Brown hair with blonde highlights is a classic and timeless combination that will work great on all hair types and transition seamlessly from one season to another – This means you can wear it all year long if you want to.
Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of stunning blonde highlights on brown hair ideas that will make you want to go for this combo right now!
Who can look good with blonde strands?
Such highlights look beautiful with most skin tones, and it is a “strong” shade that suits all women of all ages! Moreover, it is not just a color for spring or winter.
It is a very dramatic look for people with brown or blue eyes. Also, if you have light brown hair or medium brown or dark blonde hair, you will find this transition to be a favorable one.
For some people, it takes time to get used to the new hair color, especially if it is their first time dyeing it. There are various application techniques to make these highlights. But if you are afraid of the result, start with subtle blonde accents on your hair.
Blonde higlights or darker highlights?
What better way to make a difference in your life than to give your hair a new look?
The darker highlights look pretty good with any skin tone, and the blonde highlights look good especially on pale skin. Also, unlike darker ones, daily care is needed to protect it and prevent it from drying out.
But can those two colors be mixed? Yes, with the help of a hairstylist. For example, you can start with a brown ombre shade.
Important advice for women with brown hair: When opting for highlights, use purple toners once a week.
The same goes for any dyed hair: make sure you keep your hair hydrated, using masks and conditioners. Moreover, it is also important to choose products that suit your hair type.
Matte or glossy highlights?
Everyone has a personal opinion about their hair, so do not hesitate to express yourself! Naturally, many women are captivated by smooth, shiny hair. However, some people will want their hair to be matte without gloss.
Although highlights mean matting, they absorb light, making the overall color look darker. It is important to keep this in mind when planning your look.
1. Coffee and Cream Brown and Blonde
This combination’s name is pretty self-explanatory. The base color here is a warm and rich brown while the highlights themselves are a creamy and white blonde. Hence the resemblance to the coffee and cream beverage.
2. Medium Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
Medium brown already has a healthy dose of blonde in it because it’s a halfway shade between your natural color and dark brown. Therefore, it pairs rather nicely with the blonde highlights which light it up from within.
3. The Wavy Bob with Dark Blonde Highlights
These simple beach waves are perfect for showcasing your blonde highlights. If you need to learn how to create them, there are plenty of YouTube tutorials showing you how to do it in under five minutes.
4. The Messy Bun with Brown Roots
When you have blonde highlights, a simple hairdo such as a messy bun becomes a swirling mess of chic, effortless style. This is why wearing the perfect color matters so much: it can transform any haircut and style!
5. The Concave Bob with Blonde Highlights
There are many bobs out there, one more interesting than the other, and we suggest you try a fair few since the bob haircut is definitely having a moment. This one is called the concave bob, and it’s spectacular in this dark hair with a mix of blonde highlights.
6. Golden Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
This is a shade that works really well if you have peachy or glowing, tanned skin. The golden hues of the hair will pick up on the tan tones of the skin and bring them out. This is a marvelous color for the summer thanks to the strawberry blonde and caramel highlight.
7. Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights and Lowlights
Speaking of bobs, this is a shoulder-length bob with a brown base and a natural blonde ombre. It has a few subtle blonde lowlights as well that help with the whole natural feel of the look. It’s a match for girls who want to make it seem effortless.
8. Curly Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
If you have several different tones in your hair, curls are the best way of showing them off. Even if you don’t have naturally curly hair, don’t worry. Bring out that old hair curler and start working on it again.
9. Honey Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
Honey brown hair and honey blonde are major styling trends. Everybody seems to be wearing one of them – and not just as a fall color either, but all year round. Try some blonde highlights and lowlights to lighten up the brown version and make it more natural.
10. Brown Hair with Light Blonde Highlights
Creating a contrast between dark hair and light blonde highlights will bring out both colors. They shine when they oppose each other and look best when put next to something that opposes them on the spectrum.
11. Dark Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights and Caramel Lowlights
Another shade you should consider mixing in with your blonde and brown mashup is caramel. It is, in fact, a mixture of the two, but a lot sweeter and with a metallic finish to it. Use it as the base for your lowlights.
12. Chestnut Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
You can also showcase your highlights in a braid. If you want to stay on top of the trends, you need to know that braids are still going strong as you might have noticed both on Instagram and on the runway.
13. Dark Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights for Short Hair
This wavy bob is all you need for your summer inspiration lookbook. It has different shades of blonde highlights and a wonderful dark brown base. Pair it up with appropriate beach makeup, and you are ready for a holiday.
14. Long Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
Long hair dyed in a simple, basic, brown color might not turn out to be the exciting hairstyle you’ve always dreamed about. However, when you add icy blonde highlights, you’ve got locks fit for a supermodel.
15. Brown Hair with Platinum Highlights
Speaking of icy blondes, you can also try platinum blonde highlights, seeing as platinum is the color of the season. Start off with a medium brown base so that the contrast between the two shades is not too stark.
16. The Chrissy Teigen Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
Always looking tanned and ready for the camera, supermodel and Twitter’s funniest celebrity Chrissy Teigen makes sure her dark hair has some blonde highlights that can bring out those tanned shades of her skin.
17. Layered Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
A layered haircut is a simple trick you can use if you happen to have fine hair. The layers add volume to your hair, creating the illusion of an extra body where there actually is none. Try this trick for yourself.
18. The Khloe Kardashian Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
It’s no secret that the Kardashian and Jenner sisters always look picture perfect. Their makeup is on fleek because of their secret contouring techniques. Apart from that, their hair follows the latest trends. Here’s sister Khloe sporting brown hair and blonde highlights.
19. Brown Hair with Chunky Blonde Highlights
There are many types of highlights you can try and the ones you select depend on your personal preferences as well as on what your stylist recommends for your hair. You can get the classic type or the chunky kind, which are bigger and more visible.
20. The Jennifer Lopez Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
This Latina singer and actress takes great pride in her tresses and she should. She has a wonderful head of hair, one of the best in the business, we might add. The blonde highlights sweeten up her features and make her look a bit more feminine.
21. The Jessica Biel Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
Actress Jessica Biel has always loved blonde highlights and has stayed faithful to this combination for a long time. We can understand why. Brown is the color that makes her look best, so why not stick with it?
22. The Jennifer Aniston Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
She’s not the queen of hairstyles for nothing. Jennifer Aniston has been a pioneer of blonde highlights on dark hair ever since her first appearance on Friends back in 1994 and she has been wearing this little mix ever since
23. The Elizabeth Olsen Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
We just love the fact that the gorgeous Elizabeth Olsen can keep it so natural while looking so beautiful. And part of her natural beauty is definitely the fact that she wears blonde highlights on her brown hair.
24. The Jessica Simpson Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
Another leading lady who was sporting this trend way back in the day before it was cool is songstress Jessica Simpson. She was the picture of 2000s perfection with her smoky eyes and her insane amounts of clear lip gloss.
25. The Sarah Jessica Parker Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
Leaving her Carrie Bradshaw days behind, Sarah Jessica Parker also said goodbye to the iconic blonde curly hairstyle that made her and her character famous. As she got older she turned to long, straight hairstyles in a more natural brown.
There are so many shades of brown to wear, so take a look at honey brown hair too for a very sweet look!
26. The Kim Kardashian Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
We’ve already seen her sister Khloe so now let’s take a look at the queen of the Kardashian clan, Kim herself. Although she has sported quite the plethora of colors through the years, blonde highlights on brown hair are what established her.
27. The Adriana Lima Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
This Brazilian model has undoubtedly one of the most beautiful faces in the business. So much so that she doesn’t need a lot of makeup or changes to her looks. She still wears her hair brown with some specks of blonde to highlight her blue eyes.
28. The Lucy Hale Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
Dark chocolate blonde highlights on brunette hair have never looked more sugar-sweet than it does on actress Lucy Hale. In fact, she is our inspiration for the holiday season with this look which is just perfection from head to toe.
29. The Victoria Beckham Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
Back in the day when Victoria Beckham was still Posh Spice and wanted to continue her singing career, she had a different look, in the sense that she really wanted to be blonde. Slowly, though, she transitioned to a full-time brown-haired girl.
30. The Miley Cyrus Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
Before she became a rebel and started doing her own thing, Miley Cyrus was a fresh-faced teenager who was more known as Hannah Montana than anything else. She used to wear blonde highlights on dark coloured hair and very little makeup.
31. The Beyonce Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
Queen Bey has always toed the line between brown and blonde hair without ever settling on one of the two colors. The combination brings out the loveliness of both her skin tone and her gorgeous coffee-colored eyes.
32. The Anne Hathaway Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
We rather like the interesting way in which actress Anne Hathaway decided to interpret the concept of blonde highlights on dark coloured hair. She actually has a set of caramel peekaboos that frame her face and nothing else.
33. The Kate Beckinsale Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
Here’s British beauty, Kate Beckinsale, with a throwback picture of the quintessential blonde highlights on dark coloured hair of the 2000s. If you look closely you will see that she has blonde streaks all over her hair.
34. The Rosie Huntington Whitely Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
Blonde highlights were a fine choice for this gorgeous model. She has a stunning pair of light blue eyes that need a boost that only blonde hair can give you. But she also has a very angular face which is sweetened to some degree by the very feminine blonde hair.
35. The Penelope Cruz
We can all agree that Penelope Cruz is absolute perfection in everything she does, style-wise. Therefore, a few dirty blonde highlights in her nutmeg brown can only illuminate her dark eyes and make them pop out even more.
36. The Emily Blunt
Another actress in possession of a serious set of baby blue eyes is British babe Emily Blunt. This being said, she opted for the same optic trick of placing some blonde highlights around her face so that she could flaunt those gorgeous peepers.
37. The Demi Lovato
Even though we can probably all agree that brunette is Demi’s color, she had a long period when she was blonde. She then started to make the transition to hot brunette and blonde highlights on brown hair were there to support her.
38. The Megan Fox
Actress Megan Fox is here to teach us all how even the most conventional and traditional of all color combinations can still look incredibly sultry. Here highlights are chunky and are closer to an ombre job than anything else.
39. The Minka Kelly
This actress who once dated Chris Evans has a proud display of caramel blonde highlights in her brown hair. We also love that she has opted for a layered haircut which makes her look like an effortless bombshell on the silver screen.
40. The Olivia Palermo
If you’re a fashionista and you’re not following Olivia Palermo already, you don’t know what you’re missing out. She’s a style and fashion guru through and through and her hair and makeup choices are no different.
41. The Lily Aldridge
Who needs a lot of makeup or out-of-the-box hair color when you’re an international model, your name is Lily Aldridge, and your face is literally like the cover of a magazine? This is what natural beauty looks like.
42. The Izabel Goulart
Speaking of internally famous models, Izabel Goulart, a former Victoria’s Secret angel, loves blonde highlights on brown hair as well. She opted for a single blonde peekaboo at the front and lots of small lowlights all over her hair.
43. The Miranda Kerr
We just can’t get enough of Victoria’s Secret angels, so here’s another one. Miranda Kerr is a flawless beauty with a heart-shaped face like a porcelain doll, blue eyes, and perfect hair. Copy her look and wear it every day.
44. The Ciara
Here’s an example of blonde highlights on brown hair and bangs. Singer Ciara opted for extra-long and wispy bangs that reach the line of her cheekbones and which are parted down the middle in a symmetrical hairstyle.
45. The Gisele Bundchen
This can easily be your hairstyle if you have to attend a garden wedding. These sweetheart curls are incredibly easy to make right at home, which means that you can save the money you would otherwise be spending at the salon.
46. The Eva Longoria
Hair and makeup always on fleek, actress Eva Longoria pairs the beautiful golden blonde highlights in her coffee brown hair with the statement golden jewelry that she’s wearing. The lady is a true fashionista!
47. The Jessica Szohr
You know her from Gossip Girl, and you’ll love her for this fantastic shoulder-length bob with a textured finish and choppy ends. The haircut is parted down the middle to make for a bit more symmetry and has blonde highlights.
48. The Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence’s long pixie cut at the 2014 Oscars was blonde highlights on brown hair perfection. She wore a fabulous slick back which allowed us to see every single blonde highlight aligned to perfection.
49. The Julia Roberts
She’s extremely famous for her huge head of curls which she used to wear in the 80s and 90s but she’s just as famous for refusing to wear them anymore since the beginning of the 2000s when she began straightening her hair.
50. The Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler’s reddish-brown hair with some blonde highlights is an inspiration to us all, proving you can be everything if you want to – smart, funny, successful, beautiful, and stylish, all at the same time.
Blonde highlights on brown hair are a basic color combination that is nonetheless a must in any fashionista’s bag of tricks. However, as you have seen from our list, basic is by no means outdated or out of style.
Find your inspiration right here and try brown hair with a blonde hairstyle in a fun and modern way. And also let us know in the comment section below which one was your favorite!