20 Best Brown Hair With Highlights Ideas for 2019 – Summer Hair Color Inspo


Before you plop yourself down in your hair colorist’s chair and say, “Gimme highlights, please,” maybe take a sec to figure out what kind of highlights you’re into. Traditional foil? Balayage? Warm tones? Face-framing pieces? What I’m trying to say is: When it comes to brown hair and highlights, you’ve got options. The hardest part is just making up your mind, so to make it easier for you, scroll through these 20 gorgeous photos of highlighted brunettes, below, to help you decide on your next hair change.

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1

Sun-Bleached Highlights

These beachy highlights look completely natural and totally effortless—everything your SunIn look from the ’90s wished it could’ve been.

2

Caramel Curl Highlights

This ombré look might have been achieved by a balayage technique, but it looks totally natural (and that’s exactly the point).

3

Brown With Babylights

Ask your stylist to add in some babylights (superfine highlights) for an even more natural finish.

4

Brown and Bronze Highlights

News flash: Highlights don’t have to mean bright blonde. This bronzy look is proof that lightening your hair just so is enough to make a difference.

5

Brown and Beige Highlights

If you’re not quite sold on warm or cool tones, go with something right in the middle, like this neutral beige and “ice gold” highlights, as this stylist puts it.

6

Beachy Highlights

If you like a few darker pieces peeking through the bottom of your hair, ask for your highlights to be applied with the balayage technique for extra dimension.

7

Bronde Highlights

That sweet spot right in the middle of blonde and brown? That’s called bronde, and it looks like this. The best of both worlds really.

8

Sombré Brown Highlights

If you love the idea of an ombré but hate the harsh line that divides the colors, ask for a softer, less obvious version like this one.

9

Cool-Tone Babylights

An obvious time of the year to get highlights is during the summer, but a light sprinkle of cool-tone babylights would be perfect for the fall or winter.

10

Super-Subtle Highlights

If you were to tell me this color was real, I’d believe you. Make people think you’re just blessed with delicate highlights like this.

11

Brown and Blonde Color Melt

Remember chunky highlights of the early 2000s? With the color-melting technique, you get the exact opposite (read: no distinct lines) for perfectly blended color like this.

12

Hand-Painted Highlights

No, you don’t need mermaid-length hair for beautiful, Insta-worthy highlights. See here for proof.

13

Cool-Tone Highlights

Not into warm tones? That’s cool (had to, sorry). Instead, ask for highlights that are more neutral or cool-toned.

14

Soft and Subtle Highlights

No need to dive headfirst into highlights—tiptoe into the trend with a little lightness on your ends and babylights scattered throughout your hairline.

15

Lived-In Highlights

Remember when you spent all summer outside as a kid and got the perfect bleached ends? Yeah, you can get the same effect as an adult, but without all the sun damage.

16

Golden Highlights

When hair is perfectly golden like this, with no brassy or yellow tones, you’ll never want to stop taking photos of it.

17

Cool Ombré Highlights

The extreme, dip-dyed ombré might be a look of the past, but this soft blended version is totally perfect for the brunette who wants to go bright blonde without the commitment.

18

Rich Base and Warm Highlights

The best part about balayage? It grows with you, not against you (in other words, it never looks grown out). Sometimes, all you need is a little touch-up at the roots.

19

Bronde Bob

When you find yourself asking, “Are they blonde or brunette?” You know you’ve reached the perfect shade of bronde.

20

Face-Framing Highlights

Ask for a few face-framing pieces to highlight that gorgeous face of yours.



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