A new hairstyle length is hard enough to commit to, so why make things harder by compounding the decision with choosing a new color? Whether you’re of the camp that swears by darker colors come the colder months, or are a true-blue, true blonde loyalist regardless of how low the mercury dips, hair color is a highly personal choice that comes with tons of nuance. And thankfully, the latest brown blonde hair color hues are the most democratic we’ve come across yet: Equal parts highlights and sombré, these shades take the best of both worlds into one chic, cohesive color that, needless to say, works all year round.
Whether you’re looking for a shade that seamlessly transitions from brown to blonde hair or are all about that perfect gray-area compromise, we’ve got the brown and blonde hair color ideas to check off those rather distinct, end-of-year-look requirements, i.e. dark but not too harsh, bright but not too pale. After all, the only thing better than a great, professional-looking color is two standout shades, melded into one!
Missing Links: 25 On-Point Blonde Brown Hair Hybrids
For those who refuse to take a stand, this non-polarizing ash shade is the perfect midway between blonde and brown hair color ideas.
Why choose when you can have both? This high-contrast shade features a light blonde fringe area with a rich fox brown base.
3. Wheat Blonde
Showcase this neutral ash bronde via a chubby, texturized braid that really shows off the shade’s dimension.
4. Ashy Bronde
Steely brown blonde hair, such as this corkscrewed lob, is your fast track to a street style-approved look.
5. Foiled Highlights
Tightly streaked highlights can give the illusion of fuller, more deeply dimensioned locks.
6. Dirty Platinum
A French-braided style like this pigtailed look plays to the grungy-cool aesthetic of a dishwater platinum.
7. Buttery Highlights
Want a sophisticated blonde to brown hair look? Choose highlights with a buttery-white, almost frosted blonde tone to go with an ash brown base.
8. Golden Highlights
By the same token, warmer and/or peachier complexions get a better glow from golden and more honey-hued highlights. Ed’s tip: Invest in a purple shampoo, like Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo, to keep your blonde from brassing out.
9. Slightly Strawberry
A pinkish blonde is another great midway between a light brown and bright blonde.
10. Flaxen Blonde
A true pale ash blonde with a khaki brown base is one of the most universally flattering brown/blonde looks for cooler complexions.
11. Beige Lob
Allow the nuances in color to shine through with a wispy, yellow-brown lob.
12. Messy Lob
For a beachier take, use a texturizing agent such as Bed Head by TIGI Joyride to give your hair a bit of grit and separation.
13. Uptown Blonde
A crisp, cool-blonde set of highlights is definitely on the more polished end of the spectrum.
14. Brown Ombré
A clean, laid-back ombré lob still looks fresh with a non-brassy brown.
15. Shaggy Blonde
Ask your stylist for a balayage to keep your color smooth and non-chunky, especially on a shorter, shaggier haircut such as a shag or pixie.
16. Beige Bangs
Butter-blonde bangs give a shot of brightness to your countenance.
Subtly bleached ends are a quieter way to try your hand at the brown blonde hair trend.
18. Skinny Highlights
Impeccably streaked highlights blend flawlessly into a brown base, giving this shade a more natural, sun-kissed feel.
19. Sleek Ombré
The ultimate test of a great ombré is if it still looks natural (no telltale color breaks!) when worn straight.
20. Caramel Space Buns
Keep your sombré and base in the same color family to keep updos such as fun space buns looking cohesive.
As low-maintenance as they come, a smudgy root gives you a lot of leeway between touchups.
22. Surfer Blonde
Pair that grungy dishwater blonde with equally low-key texture.
23. Chunky Waves
Blonde highlights definitely pack more of a punch when done up in a wavy or curly texture.
24. Loose Waves
By the same token, pulling your curls loose can also result in a look that’s a bit more relaxed, but still as style-conscious. Tip: Curl in opposite directions to shake things up.
25. Bright Blonde
The yellow tone of the mid-lengths and ends brightens up this otherwise mousy brown.
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