As you can probably tell from some of our previous articles, we absolutely love brunette hair! It’s beautiful and versatile, and can make you look younger, while softening heavily pronounced facial features. Yet, with the arrival of summer, many brunettes start thinking of a more playful, sun-kissed look. While adding a few lighter streaks seems like the obvious choice for the breezy, carefree days ahead, people are often reluctant to take this step. The reason? It can be quite difficult to choose the right style. There is a wide variety of looks and colors to consider, and picking one can be difficult. Would you rather opt for some tasteful highlights or a chic balayage? For a cool ombre or a subtle and understated sombre? If you feel confused, we are here to help! In today’s article, we will explore the different options for brown hair with blonde highlights, balayage and ombre.
Brown hair with blonde highlights – a look that has stood the test of time
Wondering whether to opt for highlights, balayage, ombre or sombre? This video will help you make up your mind!
Although brown hair with blonde highlights was considered a bit outdated last year, this summer it’s coming back in a big way! Many feel put off when they hear the word “highlights” because they picture platinum blonde streaks on dark brunette hair. Let us assure you that this is not the case! Although highlights come in a variety of different colors, and some people do opt for contrasting combinations, the rule of thumb is to choose a shade that is slightly lighter than your base color. This will ensure a final result that is both natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing. If you’d like to try highlighting your own hair, there are some great products on the market. For more information, check out the video tutorials we have included bellow.
Sun-kissed hair with soft, loose waves
This subtle balayage is perfect for the summer
Although ombre hair’s popularity peaked at the start of the decade, it is still a very sought after look, which can be seen on many celebrities. The style is characterized by hair that is dark at the base and gradually becomes lighter. The most favored variation is brown hair with blonde ombre effect. The look is not only playful and chic, but also very easy to maintain, and looks great on straightened, as well as curled hair.
Thinking of highlighting your hair at home? This tutorial will show you how:
Blond balayage on dark brunette hair
Similarly to the ombre style, sombre hair is also reliant on the fade of one color into another. Unlike the ombre, however, this look utilizes more colors, so as to make the transition smoother and more gradual. Ladies who want to add some color to their hair, but prefer to keep things simple and natural-looking, should definitely opt for a classy sombre. This will ensure an authentic-looking hairstyle that is both chic and playfully demure.
Brunette, blonde or strawberry – which one would you choose?
Sombre hair is ideal for people who want to add a refreshing twist to their look, while keeping it natural
Balayage has been a huge hit in recent years. Arguably the best of both words, this style combines the gradual transition from dark root to lighter tips, as seen on ombre hair, with the more equally distributed color of the highlights. When done right, balayage adds a natural-looking painterly quality to your hair, that is reminiscent of the healthy, sun-kissed tresses we used to have as children. As a result, it’s a huge favorite among celebrities seeking a fresher, more authentic look.
Another great video about highlighting your hair at home:
Say goodbye to boring hair!
How cute is this strawberry blonde hue?
Add a little oomf to your bob with somer playful highlights
Blonde hair with subtle highlights…
Balayage with soft, luxurious curls – summer hair doesn’t get any better than this!
Add a dash of red, for a truly unique look!
Smooth chocolate brown with sandy blonde highlights
Ash blonde highlights are a big hit at the moment
More and more stars are opting the subtle, the natural-looking sombre hair
Baby lights are another celeb favorite
Dark brown hair with blonde highlights? Yes, please!
The perfect beach hair
We love this playful multicolored bob!
Go wild and messy…
…or straight and smooth!
Gorgeous blonde balayage with a retro twist
Red hues will always be in style
The perfect hair for a garden party!
More great suggestions for brown hair with blonde highlights:
Cheryl Cole is as dazzling as ever, with her gorgeous sombre hair
Ombre or balayage? The choice is yours!