45 Ideas for Light Brown Hair with Highlights and Lowlights

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There is a joke claiming that everything is simple with women: straight hair has to be weaved, curly – relaxed, short – extended, long – cut. We may go on and add that blondes want to be brunettes and dark-hair girls see themselves blondes in their dreams. With highlights any change of hair hue is getting softer. It can be very subtle and absolutely in tune with your natural hair color. Or you can become a “bronde”, for instance, which is a blend of a brunette and blonde, why not? Besides, there are tons of interesting solutions with full/partial highlights and lowlights. Here is a gallery of 45 most eye-catching ones.

Highlights and Lowlights

Highlights are a spice of your dark brown or light brown hairstyles. Even the simplest haircut looks exquisite with the right chosen and done highlights. They will bring out your eye color and skin tone, add body to your hair and look stunning whether you wear your hair lose or style it in sophisticated dos.

Basically highlights are at least 2 tones lighter than your natural color. When they are done all through the head, these are full highlights. Partial highlights are done more locally, from the crown towards the bangs, for instance, or mainly for side tresses. Sometimes lowlights are added for the 3-tone dyeing. Lowlights are normally at least 2 tones darker than your natural hair. To make highlights or/and lowlights on brown hair colorists use either traditional foil techniques for precise streaking or the balayage method when dyes are applied with special paddles.

The latest hair trends suggest natural looks and subtle transitions of hair colors and shades, which make your basic color more radiant, accentuate your eyes and skin tone. Pale skin and soft brown hair, for example, go well with highlights just 1 shade lighter. However, you may also opt for more contrasting bolder solutions.

Light Brown Hair with Highlights or Lowlights

Let’s see the ideas in photos in order to have a better idea.

#1: Brown Hair with Caramel Balayage

If your natural hair color is dark brown and you want to soften your look, try a mix of light brown and caramel balayage highlights. This is an amazing delicious combo you can’t look away!

#2: Side Swept Waves for Ash Blonde Hair

Don’t want to go fully blond? Try out one of our favorite color ideas. Ash blonde is a step between blonde and brunette and is a nice, subtle change. Hair with highlights is always more multidimensional than monochromatic locks.

#3: Edgy Cut with Purple Highlights

Can’t decide which color to go for? You may as well go all out and embrace a fun color like purple. You can even use hair chalk or temporary dye if you’re afraid to commit. Combined with an asymmetrical cut, purple highlights create a bold and stylish look.

#4: Natural Looking Lowlights

With this look, there are so many highlights that you don’t know where the base color ends and where the highlighting begins. The result is one of the most beautiful light hair colors we’ve ever seen. To maintain the perfect toning over time, a deep purple shampoo will work wonders.

#5: Cool Toned Highlights

Highlights and lowlights twisting together in loose curls? Umm, yes please! The brown lowlights are more prominent on the top and back of the head, while the blonde tones stand out more in the front. So it’s like ombre, but not quite. Stunning, for sure.

Wavy Brown Hair With Highlights

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#6: Thin and Soft Highlights

The soft, barely-there blonde streaks in this bob are totally chic. Subtle highlights are a great option when you want partial highlights, or you can go all out and have some highlights in the under layers as well. Because every stylist has different ideas of subtlety, you’ll do best if you bring in a picture.

#7: Highlights on Sandy Brown Hair

Some of the best highlight ideas for light brown hair are all based on achieving a natural look. Think of this style as the recreation of the highlights you used to get as a kid after long days spent outside. With inspiration like that, you’ll achieve a youthful style.

#8: Medium Brown Hair with Golden Highlights

Light brown hair with highlights is a big opportunity for creativity. You can do whatever you want. This style combines the balayage technique with stand-out streaks for a super pretty, fun style. With the blonde skewing on the golden side and the brown showing mild tones of red, this look is for those with a warm skin tone.

#9: Long Sombre Hair with Light Waves

Keep really long hair from looking messy or tired with a soft ombre. The lowlights for brown hair prevent the style from looking weighed down, and make it perk up instead.

#10: Painted Balayage Highlights

This light brown hair look is perfection. You can’t go wrong with these flattering tones and textures. Ask your stylist for painted on (or balayage) highlights that are brighter near the face. Then have her style it with modern loose waves.

#11: Multi-Toned Bob with Lowlights

Partial highlights are typically placed through the top layer of the hair off the part, so that they fall over the rest of the hair. The darker hair underneath with the blond on top makes for a sassy look. Light brown hair color can be known for skewing “mousy,” – this look is anything but.

#12: Angled Bob with Light Brown Highlights

The caramel and ashy tones in this hair color are so pretty! The addition of just a few thin blonde highlights makes it super fresh and modern. To keep the look contemporary, go for a choppy bob with no bangs. For a city chic look style it with bendy waves.

#13: Dimensional Medium Waves

Experienced stylists know that understated looks can be the most difficult ones to create. It requires restraint and control to balayage hair in a way that’s natural but also show-stopping. The key is face-framing highlights that are more prominent than the highlights throughout.

#14: Caramel and Light Brown Hues

This stunning style has a youthful, natural appeal that makes it very wearable. Light brown hair with blonde highlights looks great when done subtly. Ask your stylist for highlights just one or two shades lighter than your hair. Also let them be more subdued near the face and through the ends.

#15: Brown Blonde Hairstyle with Loose Waves

Get a totally beachy look by creating gentle waves using a large barrel curling iron. Part your hair to the side to create lengthy bangs that blend easily into the mane. Keep your natural darker hair color mostly at the roots and add highlights throughout. Or, on the contrary, freshen your light brown hair with lowlights, the result will amaze you!

#16: Chestnut Sombre Curls

If you have curly hair, this is a great look for you. It’s very casual, low maintenance, and perfect for most settings and activities from school to work and running errands. Go for ash light brown highlights if you want to avoid having touch ups too often.

#17: Neutral Brown Hair with Highlights and Lowlights

Highlights for light brown hair are the easiest way to freshen up your look. You want a change, but nothing drastic. Adding lighter strands will brighten up your appearance and make you look more stylish, without requiring too much maintenance (not nearly as much as a whole new color).

#18: Layered Bob with Carmel Highlights

This warm toned brown color is a little bit honey, a little bit caramel, and a lot gorgeous! To know if a warm tone might be right for you, check your closet. If you navigate towards rustic, earthy tones and golds, that’s a key sign that this color could look great on you. Women tend to pick the right colors automatically.

#19: Voluminous Highlighted Braid

Don’t settle for the typical hair color. Light brown hair with blonde highlights – especially when it comes to highlights on more reddish-toned hair – looks glamorous. We also love the gorgeous 3d braid. Thick hair is the best to keep this style from falling apart.

#20: A-Line Bob with Copper Streaks

Another great hair color idea is to get a blend of copper and blonde highlights. This is a great way to add depth to your light brown hair color. To copy this look, ask for A-line bob haircut and style it in loose waves with ends sticking out nonchalantly.

#21: Brown Ombre Hair

Light brown hair enjoys a brand new life with the addition of ombre hair color. Starting with your natural brown at the roots, hair is progressively lightened until the ends are golden blonde.

Bronde Ombre Balayage For Brown Hair

Instagram / @hairxjojo

#22: Stacked Bob with Highlights

Highlights and lowlights can liven up otherwise dull brown hair, as can a new haircut. This stacked bob brings volume to fine hair, while the dashes of blonde also help to pep things up a bit.

Angled Brown Bob With Blonde Highlights

Instagram / @hairbyedwin

#23: Blonde Highlights on Brown Hair

If you’re looking for something different but don’t want to spend a fortune, opt for highlights or lowlights. They tend to be more affordable than a new solid color, and they have the added advantage of brightening your face and boosting dimension of curls.

Wavy Brown Blonde Balayage Bob

Instagram / @ms_robinita

#24: Caramel Highlights on Choppy Cut

A choppy haircut is an ideal style for those who have fine hair but don’t want to deal with a ton of maintenance. Sporting light brown hair with highlights that lean more toward a caramel color will really make your face glow and your new cut shine.

Caramel Blonde Choppy Bob

Instagram / @dannyrichohair

#25: Thin and Subtle Highlights

If you have been looking for highlight ideas but find most to be too extreme or not flattering to your personal style, stick with something subtle. Just a thin line of blonde throughout the hair can really make an impact without going overboard.

Long Brunette Hair With Blonde Highlights

Instagram / @hairbynoora

#26: Creatively Placed Hair Color

Blonde highlights on light brown hair don’t need to follow any specific rules of hair design. In fact, you can color a section of hair wherever you choose. Go with a blonde patch near the neck line on a short ‘do, or else work the color throughout the hair evenly.

Choppy Blonde Balayage Bob

Instagram / @brendakamt

#27: Honey Light Brown Locks

Warm and natural, this is one of the most popular options when it comes to highlights for light brown hair. Starting with your base color, your stylist will work with caramel highlights to create an even, flattering splash of color enhancement.

Blonde Balayage For Long Brown Hair

Instagram / @gina.devine

#28: Illuminating Lowlights

Love to curl your hair but want something a bit different? Go with some lowlights and highlights that enhance your base color instead of hiding it. The lowlights will add a distinctive richness to your hair, while the highlights will really accentuate curls and layers.

#29: Brown and Caramel Color Combo

Women of color tend to have less options when it comes to hair hues, but that doesn’t really have to be the case. This beautiful combination of dark low lights and a caramel top layer is very flattering on any ethnicity.

Brown Bob With Caramel And Blonde Highlights

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#30: Dramatic Highlights and Lowlights

Ditch your homegrown light brown hair color for something much more dramatic when you combine a very bright blonde color with a deep dark brown hue. This stark contrast is especially lovely on longer hair, where there’s more room to show off the artistic blend of light meeting dark.

Blonde Highlights For Light Brown Hair

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#31: Warming Up Light Brown Hair

In the winter months, many women look for a warmer hair hue that doesn’t venture too far from their natural color. Red highlights are the perfect solution for those wanting to try something new. Adding a healthy glow and an illusion of extra thickness to the hair are the two major advantages of this pretty color combo.

Caramel And Honey Highlights

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#32: Wispy Layered Cut

For this style, light brown highlights are placed in both face framing strands and a few small sections toward the back of the head. This texturized cut is popular with fine haired girls who feel their hair is lifeless and dull. The addition of highlights further illuminates the final result.

Choppy Medium Hair With Caramel Highlights

Instagram / @prettylittleombre

#33: A Pop of Pink

You don’t have to stick to just blonde and brown when it comes to your hair color. While brown hair with blonde highlights is always lovely, sometimes it’s fun to go a bit wild. Try some streaks of electric pink at your next salon visit.

Long Brown Hair With Pink Highlights

Instagram / @andyjamespaints

#34: Tortoiseshell Waves

Using a small curling iron, add some waves that border upon loose ringlets. This will really show off any highlights or lowlights hair may have. Don’t have a lot of time for morning styling? Go with a shoulder length or shorter haircut.

#35: Angled Highlights

Liven up your brown hair with a pop of honey blonde in strategically placed locations. If you have an angled haircut, you will want the color to follow these lines as well – accentuating the longer pieces as well as the rear of the style.

Wavy Brown Bob With Honey Highlights

Instagram / @constancerobbins

#36: Short and Sideswept Highlights

Again working with the direction of the strands instead of just the overall hue, light brown hair colors are greatly enhanced with a touch of blonde ambition. Have your stylist place the color only on the top layer of your hair, which will make it easier to work it naturally into a side swept direction.

Ash Blonde Highlights For Brown Hair

Instagram / @rachelringwood

#37: Light Reddish Brown and Almost Black

When you’re considering lowlights for brown hair, keep in mind that it’s often much more flattering to go darker than lighter. While blonde is lots of fun, this rich combination of auburn and dark brown cannot be beat. Thus, don’t be afraid to go a little darker at your next salon visit.

Caramel Brown Balayage Hair

Instagram / @hairbystevie

#38: Inverted Bob with Lowlights

While it might be tempting to color your hair at home to save on monthly expenses, you really cannot achieve the multidimensional color that comes with professional hues.

Choppy Brown Bob With Subtle Highlights

Instagram / @hairbyedwin

#39: Face Framing Highlights

There are plenty of options when it comes to lowlights for brown hair – so why not rebel a bit and go with a dramatically different hairstyle along with a splash of strawberry. Highlights are worked throughout the mane for an all-over glow, while a small section of face-framing color is added as a fun accent. A pinkish blonde looks adorable, but any color will do.

Honey And Pastel Pink Highlights For Brown Hair

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#40: Combined Highlights and Lowlights

If you can’t decide between highlights and lowlights, go for both! Picking a lowlights hair color is a great way to keep hair looking natural, while the lighter pieces will add it a touch of modern elegance.

Brown Hair With Subtle Balayage

Instagram / @chrisweberhair

#41: Ombre Style Highlights

If you needed one single picture to hang on your wall to inspire you to grow your hair out (and be patient), this just might be it. The sandy, caramel, and champagne tones in this style start mid-shaft and melt towards the ends for a unique highlighted ombre effect.

#42: Brown with Chocolate and Blonde Highlights

For a bold update to brown color, go for thicker streaks. Reddish brown and bright blonde strands make a definite statement. This style looks great with loose waves and curls that help show off the dimension. It’s not natural, and that’s okay. What’s important is finding YOUR style—be it quiet or loud.

#43: Voluminous Honey Style with Curled Ends

Old Hollywood is always a source of inspiration for formal or work events, and this style is made even more unique thanks to the subtle thin streaks of a lighter hue. You’ll feel totally like a glamorous diva with a great blowout featuring curled ends and honey highlights.

#44: Curled Look for Caramel Hair

Originally dark hair looks great with a caramel twist like this one. Make a middle or side part and curl your locks neatly, paying special attention to the ends. Tousle your waves for an effortless casual effect.

#45: Vintage Waves for Fine Hair

If you’re ever worried about thin hair looking flat, get dimensional highlights and curls. By keeping the color of highlights close to your natural hair color, you won’t have to go to your stylist too often to have the dye job refreshed. Both the color and the style add dimension here.

Well, thanks to these pictures we have provided you with a bunch of ideas on highlights for light and dark brown hair. Hopefully, you’ll choose something inspiring for your fresh spring look and feel more confident when explaining in a salon what you’d like to get as a result.

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