5 Ways to Rock Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights

Miriam Herst | 27 October 2016

How to add a little flair to your natural color.

Livening up your brown hair with blonde highlights is an easy way to bring some light in into your look. Blonde highlights add instant dimension and personality to your hair while still maintaining your natural color, at least at the roots. Whether you’re going all out and dyeing most of your hair blonde or you’re looking for some subtle lighter streaks, one of these five inspiration photos will be the start of your journey to brown hair with blonde highlights.

How to Rock Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights

Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
The best of both worlds.

1. Allover Coverage

Like your Holy Grail foundation, these all-over blonde highlights provide full coverage for your classic brown strands. Highlights that start at the roots and extend to the ends of your hair make the same statement you would by going blonde, while still maintaining some of the chocolatey color underneath.

Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
The smoothest transition from brunette to blonde.

2. Golden Ombré

Ombré hair is the choice for those girls who need an easy transition. The only way to rock brown and blonde hair at the same time is with a smooth shift from brown to blonde. Enhance your natural (now blonde!) curls with TRESemmé Flawless Curls Defining Gel, or fake some volume with our easy tutorial for natural-looking curls. If you’re using heat on your highlighted hair, don’t forget a heat protectant! We like the Nexxus New York Salon Care Promend Heat Protecting Mist.

Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
Understated strands are the name of the game.

3. Glistening Strands

Strategic subtle highlighting works wonders when it comes to adding dimension to your hair. This style preserves integrity of your classic brown locks while still adding a little something extra in the form of glossy streaks.

Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
This one is a classic for a reason.

4. Classic Ombré

For blonde highlights that enhance your natural color, try a classic ombré style. The contrast of two opposing colors somehow work together for a look that boasts a little bit of personality without going overboard.

Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
Go blonde and hit every trend on the way as you grow your hair out again.

5. Rooty Bleached Curls

There’s nothing worse than putting the time (and money!) into a dramatic hair transformation only to be let down when your roots inevitably grow in. These rooty bleached curls are the perfect example of a dye job done right and allows for every stage of blonde hair: from full-on blonde to rooted curls to the eventual ombré. Just don’t forget to deep condition after all that bleaching! We suggest trying out the Suave Professionals Coconut Milk Infusion Intense Moisture Mask.

Looking for more inspiration for brown hair with blonde highlights? Check out our article on subtle highlights for dark brown hair

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