From dark to light and from light to dark, balayage and ombre hair are two of the hottest trends in the beauty world right now. Let’s take a peek at 20 beautiful styles that show us how locks all over – and of all kinds – can don either design. But first things first, what’s what? Balayage is a French word meaning “to sweep,” and it refers to a natural, gradual looking effect when it comes to color change. Ombre is a bit more decisive in its transition with color. Take a peek below!

1. $20 At-Home Balayage

$20 at home hair balayage yair

Are you interested in learning how to DIY your own balayage looks without going to the salon and forking over your entire bank account? Thankfully there’s this $20 find out on YouTube! And the best part is that the finished product is absolutely stunning!

2. Dark to Blonde Ombre

Diy dark brown to blonde ombre hair

Are you looking into turning your dark tresses into something lighter, brighter and with more depth? Check out how to do it yourself with this helpful YouTube. You’ll learn a bit more about ombre as well and its striking style.

3. Balayage with Face Framing

Diy balayage plus face framing

You can visit YouTube again if you’re interesting in learning not only how to balayage your own hair at home but how to add some face framing techniques into the routine too. Perfect for those that was to highlight their cheekbones and create a bit more interest in their everyday look, you’ll be so proud of yourself for following along and doing it with your own two hands.

4. At-Home Ombre

At home ombre hair diy

Dee Doherty show off a simple ombre hair technique that you can DIY as well. Ombre isn’t as gradual or natural as the balayage look, but it’s still stunning and perfect for those that like bolder styles. And it works on all hair colors – if you know how to do it right.

5. Balayage Highlights

Diy balayage highlights

Sequins & Shadows went the balayage route and creates natural highlight without too much fuss. If you’re looking for something subtle and romantic, than this is the DIY you’ll want to try out yourself. It doesn’t change your look too much and will help you transition into lighter styles without fear.

6. Ombre Hair with L’oreal

Diy ombre hair with loreal

Grab a box from the store and try it out at home, but with some help. L’oreal is a hair staple for at-home beauty lovers and this YouTube video will walk you through the process. Get some bold, ombre locks with your own two hands after the jump!

7. Balayage for Darker Hair

At home balayage for darker hair

Even if you have darker hair, you can still enjoy the romance of a balayage technique. Just check out this YouTube video to learn how to turn your rich locks into something with a bit more tone and interest. You’d be surprised how much it can lighten your spirit.

8. Ombre for Short Hair

Ombre short hair diy

Yes, even shorter hairstyles can don the ombre style. You just have to know how to get the job done right and not so harsh that you look like you’re wearing a costume. This tutorial has a gorgeous finished product that you can trust to follow. (via)

9. Black to Light Brown Balayage

Black and brown balayage hair

Here’s a before and after that will impress the masses. Check out Joie Jolie and learn how to go from black to light brown (with balayage) within the day! Yes, even this kind of bold transformation can be done at home.

10. Ombre Bleach Hair

Diy ombre bleach hair

Before you dive in and use bleach on your hair, make sure you know what you’re doing. This YouTube tutorial will walk you through the entire process. And you’ll end up with a soft, bleached ombre hair that you’ll easily fall in love with.

11. More Balayage Highlights

Diy balayage highlights

MrsMommyHolic gives us another great DIY for some balayage highlights. No matter your shade of brown or black, this tutorial will help you through it. If you need something soft or a way to jazz up your everyday style, try this out!

12. Teal Ombre

Turquoise and brown hair ombre

You can even add a bit of funk to your ombre vision. All you need is to visit Dans le Lakehouse for the right kind of inspiration. Take your ombre hairstyle to the next level by adding a bit of teal and rocking the uniqueness.

13. Sunkissed Balayage Highlights

Sunkissed balayage highlights

Not all balayage has to do with deep brown or chestnut locks. You can even create a more sunkissed look if that’s more your style or what you’ve been dreaming about. All you have to do is follow along on YouTube.

14. Ombre for Asian Hair

Diy ombre for asian hair

Recess with Ashley went ombre as well. Learn how to take your Asian roots and add some red tones or blonde ombre effects within this tutorial. Don’t be afraid to shake things up a bit!

15. Blonde to Balayage Hair

Blonde to balayage hair

Here’s another blonde balayage tutorial for our lighter-shaded gals to take a peek at. You can still get that same effect on your tresses if you’re donning a do with blonde roots. Take a peek at the instructions over at YouTube.

16. Brown to Blonde Ombre

Brown to blonde ombre hair

That Cheap Bitch went super bold and we love her attitude about it. If you want something funky and freeing, don’t be afraid to dive on into the ombre trend without worry. This may not be the most gradual of styles but it sure is fun!

17. Balayage 2 Ways

2 ways balayage hair

If you’re interested in learning more about balayage techniques, this YouTube video has two ways to make it happen. Just follow along, take notes and then start practicing! You’ll love the outcomes if you pay attention.

18. Pink Ombre Hair

Pink ombre hair diy

Time for Tea used color in her ombre look as well – and we’re in love. It’s fierce and fun, and completely on trend too! Learn how to incorporate some pink into your look after the jump!

19. Soft Balayage Highlights

Balayage highlights example

Camille Styles gave us one of the most beautiful balayage looks on the list. She may have gotten it professional done but it’s still a great source of inspiration for those looking for a new hairstyle. Hop on over and take a peek!

20. Ombre Hair with Chalk

Hair chalk ombre diy

You don’t have to use hair dye to follow the trends. Just check out Bespoke Bride and how she used chalk to make it happen on her head. With a bout of pink and purple, it’s a fun way to shake up your own look.

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