Uh-huh honey: The honey brown hair trend and the celebs rocking it

What's with all the hype around honey brown locks? Find out why this in-between hue has become the latest celeb favourite.  

If there’s one mane colour celebrities are lusting over right now, it’s honey brown hair. Everywhere you look on Instagram there’s another A-lister showing off their bronzey, honey-haired goodness and living their best-tressed life!

But you don’t have to be on the outside looking in any longer, as this trend really does work for everyone. Sunny and warm, with a subtle transition from dark to light brown, it gives depth to blondes and brightens darker tresses.

So, without further ado, stop your pining and get in on the action with our edit of the hottest honey brown looks from the most stylish ladies in the biz.

 11 celebs rocking honey brown looks on their Insta grids

photo of audrina patridge from the hills with long honey brown hair swept to one side
Audrina’s honey brown hair compliments her beachy yet edgy style. Credit: Instagram.com/audrinapatridge

Audrina Patridge

Audrina from The Hills has a gorgeous rich honey brown hue which perfectly pairs with her laid-back, Cali beach vibes.

The blonde tones flatter her tan and give her an even more bronzed look, while her rich chocolate roots really help bring out her beautiful hazel eyes. Credit: @audrinapatridge

side profile picture of beyonce with her honey brown hair in a curly half up half down style
Lighten up dark natural locks with a sunny honey hue like Beyoncé’s. Credit: Instagram.com/beyonce


Having rocked so many looks in her time, Beyoncé‘s hair has become a great reference point no matter what look you’re after. But if you’ve got medium-dark skin with deep brunette hair, and you’re wanting to go blonder, it’s especially fabulous…

Her warm honey brown hair colour flows from a golden blonde into a lighter ombre, but the whole look has a soft gradient to it which stops there being a harsh contrasts in colour. Credit: @beyonce

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Editor’s tip: Who wouldn’t want to steal Bey’s style, right? If you do decide to go for a similar look, just remember to switch out whatever hair care you’re currently using with a specialist colour-protect range, like the TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Vibrance Protection Shampoo and Conditioner.

selfie of pussycat dolls star nicole scherzinger with curled honey brown hair
The pussycat doll rocks a golden honey hair colour. Credit: Instagram.com/nicolescherzy

Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole Scherzinger‘s selfies are basically 90% hair. Not that we’re complaining or anything – if our hair was that luscious we’d want to document it too! And while she’s known for her signature long, dark locks, she’s also partial to a bit of blonde, which we just love. Credit: @nicolescherzy

model lily aldridge with shoulder length brunette hair with honey brown ends and split bangs
Lily’s proved her model credentials with her honey ombre ends. Credit: Instagram.com/lilyaldridge

Lily Aldridge

Ombre tips are the no-commitment way to trial a lighter hair colour without too much maintenance.

And one A-lister who knows this is through-and-through brunette Lily Aldridge, who has dipped her toe in the honey brown trend with her warm ombre, opting for a layered cut to accentuate the contrasting shades. Credit: @lilyaldridge

selfie of selena gomez with long voluminous honey brown hair with undone bangs
Selena proves you can keep your base dark while adding some lightness throughout. Credit: Instagram.com/marissa.marino

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez has been experimenting with blonde for a while now but her pre-platinum, rich brunette is one of our favourites – especially with her full, undone fringe and bombshell blowout. Credit: @marissa.marino

selfie of actress jessica alba with honey brown hair
If you’ve got a medium or olive complexion, steal a glance at Jessica Alba’s flattering highlights. Credit: Instagram.com/jessicaalba

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba has long flown the flag for honey hair and it’s not hard to see why it’s the hue she keeps going back to. After all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Credit: @jessicaalba

90210 star shenae grimes beech with lob length honey brown balayage wavy hair
90210 star Shenae adds a sunkissed touch with a light balayage. Credit: Instagram.com/shenaegrimesbeech

Shenae Grimes-Beech

Short hair? Spruce up a basic brunette bob or lob by asking your stylist for honey balayage, like 90210 actress Shenae Grimes-Beech.

The balayage technique creates a more natural look than traditional ombre so the resulting look is totally seamless and sunkissed. Credit: @shenaegrimesbeech

actress Jada Pinkett Smith in the salon chair with her stylist with a honey brown pixie cut with a shaved undercut
Consider a honey brown pixie like Jada Pinkett Smith. Credit: Instagram.com/salonchristol

Jada Pinkett Smith

Between the undercut and the honey hazel hue, Jada Pinkett Smith proves that classic styles like the pixie cut can look just as cutting-edge. Whoever said short hair was boring quite clearly hadn’t seen this style! Credit: @salonchristol

Editor’s tip: Liking Jada’s slick undercut? Use the VO5 Mega Hold Gel Spray to achieve a similar gelled effect at home. This gel comes in a handy fine spray format, so it’s really easy to use and won’t leave your hair feeling sticky.

singer leona lewis with her honey brown curly hair in a long low ponytail wearing a red strappy dress with choker detail
Golden curls are a winning combo. Credit: Instagram.com/leonalewis

Leona Lewis

We’ve always loved Leona Lewis’ natural curls and we admire the way she plays around with lighter tresses to enhance her texture.

Her buttery, honey brown hair is nothing short of perfection and styled in this low, exaggerated pony, you can really see the lighter highlights running through. Credit: @leonalewis

fashion insider and entrepreneur olivia palermo with honey brown lob hair
Olivia’s hair is just as on trend as her flawless sense of style. Credit: Instagram.com/oliviapalermo

Olivia Palermo

If frow-favourite Olivia Palermo gives something her seal of approval – whether that’s this seasons ‘It’ accessory or this honey blonde hair colour – you know it won’t be long until we’re all rocking it.

So, if you’ve always wanted to try this colour but been on edge about committing, take this as a sign that now’s the time. Credit: @oliviapalermo

paparazzi shot of rosie huntington whiteley wearing a grey prince of wales check blazer and thick black sunglasses with lob length wavy honey brown hair styled in a center parting
Rosie is a great source of inspo for blondes looking to go darker. Credit: Instagram.com/rosiehw

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Currently blonde? Instead of going straight to dark, why not go for something in between the blonde and brown spectrum like Rosie H-W‘s dirty honey hue?

Her pretty colour has a sandy, beige base to it, meaning it’s way easier to maintain than cooler, true blondes and acts as a great transition shade. Credit: @rosiehw


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