40 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 40 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 Medium 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 Asymmetrical 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 Light Highlights

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.

#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: Brown Hair 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.

#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: 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.

#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 Brown 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: Light Brown Hair with Lavender Feathers

Don’t think that your only option for highlights is to go blonde. Light brown hair looks great with colorful streaks. When you choose all-over highlights (also called “full”), it’s best to have them set off the depth of your hair. That’s why for a lighter base, lavender is better—as opposed to purple.

#13: Chunky Highlights

Lowlights for brown hair are often ignored, but they shouldn’t be. Lowlights add a lot of dimension to your hair and look especially amazing when you curl your strands loosely. Pair a few shades of brown with honey-blonde chunks, and you’ll love your new unique style.

#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: Light Brown Hair with Red and Blonde

Red highlights are a definite favorite for anyone with brown hair, as they can really change your look with no necessary commitment to a brand new color. Red and blonde together is one of those combinations that some people love and others hate. So if you love it, then you better do you!

#16: Ashy Brown Hair 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.

#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: Brown Hair with Red Highlights

Just about any shade of brown can become completely transformed with bold or subtle strokes of red. Anyone with darker shades will want to try mahogany or burgundy. Medium brown hair can go with truer reds. As for light brown shades, auburn does the trick.

#19: Medium Brown Hair with Copper Highlights

For highlights to be successful, they need to be the right shade for your hair color and skin tone. Copper and caramel blonde pair beautifully with medium brown hair hues, because these are vibrant but not in a way that clashes.

#20: Mahogany Hair with Highlights and Peekaboos

With a feathery haircut, solid streaks and peekaboos are a no brainer. These color additions showcase the haircut and act like accessories. This is your chance to play around with colors that you wouldn’t dream of putting all over your hair (but that you’ve always wanted to try).

#21: Light Brown Shoulder Length Hair

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.

#22: 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.

#23: 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.

#24: Very 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.

#25: 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!

#26: 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.

#27: Asymmetrical Wavy Short Hair

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.

#28: Messy Voluminous Golden Copper 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.

#29: Blonde-Streaked Style for Short Layered Hair

Keep your style from looking too much like a typical mom-cut by adding thick streaks of blonde and white blonde to your base color. Use a product to make hair really shiny, and do a deep conditioning treatment with hot oils to keep your dyed hair healthy.

#30: 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.

#31: 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.

#32: Chunky Highlights on Long Straight Hair

Light brown hair color with highlights gains the envious depth. For this lovely look you want to get thick stripes of dirty blonde throughout your naturally brown hair. Straight hair will best show the streaks of color that are more distinct at the roots and melting towards the ends.

#33: 90s’-Inspired Copper Look for Long Straightened Hair

Remember Ginger Spice and Vitamin C? Copy their iconic look in this 90s throwback by adding both blonde and copper highlights to straightened hair. Choppy layers add volume to your long tresses.

#34: Neatly Curled Long Light Brown Hairstyle

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.

#35: Caramel Hair with Dark Chocolate Roots

Those who are looking to add depth to darker brown or black hair will find caramel ombre highlights to be an easy fix. Your hair should be cut all to the same length and parted deep to the side for this look. This style and hair color solution are really on trend.

#36: Soft Bronde

Is Jennifer blonde or brown-haired in this picture? She is both. And the transitions of hues are so smooth in her partial blonde highlights that you can hardly look away, admiring this professional dye work.

#37: Delightful Mix of Blonds and Honey

Cold platinum strands and warm golden/honey streaks work unexpectedly fantastic for the light brown background. It’s a perfect way to accentuate the color of your eyes and complete the look with golden accessories, like in the photo.

#38: Golden Sparks

Your light brown hair and eyes will sparkle with life and sunny radiance if you add subtle partial highlights to the front locks, like in the photo. These look very naturally likewise and absolutely gorgeous.

#39: Distinct Streaking

Even with the same choice of hues, highlights can look very different depending on the dyeing technique chosen. Here we can view an interesting example of distinct blond streaks on long light sandy brown hair.

#40: Tuneful Flows of Shades

Caramel highlights flowing smoothly into dark brown lowlights compose a beautiful colorful melody, illuminating the face with its every note.

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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