Light brown hair: 9 balmy brown shades perfect for year-round wear

Need one final push to convince you to join the brunette brigade? These gorgeous light brown hair colours are all you need!  

In the current whirlwind of bright and innovative hair hues, you may think that simple shades, like light brown, fall short of any head-turning qualities. But that couldn’t be further from reality…

Although there are countless breath-taking brunette shades to choose from – think copper browns to deliciously cinnamon swirl hues – it’s no secret that light brown locks work all year round. So, are you on the hunt for a colour that’ll look good season after season? Then step right up, because we’ve rounded up a number of sublime looks that’ll help you transition seamlessly from summer to autumn.

9 lustful light brown hair colours to try now


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Look like a natural brunette with this sultry hue. Credit:

1. Natural light brown hair

If you have light hair and want to look like a true, natural brunette, opting for this mousy light brown hair colour is your best option. Wondering why? This flattering, sultry shade won’t overpower your features, but will definitely take your mane game up a new notches.

Yet the best thing about this shimmering, one-dimensional hue, is that it works a treat for medium skin tones, both cool and warm. Sign us up!

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This eye-catching variation of bronde hair is one to try! Credit:

2. Sandy brown hair

After a light brown hue that looks warm enough to battle the chilly winter weather and cool enough for summer? Then prepare to fall in love with this sandy brown hair colour!

Think of this neutral, eye-catching shade as bronde’s grown-up sister and then you’ll understand why it’s so chic. Still not convinced? Gigi Hadid and Cara Delevingne are both big fans, so it’s also been given the model seal of approval.

light brown hair: model with light ash brown hair backstage shot
Ashy tones are all inclusive, even for brunettes. Credit:

3. Light ash brown hair

It’s no secret that ash blonde hair colours are taking over our Insta feeds. But if you thought this cool-girl trend was limited to those with light locks, this gorgeous ash brown shade will prove you otherwise.

Soft and dreamy, this hue is exceptionally natural-looking and easy to maintain. Plus, you won’t need to worry about root regrowth, as when your natural colour grows out, it won’t look harsh and will actually create a muted contrast, instead.

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Get the best of both worlds with this sun-kissed hair colour. Credit:

4. Bronde hair

Not quite sunshine blonde, not quite rich brunette, bronde is the perfect in-between hair colour to revitalise a dull, winter complexion, as well as giving your summer look a boost.

This high-profile hybrid is universally flattering, requires minimal upkeep between colouring appointments and also makes you look like you’ve been vacationing on a tropical island. Need we say more?

light brown hair: model with cinnamon swirl brown hair
This bright dessert-inspired hue looks as delicious as it sounds! Credit:

5. Cinnamon swirl brown hair

Can’t shake off your love for sweet-looking hair hues? Well, you’ll be happy to know that cinnamon swirl hair exists! And this model’s mane is the perfect example: we love how her warm, honey-toned hue has streaks of cinnamon brown in it, amplifying her locks with a fresh blow out.

model backstage with sun kissed golden brown hair
After something more low-key? Golden highlights could be the answer. Credit:

6. Golden highlights

Bored of your dark brown hair? Try getting some golden, sun-inspired highlights done! It’s less drastic than getting an all over dye, but still offers up a big style change.

To make your highlighted locks pop, try creating undone waves and watch how the light amplifies every hue! Don’t have a curling wand to hand? Then discover how to curl your mane with a straightener, here.

model with almond coloured light brown hair backstage
Anyone else craving almonds? Credit:

7.  Almond brown hair

Thanks to the current obsession with all things almonds, sophisticated nutty-brown hues are back in business. Best suited for those with fairer complexions, this seasonless hue will help provide warmth to your overall appearance, as well as bring out deeper eye colours.

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Golden bronze brown hair: The perfect red/brunette hybrid. Credit:

8.  Golden bronze brown hair

Love brown and red hair colours? You don’t have to pick just one; try blending them together with a balayage technique and you’ll have a dazzling bronze shade that’s totally unique. Pair the look with a sexy red pout and you’ll be good to #slay!

model with caramel highlights in her hair, backstage shot
Dip into the trend with cool caramel dip-dyed tips! Credit:

9. Caramel ombre

For another sweet-treat hair look, try working in a graduated ombre that takes your colour from a deep mid-brown to warmer, caramel tones. This gorgeous, dual-toned brown hair colour is perfect if you’re looking for something dramatic that’ll work all year-round.

Editor’s tip: Once you’ve made your light brown colour choice, remember to invest in a wash and care set that’s been designed with brown hair in mind. We suggest trying the TIGI Catwalk Fashionista Brunette Shampoo and Conditioner, as this dreamy duo will magnify the depth and richness of your hue, and keep your hair healthy-looking, too.


Still stuck on which light brown hair colour will be right for you? Don’t worry, you can discover the shades of brown hair to suit your skin tone, right here! Or, if you just fancy looking at more amazing colour inspiration, check out our Hair Colours page.

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