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21 Light Brown Hair Colors That Will Take Your Breath Away

Go right in between the color scale and have it all with a light brown hair color. Not too dark, not too light, but just right. Here are 19 different scrumptious tones and placements of this gorgeous color level to inspire your next hair hue!

  • Mocha Swirl

    Q&A with style creator, Carrie Murtaugh
    Independent Stylist @ The Beehive Hair Salon in Berlin, Ohio


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    Mocha swirl is what I like to call this color! My favorite thing is the fact that this particular color works well for blondes who are wishing to try a brunette. It’s not too dark or warm, therefore it is easy to get back to blonde once summer rolls around.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    For this color, I highly recommend the Kenra Professional Bronze Metallics Series color. For styling, I always love my Aquage Uplifting Foam and Kenra Blow Dry Spray.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    This color is pretty versatile as it doesn’t exactly fall into a warm or a cool category.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    My best tip to recreate this style is to ask your stylist for a soft mocha brown with neutral blonde accents.

  • Natural Light Brown

    Q&A with style creator, Sussi Svensson
    Hairstylist @ Novembersalongen in Sweden, Ängelholm


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is a natural look that is close to the customer’s own light brown color. She can let it grow out without having to come into the salon very often.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    I used Wella’s Illuminacolor for the color, and for styling I used a big wand. Before drying, I always use a shine cream and a few drops of oil.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    I think this color is good for those who need color but want to look “uncolored”.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    Use the large Cerawand to curl, let the hair cool, brush it carefully, then finish with a shine spray. I just used the wand a little bit on her ends. She doesn’t like her hair curled, but not totally straight either.

  • Dimensional Bronde

    Q&A with style creator, Jordyn Lindsay
    Hairstylist @ Modify Hair Studio in Windsor, Ontario


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is a dimensional bronde, the perfect alternative to all over blonde in the winter. My favorite thing about it is that it’s lower maintenance than your standard rooted blonde, but still packs a punch with dimensional highlights and paneled lowlights throughout. It’s very wearable during the drab winter months.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    I usually prep the hair with a heat protectant like Revlon’s Uniq1 Spray and follow with a blow dry aid like Just Blow from Peter Coppola. Depending on how well my client’s hair holds curl, I might use a working hairspray while curling, and I always finish with a glossy shine spray like Revlon’s Glamourama or AG Firewall.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    I think this color works best on people with neutral tones in their skin, as well as on people whose hair is naturally within two shades of the end result. The color and style are very well suited to finer hair because the placement of the lowlights under the brighter highlights adds some depth to hair that can otherwise look flat otherwise. The soft wave also creates the illusion of fuller hair that still looks touchable.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    Because this look is on the ashier side, maintaining the color with regular toning or glossing treatments in salon is important. I also recommend a purple-toned shampoo for at home maintenance to all my lightened or blonde clients to keep brassiness out. Regular maintenance in the salon and at home will keep the color looking fresh and ensure that the tones don’t become washed out and drab.

  • South American Summer

    Q&A with style creator, Eduardo Eulalio Sampaio
    Hairstylist in São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo – Brazil


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This light brown is a strong trend for summer, especially in Brazil. This style is very nice because it highlights both the skin and the eye color to really brighten a woman’s face.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    To keep the hair high quality, the use of professional brands like Wella, Loreal Professional and Schwarzkopf is very important.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    This style and color works with all hair types and skin tones. It is a great option for those with darker hair that want to lighten things up.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    In my professional opinion, the color gradient is what makes a light brown like this perfect. To maintain this color, always use your “old friend” — a moisturizer cream.

  • Pops of Honey

    light brown hair pops of honey

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    Q&A with style creator, Jasmine Cardenas
    Hair and Makeup Artist @ Salon 1971 in Downey, CA


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is a soft golden look with pops of honey blonde. I love that this look is season-friendly. It’s light for the spring and summer seasons, but still has some of that richness for fall and winter.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    As far as color goes, I definitely love Schwarzkopf’s golden and beige tones which are used in this look. Their -4 series never fails to impress. To style the hair I used UNITE hair products. I love all of their products because they’re not heavy on the hair at all, allowing me to give clients a light and bouncy look.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    The look is versatile and anyone between light to mid-brown tones can rock this look. As far as hair types, I would say straight, wavy and curly types can pull this look off. The trick is the placement of the lighter pieces for each of these hair types.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    My best tip in recreating this color is to analyze what undertones and color the client already has. We don’t want to add more gold on top of red or auburn tones because it will make it too warm. This is a soft gold which means the gold is controlled.

    As far as the style, I used a Hot Tools 1-inch curling iron to create waves. To maintain the look, make sure the client takes care of your work at home. Using sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners (like UNITE) will prolong the life of the color in between visits. Also when I do retouches, I not only do the base but I make sure to use a toner at the bowl to give the hair an over all refreshed look with some shine.

  • Romantic & Soft

    Q&A with style creator, Charlene Buonaccorso
    Stylist / Owner @ Cheleganti Hair in Townsville, Queensland, Australia


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is a romantic and naturally soft look. What I love most about it is the color texture within her hair. The tones all blend so well, giving maximum shine and dimension to her fine hair. The soft curls on her ends gives the illusion of more thickness, which is what we aim for with her regular visits. I love how this color bought out her blue eyes and made her skin glow, and I really love how it made her feel!

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    I’m a lover and proud stocker of MoroccanOil and EVO. Every time I start a blow dry, the MoroccanOil Light Oil Treatment is added for moisture infusion, for speeding up drying time, and for that added heat protection which is so very important.

    I am also a lover of the MoroccanOil Volumizing Mousse. This product gives the softest of body, but holds beautifully for that “naturally” styled hair. To finish, I just cannot go without my EVO Miss Malleable Hairspray for that finished soft hold. Lastly, I love EVO Love Touch Shine Spray for shine and gloss. Warning, it smells so good you might want to eat it!

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    This color is best suited for cooler skin tones because the color really makes those skin tones glow. Warmer skin tones may be too much for the skin and clash. It is best suited hair for this style that is fine in thickness and medium in length. Too much hair thickness will make your finished look even more bigger and thicker and you wouldn’t get those intricate and detailed ends.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    Visit the salon every six weeks for touch up maintenance as hairstyles/hair colors loose their shape and color hue if left much longer than that. Also, a home care regime is ultra important in maintaining your salon colored hair in its best condition.

  • Gingerbread Delight

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    This look features neutral hand painted highlights over a cool base color.

    Light Brown Haircolor with Hand Painted Highlights

    Style by Sean Rocco Salon, Charlotte, NC

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Dark to medium neutral skin tones will suit this look well. Hair that is medium to light brown will easily achieve this color.

    Tip:

    Heat could cause hair color to fade. Apply heat protection to damp hair before blow drying to protect the hair from the heat of the blow dryer.

  • Golden Honey Lights

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    Beautiful golden honey highlights lighten up this warm base for an extra rich hue.

    Light Brown Haircolor with Golden Honey Highlights

    Style by Alison Wilson, Makeup by Robbin Jackson, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Medium to light skin with a warm tone will suit this hair color well. Hair that is naturally medium in color will easily achieve this color.

    Tip:

    You should protect your hair specifically from the heat of irons by using a thermal protection spray. These usually have an aerosol delivery which keeps the hair from getting too wet, allowing you to use an iron immediately after. Some are more wet and could actually revert your hair to its natural texture. It would most definitely be a waste of your efforts blow drying, especially if your goal was to straighten your hair.

  • Warm Contrast

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    These warm highlights really brighten up this beautiful base. The color starts out more defined at the roots, then blends in beautifully as it reaches the ends.

    Light Brown Haircolor with Warm Highlights

    Style by Kim Dotro, Moda 33 The Salon, Rahway, NJ

    Light Brown Haircolor with Warm Highlights Side

    Style by Kim Dotro, Moda 33 The Salon, Rahway, NJ

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Medium to light skin tones with a warm tone will suit this hair color well. Hair that is naturally medium to light in color will easily achieve this hue.

    Tip:

    There are products that protect the hair not only from the sun, but also from artificial light. Do you product research to protect your new light brown hair color!

  • Praline Glow

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    This warm and chunky yet well blended highlights brighten up the face on this warm base.

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Dark to medium skin with a warm tone will suit this hair color well. Hair that is naturally dark to medium will easily achieve this color.

    Tip:

    One of the best ways to protect your hair from the sun, especially if you are going to be out for a long time, is to wear a hat or a scarf.

  • Caramel Brulee

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    These is an edgy, high contrast look, yet it is very blended in the right places. It is a combination of an ombre and balayage technique. So on trend!

    Caramel Highlights on Wavy Hair

    Style by Emily Rutt, Makeup by Jason Kelly, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    Caramel Highlights on Wavy Hair Side

    Style by Emily Rutt, Makeup by Jason Kelly, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Medium skin with a warm tone will suit this hair color well. Hair that is naturally medium in color will easily achieve it.

    Tip:

    It takes all hair color 48 hours to fully process. Try not to shampoo until then!

  • Caramel Flan Latte

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    Ribbons of different warm toned highlights give this light brown hair color beautiful dimension.

    Light Brown Haircolor with Caramel Highlights

    Style by Natalie Young, Makeup by Kristian Bailey, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    Light Brown Haircolor with Caramel Highlights Back

    Style by Natalie Young, Makeup by Kristian Bailey, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Light skin with a warm tone will suit this hair color well. Hair that is naturally medium to light will easily achieve this.

    Tip:

    When using products, make sure to pick ones that are clear. Products with a tint of color could build up on your hair and affect your color.

  • Choco Apricot Twist

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    Adding warmth to hair doesn’t always have to be red or golden. Try some hand painted apricot highlights on a base of light brown hair.

    Light Brown Hair Colors

    Style by Randy Currie, Makeup by Jeff Moss, Currie Hair Skin & Nails

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Medium to light skin with warm undertones will look best in this color. Hair that is no more than two shades lighter or darker than this level and is medium in texture will easily lift or darken to this shade.

    Tip:

    Toners are used after bleaching to either neutralize or intensify the tone of your bleached hair. They usually last up to six weeks. Once they fade, all you have to do is go back to the salon and get them re-toned again.

    It’s a quick and inexpensive process. You won’t have to go through the highlighting/bleaching process again!

  • Blonde Roast Coffee Highlights

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    This hair color features cool, dark blonde, hand painted highlights on cool, light brown hair.

    Cool Light Brown Haircolor with Dark Blonde Highlights

    Style by Sara Kimberl, Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Light to medium skin with cool undertones will look best with this hair color. Hair that is two shades darker or lighter than this will easily lift or darken to this shade.

    Tip:

    When should you wash your hair? Wash your hair when it is dirty. You don’t really need to stick to a schedule. The longer you go in between washes, the longer your color will last.

  • Sun Goddess

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    Look like you got your hair lightened by the sun and not your hairdresser with this color placement. Just like what you see on little kids, hair that is closest to the face and towards the ends naturally gets lighter from the sun.

    Sun Goddess Pulled To The Style Light Brown Hair Style

    Style by Hadley Burtscher, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    Sun Goddess Pulled To The Style Light Brown Style Side View

    Style by Hadley Burtscher, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Skin that is light to medium with warm undertones will be enhanced by this color.

    Tip:

    Hair with highlights from the sun are usually lighter around the face and on the surface. The hair underneath is usually darker since it is not exposed to the sun.

  • Caramel Balayage

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    Highlights like this beautiful neutral dark blonde on light brown hair add texture and give more drama to a style with waves.

    Dark Blonde Highlights on Light Brown Hair

    Style by Samella Ajavon, Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

    Dark Blonde Highlights on Light Brown Hair Back

    Style by Samella Ajavon, Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Light to medium skin with neutral undertones will look best with this color. Hair that is one to two levels lighter or darker will look best with this shade.

    Tip:

    Using heat styling tools like curling irons, flat irons and blowdryers without heat protection could make your hair color fade sooner.

  • Subtle Dimension

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    We love this base of soft cool brown with wheat blonde highlights and warm honey beige lowlights.

    Subtle Dimension Loose Brunette Style with Highlights

    Style by Christine Adkins, Textures Hair Studio, Garden City, NY

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Skin that is light to medium with warm undertones look best with these shades. Hair with a base that is one to two levels lighter or darker will easily achieve this hair color.

    Tip:

    There are ways to figure out if you look better with warm or cool colors. If you could choose only one of the two, would you feel prettiest in a neon orange or neon pink shirt? If your answer is neon orange, you are warm and will look best in warm tones. If you answer is neon pink, you are cool and will look best in cool tones.

  • Iced Caramel Latte

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    This blend of coffee bean lowlights, golden blonde highlights and a few pieces of warm caramel are positively inviting.

    Iced Caramel Latte Light Brown Hair Color Style with Curls

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    Iced Caramel Latte Light Brown Hair Color Style with Curls Side View

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    This color will look best on skin that is light to medium with cool to neutral undertones.

    Tip:

    Adding a few warm pieces gives a cool hair color some pop and prevents it from being too cool and washing out the person wearing it.

  • Toffee Ombre

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    This gorgeous ombre transitions from dark chocolate to toffee.

    Toffee Ombre Light Brown Long Look

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

    Medium to dark skin tones with warm to neutral tones will look best in this shade. It is important for the hair to be in good condition before getting this color technique.

    Tip:

    Hair grows ¼ to ½ an inch every month. You can imagine how old your ends are! They usually have been subjected to physical, chemical, and thermal damage. Bleaching your hair could be the end of the line for you ends. You can ask your stylist to do a strand test to ensure that your ends won’t get damaged.

  • Butterscotch Ombre

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    A neutral chocolate brown base that transitions into a warm butterscotch shade is super hot right now.

    Butterscotch Ombre Neutral Base with Highlights

    Style by Cutting Loose Salon, Sarasota, FL

    Butterscotch Ombre Neutral Base with Highlights Front View

    Style by Cutting Loose Salon, Sarasota, FL

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Light to medium skin with warm undertones will look best in this hair color. If the base has to be colored, it is best that it be one to two shades lighter or darker to begin with.

    Tip:

    The whole point of getting an ombre hair color is to be able to have low maintenance hair. Choose a base that is closest to your natural color so you don’t have to worry about retouches.

  • Maple Butterscotch Delight

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    This look features a natural looking mixture of butterscotch and maple brown pieces.

    Maple Butterscotch Delight Light Brown Hair Color

    Style by Kim Yokie The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

    Light skin with neutral undertones will look best in this color. Hair that is one to two shades darker or lighter that this color will easily achieve it.

    Tip:

    Hair with dimension looks more natural that one solid hair color.

    Whatever level, tone or placement you pick, make sure to see your favorite hair professional to formulate your light brown color based on the many different factors that affect your hair. Choose your favorite of these light brown hair colors and rock it!