16 Stunning Light Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights Ideas

Light brown hair with blonde highlights

A light brown hair with blonde highlights is a hair color in which the base is any light brunette shade, paired with much lighter pieces of highlights. Unparalleled dimension and brightness are what you’ll instantly get with this trendy bronde (brown plus blonde) hair color!

Blondes and brunettes don’t need to be foes at all times! Proven by hotties Miranda Kerr, Lucy Hale, and Ciara, these two light shades absolutely work together to give you a soft and natural-looking mane, no matter the length and hair type.

We all know that blonde has a wide selection of shades to work with, and it might be overwhelming at first. Remember that cool blondes go with cool-toned hair bases. Warmer shades of blonde can offer you an intense, sun-kissed look and add shine to your tresses.

Highlights also come in different forms – a balayage, an ombre, full or partial highlights. Your choice should depend not just on your style but also your lifestyle and commitment. An ombre can leave you more time between your next touch-up.

Fitting for all seasons, this flattering combination certainly defines a fun and flirty look! Get inspired to make the switch to one of these popular looks on light brown hair with blonde highlights!

Light Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights

Light Golden Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
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The highlights here are not the usual striking blonde color yet the variation suits this brunette color amazingly!

Light Caramel Brown Hair

Light Caramel Brown Hair
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Midway brown and blonde hair on long hair. Soft waves make this look even more special.

Light Honey Brown Hair

Honey Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
Instagram @elevationhair

Bordering brown streaks on platinum hair is the pure hair transformation anyone can certainly pull off.

Ash Blonde Highlights

Ash Blonde Highlights
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This is what (hair) dreams are made of! Twisted streaks pulled at the back makes for the perfect partner for this blonded do.

Platinum Blonde Highlights

Platinum Blonde Highlights
Instagram @chameleoncreations92

Christmas came early with some freshly roasted chestnut dye job! Winter highlights made this all better.

Ash Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights

Ash Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
Instagram @hillshairartistry

A new trend is in town! Mushbroom brown hair seems to be stealing the spotlight. Effortlessly good-looking, highlights, waves, and all.

Caramel and Blonde Highlights

Caramel and Blonde Highlights
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Shoulder length hair with waves is enough of a head turner to begin with. What adds the bow in top of this is the delectable blonde-brunette mix.

Auburn-Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights

Auburn-Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
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Q&A with style creator, Grace Clayton
Owner @ Los Pastel in Subiaco, Western Australia

How would you describe this look?

This look is a dimensional balayage. I worked with the client’s natural warmth, and I love how it blends from a softer highlight near the root to a brighter, thicker piece of blonde through the ends. Also creating a heavier face frame, but keeping it natural near the root means low-maintenance!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Be versatile with your styling – it can look great straight but even better when wavy!

Curly Light Brown Hair

Q&A with style creator, Kim Costa
Hairstylist / Color Specialist @ Salon Esther in Bend, OR

How would you describe this look?

This is a dark blonde with dimensional highlights on long naturally curly hair.

This guest has an amazing head of thick, naturally curly hair that has begun to turn grey. She isn’t ready for the commitment of permanent color and had some old grown out color that has faded and turned brassy. Her cut was also grown out and out of shape.

We gave her some gentle blonde highlights to blend the lightness of the ends with the top. We then gave her a semi-permanent color gloss to blend the grey coming in, and finally added on a couple of toners to get her hair to a more neutral and less warm/brassy color!

For her cut, we brought up the length and gave her long layers to bounce up the natural wave she is blessed with!

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you have natural curls and want easy fuss freestyle, try long layers and adding texture to help bounce up your natural wave! I always say, “Let’s work with what you’ve got! Let your curls shine!” Great hair is only good without the help of appropriate products!

I recommend Moroccanoil Treatment to even the porosity of the hair (apply 1-2 pumps from mid-lengths to ends) followed by Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream! Scrunched into the hair, this wonderful smelling cream helps to moisturize and define curls (2-3 pumps applied from ends all the way up to the roots) Diffuse dry and finish with Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream to tame flyaways and add a bit of lightweight moisture to ends!

All three of these products are great for all hair types.

Honey Blonde Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Grace Hinz
Hairstylist @ Salon Elia in Riverside, IL

How would you describe this look?

This dimensional honey blonde balayage radiates summer with a warm glow that will brighten up anyone’s look. The best part is the fact that she looks super bright overall but still has a lot of dimensions spread throughout. She isn’t just solid blonde but has a more sun-kissed and natural look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

More often than not I give golden blondes to clients who are about 50% gray and want to blend the silver into their natural base color. The warmer tones give a more youthful glow to the hair. Honey blonde highlights are also lower maintenance compared to super ashy blondes. This is good for clients who don’t want to come in often to re-tone their hair or for clients with well water and other harsh mineral-filled shower water.

Blonde Highlights and Lowlights

Q&A with style creator, Nicole Carlini
Hairstylist @ Belle Vie Salon in Oxford, MI

How would you describe this look?

This look is a soft blonde balayage. This guest came in with previous grown out balayage. We first cut 5 inches off to freshen up the ends and make it more manageable for her with her busy lifestyle. With this length, she can wash and go or spend a little extra time to curl and style!

Next, we added highlights using Schwarzkopf Blondme in a traditional foil technique. I sectioned the hair off her part line with diagonal foils back. She is naturally about a level 7 so we left her base for added dimension. She had previous lightened ends so adding the foils made for a softer look and more of a balayage rather than an ombré. I then toned with Redken Shades EQ.

This is a pretty low maintenance style. Because we left her natural color at the base the grow out will be easier and we can maintain with a few foils mostly around the face then every couple appointments we will freshen up the ends by painting up the balayage.

I would also recommend a toner in between color appointments. I used Joico’s defy damage treatment to create all the shine! I styled with a volumizing mousse and texture spray and curled using the Beachwaver.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a pretty soft, low maintenance color! I would recommend this look for someone looking for some dimension in their hair but not needing to be in the salon every 4 weeks.

This particular guest has natural level 7, thick, straight hair texture. This look can vary depending on the natural level of the hair! She has a busy lifestyle being in school and an athlete, which makes for an easy “wash and go” type of style.

I would recommend a toning shampoo and conditioner to this guest to keep up in between appointments. For styling, I would recommend a leave-in conditioner and texture spray.

Light Brown Hair with Light Blonde Highlights

Light Brown Hair with Light Blonde Highlights
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Q&A with style creator, Katie Broyles
Hairstylist @ Addison Taylor Salon in Canton, GA

How would you describe this look?

As for the look on my client, I did a free hand balayage highlighting technique. This gives me creative freedom to customize her color to fit her best! One of my favorite things about this look is the multi-dimensions of tones and ribbons of blonde. She overall has a beige tone with some pops of ice blonde and some hints of gold from gradually getting lighter and lighter.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Some tips for any clients who are interested in this look are deciding if they are comfortable with having some natural root showing or wanting more of classic highlight to the scalp. Balayage isn’t for everyone especially clients who are starting with any previous color. My client has the thickest hair and a little coarse, perfect for more of a soft grow out. Balayage is for anyone who isn’t able to come every 6 weeks but wants to get that longevity of color. Purple shampoo once or twice a week is a good way to make your blonde pop in between appointments.

Red-Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Jessica Shippee
Hairstylist @ Lavish The Salon in Greenfield, MA

How would you describe this look?

This look is low maintenance “lived in color”. I love the fact when doing a balayage highlight you can go months and the color still looks amazing without the regrowth lines of a traditional foil highlight. She has super thick hair like my self so I find long layers w/ some debulking to ends always does the trick so you don’t get that choppy look that I find most clients complain about with thick hair.

I love my Bioionic 1 1/4 in curling iron to achieve this stunning waves. This iron curls super fast and really smooths out any frizz in the hair so it gets the job done quick and easy. Because let’s face it, our lives are too busy to spend an hour in the morning doing our hair!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I find this style and color perfect for the busy working women that need to stay on top of the trends but doesn’t have the time for every 4-week appointments.

For clients looking for low maintenance color, I always suggest playing off their natural color. Keep your root color the same or close to it and add pops of brightness around the face or ends so you can months in between appointments. When I styled her up I don’t go crazy with products, because who has time for that seriously! I stick to the basics of what they need. In her case, she has thick coarse hair with a medium wave to it. My favorite line right now has been Loma its a more natural Aloe based line that leaves all the chemicals behind!

For her on towel-dried hair, I used there smoothing creme and nourishing oil. The products are super concentrated so a little goes a long way. I blowdried her w/ a large round brush nothing fancy then curled her hair with my 1 1/4 in iron. Then took I took one pump more of the nourishing oil rubbed it on my hands and applied it to hair to add more shine and tame any flyaways.

Super easy – nothing fancy! It took me 25 mins all together to blowdry and curl. With a little dry shampoo and a touch up with the iron, she should be able to get a few days out of this style without having to wash again! I love Loma for the fact that their products aren’t heavy or greasy on the hair!

Strawberry Blonde Highlights

Strawberry Blonde Highlights
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Q&A with style creator, Kriston Antony
Hair & Makeup Artist @ Bleu Hair and Makeup Studio in Lafayette, LA

How would you describe this look?

When I think of strawberry blonde, my first thought is that Blake Lively strawberry blonde everyone wants! That was my inspiration for this color! When lightning the natural hair, you always want to go with a shade that complements it.

I think framing the face with more blonde and gradually fading into the crown makes for a beautiful color! And of course, if you can have a seamlessly blended color styled straight, that’s the ticket to beautiful hair! Brightening the hair for summer will always make your hair stand out more, changing colors for the seasons draws attention to your hair. We all want people to notice our hair!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would recommend this color to anyone with natural brown hair or lighter! It is the most beautiful spring and summer color! Although it is important to understand how much your hair can handle when it comes to lightening it and maintain keeping it healthy.

Good products are key! To get a smooth and silky blonde I used Oribe gold lust shampoo and conditioner, Oribe moisturizing lotion, and the Oribe split end serum!

Balayage Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Channing Bergey
Hairstylist @ Lemongrass Salon & Spa in Fort Worth, TX

How would you describe this look?

This look is a rich dimensional lived-in blonde. My favorite thing about this look is the richness of the lows against the bright blonde pieces.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a great look for someone with medium brown hair to light brown hair. It’s super low maintenance. It’s also best for someone who likes to curl their hair because it really makes the dimensions pop.