14 Prettiest Light Brown Hair with Highlights for 2018

Curly Light Brown Hair with Auburn Highlights

Curly Light Brown Hair with Auburn Highlights
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We’re in love with this messy angled curly cut with a surprisingly adorable mixture of ash, blonde, and red. It’s a unique and trendy version that offers so much dimension and movement all over!

Medium Length Light Brown Hair with Ash Blonde Highlights

Medium Length Light Brown Hair with Ash Blonde Highlights
Instagram @donnadstylisthairsalon

Cool-toned ashy highlights are a sure way brighten and add shimmer to your hairstyle. The contrast it provides with the rich chocolate hair can enhance fair to neutral complexions.

Light Reddish Brown Hair with Auburn Highlights

Light Reddish Brown Hair with Auburn Highlights
Instagram @analis_devacurl

Thick and defined curls look gorgeous with dramatic highlights that adds vibrancy and life to the whole look! Copper tones suit warm skin tones perfectly.

Light Ash Brown Hair with Honey Blonde Highlights

Light Ash Brown Hair with Honey Blonde Highlights
Instagram @shawna.hines

Warm honey highlights can exquisitely accentuate lighter locks giving you a brighter and lighter look. It gorgeously suits cool skin that has pink undertones.

Short Light Brown Hair with Platinum Blonde Highlights

Short Light Brown Hair with Platinum Blonde Highlights
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A fabulous hairstyle for thin hair is this layered long bob painted with platinum highlights for a dimensional look.

Light Chestnut Brown Hair with Sun-Kissed Highlights

Light Chestnut Brown Hair with Sun-Kissed Highlights
Instagram @chezneynicole

These light sun-kissed strands give stunning contrast on chestnut hair making it look brighter. Plus you can have them placed near the face for a framing and slimming effect.

Straight Light Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights

Straight Light Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
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This natural light beige blonde ombre beautifully melts from her dark roots straight down to those long smooth strands. A soft and low maintenance look that can work with any hair length.

Warm Light Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Mina Moallaei
Hairstylist / Colorist in Tucson, AZ

How would you describe this look?

It’s a natural light brown/caramel color I created for my client!

Any advice for someone considering it?

She asked for a natural, soft color to enhance her blue eyes and that is also very easy to maintain! Her hair color was level 6 brown, and I decided to lift her hair 2 levels lighter with a soft warm tone. I think that this color is a good choice for women of any age with a fair skin tone!

Long Light Brown Hair with Purple Highlights

Long Light Brown Hair with Purple Highlights
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Q&A with style creator, Cristina Gavrila
Hairstylist @ Cristina Gavrilă Hairstyling in Brasov, Romania


How would you describe this look?

I love this look so much because in spite of the fact that it has a lot of elements it’s still soft and subtle. The purple highlights give a perfect dynamic to the hair creating movement and depth.

The haircut is pretty much a straight base to keep the length and I added some layers for movement

For the styling I chose to do some effortless waves, leaving the ends straight for a more natural look and braided the hair to show off her facial features.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look can be flattering for different types of hair. Also, it isn’t a time-consuming hairstyle, and you can straighten it, curl it, or even leave it natural.

The purple highlight adds a lovely allure, and it’s not very bold so anyone can wear it easily.

And I also recommend products specially created for dyed hair to prevent color fading, and heat-protecting, if you are using curling iron, straightener, or even the blowdryer.

Light Brown Bob with Red Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Brittney Kofoed
Hair Colorist & Stylist @ Casal’s Dé Spa & Salon in Arlington, VA


How would you describe this look?

This look is fun and trendy, while still looking professional. It’s always a balancing act when it comes to achieving all three. You can show off your personality in your hair and still look professional!

The best thing about this color is the dimension. I love that her base color is a nice ruby red and that there is also copper and rose gold ribbons in her hair. Using both a soft weave and balayage ensures that her hair will look great smooth and curly!

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice for this color is to make sure you use salon quality hair care products at home. Even just adding two products to your routine will ensure that the money and time you spend at the salon will last longer.

Red hair color has a reputation for fading quickly. This isn’t necessarily always the case, especially if you take care of your hair properly. I always recommend Aveda’s Color Conserve, Daily Color Protect. You apply it on damp hair and leave in. It will help protect your color from all of the elements that cause fading (hot water, heated styling tools, the sun, and more).

I also love Aveda’s pigmented Madder Root (red) conditioner. Using only once a week to keep your reds gorgeous and vibrant. Red hair color can work on anyone! It’s all about the right tone and shade for each guest’s natural aesthetics, personality, and lifestyle. Blondes aren’t the only ones who have fun!

Light Golden Brown Hair with Dark Highlights

Light Golden Brown Hair with Dark Highlights
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Q&A with style creator, Mollie Zee
PulpRiot Artist @ Lace’d Unisex Hair Salon 2 in Langhorne, PA


How would you describe this look?

I feel like this overall look is very soft and romantic. Her base color is so rich and I love the subtle pops of brightness. We chose long layers for her cut and I’m so happy we did! This cut looks great straight and curled. I just love the way her soft curls fell so perfectly.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is one of my favorite looks for clients who want to add a little brightness while keeping it low maintenance. It’s an easy cut to style, works with almost every face shape, and can be customized with face-framing to accentuate your best facial features. She will have a beautiful grow out and can go around 12 weeks in between appointments!

Light Brown Hair with Lowlights

Light Brown Hair with Lowlights
Instagram @by_jessbrown

Q&A with style creator, Jessica Ann Brown
Licensed Cosmetologist in Pleasant Hill, CA


How would you describe this look?

This look is a natural, subtle, and low maintenance way to add some brightness to brunette thinking of going blonde.

I think it’s a great, gradual way to add some brightness for the client to test out to see if they’d want to be brighter. I always remind my client that we can always add more.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would definitely recommend this look to all of my darker and deeper haired clients looking for a subtle change without dramatically altering the state of their hair. Going blonde can totally change the texture of your hair, and if someone isn’t sure, I would definitely recommend going this route!

Personally, color like this is pretty low maintenance. On average my clients with color like this don’t need a touch up for about 10-12 weeks (using recommended products for upkeep), so if you’re on a budget this is a great way to add some dimension without spending a ton of $$$.

Products are key to maintaining your look. If we just spent over 2 hours creating this look that the client had asked for, it’s best for them to be able to recreate the same look at home as they are truly your walking billboard. As hard as it can be for clients to want to spend, it’s important to educate them on the upkeep and maintenance that goes into having the hair they desire.

Wavy Light Brown Hair with Champagne Blonde Highlights

Wavy Light Brown Hair with Champagne Blonde Highlights
Instagram @chandra_porter

Q&A with style creator, Chandra Porter
Stylist @ Altered Ego Salon & Spa in Tempe, AZ


How would you describe this look?

This is a timeless bronde balayage. It’s on trend, but not too trendy that it will be out of style by next season. It has multiple tones that turn a solid brown into something more exciting. The cut is the perfect length for all styles.

With a cut like this, you can wear it straight, curled, braided, or natural. My favorite style for this color is a nice bouncy wave. Curls will showcase all the colors throughout the hair while wearing it straight hides some of the dimension.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would suggest this color for people who are a natural brunette and want a low maintenance upkeep. The initial appointment will be a bit longer and more pricey but it will pay off in the long run because you can easily go 6+ months without needing to get it lightened again.

The at-home care for an ash blonde like this would require a violet shampoo to keep the blonde from turning yellow.

Light Chocolate Brown Hair with Silver Highlights

Light Chocolate Brown Hair with Silver Highlights
Instagram @hairby_arci_

Q&A with style creator, Arijana Arci
Hairstylist @ Musa’s Hair Salon in Louisville, KY


How would you describe this look?

This hairstyle is very simple. Half of the hair is natural brown, a number 5. I used the top section, side sections, and back (temporal bone) for highlights with 40 developer.

After lifting the hair, I used toner 8SM by Kenra Guy Tang for 10 minutes, washed twice with Fanola purple shampoo, and then styled with Moroccan oil serum.

Any advice for someone considering it?

As a hairstylist, I think it is better to have at least a little bit of your natural hair color when you mix with highlights. Styling with waves or straightened will make your hair look more natural.