde shade on the long wavy strands. The shade works with the honey blonde base color to give the long strands a unique and natural looking tone.
# 87 Healthy Painted Lob
A bob haircut like this one will convince any woman to cut her hair short so that she have it as it is just outstanding. It has an excellent cut and some nice waves, but most of its beauty comes from the coloring which entails highlighting the brown locks with a golden blonde hue.
# 88 Solid Brunette with a Sassy Balayage
This glamorous hairdo starts as a solid brunette but the color transitions into a chic balayage design. To bring it to this level you have to paint it with a honey blonde shade and do it in a cute sombre design.
# 89 Blend of Copper and Pink Ombre
Freehand painting your strands is always the best way to spice up your short hair. The strands in this design have some textured curls on the ends, but the ombre design which involves moving from the black base shade to a blend of copper and pink is the center of attraction.
# 90 Smooth Beige Blonde
A low maintenance hair color like this one is the best for ladies who do not have much time for their hair but still wish to look smart. You will need to blend your brunette shade with a beige blonde shade for a smooth and warm overall tone.
# 91 Impressive and Warm Caramel
Few other shades can be as efficient as caramel when it comes to adding some warmth to your hair. This style entails applying it on a subtle balayage technique but throughout the head and a soft side part is all you need to show off this beautiful tone.
# 92 Superb Textured and Color Melted Bob
The textured bob with some cute curtain bangs and an impressive altitude is what steals the attention in this hairdo. But, the color melt between the caramel and other shades of brown also helps to spice up the design by giving the locks a lovely tone.
# 93 Inspiring Ombre Balayage
Even when you go with a straightforward balayage like this one that only entails transitioning from a black shade to honey brown with pink peek-a-boos you can still get an inspiring headdress.
# 94 Rooty Warm Tones
This hairstyle is about touching up the roots to make them dark and giving the rest of the hair a melt of honey brown and blonde. The design then finishes with the layering of the locks to enhance the warmth of the tones.
# 95 Wind Blown Balayage
This charming design has three levels of color which are what makes them look unique. The shades start with shadowed roots before transitioning to a chocolate brown and finishing with a blonde hue on the blunt ends.
Subtle balayage is the color design that a woman should turn to for a unique look that does not make it very evident that her strands have some coloring. There are infinite looks that you can achieve with this technique, and you only need to choose your shades well and use the 95 styles above for inspiration.