61 Best Hairstyles with Highlights on Brown Hair

Shoulder length brown hair with highlights

With the right highlighting technique your light and chestnut hair looks more attractive, voluminous, and thicker. Light shades on dark hair highlight your face. Still, it could be a challenge to choose a suitable highlighting technique as the result depends on your hair color, hair length and hair density. With that in mind, we will share with you secrets about highlighting techniques, ombre and balayage for warm, cool and neutral skin undertones. Hair length and a hairstyle affect the color choice and the highlighting technique as well.

1. Ash brown hair with highlights

Brunettes look great with a tinge of gold blonde into their hair. Balayage in warm shades gives dark hair this golden shine and bounce. And to achieve the effect of luxurious hair you don’t need to dye your hair to level 9.

Balayage dark brown hair

Source: @hairloungenyc

2. Shoulder length hair with highlights

Don’t be afraid of medium haircuts. Medium length hair highlights bring out the most beautiful features of your face. The skin looks more even and contoured. Dyed hair could be colored in a cool platinum, a warm sand, and a honey caramel shades.

Shoulder length brown hair with highlights

Source: @sinank4hraman

3. Contrasting black and cherry highlights
Black cherry highlights look great on dark brown or black hair. If you don’t want to change your hair to a nut-brown or fair color base in the process of reaching classic highlights, opt for contrast cherry color streaks.

Dark brown hair with black cherry highlights

Source: @hairloungenyc

4. Subtle Cinnamon highlights

Cinnamon hair color looks gorgeous and elegant. A highlighting technique on dark brown hair creates the play of different warm hues. It looks stunning in the sunlight. Dark blonde or nut brown hair is the best base for balayage into intense cinnamon color shades.

Dark brown hair with cinnamon highlights

Source: @hairloungenyc

5.  Plum highlighted hair tips

Brown and nut-brown hair match with lavender, plum and purple hues. Mix and match the colors and get highlights in chocolate plum color. It looks bright and audacious than regular color options. Many creative people tend to choose these highlights.

Dark brown hair with plum highlights

Source: @hairloungenyc

6. Ash blonde highlights 

A dark base punctuated with classic ashy highlights add more depth, texture, and dimension to your hair. To maintain the contrast between the hues and the base you need to apply a hair toner and follow a home hair care routine for cool shades.

Ash blonde highlights on dark brown hair

Source: @hairloungenyc

7. Warm Honey highlights 

Honey blond highlights on a dark brown base look more natural than ash highlights. If you have chestnut hair, golden tones will give more brightness to your mane. If you don’t like high-maintenance color, it’s the perfect option for you. It matches girls with dark and warm skin undertones.

Honey blonde highlights on dark brown hair

Source: @kirstiev.stylist

8. Glossy red highlights

Reddish hues look best on dark hair due to the stark contrast of red and black. Cherry color undertones enliven a regular hairstyle or an elaborated brade. It’s an alternative look to classic highlights. Even though these red lowlights are prone to fading, dyed locks could be easily colored again into ash, cinnamon or caramel colors.

Red hair highlights for dark brown hair

Source: @hairloungenyc

9. Strawberry blonde highlights

Strawberry highlights create a romantic and innocent image. They’re on trend for 2021 and go well with blond and light-brown hair. They look beautiful both in balayage and ombre techniques.

Dark brown hair with strawberry blonde highlights

Source: @hairloungenyc

10. Rose gold highlights 

Another romantic image can be created with rose gold highlights. The mix of gold and pink hues suits blond and light-brown hair. You need to lift dark brown hair 1-2 levels if you want this hair color to pop.

Rose gold highlights on dark brown hair

Source: @hairloungenyc

11. Chocolate balayage on straight bob

Sand balayage highlights on dark hair look more natural than ash hues. And short hair makes this gradient play of colors more obvious. Medium bob and straight hair make chocolate shades look even more attractive and elegant.

Chocolate balayage on medium length straight bob

Source: @kirstiev.stylist

12. Espresso hair with caramel highlights

Caramel highlights on chestnut hair create a balance of warm and cool undertones. Ash highlights don’t quite flatter warm types like an Autumn and a Spring, so these two types should better opt for a trendy caramel. A textured gradation of this highlighting technique adds dimension to curly hair.

Espresso hair color with caramel highlights

Source: @hairloungenyc

13. Chestnut-brown highlights

Chestnut hues and caramel highlights look elegant and add dimension to fine hair. This color combination will make your hair dazzle in the sunlight. Locks colored in a rich burnt caramel shade are legit attention-grabbers. These chestnut highlights flatter girls of warm skin undertones.

Chestnut hair with highlights

Source: @kirstiev.stylist

14. Highlights for greying brown hair

Silver grey hair is highlighted a few inches below the roots to accentuate the natural look. Face framing strands are dyed and toned ash grey so your silver and bleached hair combine and look balanced and natural. This highlighting technique is best to make age work for your benefit.

Highlights for greying brown hair

Source: @avensonsalonic

15. Light brown hair with blonde highlights

Ashy and icy highlights look stunning on natural blond hair. Dyeing doesn’t require much time in this case. It’s also a low-maintenance highlighting technique which adds dimension and creates extra volume.

Light brown hair with blonde highlights

Source: @salonb_

16. Golden brown hair with highlights

Brunettes will like golden highlights. Lovers of golden brunette hair could choose from different tones. Sand, honey, and caramel streaks on dark hair create a rich shimmering color. Mix and match these shades with nut brown hair and get brightness together with volume.

Light golden brown hair with highlights

Source: @salonb_

17. Light reddish highlights

Highlights on natural red hair or dyed red brown hair create a caramel or burnt caramel shade. If you don’t like high-maintenance hair, this highlighting technique is best for you. In the sunlight the highlights look intense with a balanced gradation of hair color. In the end you will be pleased with an elegant and natural look.

Light reddish brown hair with highlights

Source: @salonb_

18. Brown hair with honey highlights

If your natural hair color is dull brown, lighten it and add to it some shine with warm honey highlights. It doesn’t require much toning and it stays fresh for long. It also looks more natural than ash hair. You should opt for it if you want to dye your hair gradually or change dark color to your natural hair color.

Brown hair with honey highlights

Source: @salonb_

19. Babylights on brown hair

Dark hair requires a cool shade of baby blonde for this coloring result. These platinum and natural looking babylights work especially well with fair skinned girls. Baby blonde contrasts against warm shades and creates this romantic and tender look.

Babylights on brown hair

Source: @hairloungenyc

20. Subtle Amber highlights

Amber highlights add warmth to nut-brown hair. They look in a more natural and fancier way than ash shades. A mix of a melting chocolate shade together with a tinge of amber looks great on dark brown hair. In the end you will rock this sun-kissed hair look.

Brown hair with amber highlights

Source: @hairbyamybee

21. Blonde and red highlights

Peach, caramel, sand streaks with a touch of ash color is an elaborated highlighting technique. It will help add a high-impact dimension and texture to fine and thinning hair.

Brown hair with blonde and red highlights

Source: @gingerhairgirl_erin

22. Ash Brown hair with blonde highlights

Ashy highlights are painted best on a natural blonde base. An ash hue brightens and makes you look younger as it hides grey hair and adds extra volume. Chunky American style highlights on your locks are a field to go creative.

Brown hair with blonde highlights

Source: @hairloungenyc

23. Blonde face framing highlights

This technique combines ombre and highlights on locks around your face. It brings attention to your make-up and face features. This coloring suits everyone who prefers natural looking hair. Last but not least, it looks stunning on short hair, particularly on shaggy.

Brown hair with blonde face framing highlights

Source: @luxelabel.hair

24. Blue highlights on brown hair

Subtle highlights with blue tips look creative and bold. It’s also an original way to accentuate blue eyes. This blue color matches with any brown shade. After the pigment is washed out, a colorist can retone the tips to any other dramatically awesome color.

Blue highlights on brown hair

Source: @hyvinvointipiste_charlotta

25. Burgundy and blonde highlights

Strawberry and cream is a match made in hair heaven. Juicy. Féminine. Vibrant. Burgundy and blonde highlights are perfect for a dark base color. Ash strands match well with burgundy highlights and create an intensive shade! It looks amazing on dark and chestnut hair. It’s a great option if you want to leave your black coloring in the past as well.

Burgundy and blonde highlights on brown hair

Source: @cristinalethgo

26. Auburn highlights on brown hair

A mix of melting chocolate balayage with a tinge of gold also suits chestnut hair. Lightened strands are colored with another shade of brown: a golden honey shade or a sand shade. They are lighter than the base color and combine well with a natural hair color. This mix is timelessly fashionable. It creates an elegant look and adds beautiful warm brightness to your face.

Auburn highlights on brown hair

Source: @hairbyamybee

27. Brown copper highlights

Highlights in flamy copper shades are best on dark colors, ranging from chestnut to black colors. A red shade creates a bodacious, lively effect to the image. Flamboyant spice copper hair is a high-maintenance look, but the result is worth it.

Brown hair with copper highlights

Source: @hairbyamybee

28. Contrasting Green highlights 

Creative people and people who love original ideas in make-up rejoice! Highlights of fresh cut grass color is on trend now. The color looks striking and it will get the attention towards your locks. Highlights are easily washed out and your tresses could be toned to another shade later on.

Brown hair with green highlights

Source: @avedaartists

29. Orange and purple highlights

Magenta, rose and crimson highlights make the look girly, tender, and romantic. This color combination is quite new in the field of coloring. It works best with fair hair. It requires constant care and coloring of the strands to help keep your hair looking gorgeous.

Brown hair with purple highlights

Source: @melinakahane1

30.  Maroon highlights

Juicy burgundy highlights don’t require a natural base and match any chestnut or dark blond hues. You can have your hair level 6 to 4 to get these wonderful highlights. The occasional warmth could be regulated with ash toning so you can get frosted plum color as a result.

Brown hair with maroon highlights

Source: @hairloungenyc

31. Ombre highlights

Chestnut or dark blond bottom hair is colored in ombre technique. Depending on your color preference, choose copper, sandy or creamy blonde. Classic ombre looks great in braids, buns, waves and it’s a low-maintenance technique.

Brown hair with ombre highlights

Source: @luxelabel.hair

32. Hot orange highlights

Brassy highlights on chestnut hair look like a flamboyant lion’s mane. The closer the color to an orange shade, the better is the result. These highlights look best with fair skinned women with blue or green eyes.

Brown hair with orange highlights

Source: @hairbysarahwilson

33. Hot pink peek-a-boo highlights

The twist of this technique is that you don’t always notice colorful bottom layer strands underneath natural colored hair. This technique is best for people who love to make braids, buns and create intricate hairstyles. Peek-a-Boo reveals it’s nature best in all the above mentioned styles.

Brown hair with peek-a-boo highlights

Source: @hairloungenyc

34. Peach and Pink highlights

Pink highlights go well with blonde and chestnut hair. If you are looking for a creative and romantic look, opt for dyeing brown hair pink.

Pink highlights on brown hair

Source: @hairloungenyc

35.  Elegant platinum highlights

Cool ash highlights look stunning on a natural blonde base. Painted strands should be very fine so your hair will look bouncy at the end of the application process. Classic American highlights are better done on long or even medium hair, for example on a long bob.

Brown hair with platinum highlights

Source: @askforamy

36. Fairy Rainbow highlights

Get in on the fun with these creative hair coloring! A colorist puts green, pink, blue, red and yellow pigments on already dyed hair. Rock this look with a bold make-up and informal style of clothes. Cherry on top? It matches all complexions.

Brown hair with rainbow highlights

Source: @hilaryish

37. Red balayage with black roots

Why try to get blonde on chestnut or dark blonde hair if you can ask for red auburn balayage. The color looks gorgeous on brown swirls. If you add a bit of ash toning, you can come across a beautiful frosty cherry hue.

Source: @hairloungenyc

38. Delicate silver highlights

Silver highlights are still one of the main trends in coloristics these days. It’s quite challenging to get this result if you have natural blonde hair darker than the 8th level. The full grey dyeing with sandy undertones is the best bet for women with grey hair.

Brown hair with silver highlights

Source: @kireibykate

39. Pastel highlights with brown roots

Dyeing hair strands in pastel blue, pink, green works well for blondish girls. These creative pastel highlights add a tender girly look.

Pastel highlights brown hair

Source: @sarahjeanhair

40.  Subtle teal highlights 

A teal color matches well with light and dark blonde as well as with chestnut hair. It accentuates blue eyes and matches an original make-up and a creative outfit.

Teal highlights on brown hair

Source: @teasintanglessalon

41. Barely there Frosted highlights 

Cool ash highlights from roots to tips are best to paint on natural fair blonde hair. You will get a dimensional and rich shade as a result. 70-80% of hair should be dyed as the first step but it’s still a mix and match of brown and platinum colors. It’s high-maintenance hair so be sure to tone it regularly and choose the right hair routine.

Frosted highlights for brown hair

Source: @naomipaintshair

42. Caramel highlights on brown hair

A combination of brown and gold creates a look of sun kissed hair. It also brightens your face. Be careful as light strands on brown hair could make you look like a chipmunk so add this caramel shade to save your image from the undesirable comparison.

Caramel highlights on brown hair

Source: @naomipaintshair

43. Sun kissed highlights 

If you have naturally light brown hair, you can dye it golden blonde. This color never goes out of style. It brightens your face and makes you look younger. Light golden yellowish color is a very natural shade and it doesn’t damage your hair much as it doesn’t require maximum dyeing.

Sun kissed highlights for brown hair

Source: @kirstiev.stylist

44. Brown curly hair with blonde highlights

Elegant fine highlights add fresh movement and texture to your curls. Locks already look voluminous but add these highlights and increase the volume up to 2-3 times.

Brown curly hair with blonde highlights

Source: @radicallycurly

45. Caramel highlights on brown curls

Want to freshen your dark-blonde and chestnut hair? Then opt for warm caramel highlights. The darker your hair, the brighter and warmer hue you can choose. Icing on the cake? Even more voluminous hair.

Brown curly hair with caramel highlights

Source: @radicallycurly

46. Red highlights on curls with brown roots

The best way to enliven your dark blonde is to add some red, copper and auburn highlights. Copper looks stunning on dark hair at levels 4-6.

Brown curly hair with red highlights

Source: @radicallycurly

47.  Cute money pieces and hightlits on brown bob

To help you add more dimension to a short hairstyle you need some creative coloring. An assymetrical, streamlined, long dark brown bob matches well with these highlights. To show the best of this technique, opt for a blonde color on face-framing strands.

Brown bob with highlights

Source: @naomipaintshair

48. Brown bob with caramel highlights

A lucent caramel shade freshens up chestnut hair. Brown hair with a tinge of white results in an amazing intricate hair color.

Brown bob with highlights

Source: @peachstockholm

49. Pixie cut with blonde highlights

It is rather challenging to choose a highlighting technique for short pixie or bixie cut. The color needs lengths to show itself fully. You can still opt for heavy highlights in cool or warm hues of blonde to enliven your hairstyle. Worry about the bounce effect? Incorporate spiral waves to your daily hairstyle routine.

Pixie cut brown hair with blonde highlights

Source: @elizazemlyanova

50. Short brown hair with balayage

If you have naturally fair or dark chestnut hair choose blonde highlights. And dyeing is almost obligatory for bob and shaggy haircuts to add this volume up.

Short brown hair with balayage

Source: @wellahairuki

51. Blonde highlights on straight brown hair

A classy American highlighting technique was created for naturally straight blonde or chestnut hair. It looks gorgeous on straight hair. You can tint your mane in ash or leave it in creamy gold. The latter is an eventual color after dyeing natural blonde hair.

Blonde highlights on straight brown hair

Source: @peachstockholm

52. Long layered hair with highlights

Highlights of natural chestnut hair and gradual change to ombre is a terrific idea for long brown hair with layers. It doesn’t suit short hair as it requires the length to go creative. Long hair instead will benefit some extra volume from this technique.

Long brown hair with layers and highlights

Source: @peachstockholm

53. Caramel highlights on brown base

Shoulder length hair needs volume and highlights are best to visually create the bounce and enliven the look. A caramel hue is trendy and a warm copper shade will also be a good choice that doesn’t overpower the hairstyle.

Medium length brown hair with caramel highlights

Source: @peachstockholm

54. Short brown hairstyles with caramel highlights

A short haircut for fine dark hair always needs more volume. It requires a day-to-day hairstyle and some highlights. To make the latter look natural, opt for caramel shades. It looks great on chestnut and light brown hair.

Short brown hairstyles with caramel highlights

Source: @diegomarcsant

55. Shoulder length hair with blonde highlights

Highlights on medium length hair give chestnut and blonde hair texture, volume and a new look for the whole image. A mix and match of sandy and ash strands creates dimension that naturally blonde hair doesn’t have.

Shoulder length brown hair with blonde highlights

Source: @cuttingitwithvic

56. Dark balayage 

Classic highlighting technique on medium natural fair hair looks like an intricate balayage. This beautiful effect won’t be possible on already dyed hair or brown hair. And you need to take care of this cool hue on your locks to maintain it as long as you can.

Ash brown hair with highlights

Source: @hairloungenyc

57. Straight brown hair with caramel highlights

Caramel highlights look best on chestnut and blonde hair. Highlights enliven tresses and create a lustrous effect. The darker your natural hair, the more subtle technique should be chosen for this look.

Straight brown hair with caramel highlights

Source: @peachstockholm

58. Сaramel highlights for short wavy hair

To bring life to your long bob opt for bouncy waves and caramel strands. This shade will show best on chocolate and blonde hair and gives the volume you are looking for.

Chocolate brown hair with caramel highlights short hair

Source: @baysidehairandbeauty

59. Highlights on brown base with blue eyes

Cool brown shades flatter most fair skinned girls with cool grey, blue color eyes. The strands should be colored in cool ash shades so the look will be well-balanced.

Highlights for brown hair and blue eyes

Source: @sinank4hraman

60. Highlights on dark base with olive skin

Highlights in warm hues will emphasise your tan. Honey, creamy, sandy or caramel-y shades are there to help you create a sweet look. For a ‘gala’ look, curl your hair a bit.

Highlights for dark brown hair and olive skin

Source: @sinank4hraman

61. Highlights on dark brown hair with brown eyes

Chunky highlights in warm shades for dirty-blonde or dark chestnut color accentuate your eyes and cheekbones. If you are willing to accentuate your face contour, lighten your face-framing strands. Girls with hazel eyes and fair skin can choose warm shades of blonde, burgundy, copper tones. Add a bit of curls and rock the party look.

Highlights for dark brown hair and brown eyes

Source: @sinank4hraman

Each of the above mentioned styles of highlighting technique could be adapted to different hair length, haircut and hair structure. And remember about the whole look and skin undertones as well. It’s worth mentioning that a hair care routine and high-maintenance will prolong your hairstyle and hair color. Thus, cool ash shades look elegant but require a lot of work at your home and with a colorist, and reddish-copper hues won’t be ideal for everyone. We hope that the information we shared with you will be useful to make the right choice.

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