Advertisements

This post may contain affiliate links.

Light brown hair deserves some love! This underrated hair color might be simple, but it can also be shockingly pretty. We’re not talking about boring, mousy tones – we’re talking about light brown hair shades that can be totally sexy, glamorous, chic, and sultry.

Advertisements
Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
Advertisements

To see exactly just how diverse light brown hair shades can be, we’ve put together a vast collection of gorgeous inspiration photos! Then, to help you get the look, we put together a guide to finding the light brown hair color that will best suit your skin tone and coloring. We also recommend some light brown hair dye kits, if you’d like to try your hand at dyeing your hair at home.

If you take the plunge, remember that brunette hair color does require some maintenance! That’s why we included our must-know aftercare tips for dyed hair. To keep you feeling glam, we cap things off with makeup and fashion tips for light brown hair.

Light Brown Hair Color Guide: Contents

Advertisements

63 Ideas of Light Brown Hair Color to Try

Light brown hair comes in a ton of different iterations, and we’ve found gorgeous examples of each one to get you inspired!

1. Soft Light Brown Hair

This light brown hair is subtle and pretty with chocolate undercurrents and a hint of warm sheen achieved with some lighter hair dye. It’s the kind of color that would suit anyone and that gleams with health.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@yaradoeshair

2. Lit-up Brunette Hair

This gorgeous brunette hair has a sun-dappled effect thanks to a touch of balayage! The grown-out roots are a very deep brown, and light brown hair dye helps to soften things up and lighten the transition towards blonde at the ends and near the front of the face.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@yaradoeshair

3. Sunny Light Brown Hair Color

This gorgeous transition look features the best of all worlds! Dark brown roots, light brown mids, and blonde at the ends. The light brown hair shades in here skew warm in a way that flatters cool undertones.

Advertisements
Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@yaradoeshair

4. Tousled Light Brown Waves

By styling the hair so it’s both tousled and voluminous, the final effect seems effortlessly sexy. This variation on light brown hair color features deeper, cool brown roots that progress into a chocolate milk shade that turns nearly golden at the ends.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@ryabchik.moscow

5. Ginger Light Brown Hair

There is something airy and warm about this streaked hair! The base of the hair is dark, but it’s streaked with layers of light brown hair dye and a hint of blonde that both lean a bit towards ginger to give the hair a warming, weightless appearance.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@carla.jean.styles

6. Metallic Light Brown Balayage

This long, dark hair was totally transformed by a light brown balayage! Gold-leaning light brown hair shades reinforced by Olaplex have the most magnificent sheen, so in this balayage style, they make it seem as though chocolate hair melted into metal.

Advertisements
Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@yaradoeshair

7. Warm Light Brown Balayage

This is like a slightly more red-leaning version of the previous look, with a balayage over extremely long hair carrying a lot of drama. The base shade is a neutral brown with long streaks of a honey light brown that brighten the look.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@kellynaso

8. Light Brown Cloud Hair

Talk about unique styling! The most incredible thing about this brunette hair is definitely the way it was styled into perfect yet extremely voluminous spirals, though the color itself is quite pretty as well. The roots are a more neutral light brown hair color, but the mids and ends are a little warmer with a hint of copper sheen.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@ryabchik.moscow

9. Creamed Coffee Light Brown Hair

Yara de la Tore, the balayage expert who created this look, describes it as “that moment in which your creamer first hits your coffee,” and we have to agree! Light brown is integral here for marrying the creamy beige highlights with the deep espresso roots.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@yaradoeshair

10. Light Brown Hair with Curtain Layers

Curtain layers are the chic, longer variation on curtain bangs that help to frame the face. They work well with light brown hair, like in this lovely and smooth balayage that also features deep roots and hints of gold at the ends.

Advertisements
Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@ryabchik.moscow

11. Transitional Light Brown Sombre

Light brown hair is a perfect early step for those aiming to go from very dark to very light. In this look, the first bleaching session brought the hair to this light brown to gold sombre that melds perfectly with the very dark roots.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@hairbyraquell

12. Spicy Brown Waves

This reddish take on light brown hair reminds of cinnamon or maybe chili with a few ginger blonde streaks at the front just to frame the face. We love this kind of warmth for autumn, while the soft-looking waves are great at any time of year.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@carla.jean.styles

13. Blended Cinnamon Cream Balayage

This gorgeous balayage gives quite a twist on light brown hair shades! The hair was streaked with a combination of warm, coppery cinnamon tones and more ashy blonde tones for a complex and intriguing effect.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@hairbylindseyben

14. Milk Chocolate Waves

This stunningly pretty take on brunette hair color features neutral shades of light brown, which makes it extremely chocolatey! This look features diffused streaks of beige and light brown with darker roots, which add volume while still looking smooth.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@ryabchik.moscow

15. Illuminated Light Brown Hair

The light and dimension that this hair exudes are impossible to resist! The illumination in this look comes from streaks of ginger blonde over an ashier light brown shade, the kind of contrast that is truly mesmerizing.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@romeufelipe

16. Mushroom Brown Hair

This neutral light brown look is anything but mousy! The chocolate brown base is lightened with a wash of beige, so the tones themselves combine to look like elegant mushroom brown. Styled into soft waves, this look is as smooth as can be.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@yaradoeshair

17. Textured Light Brown Streaks

The careful streaking of light brown and blonde over chocolate brown hair leads to a very textured and sumptuous hairstyle. The undertones are quite golden all over, which keeps things harmonious and luxurious.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@hairbybritny

18. Gold-Touched Light Brown Hair

It’s as though this brunette hair color was dipped in gold. The base is a cool dark brown shade, but the streaks help to brighten it up and give it a metallic touch.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@yaradoeshair

19. Caramel and Auburn Brown

This is how you make reddish light brown hair shades pop! The brown base was given an auburn wash, while hand-painted streaks of caramel gleam and pop, looking remarkably natural.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@_danielledoeshair

20. Cool to Gold Light Brown Hair

This is almost the same kind of balayage as the previous look, but the light brown color story is a little different. The roots are a cool brown shade that transitions into a blend of streaks that include both cool beige and golden tones.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@_danielledoeshair

21. Ash Light Brown Lob

This wavy long bob haircut was dyed a wonderful, neutral variation on light brown hair dye. The dark roots were kept natural, while the rest of the hair was hand-painted with ashy brown and blonde streaks that are universally flattering.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@carla.jean.styles

22. Light Brown Blowout

This smooth blowout is a must styling technique when you want to look cool and effortless. It works well with light brown hair that’s been dyed in a very smooth, diffused way with an overlay of golden brown shades.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@ryabchik.moscow

23. Earthy Mushroom Brown Streaks

The way these streaks flow is smooth and natural but gives the hair so much dimension! The shades chosen are all neutral and a little ashy, reminding us of mushrooms growing in rich soil.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@carla.jean.styles

24. Gold Foil Mocha Hair

This is another light brown hairstyle that looks as though the tresses had been dipped in molten gold! The ends, that is, while the roots and mids look like a mixture of espresso with mocha. Yum!

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@kellynaso

25. Bombshell Brunette Hair

Espresso, gold and light brown hair colors come together to create a show-stopping look that is helped by just how long and luscious the hair is. The wavy tresses were primarily dyed with light brown, but a few tendrils of gold at the front add glow, while the deep roots add a smoldering effect.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@romeufelipe

26. Diffused Beige and Chocolate Waves

This hair flows like liquid! The amazing effect comes from a diffused application of cool beige highlights over chocolate milk strands, which look like reflective liquid sheen, while the waves themselves were all styled to go in the same direction, which enhances that flowy feel.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@hairbyraquell

27. Piecey Light Brown Waves

This style is perfect for summer with piecey waves and razored ends that look breezy and bouncy. The color here is simple but sumptuous, with brown roots getting progressively lighter at the mids and with a balayage of honey gold adding luxurious lightness.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@hairbyraquell

28. Creamy Brown Balayage

The combination of neutral light brown lowlights and beige highlights in this balayage is soft and creamy, like a combination of white and milk chocolate. The extra dark roots add a bit of a shadow, but they don’t take away from the lightness of the look.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@mane_ivy

29. Gold and Caramel Light Brown Hair

This multidimensional look shines so bright it could blind! It features an elongated shadow root, light brown hair dye for the lowlights, and then a balayage of gold and caramel that play together to create a very complex highlight. Totally stunning!

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@mane_ivy

30. Beachy Light Brown Hair

This super pretty look is almost a sombre, with long dark roots replaced by rich light brown at the mids, and a few streaks of blonde at the end just for a hint of movement. Styled into piecey waves, it proves that brunette hair colors can be just as beachy and summer-perfect as blondes!

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@alydavishair

31. Oak Wood Hair

Super warm but not overly red – this light brown hair shade mimics the color of oak wood beautifully. Though it looks like a solid color at first glance, there’s actually a lot of balayaging here with deeper chocolate roots and an underlayer of lighter golden brown.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@guy_tang

32. Peachy Brown Hair

This is the kind of light brown hair color that just brings joy! The streaks of peachy blonde over brunette tresses have that playful pastel effect, but they also add dimension and movement to the look. It’s not too sweet, though, thanks to edgy razored ends.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@styledby_debbe

33. Chocolate Orange Swirl

The combination of chocolate and orange flavors is one of our favorites in a dessert, but it works beautifully for hair as well! Muted pastel orange streaks are chic rather than garish, and they add a bright touch to the light brown waves.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@hairbynikkix

34. Chocolate and Nougat Hair

Subtle but sweet, this slightly layered light brown hair is the kind of look that doesn’t stand out at first but sticks in your mind later. The roots and mids are the same shade as sweet milk chocolate, while the ends are a little lighter and cooler just like nougat.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@ryabchik.moscow

35. Voluminous Light Brown Hair

Talk about drama! The intense level of volume in this look comes mostly from styling, sure, but the dyeing technique helps a lot as well. Micro streaks of beige over cool, light brown hair add a ton of dimension and the illusion of volume, which is then amped up by the volume from curling, teasing, and incorporating that deep side part.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@natalieannehair

36. Cool Summer Hair

Want to feel cool for summer? This is one of those light brown hair shades that could help. The base of the hair is shiny and healthy cool brown with lighter ash highlights that amp up the reflectiveness without changing the undertone.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@natalieannehair

37. Chestnut Curls

This is the kind of hair that makes people go nuts! This chestnut-colored style features deep, espresso-colored roots with thinly-applied highlights in a warm, yellow-based light brown shade. Curled extensions give even more volume to the look along with a healthy dose of drama.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@natalieannehair

38. Flaming Light Brown Hair

Don’t let anyone put out this fire! The tendrils of golden orange highlights give this brunette hair a flaming effect that is only enhanced by the way it is styled into wispy, piecey waves.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@romeufelipe

39. Bronzed Brunette Hair Color

This is one of those light brown hair color ideas that’ll get you feeling like a bronzed goddess any time of the year. The bulk of the hair is actually quite dark, but a balayage combination of light brown and golden blonde gives a metallic, bronze effect.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@romeufelipe

40. Café Au Lait Hair

This hairstyle reminds us of our favorite coffee beverage. Espresso roots give way to more latte-colored mids and ends. The light brown color was applied in a soft, hand-painting technique that makes things look very natural, despite the originality of the placement.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@danielleemilie

41. Bronze Face Frame

This balayage is so classy and subtle, but it has a powerful impact! It features a combination of deep, espresso brown tresses with highlights achieved with light brown hair dye. The difference between the two shades isn’t vast, but it still gives a bronze dimension and helps to light up the face.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@garage_superman

42. Chocolate Caramel Swirl

If your hair doesn’t look like expensive ice cream, then what are you even doing with your life? This is the kind of look that screams, “eat it!” Deep, dark roots make caramel-colored highlights seem even brighter, with milk chocolate along the mids connecting everything beautifully.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@danielleemilie

43. Honeyed Light Brown Balayage

These hairstyles continue to satisfy our sweet tooth. This is primarily a cool, ashy take on light brown hair but with a few honey-colored streaks applied in the balayage technique to brighten the face and give a sweet touch.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@jaye_edwards

44. Ash Brown with Money Piece

This look is simple but dramatic, especially because the model has so much magnificent hair. The dominant color is an ashy light brown, but the thick ash blonde money piece has a bigger impact because of how it frames the face.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@guy_tang

45. Mixed Metal Light Brown Hair

This marvelous tri-tone creation gives us the best light brown hair shades all together! Deep roots transform into a bronzy light brown with a golden balayage over that. Those gold highlights are so saturated at the ends that they make the hair seem nearly blonde. 

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@guy_tang

46. Butterscotch Brown Hair

This extra ashy twist on light brown hair shades gives us some delicious vibes. Something about the smoothness of the color and the seamless transition from dark brown roots to light, ashy mids and ends melts like butterscotch.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@hair_by_bailey_

47. Toffee Balayage

From butterscotch to toffee – we love our sweets as much as we love sweet hair! The roots are a cooler brown shade, while the rest of the hair is dyed with a few warm light brown shades that increase dimension with a color reminiscent of toffee. 

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@garage_superman

48. Maplewood Cascade

The natural flow of highlights and lowlights in this light brown hair brings to mind the grain of a gorgeous wood like maple. It stands out because of the smooth but wavy styling, but curls or pin-straight styling would look just as incredible.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@glayda

49. Gold Thread Light Brown Hair

Gold balayage highlights run through this brunette hair like a thread, thin and precise. The tiny face-framing streaks light up the face beautifully, while elsewhere, they contrast against the cool brown shade of the hair.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@glayda

50. Two-Tone Brown Hair

Gorgeous light brown hair doesn’t have to be dyed symmetrically! This look features heavy golden brown highlights on one side of the head, while the waves on the other side are predominantly a shiny blonde tone. There’s enough interplay between the colors on each side so that the look isn’t jarring.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@hairbybritny

51. Gold Ash Brunette

Metallics don’t have to be warm, as this brunette hair color showcases. The base is a cool brown tone that’s practically lit up with ash gold highlights.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@hairbybritny

52. Lit-up Light Brown Lob

This alliterative hairstyle is a chic take on light brown hair. The long bob haircut is fun and choppy, and it works well with the cool colors. The bulk of the hair is a cool, light brown shade, with a few golden highlights near the front adding brightness.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@garage_superman

53. Macchiato Curls

Light brown hair was basically made for caffeine addicts! The natural shade of the roots is deep and espresso-like, which is why the light brown highlights over it remind us of the milk foam mixing into espresso in a well-made macchiato.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@hairbybritny

54. Soft Brown Glamour Waves

This combination of chocolate brown and golden brown is glamorous enough to be the envy of any movie star. Styled into soft and smooth waves, there’s a bit of an old-school Hollywood feel, but the high-shine highlights are a modern creation.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@liftedbyemerald

55. Brown Horizontal Highlights

We haven’t featured a lot of horizontal highlights in this compilation, but surprisingly, they actually work quite well with light brown hair! This application technique gives the illusion of curls and volume and is a great change of pace from the typical vertical highlights.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@liftedbyemerald

56. Bronde Drama

This look features so much blonde balayage, we definitely think it counts as bronde. The light brown hair color is very important, acting as a lowlight, but a golden blonde tone takes over at the ends and front.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@liftedbyemerald

57. Ash Brown and Caramel Curls

You can absolutely combine cool browns with warm browns! This gorgeous look proves it with a cool brown base that seems to light up with the help of caramel-colored tendrils. Curls add a glam factor to the look and play up the shine. 

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@alisson__costa

58. Light and Shadow Brunette Hair

The interplay of the super dark lowlights and the extra-bright blonde highlights is a classic, but the look remains harmonious because the undertones on all of the shades are perfectly neutral. Light brown is also key here for blending everything together.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@hairbyydani

59. Ginger Snap Waves

Spicy but sweet, just like a gingersnap cookie! This gorgeous brunette hair color has a very chocolatey, neutral base that’s balayaged over with a ginger-blonde shade – a daring combination that elicits some tingles!

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@hair_bykate

60. Walnut Wood Waves

There is something serious and sophisticated about the color story in walnut wood, which is heavily cool-toned to the point where it borders on gray. That’s exactly the color story in this brunette hair with deep lowlights and light brown highlights.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@hair_bykate

61. Caramel Light Brown Highlights

These rich, warm highlights are nearly the same shade as caramel, and they give beautiful illumination to the more chocolate-colored base. It’s a very classic take on balayage that works especially well with the choppy, slightly layered haircut.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@garage_superman

62. Hot-on-Cold Highlights

The highlights over this light brown hair are both hot and cold, but they work together well thanks to seamless blending. Deep roots transition into a cool light brown with honey gold ends, but the contrast comes from the face-framing ash blonde strands.

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@garage_superman

63. Red Oak Waves

We’re finishing on a warm note with a light brown hair color reminiscent of red oak wood. The highlights are thin but dense, so they add a ton of texture to the hair, which is naturally very dark with slightly smoked-out roots. 

Light Brown Hair Color Shades: Brunette Hair Color Ideas
@locksbylauryn

Finding the Perfect Light Brown Hair Color for Your Skin Tone

Light brown hair shades can come in a wide range of undertones, and some can be more flattering than others. We often use words like “cool” or “warm” to describe the direction a hair color leans in, but it’s important to get even deeper into the color theory in order to truly unlock what will be more attractive with your skin tone.

When light brown hair is neutral, it has a perfect balance of the three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. It has the same kind of color as milk chocolate, and it is very flattering to all skin tones. It can also be combined with all kinds of other colors without clashing, including different shades of dark brown, blonde, red, or even fashion hair colors.

Brown hair can also be a little warm, which usually means that it has a lot of yellow or red in it. The two undertones are very different, which can make things a little complicated.

Finding the Perfect Light Brown Hair Color for Your Skin Tone
@alisson__costa

• Between the two, having light brown hair that leans a little more towards yellow is the more flattering choice for those with warm yellow or olive undertones, since the hair appears nearly golden and helps to bring out that glow in the skin. 

• Light brown hair that has both yellow and red tones in it can appear more like a honey, copper, or ginger shade. This type of light brown hair shade is best for those with neutral, warm yellow, or cool, pink-leaning undertones, while those with olive undertones should avoid it.

• Finally, if the hair only leans towards red without any yellow tones, then it can be more of a light burgundy-brown. This shade suits cool and neutral undertones, but those with yellow or olive undertones may find it unflattering. 

• Then there’s cool light brown hair which, thanks to a bit of blue-gray tones, registers as very ashy and is sometimes referred to as “mousy.” This shade is most flattering to those with olive, neutral, and cool undertones, but it can also work for those with warm undertones since it’s not overly saturated.

• Another thing to consider is how dark your skin is when compared to the light brown hair color you want. It’s generally good to have some contrast between your hair color and your skin color. If the light brown hair color you love is very close in tone to your skin, you can rely on roots, highlights or lowlights to create a bit of contrast.


11 Light Brown Hair Dye Kits to Use at Home

So, since you know which brunette hair color is best for your undertone, here you have some of the best light brown hair dye options to try at home.

1. L’Oreal Paris Excellence Creme Permanent Hair Color in 6 Light Brown

This light brown hair dye is a great choice for just about anyone! Whether you’re starting out a little lighter or a little darker, it can bring your hair to a gorgeous brown shade that’s very slightly golden – a shade that is flattering for nearly anyone. The cream formula is very gentle on the hair, and it also offers total gray coverage. The formula also comes with other undertones, so anyone can find a match. Order it from Amazon!

Light Brown Hair Dye Kits: L'Oreal Paris Excellence Creme Permanent Hair Color in 6 Light Brown

2. Madison Reed Radiant Hair Color Kit in 7NGV Lucca Light Brown

If you would like to cover grays, adjust your brown hair color or slightly darken blonde hair, this hair dye is a winner. It’s especially fantastic for those with delicate or damaged hair because it’s so gentle and moisturizing. While it can work on medium brown hair, it may not lighten dark brown or black hair enough. This shade is a golden brown with a hint of copper, which is stunning on both warm and cool undertones, but we also love the more reddish or ashy options. Get it at Ulta

Light Brown Hair Dye Kits: Madison Reed Radiant Hair Color Kit in 7NGV Lucca Light Brown

3. Garnier Olia Ammonia-Free Brilliant Color Oil-Rich Permanent Hair Color in 6.3 Light Golden Brown

If you have very dry or delicate hair, this is another fantastic light brown hair dye option. The Garnier Olia formula is made with 60% oils and without ammonia to moisturize and care for the hair. It’s a great choice, especially if you don’t have that Madison Reed budget.

Light golden brown, in particular, is a wonderful shade that has warmth and shine but no brassiness, so it’s flattering and luxurious. It covers grays well but fades a little faster than a few other options on this list. You can buy it on Amazon

Light Brown Hair Dye Kits: Garnier Olia Ammonia-Free Brilliant Color Oil-Rich Permanent Hair Color in 6.3 Light Golden Brown

4. Revlon Colorsilk Beautiful Color Permanent Hair Dye with Keratin in 50 Light Ash Brown

If you’re covering grays or looking to just slightly alter your hair color, this gentle hair dye is a great choice. It works well on light brown or dark blonde virgin hair, though it’s ammonia-free so it won’t lighten dark hair more than a level or two. This neutral-cool light brown tone is very versatile, and it pairs well with other ashy colors (light brown and ash blonde balayage, anyone?), though there are also options with more coppery or golden undertones. It’s available on Amazon

Light Brown Hair Dye Kits: Revlon Colorsilk Beautiful Color Permanent Hair Dye with Keratin in 50 Light Ash Brown

5. Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color Nourishing Permanent Hair Color Cream in B3 Golden Brown

If your goal light brown hair shade is a golden caramel, this is the perfect color. This formula from Garnier is especially great for lightening darker hair. While the formula is reinforced with different botanical oils, it still contains the ingredients necessary to lift pigment from the hair, so if your hair is dry, it could still damage it a bit. Purchase it from Amazon

Light Brown Hair Dye Kits: Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color Nourishing Permanent Hair Color Cream in B3 Golden Brown

6. L’Oreal Paris Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in B61 Downtown Brown

When you want drama, L’Oreal Feria is one of the best hair dyes to choose! It’s not ideal for covering grays, but this means that it also gives a very multi-dimensional color. We recommend Downtown Brown with very dark brunettes in mind because this color simultaneously lifts and colors the hair. This means you won’t have to bleach your hair at all! The shade it gives is a shimmery cool brown that can look great as a balayage or all over. If your hair is naturally lighter, 60 Light Brown is a good choice instead. Both are sold by Amazon.

Light Brown Hair Dye Kits: L'Oreal Paris Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in B61 Downtown Brown

7. Adore Semi-Permanent Hair Color in #048 Honey Brown

If your hair is naturally light or it’s already been bleached, this is a great way to experiment with light brown hair – especially if you’re not ready to totally commit! It’s a gentle, moisturizing semi-permanent formula that imparts zero damage but a gorgeous, warm brown color with a caramel-like undertone. The formula is very thin, so it’s easy to spread, but it can make a bit of a mess. It leaves the hair feeling soft and smelling amazing. Pick it up on Amazon!

Light Brown Hair Dye Kits: Adore Semi-Permanent Hair Color in #048 Honey Brown

8. Garnier Nutrisse Balayage Lightening Cream in BY1 Icing Swirl

If you’re dreaming of a light brown balayage over darker hair, then this kit makes it easy. It lightens the hair by just a few levels to give a golden light brown shade while minimizing potential damage. It comes with an applicator brush and instructions for easy and foolproof balayaging at home! Like other Garnier formulas, it also contains avocado oil to nourish and condition the hair. You can shop for it on Amazon.

Light Brown Hair Dye Kits: Garnier Nutrisse Balayage Lightening Cream in BY1 Icing Swirl

9. John Frieda Precision Foam Colour in Light Natural Brown 6N

We think out of all of the options on our list, this is the easiest light brown hair dye to apply! It comes as a foam, so rubbing it in is simple and gets into every nook and cranny. The shade itself is a neutral light brown that is rich, chocolatey, and universally flattering. It covers grays thoroughly and will help color both slightly lighter and darker hair. Grab it from Amazon!

Light Brown Hair Dye Kits: John Frieda Precision Foam Colour in Light Natural Brown 6N

10. Schwarzkopf Professional Igora Royal Permanent Hair Color in Light Ash Brown

If you’re the kind who likes to mix, match, and DIY, this ashy light brown hair dye is awesome. It’s made with professionals in mind, so we don’t recommend it for beginners, but if you’re a regular hair dye user, it’s worth a try. This permanent color covers grays completely, and it lasts a very long time. It gives a light, ashy shade of light brown that’s cool-neutral and very versatile, and you can use as much or as little as you need each time. Find it on Amazon, along with the appropriate developer

Light Brown Hair Dye Kits: Schwarzkopf Professional Igora Royal Permanent Hair Color in Light Ash Brown

11. Clairol Nice’n Easy Permanent Hair Color in 6.5 Lightest Brown

This hair dye is a classic, and even after so many years on the market, it’s still a great choice. This shade is a gorgeous golden brown that gleams and pairs well with lighter gold tones. The long-lasting formula is easy to apply with a thick cream consistency that doesn’t drip. It processes quickly to cover grays and alter both lighter and darker hair colors. It’s available on Amazon.

Light Brown Hair Dye Kits: Clairol Nice'n Easy Permanent Hair Color in 6.5 Lightest Brown

How to Dye Hair Light Brown at Home

Dyeing your hair light brown might mean that you have to go darker, or it might mean that you have to go lighter! It all depends on what hair color you’re starting out with.

If your hair is just a little darker or a little lighter than the light brown hair color you want to try, then a regular hair dye will be more than enough! If your hair is significantly darker, however, then you will probably need to bleach it first, although just one session with a lower-volume developer will probably be enough.

That said, we did find a few light brown hair dye kits that can lighten dark brown hair all on their own. It’s worth noting that when you go from dark to light, the hair often turns very warm naturally, so you may want to choose a more golden or ashier light brown hair dye, even if you’re aiming for a neutral or slightly warm light brown hair.

If your hair is very light, then you might need to dye it a few times before the light brown hair dye can really take hold. You can do this in steps – first dyeing your hair a darker blonde and then dyeing it a light brown.

Another thing to keep in mind is undertones – it’s very common for ash brown hair to turn green when applied to very light hair, but you can counter that by opting for a warmer light brown hair color or by filling in your hair with a darker golden blonde or copper blonde color at first.

If your hair has already been dyed, especially if it’s a darker color or a very saturated color, you should first do a color-removing session. Otherwise, it’s very difficult to lighten dyed hair, while for hair that’s been dyed a lighter color, the pigment can cause your light brown hair dye to come out muddy or altered.

Finally, another thing to consider is what kind of light brown hair color look you’re going for. Are you wanting light brown hair all-over, or just a balayage? We give directions for solid, all-over color, but you might want to play around with placement or combining different shades of brown for different effects.

How to Dye Hair Light Brown at Home
@ashleeloveshair

You Will Need:

  • Light brown hair dye kit (see the list above for suggestions)
  • A pair of gloves
  • Hair dyeing brush
  • Plastic mixing bowl (only if your hair dye kit doesn’t include an applicator bottle)
  • Old, loose shirt
  • Plastic hair clips
  • Petroleum jelly (optional)

The Dyeing Process:

• Before you get started, set yourself up for success! Make sure you have everything you need on hand. Then get yourself ready by putting on an old shirt and the gloves. 

• Using the pointy end of your hair dyeing brush, separate your hair into however many sections will make it easy for you to dye. 3-5 is usually perfect. Make sure the sections also follow the natural part of your hair.

• In a bowl or mixing bottle, put together your hair dye and developer and mix them together.

• If you’re worried about staining the skin, apply petroleum jelly along your hairline and to the tops of your ears, and it will act as a protective barrier.

• If you’re also relying on the hair dye to lighten your hair, save the roots for last. If you’re covering gray hairs or starting with a light hair color, then start with the roots.

• Start by covering the part of your hair with light brown hair dye. Dispense the color and then use the brush to pat it in along the length of your part and pull it outwards about an inch.

• Next, start dyeing your hair in sections. Unclip the first section and separate a smaller piece from it. Start applying color at the root, pulling the color down towards the ends with the brush and dispensing more dye as you go along if it’s necessary.

• Keep dyeing that first section in small pieces until it’s covered in its entirety. You can massage the hair a bit with your gloved fingers to make sure the hair dye covers each hair completely.

How to Color Hair Light Brown at Home
@ashleeloveshair

• Once you’re done, clip that section back up and unclip the next section.

• Continue dyeing your entire head in the same fashion.

• Finally, once your entire head is covered, go back over the roots since that’s usually where mistakes and missed spots are the most likely. You can simply massage more dye into the roots with your hands.

• Clip up all of your hair and wait 20-45 minutes for the color to take its hold. Usually, the longer you let the color sit in your hair, the darker it will get, although this also depends on the formula.

• You can put on a shower cap, especially if you’re worried about staining walls or clothes.

• Once your hair has finished processing, hop into the shower and rinse out the color. Don’t shampoo your hair, although you can condition it if you like.

• Get out of the shower and either wait for your hair to air-dry or help it along with blow-drying on a low, gentle setting.

• Examine your hair to see if you spot any mistakes or missed spots – if you do, correct them with a bit more hair dye.

• Once your hair is done, enjoy your new look and keep reading for more brunette hair tips!


Maintaining Your Light Brown Hair Color Bright

Light brown hair dye tends to hold quite well, but you should still follow some basic maintenance steps in order to keep it healthy and shiny.

Maintaining Your Light Brown Hair Color Bright
@ashleeloveshair

• No matter the color, it’s really important that you keep hair washing to a minimum after you’ve dyed your hair. The less frequently you shampoo your hair, the longer your color will last, and the better it will look. 

• What you use when you shampoo your light brown hair is also very important! First and foremost, avoiding hot water is key to preserving the integrity of the hair, especially if you transitioned from dark brown to light brown.

• Sulfate-free shampoos are also important because they help to clean the hair without pulling out the dye.

• You can choose a slightly tinted shampoo that will help to reinforce the undertone of your light brown hair, as well. Choose a shampoo that corresponds with the undertone of your light brown hair, so a reddish shampoo for copper brown, a gold shampoo for a golden brown, a blue shampoo for cool brown, or a purple shampoo for ash brown.

• If you’ve dyed your hair light brown all over, you will have to touch up the root every 4-6 weeks. Light brown balayage and sombre hair colors are much more forgiving, and you may not need to worry about touching up the roots at all.

• The sun’s rays can cause colors like light brown to fade, so take care of your hair by wearing a hat or by using a UV protecting hair product like Sun Bum’s 3-in-1 Leave-in Hair Conditioner Spray from Amazon.

How to Care for Light Brown Hair Color
@ashleeloveshair

• Heat styling is not as problematic on light brown hair as it is on heavily bleached hair, but it still takes a toll. Try to limit how often you use heat-styling tools and opt for lower temperatures. Blow-drying on a low setting is usually the safest way to heat style the hair.

• If you’re a swimmer, be aware that chlorinated water from pools can alter your hair color. You can apply a protective leave-in conditioner before getting in the pool or even just soak your hair with regular water to prevent the chlorine from getting in. Make sure to wash your hair immediately after getting out of the pool in order to rinse the chlorine out, as well.


Makeup Ideas for Those with Light Brown Hair

The great thing about light brown hair is that it doesn’t require too many changes. Other details, like your skin tone, eye color, and outfit color will be much more important when it comes to creating your makeup look. We still have a few tips and tricks to help you match your makeup to your hair, although, don’t be afraid to break the rules and experiment! 

• The one thing you will probably have to change is the shade you use to fill in your brows. Make sure to choose an eyebrow pencil that matches the undertone of your light brown hair. Choose a chocolate tone for neutral light brown, an ash tone for cool brown, an auburn or ginger tone for reddish brown, or a blonde shade for brown hair with gold undertones.

• When it comes to foundation or concealer, you don’t need to change anything! As long as you get the level of coverage you like and your products match your skin tone, you’re good to go.

Makeup Tips for Light Brown Hair Color
@natalieannehair

• The same applies to other complexion products like contour, bronzer, and highlight. Depending on the type of color change you’ve undergone, you may find yourself wanting to use those dimension-enhancing products more or less. Usually, when going from lighter hair to darker hair, you want to amp things up and vice versa.

• Unless your light brown hair color leans very strongly towards cool gray or reddish brown, you don’t need to worry at all about your blush clashing, so just make sure to choose a blush shade that suits your undertone.

• If your hair does lean very strongly towards a particular undertone, choose a blush that’ll match, so a warm peach or copper blush for coppery hair, a berry, pink or purple-based blush for cool hair, or a neutral blush for red-brown hair.

• The same undertone principles apply to lipstick, although, there is a ton of room here to play around, and the less saturated a lipstick color is, the more likely it is to work with your hair no matter the undertone.

• When it comes to eye makeup, you can play around as much or as little as you like! Neutrals, metallics, jewel tones, earth tones, bright shades – the important thing is that the colors you choose flatter your skin tone and eye color.

• Finally, let’s talk about mascara! A black mascara is always a safe choice, even with light brown hair, but if you want an extremely natural look, you can choose a dark brown mascara instead. 


Fashion Tips for Light Brown Hair

Brunettes can wear whatever they please! Once again, there are no strict rules, but we do have some suggestions.

Fashion Tips for Light Brown Hair Color
@styledby_debbe

• In general, some contrast between clothes and hair tends to be the most flattering, so you want to avoid brown shades that are too close to your hair color, especially in dresses or jackets that take up a lot of space.

• We find that even when it comes to brown hair that skews warm or cool, there are rarely any clashes since the brown base is still more balanced than primary or even secondary colors.

• Choose solid colors that have contrast with your hair! Any vivid or bright color will work.

• Light brown hair looks especially fetching against bright yellow, any saturated shade of blue, violet, magenta, orange, and, of course, red!

• If you want a more elegant look that won’t stand out too much, opt for darker hues of those bright colors, like navy, dark green, or burgundy.

• When it comes to pastels, it’s better to choose a lighter pastel that’s very close to beige or white, so you can have a bit more of a contrast between your hair and the garment.

• From color blocking to subtler color stories, feel free to experiment. As long as there’s some contrast between the different shades you’re wearing, it’ll be easier to wear colors that on their own wouldn’t look good with your hair, like browns.

Photos via Instagram

Advertisements