24 Gorgeous Examples of Brunette Highlights to Take to the Salon

When it comes to hair highlights, much of the conversation centres around blonde tones, but we're of the opinion that the effects of highlights look just as impressive on brunette tresses. Yes, they're often more subtle, but at a time where the beauty world is shifting its focus to more natural and timeless looks – think no-makeup makeup – hair trends are following suit. With the power to make your hair look even more multi-dimensional and glossy, brunette highlights are in high-demand right now, especially as salons begin to resume their full services. And when you take a look at the gorgeous examples we've collated below, it's not hard to see why. 

We went through Instagram with a fine-tooth comb, searching for the celebrities and influencers who showcase brunette highlights at their finest. From light caramel wisps to chunky mahogany strips, these brunette highlights prove that sometimes the smallest tweaks can make the chicest difference.  So, whether you're looking to add depth or simply brighten your hair for the remainder summer, these are the brunette highlights images you'll want to take with you to the hairdresser as stylish reference points. 

Aimee Song creates a gorgeous glow around her face with the addition of fawn-coloured highlights at the ends of her hair. 

The shine, the cut, the graduating highlights—the term "hair goals" comes to mind. 

Ali's caramel highlights give her hair depth and dimension, putting her friend's mane to shame. 

Highlights needn't be reserved for those with long hair, as Alyssa's bouncy crop proves. 

With shades of deep bronze on-top, Aude-Julie creates a cool colour contrast to her stunning long hair.

Anna's poker-straight hair allows us too see the full effects of her lighter ombré highlights. 

Caitlin's shades of golden brown enhance the rich brown colour of her fringe and roots. 

Celebrity hairstylist Chad Wood works his brunette highlights magic on actress, Olivia Munn.

Ciara's highlights may be bright, but the fact she's layered them underneath her darker tresses makes for a very cool alternative to the highlight norm. 

Claire's sophisticated centre-parting makes her  light brunette highlights look even more striking.

Amaka's curls look incredible with her mahogany lengths and darker roots. 

Débora's cherry-brown highlights look beautiful set against her skin tone. 

Eni's chestnut highlights are perfectly blended with her dark brown lengths to create a beautiful finish. 

Erica's combination of caramel and coffee highlights is as delicious as it sounds. 

We always knew Jasmine had the face of an angel, so it makes sense that her hair is equally heavenly. 

Krista's honey-brown highlights look particularly incredible when they're tousled. 

Emily's dark copper lengths create a gorgeous glow around her face and décolletage. 

This ombré interpretation of brunette highlights has been executed perfectly. 

The balayage technique is the perfect way to wear brunette highlights. 

The blended brunette highlights in this shot make for a solid summer style.



Marianne gives her glossy crop even more dimension with copper tones woven throughout. 

Zendaya's amazing curls look even more stunning thanks to the blend of chestnut and copper hues. 

Another gorgeous example of how lighter brunette ends can lift your hair look. 

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