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4 Subtle Highlights for Dark Brown Hair

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Alyssa François

Take these simple looks to your stylist.

Subtle highlights for dark brown hair are a perfect way to add a bit of light to your dark-hued hair without making a drastic change. The question is: With so many hair coloring techniques out there, like balayage and ombré, which one should you choose? Short answer: Go for hairstyles that complement your face shape and the way you plan to style and wear your hair. To help you on your quest to finding the best subtle highlights for dark brown hair, check out four coloring techniques you should consider:

Subtle Highlights for Dark Brown Hair: 4 Coloring Techniques to Try

balayage on auburn hair Subtle Highlights for Dark Brown Hair
Subtle Highlights for Dark Brown Hair: Natural balayage. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Balayage

When it comes to a subtle look, the balayage technique hits the nail on the head. The highlights carefully created with a hair painting technique can give your hair a natural looking color. To get the ‘I was born this way’ vibe, opt for tones that complement your skin tone. If you have red undertones, opt for a cool tone that isn’t too bright. For olive skin tones try warmer tones, but not too warm to avoid a brassy look.

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Subtle Highlights for Dark Brown Hair: Ribbon of highlights.

2. Ribboned Highlights

If you fancy curly or wavy hairstyles, bring a ribboned highlight reference to your stylist. Ask for honey or caramel-colored ribbons to brighten up the look of your dark brown waves or curlicues.

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Subtle Highlights for Dark Brown Hair: Blonde sombré. Photo credit: Allyson Allapont

3. Sombré

Since we’re going for subtle, opt for ombré’s younger sister, sombré. This is a great highlighting technique to consider if you’re tempted to try a color that runs the gamut from dark to bright. If you want to add blonde highlights to your hair, ask your stylist for a muted brown shade at the demarcation to create a natural blend.

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Subtle Highlights for Dark Brown Hair: Neutral babylights. Photo credit: Allyson Allapont

4. Babylights

If all you want is a set of subtle face framing highlights, try out some babylights. These subtle and fine highlights can brighten up your look without an overpowering effect. To keep the hue on the neutral and cool end of the spectrum, consider a shade that’s just a bit lighter than your natural hair color.

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Alyssa François
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11 November 2016

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