25 Fresh and Chic Brown Blonde Hair Colors

Get you a shade that does both: These brown and blonde hair color ideas take the guesswork out of seasonal color.

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!

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ash brown blonde hair
A darker root gives this a bit more edge too.

1. Ash

For those who refuse to take a stand, this non-polarizing ash shade is the perfect midway between blonde and brown hair color ideas.

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A foxy auburn shade is a huge fall trend. Photo credit: Dvora

2. Two-Toned

Why choose when you can have both? This high-contrast shade features a light blonde fringe area with a rich fox brown base.

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This is one of the rare cases that flyaways add to the look.

3. Wheat Blonde

Showcase this neutral ash bronde via a chubby, texturized braid that really shows off the shade’s dimension.

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A greenish-grayish tone is what sets this apart. Photo credit: Nick Urteaga

4. Ashy Bronde

Steely brown blonde hair, such as this corkscrewed lob, is your fast track to a street style-approved look.

foiled highlights brown blonde hair
Rock this shade via a center part for a more vintagey, rock-n’-roll effect.

5. Foiled Highlights

Tightly streaked highlights can give the illusion of fuller, more deeply dimensioned locks.

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The streaks add to the edge. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

6. Dirty Platinum

A French-braided style like this pigtailed look plays to the grungy-cool aesthetic of a dishwater platinum.

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Ask your stylist for a seamless balayage. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

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A purple shampoo helps keep brassiness at bay. Photo credit: Dvora

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.

slightly strawberry brown blonde hair
We’re totally digging the strong ’90s vibe of a half-updo with a barrette! Photo credit: Dvora

9. Slightly Strawberry

A pinkish blonde is another great midway between a light brown and bright blonde.

flaxen brown blonde hair
Show off that multi-tonal shade with some cute helmet braids.

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.

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The perfect day-to-night length. Photo credit: Dvora

11. Beige Lob

Allow the nuances in color to shine through with a wispy, yellow-brown lob.

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That second-day hair, tho. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

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That freshly blown-out bounce is key. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

13. Uptown Blonde

A crisp, cool-blonde set of highlights is definitely on the more polished end of the spectrum.

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Make sure there are no demarcations in your ombré. Photo credit: Dvora

14. Brown Ombré

A clean, laid-back ombré lob still looks fresh with a non-brassy brown.

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Top things off with a trendy curtained (a.k.a. split in the middle) fringe. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

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Swoop to one side for more drama!

16. Beige Bangs

Butter-blonde bangs give a shot of brightness to your countenance.

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Blow your hair out for maximum shine.

17. Dip-Dyed

Subtly bleached ends are a quieter way to try your hand at the brown blonde hair trend.

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A smooth, shiny mane is key to maximize the sleekness. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

18. Skinny Highlights

Impeccably streaked highlights blend flawlessly into a brown base, giving this shade a more natural, sun-kissed feel.

sleek ombre brown blonde hair
A round brush helps get all the kinks out. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

19. Sleek Ombré

The ultimate test of a great ombré is if it still looks natural (no telltale color breaks!) when worn straight.

caramel space buns brown blonde hair
Use neutral-colored hair ties to keep things polished. Photo credit: Dvora

20. Caramel Space Buns

Keep your sombré and base in the same color family to keep updos such as fun space buns looking cohesive.

rooty brown blonde hair
This shade is super easy to maintain.

21. Rooty

As low-maintenance as they come, a smudgy root gives you a lot of leeway between touchups.

surfer blonde brown hair
In true sun-bleached fashion, the lightest part is the ends.

22. Surfer Blonde

Pair that grungy dishwater blonde with equally low-key texture.

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A sweet side part keeps the polish of the look intact.

23. Chunky Waves

Blonde highlights definitely pack more of a punch when done up in a wavy or curly texture.

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Use your fingers to pull your ringlets down after curling.

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.

bright blonde brown hair
Mimic the curl at the ends with a heatless method, like putting hair up in a bun.

25. Bright Blonde

The yellow tone of the mid-lengths and ends brightens up this otherwise mousy brown.

Want more brown blonde hair looks? Check out some fabulous highlight inspirations.