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50 Fashionable Hairstyles for Dark-Brown Hair with Highlights

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

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.

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

2. Curly Locks with Caramel Highlights. Caramelize your hair and wear it curly to show off this beauty.

3. Caramel Balayage. Balayage on dark brown hair looks magnificent. Wear it casually or style for special occasions. For instance, adding some waves to your hairdo creates an elegant evening look in no time.

4. Highlights and Lowlights for Brunettes. Brown hair with highlights and natural lowlights gains amazing depth and dimension. It is low-maintenance and looks completely natural. However, you will notice the difference in the beautiful glow of your hair.

5. Auburn Highlights on Curls. A mix of reddish-brown highlights against dark chocolate-brown hair will make your hair look good enough to eat!

6. Dark Brown Highlighted Layers. Layered highlights on long hair are stunning.

7. 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.

8. Copper Highlights for Dark Hair. The dark brown hair with copper highlights looks romantic and brings those summer vibes, no matter the season. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the tone of highlights to personalize the style!

9. Ombre in Chocolate Shades. Dark brown is a beautiful natural hair color, but if you experiment with its shades and add an ombre effect to your style, it can make you look even more attractive. Bring waves or curls for volume!

10. Subtle Highlights on Curls. In search of a natural look? Pick a shade, just a bit lighter than your normal hair color, with which to use for your highlights.

11. Bronze Brown Blend. Less is more, so why go for radical changes when you can just add a touch of lighter tones? This trick will enable you to keep your natural look with a bit of twist.

12. Very Subtle Money Pieces for Brunettes. You cannot argue that a lighter shade of brown can highlight your hazel or brown eyes in a whole new way. Try and see it for yourself.

13. Flamboyage Highlights. This hairdo is fast and easy to make. Besides, it will look gorgeous on any hair color, from caramel to deep brunette. Subtle yet gorgeous, this dyeing technique is what you need for a change!

14. Ribbon Highlights. Dark hair with highlights always looks feminine and gracious. The longer your hair is, the better your lighter strands will look, especially when it comes to wavy styling.

15. Bronze and Chocolate Highlights. The dark brown hair with red ribbons looks amazing. You can add any shade of red color, from copper to cherry chocolate. What’s more, if you can’t choose just one color, try mixing several ones for a creative look.

16. 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.

17. Money Pieces and Highlights. The long wavy brown hair with blonde highlights goes surprisingly well with lowlights. A mix of three shades would add dimension to your hair and make others wish they had your stylist.

18. Subtle Dark Caramel Highlights for Brunettes. Channel in your inner Blair Waldorf and spice up your hair with caramel highlights and just enough definition for the gossip-worthy lob.

19. Warm Brown Contouring. Dark brown hair with blonde highlights is a great idea that has earned its place among the classics. If you choose to lighten up only the front strands, you can be sure that your face will be highlighted beautifully.

20. Peek-a-Boo Highlights for Dark Hair. Dark hair with highlights can be styled so that the lighter strands will be noticeable only when your hair is curled. Such peek-a-boo highlights add texture to your hairstyle and are easy to maintain.

21. Face-Framing Highlights. Money pieces nowadays come in numerous variations, but its classic version is most in demand! So, don’t hesitate to try this beautiful option if you’ve been thinking about it for a while.

22. Delicious Brown Balayage for Black Hair. Add something a little more special to your long hair. Light brown highlights can easily bring a spark and volume to your brunette locks.

23. Contrasting Highlights. The dark brown hair with highlights looks amazing. If you are not ready to dye your hair blond, this is the way to see if you want to proceed with the experiment or not. Besides, it will definitely freshen your style up.

24. Honey Balayage. If you are all about cute vibes, this naturally sweet look with honey-colored locks will be a perfect match. The blend looks especially stunning if you have wavy hair.

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

26. Peek-a-Boo Highlights. Place your highlights in random areas of the hair for an element of surprise for your audience.

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

28. Medium Dark-Blonde Highlights. Strike a balance in highlights with a blonde that isn’t too light or too dark.

29. Caramel Brown Highlights with Black Roots. First of all, having your roots untouched automatically gives 10 points to your low-maintenance style. Secondly, brunette highlights all over your head totally turn each updo into a masterpiece.

30. Light Chocolate Highlights for Black Hair. Liven up your dark brown locks. Dark hair with blonde highlights is another sort of sexy. Not only are the money pieces utterly seductive, but the definition is immaculate.

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

32. Beige Highlights for Short Hair. Short dark-brown hair with highlights is an easy way to go from drab to fab.

33. Delicious Cocoa and Cinnamon Balayage Blend. Get inspired by your favorite wintertime drink and bring your new hair color idea to life. Show off your sweet and hot nature with a fiery and spicy balayage on dark brown hair.

34. Cute Money Pieces and Highlights on Black Base. The delicate money pieces are cute for several reasons. They work as a flattering accent, highlight your face, and enhance the eyes. You can either wear them in a natural shade or in something funkier.

35. 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.

36. Face-Framing Highlights. Use gorgeous golden highlights to frame the face in a flattering way.

37. Ash Brown Highlights for Long Dark Hair. Try out an ashy shade before you commit to it entirely. Having a head full of hair allows you to experiment with literally anything, for example, give a chance to brown hair with highlights in a mushroom shade.

38. Barely There Chocolate Highlights. Wanting to ease into highlighting? Try this style.

39. 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.

40. Brunette Hair with Caramel and Golden Highlights. Both professional and lovely, this style will fit right in with literally any vibe. Plus, it’s easy to take care of and doesn’t harm your locks!

41. Black Lob with Auburn and Golden Babylights. Sometimes even the sexiest dark brown hair can feel boring. Change it up with some bright babylights for a distinct dimension. Brown hair color with highlights attracts more attention than plain colors.

42. 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.

43. Cinnamon Brown Highlights for Black Hair. You don’t have to go out of your way to turn your locks into a hot mess. Weave some cinnamon and caramel brown highlights into your brunette locks and curl them into loose ringlets. Your runway look is served.

44. Shiny Brown Balayage for Fall. Imagine transferring the warmth of autumn days over to your hair. Then show the stylist this picture with a cozy balayage featuring money pieces and lowlights and enjoy your dreams coming to life.

45. Black Hair Balayage Transformation. In case you’ve spent all your life as a very dark brunette, then coming to the lighter side might seem difficult. Give a go to a soft black-to-chocolate balayage if you feel like it’s time for brighter days.

46. Toasted Almond Highlights for Dark Hair. A hairstyle that looks festive just on its own. Although, add some mid-shaft waves and soft money pieces and bring all the needed attention to your bright facial features.

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

48. Bronze and Cocoa Highlights for Dark Hair. See how incredible dark hair with highlights looks in the sun with this absolutely astonishing healthy balayage idea. Dark chocolate with caramel is always in demand.

49. Rich Beautiful Mocha. Caramel highlights blend into dark hair, creating a chocolate mixture that is smooth and shiny!

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

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
Serena graduated from the University of Oregon where she majored in magazine journalism. She is a published writer both in print and online. She currently lives in Daytona Beach where she works at the Early Learning Coalition, an organization supporting children of low-income families. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, reading, country music concerts, exploring Florida, and of course, the beach.
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