Beauty Hair Hair Color 10 Celeb-Inspired Ways to Do Brown Hair With Blonde Highlights For a variety of skin tones, eye colors, and lifestyles. By Erin Lukas Erin Lukas Instagram Twitter Erin is a Brooklyn-based beauty editor and has been with InStyle since 2016. She covers all facets of beauty for the site. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on August 16, 2022 @ 08:10AM Pin Share Tweet Email In This Article View All In This Article Jennifer Lopez Olivia Wilde Jasmine Tookes Dakota Johnson Priyanka Chopra Halle Berry Shay Mitchell Kate Beckinsale Selena Gomez Olivia Munn Hair color trends come and go, but brown hair with blonde highlights is a classic combo that doesn't have an expiry date. For starters, it's flattering on any shade of brunette, easy to maintain, and looks amazing year-round. Whether your brunette base is deep chocolate or ashy brown, there's a complementary shade of blonde to add dimension to your color and take it to the next level. When deciding just how blonde you want your highlights to be, there are a few factors you might want to consider: how much time you want to commit to the upkeep of blonde highlights, your lifestyle, and your at-home maintenance regimen, says hairstylist Dilek Onur-Taylor. "An experienced colorist will analyze your hair, skin tone, and eye color to determine the most complementary colors, technique, and whether you should go lighter or brighter with your blonde locks. There is a perfect shade of blonde for everyone out there," she adds. 10 Photos of Dark Brown Hair With Caramel Highlights to Inspire Your Summer Hair Color As for what your brown hair with blonde highlights might look like, keep scrolling to see how 10 celebs wear the popular color pairing. Jennifer Lopez chrisappleton1/Instagram Next to her infamous glowy skin, J.Lo is known for her honey blonde hair. These chunky '90s highlights demonstrate how to upgrade a signature look without completely going out of your comfort zone. The warm-toned blonde also works to flatter her skin's warm undertones. Olivia Wilde Steve Granitz/WireImage A bob and golden blonde ombré highlights? Yeah, Olivia Wilde's cut and color pairing are what hair dreams are made of. Her strategically-placed face-framing highlights also serve to brighten her complexion. To get her effortless waves, style with Color Wow Style on Steroids Color-Safe Texture Spray ($26). Jasmine Tookes Taylor Hill/FilmMagic If you are looking for blonde highlights but don't want anything too dramatic, consider "almost there, lit-from-within highlights of blonde," says Onur-Taylor. Jasmine Tookes's warm babylights do just that, lending subtle dimension to her color and an even more natural finish. Your Complete Guide to Maintaining Your Highlights Dakota Johnson Matt Crossick/PA Images via Getty Images If lazy is the name of your hair game (raises hand), tell your colorist that you're curious about balayage. Not only is the hand-painted color technique — as seen here on Dakota Johnson — low-maintenance, but it's also natural-looking, adding subtle dimension to your color. Priyanka Chopra Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images If you've got naturally dark tresses and you're hesitant to go blonde — but still want to go lighter — do like Priyanka Chopra and incorporate toffee-toned highlights. They work well alongside her deep chocolate brown hair, brightening the base color and adding interest. Halle Berry Amy Sussman/Getty Images Halle Berry's light blonde highlights throughout her brown base are a textbook example of the look. When opting for highlights, keep in mind that although they're less of a commitment than single-process color, they still require proper care to prevent any brassiness from coming through. "A good at-home haircare regimen will keep your blonde highlights shiny, healthy, and add longevity to the vibrancy of your hair color," says Onur-Taylor. She recommends using a violet-based shampoo, like Matrix Brass Off ($20), followed by a hydrating conditioner and weekly deep conditioning treatment. Highlights vs Lowlights: Which One's Best for My Hair? Shay Mitchell John Parra/WireImage Not sold on super-warm highlights? Follow Shay Mitchell's lead and ask your colorist for a few cool-tone babylights throughout your mid-lengths and ends. They can work on hair of all lengths, just remember that in case you're thinking about going shorter, do so before your color appointment. Your colorist considers your cut before deciding where to place highlights. Kate Beckinsale Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Not quite brunette, not quite blonde, Kate Beckinsale's "bronde" color falls somewhere between the two shades. We love the sombré color-melting effect of dark roots that blend into lighter mids and ends. If you decide to use a curling iron to replicate her loose waves, don't forget to prep strands with a heat protectant spray first. 8 Gorgeous Highlights Ideas for Gray Hair Selena Gomez Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images Selena Gomez is proof that you don't need to dive headfirst into highlights. And while her warm-toned babylights lean more auburn than blonde, they lend natural dimension and brightness to her otherwise dark brown tresses. We can't get enough. Olivia Munn John Shearer/Getty Images There are myriad ways to add highlights to brown hair, but Onur-Taylor recommends following a less-is-more approach to get the most natural-looking results. For instance, balayage and babylights are a way to mimic natural, sun-kissed pieces. Case in point: Olivia Munn. Her subtle balayage looks as though she enjoyed a summer well spent in the sun, says Onur-Taylor.