20 Balayage Hair Ideas You’ll Want To Rip Off Yourself

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Don't get us wrong, we love rainbow hair and it's 2,438 versions, but there are more hair colors than pastel rainbow, neon rainbow and bright rainbow. For those who want something a bit (okay, a lot) more natural, there is balayage.

Even if you don't recognize the fancy hair term, you will probably recognize the look. It's likely that your #hairgoals Pinterest board is filled with photos of the flattering hairstyle. Balayage is defined as a “technique for highlighting the hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.” The result looks like your hair… but the shiny, hair commercial version of it. Think Rachel Bilson, Alexa Chung, Gisele Bundchen, and Chrissy Teigen‘s rich, glossy hair colors.

Balayage is a close cousin of ombre hair. The difference being the color is applied more like highlights, concentrating on the ends of the hair as opposed to a solid #colormelt in the bottom. In addition to giving locks more dimension and a low-key California girl look, balayage is also low maintenance. And that's something that you definitely can't say about rainbow hair.

Are you starting to fall in love the more we talk? Get inspired to try your own balayage look with these 20 stunning hair color ideas: