23 Different Ways to Rock Dark Brown Hair with Highlights

Are you a brunette who wants a new hairstyle? Then you are in the right place. We have found 23 stylish ways to rock dark brown hair with highlights. We have highlight colors for everyone, including beautiful blondes and chocolate browns. Take a look to find your favorite, you will be soon booking your next appointment at the hair salon.

1. Dark Brown Hair with Highlights for a Lob Cut

The first hair idea we have to show is this partial balayage look. Partial balayage lightens the hair in certain places instead of the whole head. This look features very dark brown hair at the top that blends to light brown and then blonde at the ends. We love this hairstyle and it is perfect for summer.

2. Dark Hair with Bronde Highlights

Next, we have a bronde highlights idea. Bronde is a combination of blonde and brown, which gives a warm light tone. Highlights like these are perfect for the ladies who want give their hair a lift. You can choose a similar color or even go a few shades lighter.

Dark Hair with Bronde Balayage Highlights

Source: @aaashleee

3. Subtle Balayage Highlights for Dark Brown Hair

If you want to subtly add color to your hair, then this next idea is for you. The hair is a very dark brown with warm chocolate highlights running through. Choosing a similar tone to your hair will refresh your hair but keep it looking natural.

4. Dark Brown Hair with Warm Highlights

Our next idea features warm highlights. The dark hair gradually blends into dark red and blonde tones. Highlights like these will suit anyone with any length of hair. You can recreate a similar look or choose more vibrant tones. We love this look!

Dark Hair with Warm Balayage Highlights

Source: @daribhair

5. Dark Blonde Highlights for Curly Hair

Dark blonde highlights look so stylish on brown hair. Don’t just take our word for it, check out this next look. As you can see the subtle blonde has really lifted the curls. If you want a bolder look then choose a brighter blonde. Highlights like these will look gorgeous on straight hair too.

6. Dark Red Highlights

If you want more of a dramatic makeover then this next idea is for you. This dark hair has been highlighted with a dark red tone called cranberry wine. The red is stunning and gives the hair an edgy lift. Red will suit anyone and there are many different shades to suit your style.

Dark Red Balayage Highlights

Source: @paintedhair

7. Dark to Medium Brown Color Idea

There is such a variety of brown shades for highlighting so, you can create many different looks. Here we have dark brown on the root color that gradually blends to medium brown. Even though the color change is quite subtle because they are both brown, you can see it does give the hair a stylish lift.

8. Light Golden Brown Highlights

Want to update your look for the summer? If so, this next idea is for you. The hair is very dark with light golden brown highlights. You can go for a blend like this or have the highlights starting from the top of the head. Hair color like this will suit everyone.

9. Summery Blonde Balayage

Next, we have another summery idea. This one features dark brown hair with light, icy blonde balayage. We love this look because the blonde frames the face so the hair will look refreshed and lifted. You can choose any shade of blonde to recreate the look, whatever tone you like best.

10. Natural Medium Brown Highlights

Our next idea features brown highlights that update the hair but keep the finished hairstyle looking natural. The brown tone used in this color idea is stunning. If you want a bolder look, you can also add a lighter shade on the tips. Hair like this will suit anyone.

11. Chestnut Brown Highlights

Chestnut brown is such a stylish color. As you can see on this hairstyle the light brown suits dark brown beautifully. If you want a very trendy hairstyle have your hair cut into a bob like featured as it is a must-have look for the summer. It does suit long hair to though if short hair is not for you.

12. Light Silvery Highlight Idea

Looking for a unique hair color, then this next idea is for you. This dark hair has been highlighted with a light silver shade. We love this bold hair color, it is perfect for someone who wants to make a statement. You can recreate this look on long hair too.

13. Golden Toffee Cream

Next, we have a highlight idea that uses a shade called golden toffee cream. We love this rich and warm tone, it is a beautiful way to update your look. A hair color like this will suit everyone. You can have the color running through most of the hair or just have it around the tips.

Golden Blonde Highlights for Dark Brown Hair

Source: @paintedhair

14. Summer Balayage

Give your hair a sunkissed look with blonde highlights. As you can see the light blonde really lifts the hair and makes it look beach ready. You can choose a similar tone to the one featured or choose a lighter blonde. Highlights like these will suit hair of any length.

15. Multi Tone Highlights

You don’t just have to choose one color when you decided to have highlights. Maybe try a multi tone look like this one. The hair starts dark brown then goes into light brown with red and blonde tones. This warm and stylish look is gorgeous and will look amazing for the summer and beyond.

16. Chocolate Highlight Idea

Our next idea features very subtle highlights. The hair is a very dark brown with chocolate highlights. Even though the highlights are barely there, they still lift and refresh the hair. You can have highlights like these on any hair length.

17. Light Blonde Highlights

If you love blonde highlights, this next idea is for you. Here we have a beautiful brunette with light and dark blonde highlights. We think this summery blonde look is gorgeous. You can recreate a similar look or choose lighter blonde tones.

Caramel and Golden Blonde Highlights for Dark Brown Hair

Source: @aaashleee

18. Beautiful Almond Highlight Color Idea

Next, we have a color idea that features almond highlights. Almond highlights really lift brown hair and compliment it to. We love this color combo. You can keep the hair light like featured or add in some different shades like red to for a multi tone look. Either way you will have a stunning hairdo.

Beautiful Highlights for Long, Dark Brown Hair

Source: @brunosodre

19. Caramel Highlights

Caramel is another hair color that works beautifully with brown hair. The warm tone lightens the hair but the contrast isn’t as bold as it would be with brighter blondes. Hair like this would look amazing for the summer. It will suit any hair length.

Caramel Highlights for Dark Brown Hair

Source: @mikaatbhc

20. Natural Looking Dark Brown Highlights

Our next highlight idea would work with brown and black hair. As you can see, the hair is very dark at the top and then blends into a chocolaty shade. If you wanted a bolder blend, you can add in a lighter color too. We love this hairstyle though because it looks natural and stylish.

Brown, Chocolate Highlights for Dark Brown Hair

Source: @salon_58

21. Honey Blonde Highlight Idea

Honey blonde is a stylish color choice for the ladies who want a new look for the summer. The honey blonde shade is not as light as other blondes, such as platinum, so it looks more natural and sunkissed. You can have the color just at the bottom of the hair or having it running all the way through.

22. Golden Brown Highlights

Next, we have golden brown highlights. Golden brown looks stunning with dark brown hair. A color like this works best on very dark hair because it shows the contrast between the colors beautifully. Hair color like this is easy to maintain too, as it will grow out naturally.

Golden Brown Highlights

Source: @paintedhair

23. Sunkissed Brown

Last on our picks list is this sunkissed brown idea. The hair looks sunkissed because the highlights are brighter than the root color. Hair like this is great for the summer. The color will suit everyone with any hair length. We love this color idea.

We hope you have found the perfect look to rock dark brown hair with highlights.

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Rebecca Puttock


One thought on "23 Different Ways to Rock Dark Brown Hair with Highlights"

  1. Jacquie lydon says:

    Hi there,can someone tell me why my hair turn into one colour after getting it foil done?i have been to 5 hairdressers
    They can’t do my hair in golden high light,one of them put a toner in my hair my hair turn into ash blonde as I have olive skin,is toner a problem?please let me know I don’t know what is a problem,I was with my former for 15years
    But after moving i cont get there,I’m trying to find a local hairdresser but I was very disappointed
    I leave in Western Australia
    Thank you
    Kind regards

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