Medium brown hair with highlights: Looks to consider for 2017

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Medium brown hair with highlights has been a universally loved look for as long as we can remember. Being effortlessly stylish in an array of different shades, this colouring technique has the added bonus of looking sun-kissed and natural. So, if you’re considering adding in a few nifty highlights into your mane, you’ve come to the right place!

Having been rocked on the heads of many a stylish celeb, we’ve compiled a list of our top 4 favourite stars who have worked the look best. Now, keep on scrolling and get ready to brighten your day…

Medium brown hair with highlights: 4 A-list looks to copy


Lauren Conrad with medium brown hair with highlights in a floral dress
Medium brown hair with highlights: Ombre hair. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that ombre hair has become a favourite highlighting style among the A-list pack! And our current ombre crush? Lauren Conrad of course, whose subtle take on the look works to illuminate her entire face.

By blending medium brown hair into light brown and blonde highlights, this graduated look is ideal if you don’t want anything too brash or overpowering. Also, if you really want to nail this look, do as Lauren has done and pull your strands into a loose updo, leaving a few tendrils of hair free to frame your face! 

Jennifer Aniston with medium brown hair with highlights in a floral dress at a red carpet event
Medium brown hair with highlights: All-over highlights. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

All-over highlights

Tried highlights before and ready to go the whole hog? Then take a cue from Jennifer Aniston, whose all-over blonde highlights have become a signature style for the starlet. Working in varying hues of bright blonde from root to tip, Jen ensures that she has a dazzling hairdo whenever she steps out on the red carpet, no matter how she styles her locks!

Still not convinced? Well, what if we told you that this look works perfectly for short and long hair? Yep, we thought that would change your mind.

Audrina Partridge with medium brown hair with highlights in white dress at red carpet event
Medium brown hair with highlights: Contrasting highlights. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Contrasting colours

If subtlety isn’t your style, then strong contrasting colours might be. Another way to rock medium brown hair with highlights is to avoid blending the colours in, and instead to emphasise the highlights just on the ends of the hair. This will enable you to keep the majority of your natural hue, while still gaining a look that has loads of depth and dimension! 

Note: You will need to choose your highlighted colour depending on your natural base tone, so consult with your stylist before taking the plunge.

Jennifer Lopez with highlighted hair in a white suit at an event
Medium brown hair with highlights: Lighten it up. Credit: Rex by Shutterstuck

Lighten it up

Want to lighten your look, but don’t want to go for blonde highlights? Fret not, because there is a solution: opting for brightening brown highlights! Perfect for those with ultra dark tresses, lightening the hair with this technique helps your mane to appear healthy and refreshed. And just as Jennifer Lopez shows, even working a high ponytail with this look can make for a showstopping style! 

Editor’s tip: If these celebs have convinced you to try our some stunning highlights in your mane, remember to switch up your regular shampoo and conditioner for one specifically made for coloured hair. We suggest trying the Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner, as this wash and care duo will help to make your colour look vibrant for longer!


Love the idea of getting highlights but don’t have brown hair? Then get yourself over to our Highlights page now, where you can discover a whole treasure trove of amazing highlighted looks, no matter what hue you’re working with!

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