15 Stunning Images of Balayage Brown Hair That Make Us Want to Call Our Colorist

We've already rounded up our favorite blonde balayage looks for summer (and beyond). Then we moved on to a slightly different color technique when we put together a list of our favorite brown ombré looks. What's the difference between balayage and ombré, you ask? To make a long story short, ombré hair starts off dark and transitions to a lighter shade at the ends. Balayage, on the other hand, is characterized by intermittent highlights dispersed throughout the hair, almost like subtle strokes of paint. As stylist Janna Velasquez of Bomane Salon in Beverly Hills once put it, "Balayage is a freehand painting technique, usually focusing on the top layer of hair, resulting in a more natural and dimensional approach to highlighting." Basically, they may look somewhat similar, but not the same. Read more about the difference between the two techniques here.

What we're concerned with today is the balayage technique. But not just any balayage. We're focused on the best examples of balayage highlights for brown hair, whether light caramel or deep mahogany. Keep scrolling to see 15 absolutely stunning examples of this hair color that will make you want to call your colorist immediately.