17 Stunning Photos of Dark Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights

Dark brown hair with blonde highlights

Enriched with breathtaking dimensions, dark brown hair with blonde highlights is the closest thing to divine beauty! Matching your luscious brunette locks with sweet and bright honey highlights unlocks a new world of definition and movement for your hair.

Plus, your mane also gets to have an envy-inducing contrast and radiance created by the opposing dark and light tones that are beautifully intertwined in your strands! This way, you’ll be free to style your hair however you want and still get a voguish result. A sophisticated updo, a lazy-day top knot, some loose boho-braids, or even simple beach waves – this rich hair color combination will get you excited to play with your hairstyle day after day!

All of these wonderful benefits you can get without the hassle of too much maintenance and salon visits! Unleash your hair’s full potential when you try one of these trendy dark brown hair with blonde highlights!

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Silver Blonde Highlights

Dark Brown Hair with Silver Blonde Highlights
Instagram @genolevisalon

X-Men’s Storm better watch out ‘cos we got a new bad ass in town!

Dark Blonde Highlights

Dark Brown Hair with Dark Blonde Highlights
Instagram @martys_salon

This is the low maintenance hair color that you didn’t know you need! Take that brown from dull to delectable with bronde highlights.

Thin Blonde Highlights

Dark Brown Hair with Thin Blonde Highlights
Instagram @brushedwithlove

Get that elegant mane that you’ve always wanted! Earth tones work best with a few highlights as created by colorist Camille.

Ash Blonde Highlights

dark brown hair with ash blonde highlights
Instagram @balayageombre

Ash-blonde highlights provide dark tresses a generous amount of brightness. The different tones and colors mix together, which creates an ultra-chic dimension. This color job makes an impeccable hair inspiration to babes who want to go blonde!

Dark Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights

Dark Brown Hair with Caramel and Blonde Highlights
Instagram @cristiane_hatsuko

Beautiful and delicate loose curls towards the tips of any long hair as striking as this will surely illuminate your look.

Brown Hair with Champagne Blonde Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Kendall Wimberly
Stylist @ The Woodlands Hair Elite in The Woodlands, TX

How would you describe this look?

It’s a natural low maintenance balayage, and the best thing about it is that it’s the perfect mix of being sunkissed and dimensional. You can wear it all year around without worrying about changing up it for winter or summer.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Sometimes having such a dark root color is not that easy to transition into color as bright as this, so it’s important to have patience! Also, I would recommend this type of balayage to anyone who has a super busy lifestyle! (being a mom, travelers, nurses/doctors, etc.) It’s so low maintenance that normally my clients with this type of color can come and see me as little as twice a year and having the right product is key in maintaining a fresh look all the time!

Platinum Blonde Highlights

dark brown hair with platinum blonde highlights
Instagram @kylieannefritz

Platinum blonde highlights on natural brunettes offer a trend packed with style! The entire hair idea has a chic, trending payoff that gives dimension to a mid-length cut. It’s proof that dark brown hair and blonde highlights go hand in hand. For a more youthful and natural-looking edge, opt for a balayage. It’s a technique for highlighting in which lightener is hand-painted onto the strands.

Red and Blonde Highlights

dark brown hair with red and blonde highlights
Instagram @thehairbyjess

Red and blonde highlights on medium or long hair are fun and exciting to wear. This idea gives tresses a more dimensional and vibrant result. It works best on natural blondes. If you’re one of them, get the look by adding red lowlights to your light neutral blonde hair. It’s also a great way to go darker for the winter.

Light Blonde Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Sindy Botha
Creative Senior Stylist @ Vivo Hair And Beauty in Tauranga, New Zealand


How would you describe this look?

This is the perfect combo! Lovely blonde balayage and beach waves. I just love how the color blends so seamlessly. Creating this look, I gave it a nice blowout and used my curling tongs to create the soft waves. Finished it off with a soft working hairspray.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I always advise that going lighter is a process. Depending on what the color level of hair is. Is there any existing color on your hair? All these factors play a part to create the look or a specific look. Always use a good treatment.

This look will be great for clients who don’t have time to come in every 6 weeks to get their hair done. This can be stretched to every 12 weeks, but I will recommend a toner in between just to keep it nice and fresh. The toner can be done 6 weeks after.

Aftercare is very important. I will highly recommend that you use a purple based shampoo and conditioner and a good treatment once a week.

Dark Brown Hair with Subtle Blonde Highlights

Dark brown hair with Blonde Highlights
Instagram @kkpaigehair

Q&A with style creator, Kersten KK Wood
Stylist @ D’Anthony Salon Spa in San Antonio / Helotes, TX


How would you describe this look?

The look is subtle hand-painted highlights on a natural chocolate base color. The highlights were toned to a honey/caramel in order to complement her natural base color and her skin tone. The loveliest thing about this look is how simple and low maintenance it is.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Determine what you want out of your hair color. Dark brown hair with blonde highlights are perfect for anyone, especially those who don’t want a drastic change or those who need a low maintenance color. With hand-painting, I am able to customize the perfect formula and placement for each individual client in order to give them a look they’ll love and that will match their daily hair routine at home.

Icy Blonde Highlights

dark brown hair with icy blonde highlights
Instagram @jenny.c.hair

Icy blonde highlights, if mixed with black strands, carry out a high-contrast dimension. The challenge here is to achieve a lighter and brighter hair color. That’s without compromising the integrity of the hair. To maximize lightness, foilayage can actually help.

Honey Blonde Highlights

Honey Blonde Highlights
Instagram @hairlover603

Q&A with style creator, Crystal Imperato
Senior Stylist @ The Upper Hand in River Oaks, TX


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as warm and cozy with reflections of honey to really add depth to her darker hair. The cut and style work with her natural wave to keep it simple and manageable. The best thing about this look is all the dimension she now has without it looking chunky or “un-blended.”

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a look that is great for that client who wants a change but doesn’t want to be at the salon all the time along with also not wanting to spend too much time styling it with their busy schedule. The cut and length work best on thicker hair to keep it controlled whether she wants to wear it straight or natural.

Strawberry Blonde Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Chris Hassell
Hairstylist @ L Studio Salon and Spa in Toronto, ON


How would you describe this look?

This look is a graduated bob with highlights. I used diagonal sectioning while cutting which helps to soften and complement the face. The color is bronze rose. To achieve the color, I mixed a light copper blonde with a semi-permanent pink.

The best thing about this look was customizing the color and utilizing Sassoon cutting techniques. I love that bobs are easy to style, always in fashion.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The graduated bob complements diamond, oval, and square face shapes. When cut properly, this hairstyle can easily add volume for women with fine hair. This hairstyle is modern and fashion-forward, but it does require more maintenance. I recommend getting the hairstyle shaped and trimmed every 6-8 weeks. The pastel and fashion shades do fade quickly and will require regular touch-ups. Colored hair requires special care to keep the hair strong and healthy. These include:

Having a clear plan of what direction and goals you want to achieve with your hair. Beautiful blondes and colors are a process and multiple sessions may be needed

Sulfate-free shampoo and leave-in conditioner help keep the hair moisturized while reducing breakage and fading

Olaplex/Fiberplex at-home repair bonding treatments can help give the hair strength

Washing your hair less often is always a better option

Try to avoid heat while styling on bleached hair. If it is necessary, always use a heat protection spray. Think of it like moisturizing cream for dry hands.

Some of my favorite products come from Swartzkopf Blondeme and Moroccan Oil product lines, as well as Oligio violet/blue shampoos and volumizing powder.

Golden Blonde Highlights

Golden Blonde Highlights
Instagram @toritcosmo

Q&A with style creator, Tori Thimian
Hairstylist @ Hair by Tori T Cosmo in Simi Valley, CA


How would you describe this look?

This look is a great way for a brunette to introduce blonde into their life! It adds a ton of dimension to a brunette without going fully blonde. Brunette clients also tend to add highlights to their look as a subtle way to hide their gray hair.

I personally love the beautiful ribbons of blonde on this client which adds so much dimension to a regular brunette color when curled. My client is a full-time mom, so we needed a cut that is easy to get up and go as well as style for those nights out. We went with a long layered with some face framing for texture.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would tell clients considering this look to think about how often they want to visit the salon for maintenance. Someone who prefers visiting only twice a year may want to consider a more low-maintenance look like a balayage.

On the flip side, as I mentioned before, highlights are a great way for a brunette to take a step onto the blonde side without a full head makeover. They also help hide the gray hair which everyone is ok with! This cut is great for people who prefer the wash and wear look, as well as someone who has the time to curl/style. Long layers and face-framing give you great texture whether you wear your hair natural or styled.

Chunky Blonde Highlights

Dark brunette hair with Chunky Blonde Highlights
Instagram @vicious_pretty

Chunky blonde highlights make ’90s-inspired hair trends. They bring out definition and dimension to dark brunette hair. Its high-contrast look creates uniqueness that goes with long, straight or wavy locks.

Bronde Highlights

Dark Brown Hair with Bronde Highlights
Instagram @kristinado_hair

The ultimate brunette! The earth tones really bring out a calming look that flatters anyone.

Beige Blonde Highlights

Dark Brown Hair with Beige Blonde Highlights
Instagram @c2_beauty

Flesh tones on a dark brunette hair was done exquisitely by stylist Siitu! Subtle blonde tones seem to pick slightly and this makes the look so playful.