Pretty much the direct opposite of highlights, getting lowlights involves darkening sections of the hair to create more depth. This gives brunettes a richer, more multi-dimensional appearance and gives flat, dull hair a total makeover.
Now you know why we rate them, get inspired with our favourite brown hair with lowlights looks from stars, below.
1. Jessica Alba
We dare you to try and find someone who isn’t totally obsessed with Jessica Alba‘s luscious locks because we definitely are. The secret to her rich, luxurious-looking colour? Her blend of glossy chocolate brown and warmer golden honey tones, which she accentuates with soft, deconstructed waves.
2. Shay Mitchell
Pretty Little Liars‘ Shay Mitchell is one of our ultimate brunette crushes because she’s a pro at changing up her brown hair with lowlights. Some of us tend to have darker hair underneath (as it’s less exposed to the light), so by balancing out her caramel balayage with darker under layers it gives it a natural sunkissed effect.
3. Jana Kramer
If you’ve got lacklustre mousy brown hair that’s neither dark or light, lowlights like Jana Kramer will do the world of good for your hair. The country singer and One Tree Hill star has thin ribbons of different shades running through her lengths, which makes it look really healthy, radiant and polished.
Editor’s tip: To make all of the colours in your hair pop and stop them looking less vibrant, switch out whatever normal shampoo and conditioner you’re using to a colour care range. The Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner help to keep colour vibrant for up to eight weeks, so your locks stay looking salon-fresh between dye jobs.
4. Kate Beckinsale
Never dyed your hair before? Kate Beckinsale’s dreamy brown hair with lowlights is the perfect way to break up solid colours, making it a fantastic one for beginners. All you need is a few subtle lowlights through your lengths and it’ll really help to break up the base hue.
5. Nicole Scherzinger
Do you have really ultra dark or even black hair? The great thing about lowlights for brown hair is that there’s not really any limit to who can try them. Scherzy is a prime example of how you can experiment with darker tones and achieve really effective results.
6. Olivia Munn
Lowlights can transform your hair whatever the length. Olivia Munn’s on-trend layered lob cut is made all the more chic, thanks to the mix of lighter and darker tones which help accentuate her face-framing layers.
7. Minka Kelly
If you’re a fan of the ‘less is more approach’ to beauty, adding multiple different colours to your hair probably sounds like a total contradiction. But actually, you’ll see that actress Minka Kelly has various distinctive shades in her hair and they all blend together to create a look that’s natural and bespoke.
8. Halle Berry
Got tan-dark skin and wanting to go blonde? Rather than going lighter with highlights, adding in a mix of both highlights and lowlights (like Halle Berry, above) will help to blend the blonde with your base colour and stop it from washing you out. It’ll also be much less damaging than immediately jumping in with an all-over head of bleach.
9. Megan Fox
Megan Fox’s hair is so dark that in some lights it even looks black, but it’s her lowlights which give her enviable mane that extra lift and stops her hair hue from looking flat.
Editor’s tip: For hair as glossy as Megan’s, try a shine spray like the TONI&GUY Finishing Shine Spray. Shine sprays help to add a glossy sheen to the hair and make it look extra radiant, without making it feel greasy or weighed down.
10. Ashley Greene
For those who are currently blonde or dark brown and want to go dark, you may not have considered this but you can actually get brown hair with lowlights.
Each time you go to the hairdresser, ask your colourist to add in more and more brunette strands until you reach your chosen colour – this way, it’ll look much more natural than with a single-process colour.