17 Examples of Dark Brown Hair With Highlights to Bring to Your Colourist
While there are no rules when it comes to hair colour, there does seem to be a universally agreed-upon pattern that most people follow: go lighter in summer and darker in winter. While this works for some, we love to go against the grain, opting for a lighter hue in winter to warm up a pallor complexion.
If you too crave natural-looking dimension and summer-y bronzed highlights, it's time to book a salon appointment, because expert colourists know just how to achieve your desired result. Keep scrolling to see 17 examples of natural-looking brunette highlights, courtesy of some of LA and NY's most revered colourists (seriously, these people are masters of their craft).
If you prefer to keep your brown hair more golden-toned, you might like this chestnut shade that's also courtesy of Johnny Ramirez. We like how the main brunette colour is complemented by honey-colored highlights at the front.
For dark brunettes who don't want obvious golden highlights, take heed from this subtle caramel colour, which especially flatters medium to olive skin tones.
This subtle ombre situation, also from Johnny Ramirez, is the perfect example of cool-toned highlights, for brunettes who "don’t like any kind of warm tones," as Ramirez put it.
Anh Co Tran is an expert celeb colourist and the other half of Ramirez Tran Salon. We like this wavy brunette lob that's dispersed throughout with hazy golden highlights.
For an edgier look, try recreating this melded colour from Anh Co Tran. Complete the look with tousled, lived-in texture. Personally, we like sea salt spray.
Pham is also responsible for this cool gold colour meld, which looks insanely shiny and glossy, especially when paired with big barrel curls. It's making us want to reach for our GHD Curve 1.25 Inch Soft Curl Iron ($209).
Pham also created this auburn colour meld, which we love, since dark brunette is usually highlighted with gold tones. Even though this deep red is more typical of Autumn, we think the glossy red highlights work perfectly for summer too.
Alysa Pace is a hairstylist and colorist at Bomane Salon in Beverly Hills. She created this dark brunette colour with subtle light brown highlights. The colour and cut are perfectly '70s-esque.
As Pace put it best in her Instagram caption, "let there be gold." Ribbons of yellow blonde highlights give this a beachy and California-girl vibe.
We also like this style, which is also from Nikki Lee. Instead of highlights interspersed without, the blonde highlights are concentrated at the ends and the front.
Matt Rez is colourist at MÈCHE Beverly Hills. He specializes in balayage, which is a colouring technique that creates gradual-looking colour. We love this super dimensional dark brunette shade with varying shades of blonde.
Kristin Ess is founder of her namesake hair brand. She posted this photo to her Instagram account, explaining that this is 9 months post-colour. It's the perfect example of how highlights should grow out...subtly and naturally. We're obsessed.