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20 Top Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights Looks for Fall

How to stay sunny side up all season long.

There seems to be something in the air when the seasons change. Everyone instantly falls in the mood to change up their hair, whether it be a new haircut, a new dye job, or adding depth and dimension to brown hair with blonde highlights. And we couldn’t be more about this as a subtle yet effective way to lighten up! For those with dark brown hair, the combo of brown with blonde highlights is a great way to refresh your hair as you add some new depth and dimension to your features. And after you score some awesome blonde highlights on brown hair, you’ll want to ensure that they stay looking fresh as long as possible!

Best Brown Hair With Blonde Highlights

Below, we are sharing a gallery of some inspiring hues to try and some of our go-to hair color maintenance tips for your new highlights.

1. Chunky Highlights

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Pile on the drama. On your hair, of course! Photo credit: Dvora

In the mood for a dramatic change this season? Pile on the blonde on your light to dark brown hair. Focus the highlights toward the front of your hair to recreate this high-contrast style.

2. Face-Framing Blonde Highlights

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Add a small change to your look with subtle face-framing highlights. Photo by Omar Lopez

A true minimalist at heart knows a little goes a very long way, as seen on light brown hair with blonde highlights. If you’re looking for a way to give your natural hair color and facial features a bit of a boost in an ever-so-subtle way, opt for face-framing blonde highlights. Some color-safe dry shampoos, such as Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Color Care Dry Shampoo, can give you a break from washing in order to prolong your highlights’ integrity as well.

3. Hair Waves with Bold Highlights

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Raise the bar this season with bold blonde highlights. Photo credit: Dvora

Nowadays, everyone is wearing a wavy hairstyle of some sort. Stand out from the crowd and add more personality to your look by updating your waves with blonde highlights, and finish off with a bounce-enhancing foam.

4. Blonde Highlights for Curly Girls

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The right hair products can enhance your curls. Photo credit:

You can rock dark hair with blonde highlights, which we especially love on this bronde and curly hair combination. This ombré style looks so beautiful on curly hair. Highlight your gorgeous texture with lighter ends!

5. Curly Bangs

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The triple threat: highlights, bangs, and curls! Photo by Othman El Marzak

The curly lob is a fun hairstyle that can be paired beautifully with striking blonde highlights and a full set of bangs. Thick and full bangs are trending this spring; we love how they contrast with curly hair.

6. Perfectly Beachy Hair

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A totally awesome way to rock your highlights.

Beachy bedhead is back in action this spring. These easygoing curls have us all daydreaming about soaking up the sun in the sand. If you’re going for an all-over blonde highlight look like this, you’re basically required to try beach waves.

7. Medium Length Afro

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Curly perfection with a pop of color.

These curly highlights have us in all sorts of love. We love how they add an extra dimension to a rounded halo Afro. Let this be a lesson that you can totally bleach natural curly hair! Bleaching very dark hair to blonde can take a while, but it is so worth it for this gorgeous effect.

8. Sleek Blowout and Muted Blonde Tones

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The blowout we all need to try. Photo credit:

Every season is a good excuse to get a silky blowout. Going for this lustrous and sleek version is actually pretty easy to recreate at home. Blow-dry damp hair at a downward angle, using a paddle brush to help straighten things out. Swish your hair around your shoulders like you just paid $50 for your swanky locks.

9. Blonde Highlights and a Halo Braid

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Highlight your braiding skills. Photo by Taylor Harding

Want to really show off those blonde highlights? Opt for a cool halo-like braid! Braided hairstyles are prime real estate for highlights. They easily show the contrast between your natural hair color and the highlighted pieces. We especially love this swooping French braid. All you need to do is braid, following along your hairline to recreate this cool-girl look.

10. Light Blonde Tones

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Rock your lob with highlights. Photo by Haley Hydorn

An easy style that shows off your highlights, his fun curled-do. It’s casual and relaxed, which feels just like the beginning of spring! All you need to do is create a loose curl +wave pattern but make sure you’re not being too perfect. A few face-framing strands, a messy middle part, and a roughed-up texture is perfection.

11. Warm Blonde and Bombshell Waves

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Hello, perfect party hair! Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

It wouldn’t be spring without at least one event that gets you all dressed up. Whether it’s Easter, a wedding, or a work event, these bombshell waves have your back. The silky smooth texture shows off your highlights and helps to break up a too-perfect style. We suggest achieving this look by using a curling iron and brushing down the style with a boar bristle brush. This helps you achieve that smooth look! Don’t forget to lock in your style with hairsprays like Dove Style+Care Strength and Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray.

12. All-Over Coverage

The best of both worlds. Photo by Noémi Macavei-Katócz

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 colors underneath.

13. Golden Ombré

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WE love a smooth transition from brunette to blonde.Photo by Tamara Bellis

Ombré hair is the choice for those girls who need an easy transition. The only way to rock brown and blonde hair simultaneously 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.

14. Glistening Strands

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Understated strands are the name of the game.

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

15. Classic Ombré

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This one is a classic for a reason.

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

16. Subtle Copper Highlights

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A touch of cooper may be all that you need.

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 fine dye job that 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.

17. Blonde Highlights with Curled Ends

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Curled ends go a long way. Photo by Tamara Bellis

What better way to flaunt your blonde ends than to accentuate them? We absolutely love this curled look. Help prime your curls for success with For Every Hair Type Smooth & Style Mousse for long-lasting crunch free curls.

18. Bleach Blonde Ombre

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Lighten up with bleached blonde ombre hair. Photo by Thibault Debaene

Looking for a beach blonde look? Then go bleach blonde. We love this look for the summertime! Show up and show out wherever you go with this gorgeous and unique hue that is bound to turn heads.

19. Deep Golden Blonde Highlights

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Enhance a dark hue with golden blonde. Photo by Ayo Ogunseinde

Brighten up brown hair with deep golden blonde streaks! These streaks look amazing paired against a variety of hairstyles, regardless of whether your hair is curled, straight, or in a chic updo.

20. Ash Blonde Highlights on Brown Hair

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Create a grayish hue with these ash-blonde highlights on dark hair.

Create the illusion of grayish hair with ash-blonde highlights on dark hair! This hairstyle looks especially great when transitioning from winter to spring. You can always take this look up a notch by brightening up the hue as you transition into summer from spring!

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