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. 


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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. 


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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This ombré interpretation of brunette highlights has been executed perfectly. 


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


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


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


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


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

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.