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35 Gorgeous Highlights and Lowlights for Light Brown Hair

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 35 most eye-catching ones.

 

Long Chocolate Hair with Subtle Highlights

Lighten up your brown locks with cool ash highlights. They lift the color and give your locks gorgeous brightness. Layers will help to balance the cut even further, adding your hairstyle texture and dimension.

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Golden Bronde Colormelt

Blend highlights and lowlights for a hairstyle with endless depth. The colormelt is stunning and perfect for those who are noncommittal. You get the best of both worlds with a little brown and a little blonde. No need to choose when the hues complement each other so well.

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Light Caramel Balayage for Brown Hair

Your swoopy shoulder-length waves will glow even brighter if you dress them up with some rich caramel highlights. The side-parted, peek-a-boo bangs add a hint of Hollywood glamour.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sophisticated Light Brown Balayage Hair

The light brown hair color for the lengths set off by dark roots adds a sense of fullness and depth to otherwise flat and lifeless hair. The delicate tones of the balayage pattern are muted and lend an air of refinement that helps fine, limp hair appears bouncy and healthy.

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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.

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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.

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Shiny Blonde Ribbons for Toffee Brown Base

Light brown hair with highlights is a guaranteed wow-worthy combination. The balayage mixed with babylights oozes beachy vibes, and the loose waves emphasize it even more. The lived-in look is perfect for someone who is laid-back and a big fan of effortless style.
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Cool-Toned Bronde Lob with Blonde Highlights

Wear a beachy hairstyle all year round with a shoulder-length lob that boasts sun-kissed light brown hair with highlights. The bright blonde streaks that meander throughout the cut enhance the appearance of deeper, chunkier waves and the darker roots keep the color looking naturally bleached.
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Bronze Highlights for Brunettes

Your super-long, chocolate-colored hair can appear sleeker and shinier with light brown highlights with a metallic, bronze sheen. The oversized knot in the back shows off the nuances of shades and balances out the large loose waves on the bottom.

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Toffee Brown Lob with Golden Blonde Highlights

Golden highlights pair well with brown locks because not only is the color gorgeous, but it helps to emphasize the sheen of your locks. That frizz-free shine is what gives hair its healthy glow. Plus, it’s easy to maintain with this medium-length cut.

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Mid-Shaft-To-Ends Ash Blonde Balayage

A balayage already delivers effortless style with its luscious mix of colors. What makes it even better is when your hair grows out, with the dark roots your hairstyle gains more contrast and gets chicer. So, you can skip your routine six-week touchups, which is also healthier for your locks.
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Espresso Brown Hair with Cinnamon Highlights

Long dark brown hair with blonde highlights can be too sharp for women who prefer a conservative style. Why not spice your brown waves with a more muted rusty cinnamon shade? The soft edges and a glossy finish help keep your hair looking healthy and thick.

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Thin Beige Highlights for Brown Hair

Thin highlights blend seamlessly into the hair, which makes them a good choice for someone seeking a more natural look. You only have to go a couple shades lighter, and that is more than enough to make an impact.
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Bright Blonde Contour Highlights

Have fun with your balayage and highlights. You don’t have to stick to the ordinary ombre-inspired look. Have the lightest pieces around your face to brighten and draw attention to it. The higher the contrast between the highlights and your natural color, the bolder the style.

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Messy Bob with Face-Framing Balayage

Even a short bob is a cute canvas for balayage light brown hair. Since you don’t have a lot of inches to work with, opt for a stark contrast between the blonde and brown to make the most out of the locks you got. The choppy ends and a messy finish actually enhance the edginess of the cut.

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Delicious Ash Brown and Caramel Blonde Blend

Nice and toasty, the honey-hued highlights warm up this medium bob. The different shades make the texture really stand out. The waves pop thanks to the darker base and lighter pieces throughout.

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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.

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Shiny Bronze and Blonde Balayage

Even if your dye job is low contrast, hair with lowlights always gets the required depth and brings out highlights. This balayage is a true masterpiece and a go-to solution for skin with neutral and warm undertones.

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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.

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Chocolate and Caramel Blonde Balayage

The thick luscious waves of light brown hair drop to the shoulders and cascade towards the back. The dark chocolate-brown base color is beautifully enhanced by a caramel-blonde balayage that makes even the finest hair appear thicker and more voluminous.

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Delicious Caramel Bronde Waves

Your long blonde waves will appear richer and juicier with deep caramel highlights. The chest-length cut features textured ends contributing to the sense of depth and volume. A light tousle at the top gives the style a natural and carefree vibe.
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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.

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Light Chocolate Hair with Ash Blonde Highlights

Highlights for light brown hair come in muted tones that range between ashy browns and golden blondes. Show off those delicate shades in the longer cut that hits the upper back. The center part allows the lighter shades to frame and brighten your face.

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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.

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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.

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Ash Bronde Highlights for Brown Hair

In the mood for cooler tones? Ashen highlights are the way to go. They offer your hair a softer color, while still feeling natural. The balayage is subtle, but that doesn’t stop it from giving your light brown hair color endless dimension.

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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.

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Bronze Highlights for Dark Brown Hair

If you’re going from blonde to brunette, a balayage is one way to hold onto some of the lighter hues you love. It will be a less dramatic transformation, that doesn’t skimp on style. Plus, the mix of blonde and brown makes the hair multidimensional.

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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.

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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.

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Cool and Neutral Blonde Balayage Highlights

The balayage is known for its cool-factor. You have a lot to play around and experiment with to make the style feel unique to you. While warm and golden hues are very popular choices, a neutral blonde shade might be better suited to your complexion.

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Scattered Bronde Highlights of Varied Intensity

Make your balayage unique by spreading out the highlights unevenly. Yes, unevenly. The difference in concentration of color in some areas versus others creates a coif rich in dimension. Pass on a style with a lot of texture, like layers, to keep the haircut from feeling too busy.

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