8 Ways to Style Your Brown Hair with Highlights

In need of a change? Add depth and drama to your hair by going for brown hair with highlights. Here are several ways on how to sport this look.

Brown locks are a gift from heaven, whether it’s your natural hair color or not. What makes it more interesting is that it can be a base for other hair colors. Brown hair with highlights is also a look that suits almost everyone—from your favorite celebrities to your girl friends in the neighborhood.

If you’re wondering where and how to start sporting this look, we’re here to show you different styles that you can choose from. Here’s a roundup of chic ways on how to rock your brown hair with highlights.

1. Brown on brown

woman with brown hair with highlights using light brown tones
What other sweeter way to style up your brown hair with caramel highlights? Credit: shutterstock.com

Go for an all-brown hair with highlights if you want to keep things subtle and natural-looking. But, don’t get us wrong with subtle. This highlights style will definitely switch things up for you. Just choose any shade of brown lighter than yours like caramel, and you’ve got that sweet charming look!

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2. Brown balayage hair

Asian woman with long balayage brown hair with highlights sitting in a cafe
Go for balayage hair for a more natural-looking color effect. Credit: Natasha Estelle

This look takes it a bit further from simple highlights. With its graduated highlights that looks hand-painted, balayage allows your hair colors to fade at the right spots for a more natural effect. You can choose from shades of brown or with bits of blonde thrown in.


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3. Blonde on brown hair

Happy young woman with brown hair with highlights in balayage using blonde tones
Subtle but snappy. Credits: shutterstock.com

You can also make blonde shades more prominent on a brown hair color base. If you want a more unique look, you can color your hair brown while going blonde on your bangs. It’s bold and experimental—perfect for a hair makeover!

Editor’s Tip: Getting your hair colored can make your strands dry and dull. Prevent this by using Cream Silk Color Protect Conditioner to make sure your hair stays moisturized while keeping your color vibrant. 

4. Brown ombre hair

woman with brown hair with highlights in ombre using blonde tones
Get your oomph on with ombre. Credit: shutterstock.com

Unlike balayage, the ombre style has its highlights shift more distinct. Usually, the locks are darker at the roots then gradually gets lighter to the tips. This brown hair with highlights style is the easiest to maintain. You don’t have to rush to the salon for  re-coloring when your hair starts growing.  

5. Brown with bold hues

Dip dyed hair: Woman wearing a gray tank top with long curly dip dyed magenta hair standing against a white background
A bold color like magenta adds personality to your look. Credit: Shutterstock

If you really want to take it further, consider the brown hair with bold highlights. Go for vibrant hair colors like red, pink, magenta, blue—the list goes on! Just be mindful of the commitment this loud look entails, which is proper and thorough care to keep your hair nourished and vibrant.

6. Mahogany hair

Back shot of an Asian woman with long mahogany brown hair with highlights
Add more dimension to your brown hair by getting mahogany highlights. Credit: Yindee Yindee Phuttasirayakorn

Another color that you can combine with brown is mahogany. With its deep reddish brown hue, mahogany can add warmth to your face, no matter your skin tone. It’s also dark enough to make your hair color subtle but with enough radiance to give you a unique look.

7. Brown hair with copper highlights

Brown ombre hair: Woman wearing a while blouse and shades with long brown wavy hair with bangs
Enjoy the beauty of metallic hair by trying copper brown. Credit: Shutterstock

If you want a metallic twist to your brown-on-brown combo, get copper highlights. They stand out against a chocolate brown or even mahogany base, giving your hair a bit of glow even without sunlight.

8. Honey ombre hair

Hair color for fair skin: Closeup shot of a woman with long curly honey hair wearing a white sleeveless top against a leafy wall
Curls get seen more when your hair sports a light or medium color like honey. Credit: Shutterstock

Honey hair color can also give you a beautiful contrast and a dramatic transition from your brown roots. It’s perfect if you want to exude a sun-kissed glow as though you just came from the beach.

Tweaking your hair color doesn’t mean you love your brown locks any less. It’s a tough decision to make, especially when you have hundreds of color styles and combinations to choose from. We hope by narrowing down your list to these 8 basic ways, you’re one step closer to your ultimate brown hair with highlights look.

Next read: Wanna go dark? Check out these dark brown hair pegs to inspire another hair coloring adventure.