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

Honey brown hair colors

A honey brown hair color is a combination of the bright color of honey with brunette to create a vibrant shade. It is amazing how bees can make such a sweet and radiant ingredient but what is more amazing is how much honey-colored hair enhances your hairstyle through either full hair color or just with highlights.

Honey is a warm color, but not overly warm (think soft gold rather than orange or red). Shades of honey brown are flattering to most skin tones, and for most, it’s only a few shades away from your natural color. Honey-colored hair is great for all seasons, especially summer, where this golden hue of honey shines best. Less contrast means lower maintenance – hooray! Looking for some honey brown inspiration? I’m sure these photos of gorgeous honey brown hair ideas will inspire your next hair color!

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Dark Honey Brown Hair with a Middle Part

Dark honey brown hair with a middle part
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The dark brown with lighter honey brown hair highlights along the bangs are gorgeous. Pair this with a long, layered bob with a middle part for an extra modern look.

Reddish Brown to Honey Brown Ombre

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

Medium Length Honey Brown Butterscotch

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

Cinnamon Red with Streaks of Honey Brown

Cinnamon Red with Streaks of Honey Brown hair
Instagram @salonhairhaven

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

Honey Brown Toffee on Wavy Hair

Honey Brown Toffee on Wavy Hair
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A marvelous way of getting lightened for the summer – a warm beautiful, multi-tonal honey brown hair balayage. It’s super effective if you wanna keep your long hair yet give the illusion of a light one. Golden hues and golden-hued tones are summer’s best friend.

Mocha with Honey Brown

Mocha with Honey Brown Hair
Instagram @jeaneane_moreno_hairstylist

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

Caramel Honey Brown with Naturally Curly Hair

Caramel Honey Brown Hair with Naturally Curly Hair
Instagram @salonchristol

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

Natural Light Honey Hair Color

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

Long Hair with Hazelnut Honey Highlights

Long Hair with Hazelnut Honey Brown Highlights
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A super pretty hairstyle if you have long chocolate-colored hair! Add some waves and delicate honey highlights on brown hair at the end to add softness and give you a more dramatic look.

Straight Hair with Ashy Honey Brown Highlights

Straight Hair with Ashy Honey Brown Hair Highlights
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These adorable ashy honey brown hair 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 Honey Brown

Short hair with golden brown highlights
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Q&A with style creator, Niki Germain
Hairstylist @ Amber Michelle Hair Salon in Flower Mound, TX

How would you describe this look?

This is a very natural, golden honey brown hair color with natural highlights that’s great for warm, golden skin. If you have very thick hair, keep the sides and nape area very short.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you want this honey hair color, you really need the personality and lifestyle for this color haircut to make you feel good.

Soft Brown with Honey Balayage

Soft brown hair with honey balayage
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Q&A with style creator, Anais Valdez
Independent Stylist @ Salon Ambre’ in Temecula, CA

How would you describe this?

This honey balayage brown is a free hand-painted dimensional and textured balayage. It creates movement with color placement.

The platinum blonde and chocolate brown were hand-painted next to each other to make the lightness from the blonde pop and give it a nice honey brown hair color. When the hair moves the dark accentuates the blonde and creates that beautifully textured movement.

By waving the hair, it helps the colors swirl together creating the dimensional color of a honey brown spectrum.

What’s your best advice?

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 women the ability to have a low maintenance honey blonde look.

Since the roots of the hair are left on its natural tone, it gives you the ability to wait several weeks before getting a touch-up.

Invest in a texturizing spray or serum. This honey brown color is all about texture and movement. It is ideal to add such a spray to your vanity that will help create that beautifully textured hairstyle.

Gorgeous Copper Honey Brown Hue

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

How would you describe this?

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. In sunglight the color almost looks golden blonde.

This honey brown hue works with most hair types and goes well with light and clear skin tones that have a golden or peach undertone.

What’s your best advice?

For women who consider going with this type of honey brown hue, 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
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Q&A with style creator, Jamie Pierce-Elwell
Senior Stylist @ Saulino Smith Salon in Santa Monica, CA

How would you describe this?

This is a rich and warm bronde balayage.

The combination of cool and warm tones gives it so much dimension. We love color and balayage that still has some natural deeper tones towards the mid-length and ends.  The grow out on that can be harder to maintain and it’s a lot harder on the hair’s health.

When you look at this you can picture milk chocolate, mixed with suede and caramel to bring out a nice honey brown hair hue as well as streaks of honey blonde color.

What’s your best advice?

These honey highlights on dark brown hair, or one with similar placement, is great for a woman who wants dimension in their hair.

Because some depth was maintained, the grow-out is softer. You’ll only need to get highlights 2-4 times a year, but you’ll need your base color every 5 weeks.

These honey brown highlights work on every kind of face shape. The stylist just needs to consider that placing lighter pieces next to 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?

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

Also, the grow out is so soft that you only retouch the balayage 3 times a year! Do a glaze toner a couple times in between. This golden brunette is about as low maintenance as it gets and budget friendly!

What’s your best advice?

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!

Warm Honey Colored Blunt Cut Lob

A blunt lob cut with warm honey brown hair
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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?

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

What’s your best advice?

If you love a warm latte, then these honey brown tones are 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.

Dark Brown to Honey Brown Ombre

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

How would you describe this?

It’s a low maintenance honey brown ombre look. The honey brown strands and caramel tones flow so nicely with a natural base color. This color has lots of options for hairstyles, but the best is a soft wave.

What’s your best advice?

For women who are considering this kind of honey color hair, 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?

These are honey blonde highlights on dark brown hair. You get the elements of being blonde through highlights and balayage while still playing off of the natural color.

What’s your best advice?

The beauty of this honey-colored look is its ability to be low maintenance, which makes it work for almost anyone.

The ideal woman for this dark honey brown hair 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 honey-brown hair color does require some TLC at home because of the lightning. 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 shade of honey brown hair is perfect if you want to shake up your natural color without committing to a complete change!

Golden Brown Shoulder Length Hair

Golden Honey Brown Shoulder Length Hair
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Q&A with style creator, Luis Moreno
Hairstylist @ Station 8 Salon in Boston, MA

How would you describe this?

This honey balayage on brown hair really shows off how pretty and wearable a warm blonde highlight can be after 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 honey golden brown hair color.

A balayage handpainting technique was used to create this sunkissed, natural highlighted brunette shade.

What’s your best advice?

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. Try JBeverlyHills color and styling products because they’re amazing for keeping honey-colored hair vibrant.

This will look good on many hair types because it’s natural looking, and the grow-out is really easy and low maintenance. The beauty of balayage and hand-painting is that you aren’t married to a salon chair every six to eight weeks. However, you also have the option to if you love the brightness around your face or love changing your look more frequently.

This honey-brown hair is perfect for any first-time color women looking for their first dive into the color world.

Lob with Honey Brown Highlights

Lob with honey brown hair highlights
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?

This is a lob with copper/honey brown hair highlights. The dimension of the color has a melted effect from top to bottom.

What’s your best advice?

A honey-colored hue is a nice option for women with medium to dark brown hair that want the dimension that highlights give but don’t want mega blonde hair. Highlights can go from bright blonde to platinum blonde depending on the base color. Ask your colorist to focus on coloring the mid-lengths and ends so you 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 brown hair with honey highlights.

Honey Brown Almond Highlights

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

How would you describe this?

These honey highlights don’t turn your hair color upside down, but instead, adds just enough extra color to make it a unique color. There’s a natural complexion combined with the highlights. Honey-colored hair seems to enhance any skin tone.

What’s your best advice?

These honey-colored locks are perfect for women with naturally brown hair. There is not a lot of change in the hair color, but it still exudes a little bit of glamour.

This honey brown hair dye suits anyone with a warm color type. Should these colors wash out after a while, refresh it with a shiny tint.

Balayage Honey Brown Hair

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

How would you describe this?

This is balayage honey brown hair that is perfect for fall and winter. It goes from a subtle honey to super light ends. Don’t you love the transition of the hair?

What’s your best advice?

Products to maintain this light honey hue would be Redken color-safe shampoo and conditioner and an at-home conditioner.

Balayage is ideal for women 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.

A lot of younger women want this color simply because they don’t want to always have their hair colored. Visit the salon at least six to eight weeks after the service for a glaze because it is a semi-permanent color.