29 Ways to Get Brown Highlights on Black Hair for Stunning Dimension

Avery Hunt
Avery Hunt Hair Colorist

Brown highlights on black hair is a hair color that adds instant depth and life to your tresses. With black as your base, the level of contrast you’ll have is sure to be astounding!

Whether you like subtle hues or beachy and bright highlights for your black hair, you’re about to find the best shade of brown highlights for black hair. These highlights reflect light to create a beautiful, dimensional appearance!

Pro colorist Luana Stavar from NJ did a tress talk with us about this dimensional combo. Her go-to rule? “Do something nice and natural! Avoid making your hair super light. I feel that when brunettes go too light too fast, they end up hating their hair in a few months,” she shares.

Stavar goes on to explain, “less is more! Don’t try to change your entire look in one session. Start slow and build your color within time.” You’ll find that this hair color is easy to maintain and effortless like a day at the beach!

When it comes to products, Stavar says that a good shampoo, conditioner, and mask are a must with a brown balayage. Don’t know which product brand to go with? Stavar loves the Truss Miracle Shampoo and Conditioner. Their heat protectant, the Truss Professional Amino Miracle, is also highly recommended.

Finally, Stavar says don’t forget to ask your colorist these major questions, “What is the maintenance like with this color? How much time will this session take? Do I need to see you for a glaze between balayages?”

Before your next hair color appointment, check out these popular photos of brown highlights on black hair.

auburn brown highlights on wavy black hair
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#1: Wavy Hair with Auburn Brown Highlights

Auburn brown highlights in your wavy black hair are everything! The movement boosts dimension, which also gives the appearance of more texture in your black hair. Pair your medium-length chop with a balayage for an ultra-natural glow.

Dark hair with balayage highlights
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#2: Dark Hair with Balayage Highlights

Consider a dark hair balayage with highlights. If you’re looking for dimensional highlights and want to stay within brown tones, try a warm caramel hue to complement a darker chocolate base color. The result is reflective and subtle, providing a noticeable contrast.

#3: Highlighted Natural Curls

Give your hairstyle a pop, and let your curls stand out with highlighted natural curls. Opt for a light brown or chestnut color against the darkest brown or black color. It will give you a stunning dimension. To keep your curls from becoming frizzy, grab your Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Cream. Squeeze a dime size amount into the palm of your hand, comb, twist through, and diffuse.

#4: Brown Highlights on Thick Curly Hair

Thick curly black hair looks great with brown highlights. Ask for a warm chestnut brown for a dimensional tone that will make brown, hazel, or green eyes pop. Wear your curls naturally dried. Use Moroccan Oil’s Curl Creme for definition and shine.

#5: Stunning Dark Chestnut Brown Highlights

Look stunning as you wear added streaks of a chestnut brown shade on your lengthy black hair. The brunette balayage creates a naturally warm tone that you can display with beachy waves. Definitely ideal for stirring up movement and a lively feel to amp up your thin locks.

#6: Light Brown Highlights on Dark Curly Hair

Have sparkling dimension with light brown highlights on dark curly hair. When you need to make your dark hair sparkle and shine adding light brown highlights will do the trick. Light tones will liven up your dark locks and give your hair a multi-dimensional shine. If you really want to glow, I suggest adding warm tones so your hair will glisten in the light.

#7: Effortless Partial Brown Highlights on Black Hair

Partial brown highlights on black hair create an effortless dimension and are a beautiful way to change up your monotone dark hair. Brown highlights are the perfect tone for darker hair, acting as an effortless natural tonal highlight. Consider partial brown highlights if you want a subtle change that takes minimal maintenance.

#8: Curly Black Hair with Golden Highlights

Curly black hair with golden highlights is a stunning look that everyone will love. Remember that when you bleach hair, especially your natural curls, your hair could feel dry. I suggest that you invest in some hydrating products to keep your mane looking soft and lustrous!

#9: Fresh Brown Burgundy Highlights on Black Hair

Brown burgundy highlights on black hair are a beautiful, fresh way to spice up your dark hair. Brown burgundy shines brightly when the sun hits it but can also have a more toned-down look with natural lighting. Warmer hues work best for women who already have a warmer skin tone, as it complements them.

Very dark hair with copper highlights
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#10: Very Dark Hair with Copper Highlights

Very dark hair with copper highlights will give you an authentic sunkissed look while instantly emphasizing its long layers for a more polished appearance. For maintenance, glossing your tresses every 4-6 weeks will help maintain unwanted brassy tones and shine.

#11: Low-Maintenance Black Hair with Subtle Highlights

Black hair paired with subtle highlights is a great low-maintenance hair hue! This natural-looking color will add subtle dimension and a soft sun-kissed glow to your tresses. You will be in awe of how seamless the grow-out will be.

#12: Fashionable Mahogany Brown Highlights on Long Hair

These mahogany brown highlights on black hair will add a fiery vibe to your look. Match the color of your long hair with layers for a more fashionable edge.

bronde highlights on african american hair
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#13: Bronde Highlights for an African-American Woman

Feel the confidence if you add some accentuating shades to your dark hair. These are the optimum bronde highlights for an African-American woman like you. Straightening your innate long curls may take hours, but its outcome is all worth it.

#14: Mushroom Brown Highlighted Curls

Apply a mushroom brown color to your highlighted curls. Curly hair already has a lot of texture in the style, and adding dimension can add to your curls. If your hair has a black to dark brown shade, add a level 7 mushroom brown tone to your highlights. The mushroom color helps mute some orange tones and brings out a cool, warm, balanced tone. Enhance your look, keeping it close to your natural aesthetic.

Beautiful mocha brown highlights on natural black hair
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#15: Beautiful Natural Black with Mocha Brown Highlights

Dare to rock your natural black hair with mocha brown highlights plus long voluminous waves now. The balayage is subtle yet rich to result in a sun-kissed look.

light brown highlights on sleek straight black hair
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#16: Light Brown Highlights on Sleek Straight Hair

It looks sensational and is low-maintenance. What more could you ask for? Light brown highlights on straight hair are stylish with a subtle edge for an easy growing-out process. The balayage shows depth and dimension even without the added waves to your long tresses.

#17: Vibrant Copper Brown Highlights

Featuring copper brown highlights to bring out the vibrancy into your black mane! Warm balayage and voluminous waves work as a team to make your long hair appear its finest!

Charming mushroom brown highlights on short black hair
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#18: Charming Mushroom Brown Highlights on Short Hair

Turn your black, shoulder-length bob into your most glamorous asset. Nothing beats these mushroom brown highlights on short hair. The dimension in this balayage gives a calming vibe, which also goes well with soft waves.

#19: Subtle Dark Brunette Highlights

Another subtle touch to jazz up your mid-length locks. Thanks to foilayage, dark brunette highlights will lighten your black tresses. Finish your style off with waves and texture for overall aesthetic beauty.

Feminine golden brown highlights on black hair
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#20: Feminine Golden Brown Highlights

Golden brown highlights will emphasize the layers on your haircut. If you have long and fine tresses, you can rock this style in no time.

#21: Yummy Honey Brown on a Long Wavy Hairstyle

A warm tone of honey brown to go perfectly with soft waves! This is how you class up your long, layered hair.

Classic dark brown and blonde ombre on black hair
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#22: Classic Dark Brown and Blonde Ombre Highlights

One thing’s for sure—there’s a gorgeous gradient effect happening here. Let your wavy locks experience a color melt, with foxy dark black and blonde ombre highlights. Try it on a thick, shoulder-grazing lob for added depth.

Popular espresso brown balayage on black hair
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#23: Popular Espresso Brown Balayage

Delicate waves on your long, lighter black hair will highlight the espresso brown balayage. If you’re a huge fan of anything fabulous, try adding these dimensional highlights to your dark locks.

#24: Delicious Chocolate Brown Highlights

The chocolate brown is an excellent addition to carry out dimension and a cooler tone to your mid-length hair. Style it with waves, and a glossier look for extra depth.

#25: Classy Caramel Brown Highlights

It has a classic beauty and is sure to add a dimensional illusion to your long hair! These streaks of caramel brown highlights will make you a total babe, especially if you have a tan skin tone.

#26: Unique Reddish Brown Balayage Highlights

Here are the reddish-brown balayage highlights to alter your fine, black tresses.

Lovely light ash brown highlights on black hair
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#27: Lovely Light Ash Brown Highlights

Say no to dull, black hair and choose to bring brightness with light ash brown highlights! You won’t be sorry about going for a light ash brown foilayage to add highlights to your long tresses. Waves on your hair will outline the added color, and look so much better under the sun.

mousy brown highlights on curly black hair
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#28: Full Curly Hair with Mousy Brown Highlights

What’s more gorgeous than full curly hair with mousy brown highlights? The accentuating color adds brightness to dark tresses. When going for this look, focus on the definition and volume of your locks. These two vital factors will give your long, black hair a fuller outcome.

#29: Warm Brown Highlights on Naturally Black Hair

Don’t be scared to try out a new color to add to your black locks. Why not take this black girl’s warm brown highlights as inspiration? Choose the brown or lighter shade that best matches your eyes. Wear a sew-in wig for instantly longer hair, and the highlights won’t damage your natural curls. Style it with waves for extra movement, too!