25 Best Hairstyle Ideas For Brown Hair With Highlights

Cool, dark brown wavy hair with light brown and blonde highlights

Who said blondes have the most fun? Brunettes have so many possibilities when it comes to highlights and hairstyles. There are so many different shades of brown to choose from, from warm to cool browns, from coppery to light browns – the list could go on an on.

In addition, you can vary the saturation and tones of your highlights, changing from very subtle and tender or, contrary, vivid and expressive.

These brown highlights are universally flattering: they suit any hair type and any length, and are so gorgeous.

Check these hairstyles that we’ve rounded up for you. You will definitely find ideas for your inspiration and will choose some to take to your stylist.

Gorgeous Warm Highlights For Brunettes

1. Tiger’s Eye Highlights

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A gorgeous combination of light copper and warm mahogany

The latest trend in highlighting for brown hair is modeled after the gemstone popularly known as Tiger’s Eye. Their color can vary from a maple syrup color to red-brown, often with golden honey-colored highlights. Take inspiration from nature and warm up your brown hair with these hues.


2. Caramel Ombre Highlights

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Tiger’s eye ombre with caramel highlights

This is another take on the Tiger’s Eye trend, but with a slightly more ombre approach. The ends are lightened to a golden caramel color, and lowlights are created with a dark, reddish brown.

The highlights don’t go all the way up to the roots of the hair, creating the classic ombre look. This would be a super low maintenance look.

3. Two-Tone Blonde and Burgundy Highlights

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Why settle for one color when you can have two? (photo: pinterest.com)

Change up your usual highlights routine by adding a little bit of burgundy red. This stylist has employed thick highlights in both golden blonde and dark cherry red. Doesn’t it remind you of gorgeous fall leaves? These unique highlights will definitely set you apart from the rest.

4. Warm Caramel Highlights with Red Lowlights

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Shake things up with a punch of red and copper

This is another unique combination of colors that is perfect for warm complexions. This style uses bright copper highlights to add drama and pizazz as well as subtle red lowlights to tie it all together.

5. Golden Honey Ombre

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These highlights will best suit someone with a warm skin tone

This honey-colored ombre is a great way to lighten dark hair without causing the damage of going full-on blonde and without the maintenance of regular touch-ups. Rather than bleach blonde, this hairstyle incorporates natural golden tones. It’s not so light that it will wash you out, but it’s still light enough to make your complexion glow.

Beautiful Highlights for Light Brown Hair

6. Classic Blonde Highlights

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You can’t go wrong with these classic blonde highlights

This hairstyle uses delicate, blonde highlights to create a gorgeous, sun-kissed look (perfect hair color for spring, isn’t it). If you have light brown hair, these highlights will be an easy way to brighten up your look.

7. Caramel Highlights on Light Brown Hair

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Add warmth to light brown hair with caramel highlights

Going just one or two shades lighter can create a beautiful highlighting effect, too -you don’t always have to go for the lightest blonde. This warm-toned hairstyle works best for those with naturally tan skin tones.

Stunning Highlights for Black or Dark Brown Hair

8. Subtle Balayage on Dark Brown Hair

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Hand-painted highlights on dark brown hair

Highlights aren’t just for brunettes with light brown hair – if you have dark brown hair (or even black!), you can play too! These highlights are a mixture of lighter brown and copper highlights, warming up the complexion.

9. Contrasting Balayage

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Ask your stylist to hand-paint high-contrast highlights on your dark hair

Highlights definitely don’t have to be subtle.

If you have dark hair, you can create a contrasting effect with light blonde highlights. Notice how the highlights have different shades – the key to making this look successful is to have a variety of different color highlights. Light brown, golden, and even platinum highlights can be seen in this hairstyle.

10. Chocolate Brown Highlights

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You don’t have to use blonde to get highlights

If your hair is dark, you may not want to lighten them all the way to blonde. You can still get the look with highlights even with a shade of brown. If you have black or very dark brown hair, chocolate brown creates a nice contrast.

11. Black Bob with Subtle Highlights

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Use highlights to create dimension on bobbed hair

Have your highlights worked with your hairstyle? Ask your stylist to create subtle highlights that go with the layers of your hair cut. These thin, copper highlights highlight the angularity of the bob and give it an extra dimension.

12. Dark Chocolate Brown with Auburn Highlights

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You don’t have to be a natural brunette to get this gorgeous hairstyle

If your hair isn’t naturally dark, these highlights will make you want to go darker.

Adorn your dark brown or black hair with rich, chocolate brown highlights and a hint of auburn. It’s just the right amount of red – subtle, dark cherry accents will take your hair to the next level.

13. Coffee and Caramel Highlights

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This coffee brown with caramel highlights is almost good enough to eat!

Coffee and caramel – two fantastic foods that taste great both separately AND together! (Salted caramel lattes anyone?) Combine these delicious flavors with a subtle golden brown highlight on dark, coffee brown hair.

14. Subtle Sun-Kissed Highlights

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Use light brown highlights to create a very natural look on dark brunettes

Less is more when it comes to these highlights. This stylist uses very subtle light brown highlights mixed in with strategic golden pieces that mimic highlights created naturally by the sun. This way, you can get a sun-kissed look even in the dead of winter.

Colorful Ombre Inspiration

15. Dark Red Ombre

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Indulge in these dark cherry red highlights

Why stick to brown and blonde highlights? Any brown-haired beauty can rock this subtle burgundy red ombre. The red highlights start at the top but intensify towards the roots, creating a subtle gradient.

16. Classic Three-Tone Ombre

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Go for a classic with this three-tone ombre

For the naturally dark-haired brunettes among us, this is the classic dark brown ombre that never gets old.

It’s divided into three sections -black or dark brown, light brown, and honey blonde. This means that you can let this ombre grow out without worrying about going back to the salon every few weeks.

17. Simple Ombre Lob

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Long hair not necessary to do highlights or ombre!

The lob, or the “long bob” is a really versatile hairstyle. You can grow it out or trim it to the same length without worrying about any awkward in-between stages, unlike a normal bob.

You don’t necessary have to have long hair for highlights, short looks great, too – add some dimension to your lob by adding a classic ombre.

18. Ash Blonde Ombre

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Mix gray into your blonde ombre for a stunning ash blonde effect

If you’re sick of warm highlights, why not add a little gray into the mix? Ask your stylist to add gray pieces into your blonde ombre and highlights. This will create a cool gradient effect.

19. Grey Ombre

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This incredible silver ombre will turn heads

You can still lighten your hair without going blonde! Omit the golden tones altogether and get this unique gray ombre. This is perfect for anyone who has skin with yellow undertones that might otherwise clash with blonde.

20. Subtle Golden Ombre

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A subtle golden ombre is perfect for anyone who wants to take care of fragile hair while still adding color

This hairstyle is ideal for anyone who wants to do the least amount of damage to their locks.

These highlights start halfway down your head and only cover the outer layer of your hair -leaving your natural color to shine through. It’s a no fuss, low maintenance way to add a pop of color to your natural hair.

21. Full-on Blonde Ombre

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Forget subtle – stand out with this voluminous blonde ombre

This hairstyle works best if you have light or medium brown hair. The blonde gradient starts right around your ears and becomes lightest at the tips, making it a sophisticated blonde hairstyle without being too high-maintenance.

Obsess-worthy Rose Gold Highlight Inspiration

22. Rose Gold Balayage

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Give your head of highlights with a rosy tint

If you’re looking for something completely different, why not try rose gold? Neither totally pink nor completely copper, rose gold is the perfect in-between color. This color reminds us of the gorgeous lighting at sunset.

23. Rose Gold Ombre

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Show your creative side with a beautiful blend of pink and orange

This take on the rose gold trend is more than just an ombre.

Take a look – in addition to lightened tips, the whole head has been given of subtle pink highlights. The stylist has incorporated subtle orange tones into the ombre to truly capture the essence of this precious metal.

24. Brown Hair with Pink Ombre

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The rose gold trend is making pink hair more mainstream

This interpretation of rose gold incorporates more pink than the previous two looks. If you love pink, why not go for it? The contrast between pastel pink and brown is extremely flattering and would work for a variety of different skin tones.

25. Copper Ombre

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Instead of the classic golden highlight, go for copper instead

Try something new with this luxurious golden copper ombre. This rose-gold inspired hairstyle leans more on the copper side than pink. It’s relatively subtle yet still colorful and feminine.

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