22 Best Honey Brown Hair Color Ideas for Light or Dark Hair

Try one of these popular honey brown hair colors if you’re having trouble making a decision between having light hair or dark. Are you wanting a change but nothing too drastic? Shades of honey-brown might be the perfect choice for you. Honey is a warm color, but not overly warm (think soft gold rather than orange or red). It’s flattering to most skin tones, and for most, it’s only a few shades away from your natural color. Less contrast means lower maintenance – hooray!

Reddish Brown to Honey Ombre

Reddish brown to honey ombre for brunette hair
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Auburn, when mixed with honey, shows off its warm undertones that complement tan skins so well. This color melt will make you an outdoor person because you’ll be wanting to show off its fiery-ness under the sun.

Medium Length Butterscotch

Medium length butterscotch hair
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Naturally dark to medium hair would achieve this sweet butterscotch beautifully. A medium-length haircut is just enough to show off this smoothly transitioned ombre if you don’t want the upkeep that long hair needs.

Dark Honey Brown

Dark honey brown hair
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Cinnamon Red with Streaks of Honey

Cinnamon red hair with streaks of honey
Instagram @salonhairhaven

You can take your hair to the next level when you mix the right colors together especially the top three trendiest colors of all time – brown, blonde, and red. Play with the many dimensions and styling ways you can do with this hairstyle.

Honey Toffee Hues on Wavy Hair

Honey toffee hues on wavy hair
Instagram @hair.by_kara

A marvelous way of getting lightened for the summer – a warm beautiful, multi-tonal balayage. It’s super effective if you wanna keep your long hair yet give the illusion of a light one.

Mocha with Honey Hues

Mocha hair with honey hues
Instagram @jeaneane_moreno_hairstylist

A subtle way to punch up your pretty brown hues is by getting honey streaks. Plus it gives you that effortless dimension and depth that your natural hair needs.

Caramel Honey Brown with Naturally Curly Hair

Picture of a noticeable naturally curly brunette honey brown hair
Instagram @salonchristol

Highlighted natural curls are super desirable when you’re craving for dimension and texture at the same time. Don’t forget to always moisturize those stunning locks, as these colors can dry you hair out if not properly taken care of.

Natural Light Honey Brown

Picture of a natural light honey brown brunette hair
Instagram @lisalovelylocks

Mesmerize everyone with this natural looking hair with subtle honey highlights! It’s a proven way to make medium thin hair look dimensional and full of volume.

Long Hair with Hazelnut Honey Brown Highlights

Picture of a long chocolate honey brown brunette curls
Instagram @bellgoh1267

A super pretty style if you have long chocolate-colored hair! Add some waves and delicate honey highlights at the end to add softness and give you a more dramatic look.

Straight Hair with Ashy Honey Brown Highlights

Picture of a stand-out straight middle part brunette honey brown
Instagram @brazilianbeautystudiowa

These adorable honey highlights painted on straight black hair make the whole hairstyle pop out with the dimension it offers. Style it with a center part that is perfect for faces with symmetrical sides for a more interesting look.

Short Hair with Golden Brown

Short brunette hair with golden brown highlights
Instagram @hair.by.niki

Q&A with style creator, Niki Germain
Hairstylist @ Amber Michelle Hair Salon in Flower Mound, TX

How would you describe this look?

One of my favorite haircuts is a pixie. I love how versatile they can be. Her look is very natural, golden brown with natural highlights that’s great for warm, golden skin tones.

My client has a very professional, business vibe and enjoys working out or being active with her son outdoors, so this pixie is perfect for her. Plus she has very thick hair, so keeping the sides and nape area very short and type is good for her to stay cool in South Florida, where it’s summer pretty much all year.

She can wear it to the side as shown or bring out her curl/wave texture on top and brush it back for a sleek look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If a client sat in my chair and said they wanted this haircut, I would ask them if they ever had short hair like this before. If not, I would ask what makes them want to go so short? I would pull their hair away from their face, making a fake bang look and ask them if they like what they see and can get used to seeing this much of their face. I do this because that has changed some of my clients’ mind about going that short.

You really need the personality and lifestyle for this haircut to make you feel good. Some women feel secure with long hair around their face, so when it’s permanently gone they feel naked and insecure, even with all the compliments they get on the new look.

This haircut is nice for women who have strong or bubbly personalities, or women who aren’t attached to their hair.

Great for new moms so their babies can’t pull on their hair, great for athletes and medical professionals so their hair isn’t getting in their way and they don’t have to worry about tying their hair up.

This haircut is great for most face shapes (oval, heart-shaped, round), but it could make round faces look rounder. It also accents necks and makes them appear longer, so if you feel like your neck is too long with medium to long hair, you may want to pull your hair up and away as I previously discussed to make sure you feel comfortable with the look.

As for hair types, my client has a wavy texture but is willing to blow dry it in the mornings and apply a molding paste to hold the style. This look can be high maintenance if you don’t like how your hair air dries or if you have any cowlicks along the hairline.

Soft Brown with Honey Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Anais Valdez
Independent Stylist @ Salon Ambre’ in Temecula, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is a free hand painted dimensional and textured balayage. I wanted to create movement with color placement.

I hand painted the blonde and hand painted the chocolate brown next to each other to make the lightness from the blonde pop. I knew that when the hair moved the dark would accentuate the blonde and create that beautifully textured movement.

This look paired up with delicate beach waves completes the look. By waving the hair it helps the colors swirl together creating the dimensional color stand out from the crowds!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a versatile color that fits many types of personalities, face shapes, and hair types because it is a custom freehand hair color painted look.

It is customized to enhance each individual’s hair and face shape. That is the reason why balayage and freehand hair painting have become very popular. It gives clients the ability to have a low maintenance blonde look.

Since the roots of the hair are left on its natural tone, it gives the freedom to the client in waiting several weeks before getting a touch-up.

Invest in a texturizing spray. This look is all about texture and movement. It is ideal to add such a spray to your vanity that will help create that beautifully textured look.

Gorgeous Golden Hue

Gorgeous golden hue for brunette hair
Instagram @hairbynatalian

Q&A with style creator, Natalia Nugent
Master Stylist @ Gregory’s Hair Studio in Merritt Island, FL


How would you describe this look?

I love how this dimensional color transitions from a darker copper at the roots to a lighter copper through the ends, emphasizing the long layered cut for a soft and a natural effect.

This look works with most hair types and goes well with light and clear skin that has a golden or peach undertone.

It would suit a wide range of lifestyles from the businesswoman who wants to add a little brightness to her professional look, to the stay at home mom who craves a little change and excitement in her everyday routine.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For those who consider going with this hair color, it is important to use a shampoo that is gentle on the color treated hair and protects it against fading.

Deep Brown with Honey-Caramel Highlights

Deep Brown with Honey-Caramel Highlights
Instagram @mizzj_at_play

Q&A with style creator, Jamie Pierce-Elwell
Senior Stylist @ Saulino Smith Salon in Santa Monica, CA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a rich and warm bronde balayage.

What I love most about this particular look is the combination of cool and warm tones and that there is still so much dimension. I enjoy color and balayage that still has some natural deeper tones towards the mid-length and ends. Nowadays I think that the trend has gotten a little out of control with every bit of the hairs ends being all really light and one color. The grow out on that can be harder to maintain and it’s a lot harder on the hair’s health.

When I look at this I picture milk chocolate tones, mixed with suede and caramel.

For the cut and styling, I kept it simple. The cut is a traditional long layered square cut. The styling was done with a GHD curling wand.

I think this cut is best for a person who doesn’t want to cut it all the time and likes her hair to be easy and effortless.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look or one with similar placement is great for a person who wants dimension in their hair.

Because we have maintained some depth, the grow out is softer. This client actually only gets highlights 2-4 times a year but is in for her base color every 5 weeks. So I think it works well. This client like many others is a busy lady and doesn’t want to spend too much time on her hair during the week.

To achieve this finished look, a dry shampoo (such as Dry Me from Wella) was applied to dry hair then, subsection by subsection, a working hairspray, such as Stay Essential from Wella, is great to apply.

This works on every kind of face shape. The stylist just needs to consider that placing lighter pieces next the widest parts of a face can make that area seem wider, so pay attention to where the brightness falls.

Chestnut Brown with Honey

Q&A with style creator, Michelle Daly
Hairstylist / Professional Colorist @ John Andrews Salon in Wayne, PA


How would you describe this look?

This is the perfect tone for a brunette looking to go a little lighter but still want to keep it natural. I did a full head of balayage highlights to create this look. Balayage is an easy way to achieve warmer honey brown highlights on a darker base.

Also, her grow out is so soft that we only retouch her balayage 3 times a year! We do a glaze toner a couple times in between when I see her for her haircuts. This look is about as low maintenance as it gets and budget friendly!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I always urge my clients to buy professional hair care products. If you’re spending $200 on your color services, spend a little more on shampoo to maintain that beautiful color! A quick blow dry and some waves with a 1-inch curling iron is the easiest way to create the effortless look!

Warm Honey Brown Blunt Cut

A blunt lob cut with warm honey brown hair color
Instagram @maria.maii

Q&A with style creator, Maria Ioannou
Hair Colourist & Hairstylist @ Glitz n Glamour HairExtensions / Barber @ Fleet Street Barbers
in Craigieburn, VIC / Preston, VIC


How would you describe this look?

This look just makes you feel cozy looking at it. It’s neat, simple, and elegant but pops out!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Who would this color suit? Nearly everyone! If you love you warm latte honey tones, then this is the color for you! As you can see in the photo, this cut and color appears so simple but has so much going on in it. There’s dimension in the tones, and the cut is bold. If you are the type of person who wants a simple low maintenance hairstyle that says a thousand words, then this would be it!

Dark Brown to Honey Brown Ombre

Dark brown hair to honey brown ombre balayage
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Q&A with style creator, Olivia Hyska
Hairstylist @ Panache the Spalon in Sturgis, MI


How would you describe this look?

It’s a low maintenance look. The honey and caramel tones flow so nicely with her natural base color. I softened the length of the cut with some layering and subtle face framing. This color can be styled in many different ways, but I personally love a soft wave. I alternate the curl pattern so the curls don’t intertwine with each other.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For those who are considering this kind of color, it is low maintenance. You don’t get that harsh demarcation line, so you’ll only need a few color appointments.

This is a good introduction if you are looking to go lighter, especially for brunettes.

A glaze is a great in-between service to freshen up the color.

Use a color safe hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Heat protection is also very important for those lightened ends.

Honey Brown Highlights on Dark Hair

Q&A with style creator, Amber Young
Stylist @ Vohg Hair in Encinitas, CA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as honey blonde highlights on a natural dark brown. I love that that you get the elements of being blonde through highlights and balayage while still playing off of the natural color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The beauty of this look is its ability to be low maintenance which makes it work for almost anyone. My client was already coming in for base color, so when she came in wanting to lighten some pieces up without fully committing to highlights every time, this is the look we came up with. She can stay with her current base color every eight weeks, and we can add in highlights when necessary.

The ideal client for this look would want to keep her natural level 4-6 base color and enhance it with some highlighting. It’s important to start with strong, healthy hair that can withstand the lightening process.

This look does require some TLC at home because of the lightening. You should be using salon-grade products at home to maintain the integrity of the hair. A Sulfate-free shampoo, a moisturizing conditioner, a heat protectant spray, and a nourishing oil are all staples for a look like this. Washing only two to three times per week is also crucial to maintaining the health and vibrancy.

This look is perfect if you want to shake up your natural color without committing to a complete change!

Wearable Golden Honey Brown

Wearable Warm Blonde hairstyle
Instagram @thedapperedge

Q&A with style creator, Luis Moreno
Hairstylist @ Station 8 Salon in Boston, MA


How would you describe this look?

This look really shows off how pretty and wearable a warm blonde highlight can look coming from a medium brunette start. No need to worry about looking brassy when you use colors that work together to create an overall nice and natural-looking color.

I loved using a balayage handpainting technique to create this sunkissed, natural highlighted brunette.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Some advice I would give to clients wanting this look or this technique on their hair is to be open-minded. Start somewhere and have a plan, but be open to the end result.

As far as products, as long as you use a good moisturizing conditioner, a color-safe shampoo, and maybe some conditioning treatments to maintain the health and shine of your hair, you should be ok. We use JBeverlyHills color and styling products at my salon and I love everything about them.

This can look good with so many hair types because it’s so natural looking and the growout is really easy and low maintenance. The beauty of balayage and handpainting is that you aren’t married to being in my chair every six to eight weeks, but you also have the option to if you love the brightness around your face or love changing your look more frequently.

This color is perfect for any first-time color clients looking for their first dive into the color world.

Lob with Honey Brown Highlights

Honey Highlighted Lob hairstyle
Instagram @caitlinforhair

Q&A with style creator, Caitlin Boehm
Independent Hairstylist & Cut/Color Specialist @ Caitlin Boehm at Grey Salon in San Francisco, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is a lob with copper/honey highlights. I love the dimension of the color and the melted effect it has from top to bottom. It’s a simple and pretty look with that “cool girl” factor.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The cut is great for clients with fine hair looking to give the illusion of thickness. It is also ideal for clients that want something cool and effortless but still professional. The bottom is cut blunt and slightly a-line, while the layers are internal and texturized to create movement without giving up density. If a client wants shorter hair without sacrificing style, a lob is a great option.

The color is a nice option for clients with medium to dark brown hair that want the dimension that highlights give, but do not want mega blonde hair. I focused on coloring the mid-lengths and ends so the client can go months and months without having to keep up with it.

It’s always important to use color-safe shampoo recommended by your stylist to maintain this look. A good 1 1/2-inch curling iron gives great loose waves. I usually spray some dry shampoo in before I curl and use a spray wax to finish.

Honey Almond Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Mylena Vittori
Hairstylist / Co-owner @ Meraki Hairdesign in Winterthur, Switzerland


How would you describe this look?

This look does not turn your hair color upside down, but instead adds just enough extra color to make it a unique look. I love the natural complexion combined with the highlights.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is perfect for anyone with naturally brown hair who wants to give it a little something special. There is not a lot of change in the hair color, but it still exudes a little bit of glamour.

In my opinion, this honey brown hair suits anyone with a warm color type. Should these colors wash out after a while, I recommend refreshing it with a shiny tint.

Honey Brown Balayage

Honey-Toned Balayage hairstyle
Instagram @hairbyash912

Q&A with style creator, Ashley Keippel
Designer Stylist / Colorist @ Ulta Beauty in Vernon Hills, IL


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

I would describe this look as a honey-toned balayage that is perfect for fall and winter.

My favorite thing about it is that it goes from a subtle honey to super light ends. I love the transition!

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

The products I recommend to maintain this look would be Redken color-safe shampoo and conditioner and an at home conditioner. Use Wax Blast hairspray for texture if you want to curl and a heat protectant if you want to straighten.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I will recommend balayage to people who want little upkeep. Anyone can wear this because it can be a subtle service and transition. This particular color looks best on a pink skin tone. She needed warmth in her hair to brighten up her face so it didn’t wash her out.

A lot of teenagers want this look just because they don’t want to always have their hair colored. I recommend coming in at least six to eight weeks after the service for a glaze because it is a semi-permanent color.