27 Inspiring Examples of Dark Hair with Blonde Highlights

Best dark hair with blonde highlights

Dark hair with blonde highlights is a hair color combination that has lightened pieces or ribbons of hair, adding tons of depth and dimension as a result. Lots of methods can be done with highlights – frosting, chunking, traditional highlights, and the balayage which is a hand-painting technique that results in a natural-looking dye job!

Blondes against dark hues produce an unparalleled contrast that is sought after by most gals! On the radar are Margot Robbie, Miranda Kerr, and Jessica Alba who are making us crazy over this ultra sexy hair trend!

Sun-kissed hints of blondes can transform your tresses into a fuller and livelier version, and this is very much achievable regardless of your skin color. What’s important to consider is how you want to go with the upkeep.

Going with a balayage endows you soft, seamless highlights, and makes the grow-out easy to maintain while opting for a more distinct transition of hues might need frequent touch-ups and salon visits. Hair masks and hydrating products are a must since lightening dark strands causes damage to it.

It’s a convenient way to add volume and flair to your hair without all the hassle! Get inspired to try these popular looks on dark hair with blonde highlights!

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Dark Short Hair with Strawberry Blonde Highlights

dark short hair with strawberry blonde highlights
Instagram @jesshunt.hair

Time to brighten up your dark short hair with strawberry blonde highlights! The result that the combo achieves has an ultra-chic and feminine vibe. The roots are darker to allow the blonde hue to pop even brighter, giving the hair more edge and dimension.

Dark Brown Hair with Natural Face Framing Highlights

dark brown hair with natural face framing highlights
Instagram @romeufelipe

Dark brown hair with natural face-framing highlights like this is for Goddesses. The result is so divine! The brightness in the front, if matched with waves, adds softness to the face’s structure. Opt for this hair color if you want a subtle way to accentuate your haircut.

Blonde Balayage Highlights on Darker Hair

blonde balayage highlights on darker hair
Instagram @coloredbycaitlin

Splashes of blonde balayage highlights on darker hair brings out a glorious dimension. This is the trend that won’t let a black-haired stunner live with dull, flat locks. To emphasize the color, big waves are a great option. A gorgeous balayage like this can go with any outfits—no doubt!

Long Dark Bronde Hair

long dark bronde hair
Instagram @carra_balayage

Long dark bronde hair will almost always appear sophisticated. Its fine dimension works out well with soft yet fuller-looking waves. With dark-rooted hair like this, the grow out process won’t be a concern. And, don’t forget about its length, which gives it versatility.

Dark Short Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights

dark short brown hair with blonde highlights
Instagram @hairbyladysadie

Dark short brown hair with blonde highlights gives hair warm and graceful dimension. It’s a pixie cut with layers to give thin hair extra volume and lift at the roots. It also has an undercut to lessen the weight of thick tresses. All in all, this style suits women of all ages!

Dark Ash Brown Bob with Blonde Highlights

dark ash brown bob with blonde highlights
Instagram @hairfairymandy

Get a dark ash brown bob with blonde highlights to gain that stylish, modern edge. Lighter strands are mostly at the front to brighten up your face. It also features dark roots for easy-to-manage grow outs. Considering this stunning cut with a chic dimension? You might want to add waves to amp it up.

Dark Chocolate Brown Hair Color with Blonde Highlights

Dark Chocolate Base Color with blonde Highlights
Instagram @ashplowman

Really goes well with tanned tones so get your summer skin ready! Golden caramel looks sweet and sunny at the same time.

Wavy Black Hair with Cool Blonde Highlights

Black Hair with Blonde Highlights
Instagram @its_ashley.h

Any color used as an accent from black hair almost instantly works. However, this platinum dye job was done immaculately, looking like the only choice to highlight dark hair with.

Blonde Highlights for Dark Hair

blonde highlights for dark hair
Instagram @hairstylist.madison

No need to overdo blonde tones when you want a brighter mane. The blonde highlights for dark hair blend very well with lowlights. The outcome? Added glow and flawless dimension! Waves on your long tresses ensure movement and more textured finish.

Platinum Blonde Highlights on Darker Hair

Platinum Blonde Highlights
Instagram @alydavishair

Dual contrasting tones of blonde highlights on dark hair mimic depth and make hair appear more weighted. The waves and length add more dynamics to this design.

Layered Dark Hair with Sun-Kissed Blonde Highlights

layered Dark Hair with Sun-Kissed blonde Highlights
Instagram @kristen.lumiere

A trip to the salon getting these tanned blonde highlights with dark hair means getting that beach look without the fuss of harsh sunlight!

Dark Curly Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights

Dark Curly Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
Instagram @emdoesmyhair

Q&A with style creator, Emily Alderson
Hairstylist / Master Colorist @ Emily Alderson Hair Design in Winnipeg, MB

How would you describe this look?

The color is dimensional. You can see pops of brightness, but the highlights don’t overtake the rich brunette base.

The cut is shaped into a point in the back. This is great for people with really thick hair who want to maintain some length but reduce some bulk. My favorite thing about this look is when it is tied back, the pointed shape will give a more tailored ponytail as opposed to the big chunky mass of hair you often get with extremely thick hair.

For styling, you can work with natural texture or use a styling wand to create some loose waves. Finish with a dry wax spray to control flyaways and add some hold.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For a dimensional color, you want to make sure not to over highlight. The dimension is created by painting lighter pieces, next to darker pieces. If your hair is already quite light, you may want to add some lowlights as well to bring back some depth.

A cut like this that is pointed in the back is best suited to longer hair that is normal to thick. For someone with finer hair, I would recommend sticking with a blunt cut for a fuller look. This style would look good on any face shape and is well suited to just about any personality – smooth and straight for a sophisticated look, or lots of texture for something a little more fun and carefree!

Trendy Pink and Blonde Highlights on Dark Hair

trendy Pink Highlights on dark hair
Instagram @hairbykotay

Multi-tones of pink, purple, lilac, and black surprisingly looks like an artwork. Add long waves for maximum punk rock vibes.

Dark Hair with Blonde Highlights and Burgundy Streaks

Dark Hair with Blonde and Burgundy Highlights
Instagram @adyalonzo07

Brunettes have fun with both light and dark accents. A reddish dark hue with blonde lights piece up this whole do.

Dark Brown Base with Red and Copper Blonde Highlights

Dark Brown Base with Red and Blonde Highlights
Instagram @jessgodlove

Mahogany red for a steamy hairstyle. Make your pinkish undertones pop with these shades.

Subtle Ash Blonde Highlights with Dark Brown Hair

Ash Blonde Highlights
Instagram @aimme_hastaelultimodetalle

With this natural look, it just looks like the sun hit your dusky hair at all the right places all the time!

Blonde and Red Highlights for Brunettes

Blonde and Red Highlights
Instagram @ray_of_lightsalon

Make brown hair your main mane while branding two additional colors. Thie dark hair with blonde highlights is pushing fashion to its limits!

Honey Blonde Highlights on Dark Brown Hair

honey blonde highlights on dark brown hair
Instagram @sadieface

Honey blonde highlights on dark brown hair are ideal for a lady who wants dimensional hair. Ribbons of honey blonde highlights with darker hair create chic bronde hair color. Thanks to the depth and the waves, highlights are more focused.

Q&A with style creator, Sadie Curtin
Extension Expert & Creative Color Specialist @ The Livingroom Salon in Costa Mesa, CA


How would you describe this?

These honey blonde highlights on dark brown hair show off the contrast of tones. The soft combination of warm browns and bright beige blondes accentuate the cut.

What’s your best advice?

When choosing a hair color, it’s best to look for colors that are close to your natural hair color and texture. This will allow much more ease with maintenance down the line. Adding in ribbons of blonde will help brighten your look without too much lightness.

Dark Burgundy Hair with Blonde Highlights

Dark Burgundy Hair
Instagram @jlucywoods

It might seem as a lot is happening here but the way the blonde and burgundy mix is truly captivating.

Silver Blonde Highlights on Very Dark Hair

silver blonde highlights on very dark hair
Instagram @ririhair

Q&A with style creator, Ria Jade
Hair Stylist @ Artel Salon in Vancouver, BC


How would you describe this?

Silver blonde highlights on very dark hair create a steel balayage color melt.

What’s your best advice?

Metallic hair colors are not easily attainable. Especially cooler toned shades like this steel/grey color. If a grayish color is medium or dark, you still need to be a very light blonde underneath. This will allow you to achieve this blonde with toner. Cooler base toners absorb more light, don’t look as bright, and need to be applied to a brighter canvas.

Blonde highlights on dark hair isn’t for every woman out there. If your hair has been compromised or if you have a complicated hair history, you may want to avoid this color. Women who have used box dyes or are dealing with breakage should also be wary. These blonde highlights are not for women looking for a low maintenance color.

Cooler-toned hair colors, especially on dark hair, are very high maintenance. See your colorist frequently for a toner to ensure your desired shade is maintained. Ask your colorist/stylist for proper take-home products for aftercare between sessions.

Dark Purple Hair with Blonde Highlights

Purple Hair with Highlights
Instagram @katiegct

Q&A with style creator, Kate Gallagher
Hairstylist @ Essence Center For Beauty in Old Saybrook, CT


How would you describe this look?

This look is another one of my favorites to do – an asymmetrical, undercut bob. The other side of the cut not facing the camera is buzzed off as well as around the ear on the full side which allows a great deal of movement to what can otherwise be a pretty static cut.

My client Stephanie likes a little edge to her look and I like how the purple plays into that. I love using purple as a low light with blonde, as it’s such an unexpected pop of color it can really showcase someone’s personality.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This kind of look is deceptively low maintenance. The undercut allows the style to simply fall into place so as long as you have pretty straight hair all you would need is a little blow dry styler like Redken Velvet Gelatine and five minutes of wrap drying with a paddle brush. I always recommend that my clients use a color safe, sulfate free shampoo to maintain their color – especially for vivids like the purple in this look.

As with any vivid, I would expect the purple to start to fade out after a few weeks but the dark to blonde ombré effect will stay fresh for a while. I usually see this client every 6 to 8 weeks for touch ups and besides from the purple fading out she is in pretty good shape when she comes back in.

I would recommend this look to any client with a little bit of an edgy style, a dark natural hair color, and straight hair texture for optimal results and wearability. I would also recommend laying in some color protective shampoo like the Moroccanoil Color Complete and for the best color retention shampoo sparingly with cool water.

Medium Length Dark Red Hair with Blonde Streaks

Q&A with style creator, Meeghan Truss
Hairstylist & Makeup Artist @ Jillian and Company in Southington, CT


How would you describe this look?

This look is a sleek angled bob with bold highlights and color. I love doing this client’s hair because she is always open to trying something fun and different.

My favorite part of this look is how the cut and color frame her face. The deep red accentuates her eyes and skin while the chunky blonde adds some fun and dimension. It’s short enough that it’s easy to style but long enough that it can be pulled up as well.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Unless you are committed to blowdrying and smoothing this look I would recommend this cut for straight hair, otherwise, you’ll need style daily to obtain the sleekness. If you have straight or even slightly wavy hair this can be a wash and go style with just a little serum.

If you have very thick hair this cut can easily be thinned to remove weight and works very nicely. This cut can work for most face shapes since it frames the face so nicely. The color also looks great on most skin tones. I think everyone should be red at least once in their life. You definitely walk with a little extra confidence when you’re a redhead!

The blonde highlights add a level of fun and creativity. This look could work for someone with a creative lifestyle like an artist or designer but still can work for a more conservative lifestyle or job.

Dark Brown Hair with Dark Blonde Highlights

dark brown hair with dark blonde highlights
Instagram @cris_cobucci

Brighten up dark brown hair with dark blonde highlights for a chic, darker dimension. This hair color is low-maintenance. The blonde strands add enough shine and texture to the cut. Style hair with waves to achieve that perfect contrast of light and dark hues. For a more polished result, finish the hairstyle off with a shine spray.

Thin Blonde Highlights for Brown Hair

Q&A with style creator, Jaime Layne
Cosmetologist @ Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy in Keller, TX


How would you describe this look?

I was originally inspired by a sunflower field next to where I grew up in California. Every time the weather gets beautiful in Texas I get homesick so I attempted to create a design based on a sunflower. Thus, we have the Sunflower Half Updo.

The loveliest thing about this is the dimension her balayage brought to the table. It created depth to the center of the braid and highlighted the outer braid to appear as a sunflower as opposed to a rose.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Depending on the texture of your hair, you may need texturizing spray. I recommend “Redken Triple Dry 15” it is a dry texture finishing spray. It makes the hair more moveable and easier to manipulate so it is not slippery.

To achieve this look, first, you can create small waves in the hair using a flat iron or curling iron, spray your texturizing spray lightly over the hair, and then pick through the waves with a rat tail comb. Next, using your rat tail comb, part a circular shape next to the side part and dutch braid at the base, and continue using the 3-strand technique halfway down the braid. Wrap in a circle and secure with bobby pins.

This look is very versatile and can be worn by all face shapes and hair shades, but dark hair with honey lights helped achieve the illusion I was looking for. In addition, a medium length cut is more aesthetically pleasing to the eye with the size of her flower braid. However, with longer hair, a similar style can be achieved by creating a bigger flower braid to help balance the look.

Dark Brown Hair with Light Blonde Highlights

Dark Brown Hair Light overlay
Instagram @the_colunga

Q&A with style creator, Manuel Colunga
Cosmetologist @ Sonrisa Day Spa in Kansas City, MO


How would you describe this look?

My client came in wanting something new and fun since she just moved to the area and wanted a change. I basically did a “foilayage” with a shadow root so she would have a smoother grow out period.

What I really love about this look was that you can see all the different dimensions in her hair with the curls and I left some of her previously highlighted hair out to add even more dimension. Always working with what I have instead of against it.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For anyone wanting to get this look, I say go for it! Spring/summer is right around the corner and these type of highlights are absolutely beautiful in the sunlight. If you see yourself getting your hair retouched quite often, go all the way to the scalp, and if not, add a shadow root for a smooth grow out.

What I also love about this look is that if you have curly or straight hair you can totally rock it! A little tip I like to do before I curl the hair is to spray the section of hair with a very light hairspray before I curl it. It makes the curls last longer which is nice for someone who is on the go and easier on the hair as well since you’re not putting heat on it every day.

Caramel Blonde Highlights and Lowlights

caramel blonde highlights and lowlights on dark hair
Instagram @mane_ivy

These caramel blonde highlights and lowlights work wondrous together. They bring out a soft-looking, three-dimensional color, ideal for brunettes. Maintain depth at the base to make the lighter pieces pop. Achieve this masterpiece by asking for a brunette to warm blonde caramel balayage. Styling it with waves can accentuate the tones better.

Chunky Blonde Highlights

Chunky blonde highlights are making a comeback, and they look as incredible as ever! This blonde highlights trend is a great alternative to summer blondes. Reinforce the dimension of the hair color by styling the locks with waves. Use 1.25″ curling iron for easy, effortless-looking waves.

Q&A with style creator, Kenzi Thompson
Salon Owner / Hair Stylist @ Salon Leigh in Owasso, OK


How would you describe this?

These chunky blonde highlights are a bold fall color. Ask your stylist to utilize back to back foil placement to create bold and chunky highlights. A chocolate brown base color, a red brown low light, with caramel toned highlights were used.

What’s your best advice?

Blonde highlights look best when they’re styled with loose curls and texture spray. It really defines the application technique!

Darker Blonde Lowlights on Straight Dark Blonde Hair

Q&A with style creator, Holly Conger
Color Specialist @ Salon Matos in Spring, TX


How would you describe this look?

This look is a natural blonde blended with some honey tone lowlights! What I love about this look is I was able to blend her previous color by adding a honey lowlight. It’s bright but still natural looking!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is going to be great for traditional blondes looking for subtle depth and dimension! The cut is long layers with a subtle face frame, great for clients who want to maintain length but still have a little finesse and movement!