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50 Fashionable Hairstyles for Dark-Brown Hair with Highlights

For those with dark-brown hair with highlights, you might think a blonde or lighter brown are your only highlight choices. However, hairstyles are versatile and can always be added to or improved upon. If you’re feeling bored with your current look, rest assured that there are many different colors you can choose from for highlights or lowlights.

We guarantee you that—by the time you reach the end of this article—you’ll have 50 new ideas to contemplate while you’re on your way to the salon, again!

1. Caramel highlights

Take your color from drab to fab with a little highlighting on waves. Keep most of the highlights underneath the hair and as framing for the face for that “just enough” look.

2. Light–brown highlights on medium hair

A contrasting color against your normal shade will really make the eyes pop. Take color from roots to tip for maximum effect.

3. Ash blonde highlights on long, wavy hair

Ash-blonde isn’t the normal color choice for highlights, but if you have dark hair, it can be a nice pairing and looks very natural.

4. Piecey hair with honey-brown highlights

Take your short dark-brown hair and add a lighter shade of highlights for just that little extra beauty. Honey-colored highlights also help to bring warmth to the face, which is especially helpful for those of us who might be paler.

5. Chestnut highlights and side-swept bangs

A touch of rich chestnut-brown-colored highlights brings warmth to the face, and a heavy side part adds body.

6. Blonde highlights on a waterfall of curls

Swirl some blonde into your locks for a cascading waterfall of light.

7. Light brown highlights

Work some light-brown highlights into your long dark-brown hair for a special effect.

8. Highlights with varying widths

With highlights that are thin near the top and thicker at the bottom, the illusion will be that your hair has extra body.

9. Chocolate salted caramel

You don’t have to go for full-on colored highlights; a light cool-brown shade does wonders.

10. Copper highlights for dark brown locks

Mix copper and light brown for an interesting combo.

11. Warm light-blonde highlights in waves

Lighter blonde highlights against dark-brown hair will have you feeling and looking your best.

12. Auburn highlights on curls

A mix of reddish-brown highlights against dark chocolate-brown hair will make your hair look good enough to eat!

13. Rose-gold highlights

Rose-gold highlights will bring your style from boring to bombshell.

14. Red highlights

Dark-brown hair with red highlights will have everyone admiring your look.

15. Subtle highlights on curls

Looking for a natural look? Pick a shade, just a bit lighter than your normal hair color, with which to use for your highlights.

16. Highlights and lowlights

Mixing several tones together will play tricks on the eyes… in a good way.

17. Golden highlights

Load up the ends of your hair with highlights for a different take on style.

18. Cinnamon hair

Balayage-style highlights in cinnamon make for a beautiful choice.

19. Peek-a-boo highlights

Place your highlights in random areas of the hair for an element of surprise for your audience.

20. Mahogany highlights

For long dark-brown hair, a rich mahogany shines in the light.

21. Medium dark-blonde highlights

Strike a balance in highlights with a blonde that isn’t too light or too dark.

22. Mid-back length dark hair with highlights

Highlight every other hair for optimum dimension.

23. Balayage highlights from the midshaft

Start halfway down for ombre and intertwined highlights.

24. Barely there chocolate highlights

Wanting to ease into highlighting? Try this style.

25. Red and blonde

Become a strawberry blonde with highlights that are red and blonde.

26. Curly locks with caramel highlights

Caramelize your hair and wear it curly to show off this beauty.

27. Natural freelights

For that effortlessly there color, light-brown freelights are the way to go.

28. Sun-kissed dark brown hair

Beach waves look best when they’re kissed with honey highlights.

29. Partial highlights

This style is flattering with any color hair, but dark-brown hair with tiny here-and-there streaks looks really gorgeous.

30. Ribbons of highlights

Dark-brown hair, colored with a lighter-brown highlight, is a beautiful contrast.

31. Dark brunette and caramel balayage

Brunette balayage is never a bad option. Freehanding highlights allow for a softer gradation, perfect for those of us wanting something that looks natural.

32. Face-framing highlights

Use gorgeous golden highlights to frame the face in a flattering way.

33. Dark brown highlighted layers

Layered highlights on long hair are stunning.

34. Beige highlights for short hair

Short dark-brown hair with highlights is an easy way to go from drab to fab.

35. Dark-brown roots and lighter midshaft

Begin light-blonde highlights farther down from the roots to create a natural blend.

36. Bronde balayage

Sprinkle in some blonde shimmer for a style with natural-looking highlights.

37. Uneven highlights

Add heavy honey highlights throughout the hair in an uneven way to mix things up.

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38. Copper highlights on chocolate base

Dark-brown hair with copper highlights is a nice twist on a classic color.

39. Cinnamon highlights

Varying shades of light-brown (cinnamon) highlights quickly add beautiful dimension.

40. Full highlights

Top-to-bottom blonde highlights means your hair can have that summer shine all year round.

41. Gray highlights

Gray and ash-blonde highlights on curls add visual volume to your hair.

42. Wide panels of color

Expand the width of bright blonde highlights for mega dimension.

43. Ombre and balayage

Ash-blonde highlights work their way into dark hair and have an all-natural look.

44. Ash-brown balayage highlights

Treat yourself and change your highlight color to something that makes you feel good.

45. Melted colors

This ombre makes the ash-brown highlights blend so well, they look melted together.

46. Dark bob with highlights

This bob takes the blonde and shows it off in peek-a-boo highlights.

47. Russet patches

Auburn highlights you can barely see are perfect if you want just a smidge of color.

48. Coppery streaks

Brown hair with copper highlights can help you get your hair summer-ready.

49. Rich beautiful mocha

Caramel highlights blend into dark hair, creating a chocolate mixture that is smooth and shiny!

50. Highlighted asymmetrical lob

Short dark-brown hair with highlights like balayage keeps the warm tones classy.

At the end of the day, all that matters is that you’re happy with your hair and you feel comfortable and gorgeous. The great thing about hair is that color eventually fades, which means that—in a month or two—you can try something completely different! What about dark-brown hair with highlights? Have fun experimenting.

by Serena Piper