These 15 Examples of Lowlights for Brown Hair Will Totally Inspire You

Best lowlights for brown hair

Lowlights for brown hair are one or two shades darker sections of colors dyed into a brown base color. The magic that lowlights do is to add natural-looking volume and dimension to your mane by creating shadows and depth all over.

Traditional foiling or the modern balayage technique usually gets the job done for lowlights. Finding the right shade to balance and blend seamlessly into your natural brunette base should be your first mission, and to do this, you’ll need an expert hair colorist to guide you.

Waves partner superbly with lowlights because of the multi-dimensional effect they create. By leaning into the dark side, you can avoid a monotonous look and give your hair an instant boost.

Brunette babes Bella Hadid, Kim Kardashian, and Sofia Vergara all tried doing this hair color trick, and their locks never looked any sexier!

Keep on scrolling to see what the latest trends are all about when it comes to lowlights for brown hair!

Lowlights for Brown Hair

Lowlights for mousy brown hair
Instagram @meerimantyla

A little truly goes a long way. See for yourself with these subtle lights that makes all the difference on your brunette do.

Lowlights for Greying Brown Hair

Lowlights for Greying Brown Hair
Instagram @thealyssamahnke

Get a seriously multidimensional look when you combine a natural silver hair with ashy blonde streaks. This technique can totally transform a thinning mane to a dense-looking one!

For Chestnut Brown Hair

Lowlights for Chestnut Brown Hair
Instagram @hairbycaitlyn_wow

Revamp your light hair with tones darker than your natural one for a really interesting and textured look. With this style, you don’t need to worry about your hair losing dimension, as it will never happen!

Light Brown Hair with Mocha Brown Lowlights

Light Brown Hair with Mocha Brown Lowlights
Instagram @costumesandcosmo

We feature a full head of balayage for this beautiful healthy brunette mane. A low-maintenance, darker color for fall is what you need for a fresh new look.

Mousy Brown with Lowlights

Mousy Brown with Lowlights
Instagram @shear_artistry_by_katie

Marvel at this stunning dimension on a straight hair! Stylist Katie did a root melt, a lowlight, and a toner that transformed this color to a subtle, sunkissed look.

Hazelnut Brown Lowlights

Hazelnut Brown Lowlights
Instagram @hannahperezhair

Take your fall-ready hair darker and warmer when you get a beautiful color correction like this! It definitely will be recognized anywhere for its simplicity and femininity.

Subtle Lowlights for Reddish Brown Hair

Subtle Lowlights for Reddish Brown Hair
Instagram @cosmobymadison

Go brighter and more dimensional with an absolutely gorgeous balayage like hers! With the right combination of reds, blondes, and a chestnut base, you’ll get depth and uniqueness for your look.

Honey Brown Hair with Chocolate Brown Lowlights

Honey Brown Hair with Chocolate Brown Lowlights
Instagram @taylermadehair

Who wouldn’t fall head over heels with this mocha hazelnut on beachy waves hair?! This is a low maintenance and sexy technique to liven up your plain brunette mane.

For Ash Brown Hair

Q&A with style creator, Jeanna Gina Casallo
Licensed Hair Artist @ L A S H Studio in Auburn, WA

How would you describe this look?

These lowlights for brown hair are definitely earthy, cool, and melted with some dimensional sunkissed pieces. My favorite thing about this look is that it’s so refreshing for spring and summer. To create this hair color, I did some heavy teasing to achieve the lowlight look while adding hand-painted pieces to give it a subtle glow. The haircut would be described as a super long lob with lots of texture and soft layers. I used a 1 1/4 curling iron to give some movement creating the perfect beachy-looking waves.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you’re afraid to go blonde then this is a perfect happy medium color. It’s very lived-in, natural and can be low maintenance for both cut and color. I recommend using “The Perfect Brunette” shampoo and conditioner by Pravana to prolong the color. The long lob is my favorite and go-to look for most of my clients. It’s super-cool, casual, and I just love the tousled feel to it. If you part your hair in the center, this beachy wave hairstyle is fantastic for oval/square face shapes. I also love using the dry texturizing spray by Oribe to create effortless volume on both straight or wavy hair.

Dark Red Lowlights for Dark Brown Hair

Dark Red Lowlights for Dark Brown Hair
Instagram @tonyazstyle

Q&A with style creator, Tonya Zstyle
Hairstylist / Colorist / Salon Owner @ Allure Hair Salon in San Jacinto, CA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a light brown (level 5) with red/violet lowlights (level 6/7). I used Wella Professional for the color and lowlights. The cut is very simple with layers and a side bang in front.

The loveliest thing about it is that it’s not too long or too short. It’s the perfect length to wear up or down and straight or curled. I love the color because it gives the brown dimension without being too bold.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I think this style/color is great for a woman who likes to have fun, dress up, go to the gym, yet also needs to be professional and sophisticated. It is suitable for a busy lifestyle or a more relaxed one. This style and color are easy to maintain. It would be great for those who already have brown hair because they will only need to retouch the lowlights every few months. Pretty much anyone could wear it because of how versatile it is.

Caramel Brown Hair with Lowlights

Q&A with style creator, Stephanie Borgelt
Hairstylist @ Salon 860 West in Brea, CA


How would you describe this look?

This look is a bob with a slight angle. She wanted a look that was easy to style with not a lot of short layers but just a bit of texture for when she wears it wavy.

My client is a natural redhead but wanted some light and darker balayage hidden pieces, so it would be a nice blend as it grows out.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is most complimentary on oval face shape, however, with any other shape, I would angle a bit more to suit the client. Whether wearing it wavy or straight, it does take a little time to perfect it. For coarse hair, try using a smoothing cream. I love Kendra’s blow-dry spray before blow drying does help smooth out that frizz. This will help with control. Then you can wear straight or wavy. For fine hair, the blow dry spray is great as well, but try adding a volumizing powder such as “puff me” and some texture spray for a finish to show off those piecey layers.

This style can fit from the average college student to an at home mom or even a full-time nurse.

Dark Caramel Lowlights for Medium Brown Hair

Dark Caramel Lowlights for Medium Brown Hair
Instagram @karagenstyles

Q&A with style creator, Karagen Drennan
Hairstylist / Makeup Artist @ 7th Street Salon in Little Rock, AR


How would you describe this look?

This look is loose and tousled. The best thing about this kind of style is the ease of it. The color is a low maintenance natural look using her natural color as the base so she won’t have any new growth. With the cut, she’ll be able to curl her hair and wear it for as many days as she wants between washes because the looser the curls get the better (in my opinion!). It just gives the perfect “undone” look that everyone’s going for these days.

This style is one of my favorites because you have so many cute options for different styles such as top knots, cute braids, beachy waves, and even cute loose pony with a bandana or headband!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Think about how much time you want to spend on your hair in the morning and what your daily routine is. I think this style is perfect for women on the go. If you’re anything like me, you may want to wash your hair two or three times a week. It shortens the morning routine and hair also typically styles better when it’s a day or two dirty.

This look allows you to get up and throw in a cute top knot or braid your bangs out of your face and go! It’s super easy and quick but makes it look like you spent a lot more time on your hair than you actually did. This haircut does call for a product, which I know some people either don’t like to use or just don’t know where to start. The good thing is any of these styles can be made with just one or two styling products. You don’t need a huge range of products.

My favorite is a dry texture spray or texture powder. This gives you hold and a bit of grit to your hair that makes the perfect messy undone look. My best piece of advice for anyone who has been considering this look but is scared to go short- just do it! You never know if you never try and change your hair is such a fun and liberating feeling. And who knows, you may find it to be your favorite hairstyle you’ve had!

Deep Red Lowlights for Cinnamon Brown Hair

Q&A with style creator, Evelyn Lynch
Cosmetologist @ Evelyn Lynch Professional in Chicago, IL


How would you describe this look?

This is a dark burgundy root shadowing that branches off with golden copper balayage and a twist of raspberry ribbons! The blunt lob haircut gives the fullest look for fine hair. A wand is a special trick to create the ultimate texture and show off dimensions of fall beauty!

My favorite things about it are the feeling of leaves changing color

Any advice for someone considering it?

Understand that red can fade a little, and accept warm dimension of colors. I would learn how to use the wand too as it will showcase the color better. Perfect for fine hair in creating a full look! I used Texture Spray by Amika to give added volume.

Rose Brown Lowlights

Q&A with style creator, Nikki Parsons
Certified Colorist @ Spa Bella Salon & Boutique in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ


How would you describe this look?

This look is considered to be a “rose brown wavy lob.” I do love the fact that brunettes have a trendy rose gold option! This is colorful enough to feel like your hair color is “fun” but also subtle enough for most workplaces. I love how versatile a lob haircut is. It looks super chic when straightened but beachy and free-spirited when curly. You can easily achieve that “cool girl hair” style with loose uniform waves.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This color may not seem like it, but it is high maintenance. I know this because I also had the color myself! Expect to be seeing your stylist more than usual for glosses and upkeep, or let it fade out on its own and enjoy the different tones your hair will reflect as time goes on!

I recommend Keracolor’s Rose Gold Clenditioner for maintenance. Prepare to wash your hair in cold water. I also recommend Living Proof’s Restore Line for heat and UV protection to prevent fading. Heat is the secret thief of color. Always support your hair color with products and guidelines recommended by your stylist!

Red-violet Lowlights on Golden Brown

Q&A with style creator, Chelsea Litchfield
Stylist & Owner @ Abstract Hair Artistry in Avondale, AZ


How would you describe this look?

I was inspired by fall for this look, specifically pumpkin spice. Who doesn’t love that, right?!? Just like pumpkin spice is a blend of delicious flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove, I wanted to embody that with her color. Dimensional would both describe it, and it’s the best thing about this look.

This is one of my favorite guests who is always playing around with different flavors. We stepped out of our box on this one by adding cooler pops of color (violet-red) in with her usual coppery tones. I also was creative with the way I applied her lowlights. I didn’t saturate scalp to ends. I heavily saturated near her scalp and feathered the color out as I got to her mid-ends so as to maintain some brightness through her ends.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look would be perfect for anyone wanting to add dimension into their existing color! Try adding a new flavor to spice it up! Lowlights are a perfect way to transition out of summer and into fall. It’s crazy that adding little bits of richness can make a big impact in making your color pop!