Best Light Brown Hair Color Ideas to Try

Alyssa François | 24 July 2016

Here are some of the best shades of this chocolate-y sweet hue to try.

Who doesn’t love rich shades of brown? Chocolate browns, chestnut browns, cinnamon brown–oh, my! We must admit, it’s quite hard to pick out just one shade of this color. For one, there are so many. And two: They’re all so gorgeous! Right now we’re particularly coveting light brown hues. How could anyone really go wrong by trying out colors in this range? It’s full of shades and variations that can work on just about anyone. If you’re in the mood to change your hue, we’ve got some light brown hair options for you. From honey brown to light reddish brown, we’ve rounded up some eye-catching tones that will help you put your best hair forward. Flirt with some color this season by trying out these amazing light brown hair color ideas.

Light Brown Hair Color Ideas

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1. Deep Honey Brown

If you’re looking for highlights to complement your dark hair color, why not opt for light honey? Honey’s golden tones bring brown hues to a whole new level, and give your hair color subtle and eye-catching highlights. This rich light brown color will add vibrancy to your dark hair by giving it a ravishing glow. If your hair is blonde, ask your stylist for some subtle honey lowlights.

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2. Light Ash Brown

With its cool tones, this light ash brown brings some highlights to a dark mane. Try an all-over color like this one, or you can opt to dip-dye the ends if you’re not ready for a full commitment. On black hair, light ash brown ends are a great way to add a subtle highlight against your dark hair color. Your stylist may have to bleach the hair first in order to achieve this cool shade though. Give it some thought; the gorgeous contrast looks really stylish.

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3. Golden Brown Highlights

Turn the lights on! The light undertones of this golden brown hue play well with shades of medium brown hair. Blending golden brown highlights with a mane already filled with medium brown hues is key if you don’t want to end up with an extremely bold result. Ask your stylist for babylights or highlights on fine sections of hair or for a more natural look.

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 5. Caramel Brown Hair

With its deep golden undertone, caramel brown adds a touch of richness to deep brown hair. Work in some caramel-hued streaks to lighten up your look. If your hair is lighter than this caramel brown tone you can opt for lowlights. Go easy with the icing on the cake though. Try to stay away from ending up with a frosty finish by asking your stylist to tone down your natural hair or base color to achieve evenness.

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On dark or light brown hair color spruce it up with a touch of ombré.

6. Light Brown Ombré

We’re giving you fair warning: Ombré isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so you might as well try out the trend now. Ask your stylist to give you a dark brown base then gradually use the light brown hue to add a nice contrast. This color is also amazing for those with thin hair, as the two-tone shade adds dimension and depth, making it appear much fuller.

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Get the best of brown and red with a mixture of the two.

7. Light Reddish Brown

Spice things up with a reddish hue. Hair with a brown colored base is the perfect foundation for light reddish brown highlights as the colors blend in perfectly with one another. If you want to go the extra mile, add light golden blonde highlights for a dramatically different tri-colored ’do, ending with a brown canvas with blonde and light reddish brown highlights. The harmony of this trio camouflages nicely without giving you an overdone finish.

Which of these light brown hair color options will you try?

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