Light brown hair is so in right now as a rising trend in the coloured hair charts. But really, when it comes to sexy light brown hair shades and hues, it’s never been out.
The low maintenance, natural look is here to stay and is a great base colour for other gorgeous colour trends that blend face-framing brown hair with blonde – like Balayage, highlights and Ombre.
Choosing the perfect light brown hair shade for you is not always easy.
With so many different shades of light brown hair to choose from, it’s hard to know which one will suit your skin tone, hair type and style best!
That’s why we’ve created a guide on how to get the most flattering light brown hair shades. We’ll also show you what colours are trending this year, as well as some more unique ideas that might inspire you!
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- 1 Best light brown hair shades
- 2 Will light brown hair shades suit me?
- 3 Which hair colours suit me?
- 4 Can I dye my own hair light brown at home?
- 5 Which light brown hair shades are trending right now?
- 6 #1. Light Caramel Brown.
- 7 #2. Light Ash Brown.
- 8 A cool colour for cool tones.
- 9 #3. Light Chocolate Brown.
- 10 #4. Light Golden Brown.
- 11 #5. Light Natural Brown.
- 12 #6 Light Auburn Brown.
- 13 #6 Light Mushroom Brown
- 14 #7 Light Chestnut Brown
- 15 How do I care for light brown hair?
Best light brown hair shades
Will light brown hair shades suit me?
Whether sultry shades of light brown will look good on you or not will depend on a few things – your natural hair colour, your skin tone, even your eye colour. Sounds complicated!
But it really isn’t! Just use our checklist below to find out your skin tone and whether you suit warm or cool colours.
If you have warm undertones:
- You have red or golden undertones in your hair.
- Your skin tone will be golden, tan or olive.
- You have green veins in your wrist.
- You suit bright or rich shades.
- You probably have freckles.
- Gold jewellery looks awesome on you.
If you have cool undertones:
- Your skin tone is pink or pale.
- You prefer wearing jewel and pastel colours.
- The colour yellow does not look good on you.
- You have blue veins in your wrist.
- Pearls and silver jewellery look awesome on you.
Which hair colours suit me?
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Can I dye my own hair light brown at home?
Yes! This colour hair is totally achievable at home. But this is where you’ll need to exercise caution. Listen carefully to us, your coloured hair expert friends…
If your current hair colour is any shade that’s darker than light brown– your hair will first need to be lightened before you can get this gorgeous on-trend colour.
Check out our advice in How to bleach your hair at home, DIY style for top tips and products you can use to do this yourself at home. If the thought of lightening your own hair makes you nervous, see a professional. You don’t want to get it wrong!
If your current base colour is any shade lighter than light brown – or even the same, perfecto. You’re safe to dye your hair yourself. AS LONG AS you read the advice on the box you choose carefully to match it with the colour your hair is now.
Which light brown hair shades are trending right now?
We’re here to help you decide! Let’s get into which light brown hair shades will be making our hearts sing this year.
#1. Light Caramel Brown.
Versatile colour for a range of styles.
Caramel balayage, ombre, bronde and all-over jobs are dominating hair colour trends of 2021 for a good reason.
Light Caramel Brown is a shade that lends itself perfectly to dip dyes, blonde highlights, and more.
If you want to try all over Caramel Brown at home, it’s an extremely flexible colour. There are many different hues that you can choose from – from light caramel browns to deeper browns and more reddish tones. It’s a warm, rich colour that knits well with dark roots and caramel or blonde highlights for a on-point grown-out colour look.
BEST FOR: Those with a warmer, olive skin tone and dark eyes.
#2. Light Ash Brown.
A cool colour for cool tones.
This is the coveted all-over shade right now for gorgeous natural hues. It works best on lightened or blonde hair and gives those with natural dark blonde/mousy colour hair more richness and depth.
It’s a colour with cool tones so it’ll compliment you if you have cool tones too. It will frame your face with a soft sheen that will brighten your skin tone. If it suits you, it’s almost silver-grey properties can cast a shimmering glow.
BEST FOR: Those with pale and ashy complexions with light eye colours such as green, grey, and blue.
#3. Light Chocolate Brown.
Sweet like chocolate.
Chocolate brown is a bang on trend for 2021 as you’ll read about here: Hair colour ideas 2021 that you can do at home.
The rich, classic tones of warm browns are an endlessly flattering shades of brown hair for women of all ages. Light Chocolate Brown colour is a fab variation on the trend as it makes your hair appear fuller, thicker and doesn’t appear orangey when it starts to wash out.
Natural brunettes will find their colour is most enhanced with this shade and we find even our skin appears more vibrant and healthier too! This is also the perfect colour for ombre looks.
BEST FOR: A fairer skin tone but with warm undertones.
#4. Light Golden Brown.
A sun-kissed hue that’s full of warmth.
Light Golden Brown is a shade in between light chocolate and caramel, and it’s perfect for the summer months. With Golden brown as your base, your hair will be naturally sprinkled with highlights from the sun to give it a sunkissed glow.
In some lights it will look more blonde, in some lights it’ll have more of a brown hue. In ALL lights, it will look fabulous!
BEST FOR: Those with olive and warm skin tones, any eye colour.
#5. Light Natural Brown.
Naturally gorgeous light brown.
Natural or neutral brown is a great first colour to test the coloured water and see if Light Brown is a shade that suits you.
Natural Brown is in between the cool silver tones of Light Ash Brown and the warmer hues of Light Chocolate Brown. Making it totally, er…neutral.
Of course, the results of using this easy to maintain colour depend on your hair base colour to begin with but it’s a versatile and ‘safer’ brown to try with a mix of complexions and eye colours. And like the Golden Brown, you should see your hair flecked with natural highlights in the summer months.
BEST FOR: Most skin tones although we found ashier and paler tones to look best. All eye colours welcome.
#6 Light Auburn Brown.
Red hints and tints.
Auburn hair is screaming up the hot colour charts as a must-have colour that can take you through from season to season.
Auburn is a rich colour from the red hair family and is a luxurious red-orange hue with brown undertones. It’s a shade that generally flatters warmer tones, making skin sparkle and green and blue eyes pop.
At the light-brown end of the spectrum are reddish brown shades that are pale brown with a subtle red tint. Go for this shade to add richness and depth to a light brown base.
BEST FOR: Warmer skin tones with green or blue eyes.
#6 Light Mushroom Brown
Earthy soft brown tones
Mushroom hair colour is a great alternative to light ash brown for those with warmer skin tones. It adds rich hues and blended highlights that create an earthy, mushroom-like look you can change up on demand!
Mushroom blonde is an even lighter version of mushroom that will suit those with cooler skin tones. Especially if mixed with ash blonde highlights or balayage styles. Go for this for muted brunette tones.
BEST FOR: Warm or cool skin tones.
#7 Light Chestnut Brown
Sensational nutty colour
Chestnut brown is a warm brown with undertones of red and is a perfect blend of copper and chocolate. It’s best suited to those with warm skin tones but it can be cooled by mixing with ashy browns too.
The low maintenance, multidimensional look is here to stay and is a great base for other gorgeous colour trends – like blonde Balayage, blonde highlights, caramel and blonde Ombre. Go for this if you have warm skin tones and any colour eyes.
BEST FOR: Warm skin tones and any eye colour
How do I care for light brown hair?
Once you achieve the hair colour you love, you’ll need to maintain it just like any other hair colour. You can check out How to look after coloured hair and keep it luscious for longer for top tips.
The good news is that many of the light brown hair shades are low maintenance, like chocolates, golds, and beige. Other cooler ones like ash, natural, reds, and violets require more work to keep them from fading and becoming dull.
That’s why you need a good blue shampoo and conditioner to keep brassiness at bay.
So whether you’re looking for an alluring shade of light brown hair, or just want to take your natural colour up a notch, we have the perfect solution.
Go ahead and take your pick from these stunning hair colour examples to find the right shade for you!