14 Prettiest Light Brown Hair with Highlights

Light brown hair with highlights

Having light brown hair with highlights is the easiest way to boost your pale brunette mane! This color-combo creates gorgeous shadows and an over-all contrast to your hair.

This classic color mixed with a defining flush of light hue is a match made in heaven. Its flattering on all sorts of hair length and texture, too! The extra accent is made not just on your tresses but also on the face. This helps features like eye color and jawline due to the color’s brightening power.

Making use of textures such as curls, layers, and waves help maximize its effects. Plus it creates a transition that is full-bodied and sophisticated. But only if those lovely highlights are painted on all the right places.

Light brown hair with highlights is a show-stopping hair color that everyone can try. So what color highlights look good with light brown hair? Well, here we’ll show you how you can wear this classic bright look no matter what type of hair you’ve got!

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Curly Light Brown Hair with Highlights

Curly Light Brown Hair with Highlights
Instagram @tinabrown_swank

We’re in love with this messy angled curly bob cut. It has a surprisingly adorable mixture of ash brown, blonde, and red. It’s a trendy version that offers so much dimension, transition, and movement all over!

Medium Length Hair with Ash Blonde Highlights

Medium Length Hair with Ash Blonde Color
Instagram @donnadstylisthairsalon

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

Light Reddish Hair with Auburn Highlights

Light Reddish Brown Hair with Auburn Highlights
Instagram @analis_devacurl

Thick, defined curls are gorgeous with auburn highlights. They add vibrancy to the whole auburn look! Pieces of copper tones suit warm skin tones perfectly.

Ash Brown Hair with Honey Blonde Highlights

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

Warm honey highlights can accentuate lighter ash brown locks. This gives you a brighter and lighter blonde balayage. The bright, ash brown natural color suits cool skin that has pink undertones.

Short Brunette Hair with Platinum Blonde Highlights

Short Brunnette Hair with Platinum Blonde Highlights
Instagram @look_within_studios_msubia1

This light brown hair with highlights hairstyle for short thin hair is this layered long bob. The short hair was painted with platinum highlights for a dimensional ombre vibe.

Light Chestnut Hair with Sun-Kissed Highlights

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

These light sun-kissed strands give contrast to chestnut hair. Making the head pieces look brighter. Plus you can have blonde highlights placed near the face for a framing and slimming effect.

Light Brown Straight Hair with Blonde Highlights

Straight Hair with Blonde Tones
Instagram @neighborhoodsalon

This natural light beige blonde ombre melts from the dark roots down to long bronde strands. These soft and low maintenance blonde highlights can work with any hair length.

Warm Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights

Warm Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights
Instagram @hairbyminamoall

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

How would you describe this look?

It’s a light brown/caramel natural color with caramel highlights 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 mocha-brown, and I decided to lift her hair 2 levels lighter with a soft warm tone. I think that these pieces of caramel highlights are a good choice for women of any age with a fair skin tone!

Long Brown Hair with Purple Highlights

Long Hair with Purple Highlights
Instagram @cristina_gav

Q&A with style creator, Cristina Gavrila
Hairstylist @ Cristina Gavrilă Hairstyling in Brasov, Romania


How would you describe this look?

I love light brown hair color with purple highlights so much because it’s soft and subtle. The purple highlights give perfect dynamic to brunette hair, creating movement and depth.

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

Any advice for someone considering it?

This mocha hair with purple highlights 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.

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

Red Highlights on Light Brown Hair

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 auburn bob 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 red-auburn color is the dimension on the bob. 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 balayage highlights helps the hair transition smooth and curly!

Any advice for someone considering it?

For this light brown hair with red highlights make sure you use salon quality hair care products at home.

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. Protect your color from all of the elements that cause fading e.g. hot water, heated styling tools, and the sun.

I also love Aveda’s pigmented Madder Root (red) conditioner. Using only once a week to keep your bright 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. Blondes aren’t the only ones who have fun!

Golden Brown Hair with Dark Highlights

Golden Brown Hair with Dark Highlights
Instagram @molliezeehair

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?

These balayaged highlights on light brown hair are for girls who want to add a little brightness. Plus, it’s still low maintenance. It’s an easy cut to style, works with almost every face shape. Plus it can be customized with face-framing to accentuate your best facial features. You’ll have a beautiful grow out. And because of her natural color, she can go around 12 weeks in between appointments!

Honey Hair Highlights with Light Brown Lowlights

Honey 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?

These bronde babylights (lowlights) are a natural and subtle way to add some brightness to brunette hair. Especially if you’re thinking of going blonde.

It’s a great, gradual way to transition and add 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 recommend these ombre blonde highlights to all of my darker and deeper haired girls. Especially if looking for a subtle change without altering the state of their shiny hair. Going blonde can totally change the texture of your hair.

Personally, light brown hair and highlights like this is pretty low maintenance. On average women with natural color like this don’t need a touch up for about 10-12 weeks. So if you’re on a budget this is a great way to transition into an added dimension without spending a ton of $$$.

Products are key to maintaining your head of hair. If it took 2 hours creating this bright look, it’s best for you to be able to recreate the same look at home.

Wavy Hair with Champagne Blonde Highlights

Wavy 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 wavy hair is a timeless bronde balayage with blonde highlights. 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 wavy cut like this, you can wear it straight, curled, braided, or natural. My favorite style for these blonde highlights and color is a nice bouncy wave. Curls will showcase all the colors throughout the hair. Wearing it straight hides some of the dimension.

Any advice for someone considering it?

These balayage highlights are for natural brunettes who 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 your pieces lightened again.

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

Chocolate Brown Hair with Silver Highlights

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 light milk chocoalte brown hair color with silver highlights hairstyle is 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.

Any advice for someone considering it?

It’s better to have at least a little bit of your natural hair color when you mix with silver or blonde highlights. Styling with waves or straightened will make your balayage highlights look more natural.