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32 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 32 different scrumptious tones and placements of this gorgeous color level to inspire your next hair hue!

#1 Color Melt

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This soft ombre has a beautiful transition from dark, almost black roots to a rich, warm colored light brown.

soft-ombre-hair-color-with-light-brown-ends

Style by Denise Granberry, L3 Salon, Spring Lake, NC

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Dark to medium neutral skin tones as well as warmer skin pigments will suit this look nicely. Dark to medium shades of brown should be able to lift up to this level of brown easily.

Tip:

Make sure you use deep conditioning products on hair that has been treated with bleach or other lighteners.

#2 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.

#3 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.

#4 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!

#5 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.

#6 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!

#7 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.

#8 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!

#9 Shiny Caramel Fudge

Written by Shannel Mariano

This hair color is rich and shiny with subtle depth, giving it a very natural feel.

Shiny Caramel Fudge Light Brown Hair Color

Style by Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

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:

If you throw color at this shade and level directly over blonde hair, there is a big chance that you end up with a muddy color. When going more than two shades darker, it is best to see a hairstylist to create and apply formula to repigment your hair before coloring it.

#10 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.

#11 Spicy Chai Latte

Written by Shannel Mariano

Adding a piece of warm copper will add spice to your light brown hair color.

Spicy Chai Latte Light Brown Hair

Style by Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

Spicy Chai Latte Light Brown Hair Back View

Style by Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin with warm 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:

Reds and oranges are usually the first colors to fade. Protect your orange accent by using a shampoo and conditioner that is made to protect color from fading.

#12 Blueberry Choco Swirl

Written by Shannel Mariano

This multi-dimensional hair color features different shades of warm light brown and pops of blue violet.

Warm Light Brown Haircolor with Pops of Blue Violet

Style by Payton Morales, Makeup by Betty Mekonnen, Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin with warm undertones will look best with this shade. Hair that is one to two shades lighter or darker than this color will easily achieve this tone.

Tip:

Using dry shampoo will help you go longer in between washes. It is best to put dry shampoo in your hair at night before you sleep so it can work on absorbing your excess oils through the night. Brush it out in the morning and feel refreshed.

#13 Chocolate and Cream

Written by Shannel Mariano

This base of rich warm milk chocolate with swirls of cream is positively delightful!

Chocolate & Cream Medium Style Light Brown Hair with Fringe

Style by Lacye Geitgey, Sheer Professionals Salon, Wooster, OH

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin with warm undertones will look best with this shade. Hair that is one to two shades lighter or darker than this color will easily achieve this tone.

Tip:

A great way to describe how thick you want your highlights to be is by comparing it with pasta. Choose from angel hair, spaghetti, fettuccini or a combinations of them.

#14 Sugar Cookie Highlights

Written by Shannel Mariano

This beautiful hair color features very natural-looking blonde hand painted highlights on light brown hair.

Light Brown Haircolor with Blonde Highlights

Style by Kimberly Morgan, Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin with warm undertones will look best with this shade. Hair that is one to two shades lighter or darker than this color will easily achieve this tone.

Tip:

The sun can make your hair color fade! Look for products that protect your hair from harmful UV rays.

#15 Lighten Up

Written by Shannel Mariano

Lighten up a base of dark chocolate with pieces of cool mocha highlights.

Lighten Up Base of Chocolate with Highlights

Style by Lindsay Ward

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Skin that is light to medium and has cool undertones will look best in these shades. Hair that is one to two levels darker or lighter than the base will easily achieve the base color and highlights.

Tip:

Lifting hair more than two shades lighter with hair dye exposes too much underlying warm pigment. Ash tones could be used to lift and neutralize, but will eventually fade and expose the underlying pigment. This is the reason why hair could look perfect for a few weeks and then turn brassy. If you want to lighten your hair more than two shades lighter, it is better to get highlights to give you the illusion of overall lightness.

#16 Rum Cake Brown

Written by Shannel Mariano

You can never go wrong with a combination of beautifully placed highlights, lowlights and a rich base color.

Light Brown Haircolor with Highlights and Lowlights

Style by Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

Light Brown Haircolor with Highlights and Lowlights Back

Style by Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Skin that is light to medium and has warm undertones will look best with these shades. Hair that is one to two levels darker or lighter than the base color can easily achieve these shades.

Tip:

Washing your hair with hard water could make your hair color not last as long.

#17 Soft Ribbons of Dimension

Written by Shannel Mariano

Try a soft base of cool mocha with ribbons of warm caramel and wheaty blonde for dimension.

Soft Ribbons of Dimension Light Brown Hair

Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Skin that is light to medium and has cool undertones will look best with these shades. Hair that is one to two levels darker or lighter than the base color will easily achieve these shades.

Tip:

When there are three colors in the hair, the tendency is for the eye to see the colors as a whole. When there are two, the eye has the tendency to look back and forth between the two colors. This is similar to how it is looking at a photo of two people versus three people.

#18 Iced Coffee

Written by Shannel Mariano

Hair color that looks solid from afar but actually has subtle dimension up close always looks expensive and sophisticated.

Light Brown Haircolor with Subtle Dimension

Style by Michelle Anderson, Savvy Salon, Cornelius, NC

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Skin that is light to medium and has cool undertones will look best with these shades. Hair that is one to two levels darker or lighter than the base color will easily achieve these shades.

Tip:

Hot water can cause hair color to fade. Try using lukewarm water instead!

#19 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.

#20 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.

#21 Cocoa Curls

Written by Shannel Mariano

This naturally curly neutral brown hair is always a winner!

light brown hair color

Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

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:

If you are somewhere in between and feel good in warm and cool colors, you are a neutral.

#22 Cinnamon Apple Pie

Written by Shannel Mariano

This gorgeous hair color has a warm, golden light brown base with a hint of spice and subtle highlights.

Warm Golden Light Brown Haircolor

Style by Sarah Courtney, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

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:

Some volumizing shampoo and styling products add volume to the hair by expanding the cuticle of the hair. This could cause color molecules to escape and lead to color fading.

#23 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.

#24 Milk Chocolate Surprise

Written by Shannel Mariano

A few swirls of white chocolate highlights pop towards the ends of this light brown base.

Light Brown Hair with Highlights

Style by Brittany Packer, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

Light Brown Hair with Highlights Side

Style by Brittany Packer, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Skin that is light to medium with neutral 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:

Make sure to tell your colorist if you are planning to get a different haircut. Your color placement could change depending on what haircut you are planning to get. You might even have to get your haircut done before your color service.

#25 Fine Mocha Highlights

Written by Shannel Mariano

Try this neutral chocolate base with fine sporadic pieces of mocha highlights throughout the hair.

Fine Mocha Light Brown Hair Color Highlights

Style by Amy Pallini, Sebastian, FL

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin with cool to neutral undertones will look best with this hair color. Hair that is one to two shades lighter or darker than the base color will easily achieve this color.

Tip:

Another way to determine if you look better in cool or warm tones is to ask yourself if you feel better in silver or gold jewelry. If it is silver, you are cool and look best in cool tones. If it is gold, you are warm and look best in warm tones.

#26 Pumpkin Spice and Whipped Cream Highlights

Written by Shannel Mariano

This delicious hair color features a rich warm brown base and a few fine light blonde highlights that are hand painted.

Warm Brown Haircolor with Light Blonde Highlights

Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

This color will look best on skin that is light to medium with undertones that are warm. It will be easily achieved on hair that is one to two shades lighter or darker this base color.

Tip:

Make sure to hydrate and keep your skin moisturized before coloring your hair.

#27 Peek-A-Boo Highlights

Written by Shannel Mariano

Cozy up to this warm cinnamon base with cool blonde highlights underneath.

Peek A Boo Light Brown Highlights With A Cinnamon Base

Style by Lauren Drozin The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

This color will look best on skin that is light to medium with undertones that are warm to neutral. It will be easily achieved on hair that is one to two shades lighter or darker this base color.

Tip:

You can also find out if you look better in cool or warm tones by looking at your veins. If they look more blue, you have a cool skin tone and will look best in cool tones. If they look more green, you have a warm skin tone and will look best in warm tones.

#28 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.

#29 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.

#30 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.

#31 Sweet Latte

Written by Shannel Mariano

This brown sugar base with fine iced latte highlights will brighten any face.

Sweet Latte Light Brown Shoulder Length Look with Waves

Style by Edie’s Styling Center, Oldsmar, FL

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light skin with cool undertones will look best in this hair color. Hair that is one to two shades darker or lighter than this base will easily achieve this.

Tip:

If you match tones that are too cool with a cool skin tone, you can potentially wash out its wearer.

#32 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!