When you want a change of look, maybe the best thing to do is to start with brown hair with blonde highlights.
For starters, you should know that highlights that will look best on you should be two shades lighter than your hair. And if you don’t want to make thin highlights – platinum blonde, you can try a few wider ones on long hair. These will give depth to your hair, especially if you put them on longer bangs.
If you have darker caramel blonde hair, you can try a few highlights in shades of gray or even golden blonde.
Colored highlights are also extremely popular during this time. However, some women only admire them, preferring a more subtle style. In this article, we’ll offer you some ideas for subtle strands, for a more natural look. When it comes to rich warm tones of earthy colors such as brown hair with blonde highlights there are countless possibilities you can dye your hair for a unique hairstyle.
We gathered over 100 ideas in this article to make sure you get plenty of inspiration! Discover your favorites below!
How to Keep the Perfect Shade and Shine of Blonde Highlights Longer
An ideal solution to keep your hair color for longer is to use a tinting shampoo with shades of purple. These products are specially designed for blonde hair and help you have a vibrant and shiny color.
The purple pigments in the shampoo are absorbed by the hair follicles, preventing and stopping the appearance of warm shades of yellow. Also, consider the type of shampoo you choose, as some may have formulas that are far too strong for your hair. You can ask for the advice of your stylist, who will recommend the right product for you.
Use tinting shampoo at least once a week, alternating with other types of shampoos. If you notice that the yellow shade returns too quickly, use the shampoo more often and leave it on the hair for five minutes. Instead, if the hair turns too gray, reduce the amount of shampoo and leave it in the hair for two minutes.
A little trick to avoid frequent washing of the hair, because with each wash the dye goes away, is to use dry shampoo from time to time.
I. Short Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
1. Short Pixie Undercut for Straight Brown Hair with Blonde Baby lights
When it comes to Pixie cuts, there are many ways you can style your locks, especially if you had an undercut that emphasizes the length difference between the top and bottom level of the haircut Adding subtle blonde highlights will bring luminosity and contrast.
2. Ultra Short Bob with Short Fringe for Dark Hair with Metallic Blonde Highlights
This ear-leveled bob in a dark brown color, cut with blunt cut bangs has a softer look thanks to the platinum blonde highlights applied evenly throughout the front part and brings luminosity to the face.
3. Pixie Cut for Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
With slightly curved strands and a messy styling, this pixie cut for brown hair has ultra-thin blonde highlights that create a gorgeous color melt in your hair and soften your facial features thanks to the warm tones!
4. Bob Short Brown Hair with Blonde Highlighted Fringe
Another cool way of adding a splash of color to your brown locks is to highlight the hair only from half down to create a contrast and a hallo effect around your feminine features.
5. Messy Pixie Cut For Short Hair with Blonde Baby Lights
With pointy long sideburns and a razor cut fringe, this messy short pixie haircut will surely catch the eye of onlookers and has a perfect blend of warm tones of brown hair and thin blonde highlights that illuminate your face!
6. Smooth Pixie Cut For Brown Hair with Blonde Baby Lights
An incredible texture can be preserved with the right hydrating products and a smooth cut that will make all your strands fall perfectly over your forehead and bring mystery to your face. The small, blonde baby lights ensure plenty of color for your hairstyle!
II. Bob Cuts For Brown Colored Hair With Blonde Highlights
7. Blunt Cut Bob with Contrasting Blonde Highlights
To spice up your typical bob haircut, which is an extremely popular one, adding contrasting blonde highlights will ensure your looks originality and contrast with the main brown tone of your locks! Each time you pass your fingers through your hair you get a completely different color!
8. Curly Brown Bob with Rose Gold Highlights
With beautiful shape and texture, the curly bob for brown hair with rose gold baby lights is an extremely chic choice and will ensure feminity to your looks! Make sure to keep those curls in shape by drying them with a heat diffuser.
9. Side-swept Bob with Chunky Blonde Highlights
With a chin-level length and a two-tone coloring, this side-swept bob has a wide front blonde highlight that creates a contrast with the brown shade and also reminds us of the glorious ’90s style chunky highlights!
10. Messy Chin Length Bob with Chunky Blonde Highlights
One way of ensuring a two-colored look is to apply a contrasting platinum blonde color only on the front area and keep the rest dark-colored. This way you can sport two different looks at the same time!
11. Feathered Chin Length Bob with Blonde Highlights
A chin-level length for fine hair is a good way of getting a bit of volume and you can swipe the top on a side to create a feathered effect that will allow all the beautiful blonde highlights to be displayed. Gorgeous!
12. ’90s Style Bob With Money Piece Highlights
A very cost-effective way of dyeing your hair is to opt for the so-called “money-piece” highlights, which is a term referring to the front highlights that frame the face and change your entire look with very little cost!
13. Chunky Bronde Lob
A combination between blonde and brown colors results in this beautiful melt of colors also known as a “bronde” which sweetens the rough look of your chunky lob! Trendy!
14. Straight Lob Brown Hair with Front Balayage
Straight, flowing strands that pass your shoulders in the front can bring plenty of luminosity and color and look super trendy when colored in a light shade of blonde, creating a subtle balayage for your hair!
15. Straight Lob with Chunky Blonde Stripe
With an even distribution around your roots, chunky blonde highlights create a full contrast with very little blending with the light brown color of your straight long bob. It’s a very ’90s style that has a comeback at the moment!
16. Chin Length Bob For Straight Hair with Thin Blonde Highlights
A very delicate look with subtle platinum blonde lights and dark brown colored hair that reaches chin-level, this bob frames the face at just the right spots that reveal your unique facial features.
17. Bronde Lob With Dark Roots
With a perfect blend of blonde and brown hues, this Bronde straight lob has slightly darker roots that make it two-colored and a cool, low-maintenance alternative to your classic balayage!
18. Lob Cut for Straight Brown Hair with Hidden Blonde Highlights
Surprise everyone around with a seemingly uniform color such as this rich brown straight lob that was added a side blonde highlight at the sideburns that are revealed when you pass the front strands over your ear. Perfect secret spot!
19. Straight Lob Cut for Brown Hair with Thin Blonde Highlights
These straight long blonde highlights displayed at an even distance throughout your mane create an alternating color with the brown base that was applied from the roots to the tips. It’s a beautiful visual effect!
20. Lob Cut with Bronde Color for Wavy Hair
Cut an angle, with relaxed waves, applied evenly, this brown hair with subtle blonde highlights that are increasingly longer as they approach your face to create a beautiful bronde color from halfway downwards and are a super trendy look!
III. Long Brown Hair With Blonde Highlights
21. U-layered Brown Hair with Blonde Tips
For a light, feathered look, opting for u-shaped layers and adding blonde tones at the tips can increase the soft look of your front strands and can be easily maintained in-between colorings.
22. Long Wavy Brown Hair with Subtle Front Blonde Balayage
A sunkissed look, with very bright and very thin blonde highlights that appear here and there will soften your dark brown colored mane and create a high contrast balayage, perfect for summer!
23. Wavy Long Brown Hair with Thin Blonde Babylights
A half-light, half-dark look was obtained by adding a warm blonde color for the side and front strands combined with soft waves that create a very feminine look for this long hair!
24. Brown Hair with Bright Blonde Highlights for Shag Hairstyle
A Shag haircut is a very trendy option at the moment and it will make your hair gain plenty of volume in the upper level with minimum effort. The only thing you can add for a fabulous look is these thick blonde highlights that will ensure maximum contrast!
25. Wavy Long Brown Hair with Two Face Framing Blonde Highlights
Keep it stylish and simple with a compact look such as this wavy long chocolate brown hair with a blonde money-piece added for the front strands for full contrast! Amazing hairstyle!
26. Goth Style Dark Brown Hair with Front Highlights
Another great style that requires minimum maintenance is a goth version of the brown hair with a highlights hairstyle. This dark-colored brown hair has two platinum blonde strands added in the front for extra luminosity!
27. Wavy Brown Hair with Strawberry Blonde Front Highlights
A very feminine mix, rich brown hair, and strawberry blonde strands can brighten up your face and create a cool colorful look that needs just a couple of front curls to be enhanced!
28. Red Brown Shiny Hair with Face Framing Blonde Highlights
A truly delicious mix of colors, dark brown hair with coffee-brown and dark-red colored highlights will amplify your hair’s natural shine and the face-framing blonde highlights will increase the overall contrast. Simply stunning!
29. Dark Long Brown Hair with Front Blonde Highlights
Simple, yet stylish, this dark long brown hair benefits the added blonde colored highlights halfway downwards that bring light and diversity to your looks and are super easy to maintain!
30. Chocolate Colored Hair with Blonde Highlights for Beach Waves Hairstyle
The perfect summer look, easy-breezy beach waves for chocolate-colored hair with blonde highlights applied halfway downwards and slightly curled for a feminine touch! Is there anything cuter than this?
31. Light Brown Hair with Front Thin Blonde Highlights
A chestnut-brown compact color for your long straight hair can be spiced up by adding thin face-framing blonde highlights to the foremost front strands and towards the tips for a soft contrasting hairstyle.
32. Beyonce’s Style Brown Wavy Hair with Symmetrical Front Blonde Highlights
A money-piece blonde highlight can do wonders for chocolate brown long hair since the added color will have a popping effect and bring luminosity to your face and eyes. Perfect diva look!
33. Long Wavy Brown Hair with Chunky Blonde Highlights
The famous ’90s hairstyle trend we all thought was gone for good is now back and rocking brown hair like never before! This dark-colored long wavy hair was added to two blonde chunky highlights to attract attention to the face!
34. Natural Beach Waves Brown Hair with Blonde Balayage Highlights
The main difference between simple highlights and balayage is that the contour and length of balayage strands can vary and is not as symmetrically applied as simple blonde highlights. This hairstyle will match your carefree bohemian personality.
35. Luscious Chocolate Brown Hair with Thin Blonde Highlights
These ultra-thin blonde highlights create a marbled effect for your chocolate brown long luscious strands and amplify the shine of your hair with no effort! Very sensual!
36. ’70s Shaggy Long Brown Hair with Front Blonde Highlights
A messy, voluminous shag haircut can be brought extra color and shine by adding front blonde highlights that will revive your brown color and create a visually stunning effect.
37. Straight Medium Long Light Brown Hair with Blonde Balayage Highlights
With a burnished bronze tone, these light brown hair have many light blonde highlights added evenly from roots downwards to lighten up the whole look! No matter which way you move, your hair will look gorgeous!
38. Long Wavy Dark Brown Hair with Money Piece Platinum Blonde Highlights
Dark chocolate brown locks with soft waves and a contrasting platinum blonde color that was swept all over the front strands are completed with a money-piece pair of blonde highlights as well so you can revive this look with minimum budget.
39. Straight Brown Hair with Front Thin Blonde Highlights
Natural brown hair can go a simple yet dramatic change if you choose to add thin blonde highlights in the front to create a bit of contrast and lighten up your face. Wear your hair straight for an evenly, straight look.
40. Long Wavy Brown Hair with Middle Part and Blonde Highlights
A rich, cinnamon brown color for your thick hair will look even more glamorous if you add a touch of golden blonde highlights evenly displayed throughout the mane for a blended look!
41. Smooth Long Brown Hair with Front Blonde Highlights
Medium brown hair with a thin texture and plenty of natural shine will look increasingly more colorful and fun with money-piece warm blonde highlights and subtle waves for a soft look.
42. Long Brown Hair with Wavy Blonde and Rose Gold Highlights
This multicolored brown hair has all the chances of making you look super feminine and sweet with just a touch of color! Simply combine light pink and rose gold highlights with chunky blonde strands to create this gorgeous look!
43. Rich Warm Brown Hair with Bronde Balayage Highlights
The color melt was done with super precision and skill for this bronze-brown long hair that looks ten times richer and shinier thanks to the blonde balayage applied in the front area.
44. Voluminous Brown Hair with Blonde Face Framing Highlights
Simple and easy to maintain this mixed-colored look was obtained with the help of a money-piece blonde highlight done in the front that amplifies the dark color of the rest of the hair and illuminates your skin.
45. Wavy Deep Parted Bronde Hair
With a very light shade of brown and buoyant bronde curls that flow freely around your face, this deep-parted hairstyle looks super expensive and super stylish!
46. High Contrasting Long Wavy Brown Hair with Balayage
A great visual effect that makes your wavy hair resemble the foamy waves of the ocean, this high contrasting balayage applied to dark brown extra-long hair is a super trendy look you can rock when you are tired with the same color of your hair.
47. Side-swept Long Hair with Blonde Highlights
Extra-long hair can benefit from the adding of subtle lighter highlights that will revamp your brown color and create a unique look for your voluminous mane! Especially suited for those with olive skin and green eyes, this look is fantastic!
48. Sunkissed Brown Wavy Medium Hair
For those who want just a minor subtle color change in their brown hair, adding highlights that are lighter with just a tone or two will create a sun-kissed effect and elegant look.
49. ’90s Style Dark Brown Hair with Front Blonde Highlights
A clear separation between the blonde highlights and dark hair, worn simply, with just a middle part and stick-straight strands that enhance the created contrast was defining for the ’90s look!
50. Curly Brown Hair with Subtle Front Blonde Highlights
Just a touch of color is ensured with these subtle blonde highlights that are in a good proportion in terms of width and length to the rest of the thin hair. The rich coffee brown strands mix well with the thin curls.
51. Sleek Wet Brown Hair with Top Blonde Highlights
Dark platinum brown hair and shiny light blonde highlights will create a high contrasting look amplified by the wet effect if you opt for this look!
52. Extra Curly Brown Hair with Sublte Blonde Highlights
Subtle dark blonde highlights added to the tips of your medium-long brown hair will soften your look and create a sun-kissed effect that is bound to make you irresistible!
53. Long Wavy Dark Brown Hair with Silver Blonde Highlights
A neutral dark brown color for extra-long hair that is also very thick can benefit from adding silver-toned blonde highlights since they will brighten up your look and create a splendid visual effect enhanced by the curls.
54. ’90s Style Chunky Blonde Highlights For Brown Hair
With an even display and decreasing width as they approach the face area, these chunky blonde highlights remind us of the ’90s hairstyle that is now revived and trending once again!
55. Voluminous Straight Hair with Baby Lights
For a more blended look, with undefined colors, these thin baby lights are placed super close to one another to bring a shiny coat of blonde strands over the main dark brown color.
56. Feathered Hair with Blonde Highlights
Like the internet saying goes “inner beauty is cool, but a little balayage hurt nobody”, this super feathered, relaxed look with thin blonde highlights is a gorgeous mix of dark and light brown-ish colors!
57. High Contrast Ombre
To make the most out of your long locks, you can mix in blonde strands from halfway downwards and direct all the attention to your fair skin and blunt bangs.
58. Dark Brown Hair with Chunky Blonde Highlights
Platinum blonde highlights that are displayed only when you pass your fingers through your hair to reveal the sideburns will diversify the color of dark brown hair and match your fair skin.
59. Dua Lipa’s Contrasting Brown Hair with Chunky Blonde Highlights
The famous singer is now a super trendsetter and can pull off even this ’90s era hairstyle with chunky blonde highlights and brown hair, styled as messy and carefree as possible yet seductive!
60. Light Brown Hair with Short Blonde Money Piece
Vamp up your long Rapunzel hair by adding a splash of blonde color using the money-piece coloring technique only on the short front strands. Maximum style with minimum resources!
61. Long Wavy Smokey Brown Hair with Money Piece Highlights
Adding just a bit of color to the front area will make your brown hair look sun-kissed and shiny with minimal effort and damage were done to your hair and a low-maintenance hair care routine.
62. Long Wavy Textured Hair with Money Piece Highlights
For this extra-voluminous textured curly look with two-colored strands, you will need a blonde money-piece and lighter tones of reddish-brown behind it that become increasingly darker around the roots. The extra fluffy effect can be obtained by combing your hair after curling it.
IV. Brown Hair With Blonde Highlights Updos
63. Messy Bun Updo for Brown Hair with Front Falling Blonde Highlights
To recreate this look you will need only a couple of front strands to be colored in blonde and you can pull all your hair in a messy bun on top of your hair and arrange it so that the hairband goes unnoticed.
64. Twist-outs for Brown Curly Hair
Twist-out will ensure that your natural curls get plenty of definition and you can tame their volume a little bit by tying the front parts divided by a middle part. The slightly lighter strands with blonde highlights soften your look!
65. Small Bubble Ponytails for Brown Long Hair with Blonde Highlights
Inspired by Jasmine, the famous Disney Princess, this feminine updo for long hair goes well with long brown hair with blonde balayage added here and there and can be a very feminine hairstyle!
66. Half-up Half Down for Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
This messy, voluminous, and playful hair updo has a mix of brown strands and blonde highlights that create a beautiful visual effect completed with a black organza hair ribbon for an elegant look!
67. Top Knot Half Updo for Long Hair with Blonde Highlights
To create a luscious shiny effect for your long strands, you can opt to put your hair in a top knot, carefully arranged using hair spray to be as high and sleek as possible, and leave the rest of the hair free falling and neatly combed. Perfect!
68. Messy Low Ponytail for Brown Medium-long Hair with Blonde Highlights
A simple hairstyle that matches this gorgeous combination of rich colors is the classic ponytail. In this case, you need to place the ponytail at the base of your nape and tie it as loose as possible for a relaxing effect!
69. Classic Low Sleek Bun for Brown Hair with Front Blonde Highlights
The perfect most elegant bun of all, the sleek low chignon, has a great contrasting color thanks to the blonde highlights that cover it. What a perfect wedding look!
70. Voluminous Curly Brown Hair with Side Cornrows and Subtle Blonde Baby Lights
After getting these gorgeous curls using a large barrel for your curling iron you can play with volumes and braid two small cornrows on the side of your temple while leaving the rest of the locks to fall freely and abundantly around your head.
71. J Lo’s Blonde Chunky Highlights
The 50 years old pop-diva is rocking the chunky blonde highlights with super confidence and is lucky enough to have a matching skin tone to the warm brown hair color.
72. Sleek Straight Half Updo for Brown Hair with Thin Blonde Highlights
Extra-long hair, either natural or with extensions can benefit from the added blonde highlights that will bring extra shine and color to long locks of hair. Simply tie half of it in a top ponytail and leave the rest free falling.
73. Dua Lipa’s ’90s Style Updo with Face Framing Blonde Bangs
While some of us are unsure about the ’90s aesthetics, the 25-year-old pop-singer rocks these face-framing chunky type bangs with super confidence along with bright blue makeup that is also inspired by the same trend.
74. Crimped Long Wavy Brown Hair with Blonde Balayage Highlights
With only a tone or two lighter than the warm chestnut brown hair, this crimped long look with a soft middle part is the perfect way to enjoy your long locks!
75. Tinker Bell Updo with Fringe And Side Wings
A good way to display your blonde highlights is to add an asymmetric fringe to your long hair and tie the rest in a Tinker Bell bun with neatly combed sides. This look is a perfect match for elegant occasions also!
76. Twisted Braided Updo For Medium Brown Hair with Blonde Tips
To recreate this two-leveled brown-blonde hairstyle you will need to twist and braid a single ponytail as messy as possible thus creating an exquisite melange and a unique look.
77. Crown Braided Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
This sun-kissed look matched by the boho-inspired hairstyle is the perfect feminine updo you can ask for! Pull out a couple of thin strands for the messy effect!
78. Box Braids For Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
Caramel and platinum blonde-colored braids will go perfectly with your brown-toned skin and neutral makeup and you can add a couple of colored hair beads for extra color.
79. Half Updo For Long Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
The perfect beach hairstyle, this half-updo has a high ponytail and the rest of the hair is freely falling around to display a cascade of warm tones with complementary blonde, caramel, and dark brown hues.
80. Summer Braid for Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
A perfectly relaxed look with a messy side braid and free-falling long hair will display blonde strands and dark brown locks together in a beautiful manner.
81. High Single Braid For Brown and Blonde Hair with Baby Hair
To get this look you will need to create a tight braid on top of your crown area and place it on one side of your head while carefully covering the hairband with a strand of hair. Use hair oil and fixating spray to create the swirls on your forehead and ensure maximum shine!
82. Long Brown Hair with Blonde Braids
A chocolate brown colored hair with thick side braids and subtle blonde thin plaits is a super cool way of wearing extra long hair! Don’t forget about the curtain bangs for your straight hair that will direct the attention to your eyes!
83. Classic Low Braided Updo for Brown Hair with Soft Blonde Highlights
A neutral brown color can become softer and feminine if you choose to add little blonde highlights to the tips. It’s the perfect mix for a cool bridal updo with side braids and a twisted bun on your big wedding day!
84. High Ponytail for Brown Hair with Caramel Blonde Highlights and Curls
Adding thin caramel blonde highlights to your dark brown hair will accentuate the different angles of your hair shape and enhance your curls after pulling your hair in a high ponytail.
85. Finger Waves Retro Brown Hair with Blonde Highlighted Tips
Say hello to this sultry seductive hairstyle that looks gorgeous on any woman not afraid to display her feminine side. To direct the attention towards the face wear your brightest red lipstick with these retro curls.
86. Japanese Style Space Buns For Brown Straight Hair with Blonde Highlights
This hairstyle is very playful and innocent looking and the two colors make the distinct textures even more contrasting. Way to go!
87. Braided Fishtail for Brown Hair with Ultra-Thin Blonde Highlights
Subtle, micro-highlights applied here and there on your dark brown hair will add femininity and brightness to your mane and create a soft visual effect when braided.
88. Toffee Hair with Blonde Highlights and Hair Accessory
With chunky straight blonde highlights, this warm bright toffee brown hair is very sweet looking worn with a colorful hair accessory you can use to draw attention towards the eye makeup.
89. Loose Ponytail With Thin Blonde Highlights
A simple yet classic ponytail is the go-to option of everyday hairstyles and is also suited for displaying the different tones in your hair color! Chic!
90. Brown and Bronde Color Melt
This color melt executed with master precision combines different shades and reflections to display a warm dark brown in the upper area combined with light blonde highlights towards the tips. Excellent!
91. Curly Brown Hair with Headband
To complement your brown and blonde shades of hair you can opt for a funky hair accessory such as this leopard-print headband that will complete the earthy tones!
92. Half Buns for Balayage Hair
To recreate J Lo’s cool hairstyle you will need clear separation of your crown area into 4 distinct parts. The front ones you will curl using a large barrel curling iron while the ones in the back will be tied in relaxed space buns for extra volume!
93. Messy Bun with Blonde Highlights
A negligent, messy bun is the perfect, simplest way of displaying your blonde highlights and it only takes one minute to create. Check our list of updos for more styles like this one!
94. Top Knot for Box Braids
Caramel blonde and brown box braids for long hair can be worn in a top knot as well to increase your hair’s volume and to free your face from all the extra weight!
95. Bridal Updo Hairstyle for Chocolate Hair with Blonde Highlights
Delicious swirls of chocolate-brown strands and thin blonde highlights will make your classic bridal updo a total success! Pull out a couple of strands to create an artistic negligent look!
96. Twist Bubbles Braid For Brown Hair With Rose Gold Highlights
With a super-soft contrast between the colors of the highlights and a twisted braiding technique, this hairdo is the perfect Princess hairstyle we all fantasize about wearing on a special occasion!
97. J LO’s Space Buns for Balayage Hair
This extra-girly look will make your inner child come out and play and also create a unique display of brown and blonde tones in your locks!
98. Boho Pull-through Braid for Balayage Hair
A neutral brown color mixed with bright platinum blonde highlights makes this intricately braided ponytail even more impressive than it already is! Start from the hairline and stop just above the nape to create the pull-through braid and leave a couple of strands out for a messy look.
99. Voluminous High Ponytail with Money Piece
Plenty of volumes and extra color are ensured with this high ponytail that was teased and sprayed to stay as messy as possible in contrast with the blonde-colored front strands that frame the face! Impressive!
100. Afro Hairstyle for Brown Curly Hair
Wearing a medium-long Afro when you have a subtle blonde brown balayage will soften the look of your natural curls and bring femininity to your looks in an instance!
101. Money Piece Blonde Highlights for Cinnamon Colored Hair
This stunning hairdo has only two front waves and straight bob-cut strands in the rest, but the amazing blonde colors bring the whole game to a new level of awesomeness!
From revived ’90s style chunky blonde highlights to ultra blended blondes, the brown hair with colored highlights variations is sure one of the trendiest hairstyles nowadays! No matter if you have fine thin hair or long swoopy layers this coloring option can work for your looks! Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!