16 Best Brown Hair With Blonde Highlights

Alyssa François | 03 February 2019
brown hair with blonde highlights tips

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 to brown hair, the combo of brown with blonde highlights are 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.

2. Face-Framing Blonde Highlights

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Add a small change to your look with subtle face-framing highlights. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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 shampoo, 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: indigitalimages.com

You can rock dark hair with blonde highlights, which we especially love on this bronde and curly hair combination.

5. Curly Lob With Straight Bangs

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The triple threat: highlights, bangs, and a wavy lob

The curly lob is such a fun hairstyle to try out that can be paired beautifully with striking blonde highlights and a full set of blunt bangs. Thick and full bangs are trending this spring, and we love how they contrast with delicately curled 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.

You can even get this style overnight (as a little heat-saving treat for your newly bleached locks). We suggest washing bleached hair with the Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo and Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Reconstructor Conditioner. This duo will help to keep those not-so-cute orange tones at bay. Wait for your freshly washed hair to air dry almost all the way before twisting into a bun or two. Unravel those buns in the morning, and shake out your gorgeous beach waves.

7. Medium Length ‘Fro

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Curly perfection with a pop a color.

These curly highlights have us in all sorts of love. We love how they add extra dimension to a rounded halo ‘fro. Let this be a lesson that you can totally bleach natural curly hair! Bleaching very dark hair to blonde can take a while, but 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: indigitalimages.com

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. We recommend prepping your hair with the Nexxus New York Salon Care Humectress Encapsulate Serum for a silky smooth hydration boost. Then blow-dry your 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.

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.

An easy style that shows off your highlights (no knot-inducing braids necessary) is this fun half-updo. It’s casual and relaxed, which feels just like the beginning of spring! All you need to do is create a half-up bun, but make sure you’re not being too perfect. A few face-framing strands, a messy part, and 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 hairspray like Dove Style+Care Strength and Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray.

12. All Over Coverage

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The best of both worlds.

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.

13. Golden Ombré

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The smoothest transition from brunette to blonde.

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.

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 integrity of your classic brown locks while still adding a little 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 work 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 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.

How to Care for Brown Hair Blonde Highlights

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Keep your face-framing blonde highlights vibrant and shiny. Photo credit: Dvora

1. Switch your shampoo.

Employ a purple shampoo into your hair care routine. Even though you’re not fully blonde, your blonde highlights can benefit from a purple shampoo. Use a shampoo like Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo to keep your highlights brass free and in tip-top shape.

2. Protect hair from the sun.

Heat styling tools aren’t the only things that can cause heat damage to your hair. Use a protection spray like the Bed Head by TIGI Beach Bound Protection Spray to protect your tresses against heat and humidity.

3. Find the best hair care system for all of your hair issues.

Let’s say you got a new hair color and you also suffer from issues like dry scalp. Opt for a hair care system that can treat both. Try out Clear Color & Heat Conqueror Shampoo and Clear Color & Heat Conqueror Conditioner to keep your scalp healthy and moisturized while also keeping your hair protected from damage caused from hair coloring.

4. Keep it moisturized.

Take it from us, or take it from celebrity hairstylist, Kim Kimble. Color-treated hair should be moisturized. Condition, condition, condition. On wash day, be sure to treat your hair to a super moisturizing conditioning treatment (like Bed Head by TIGI Colour Goddess Oil Infused Conditioner) that will leave your hair moisturized and your blonde highlights vibrant and shiny.

5. Use a heat protectant designed for color-treated hair.

Besides being able to cause damage to hair, heat styling tools can also suck the life out of your sun-kissed highlights. Before applying heat to your hair, prep it first with a heat guard formulated to protect your hair and it’s color. Our pick: Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Toning Protection Spray.

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