What Color of Highlights Are Best for Dark Brown Hair?

Caramel highlights can look very natural on dark brown hair.

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Highlights are a fun way to jazz up your style without going full tilt on changing your color. You can go with subtle, sublime, sultry or shocking highlights to glimmer or glam. Dark brown hair provides a great background palette for a wide range of highlights and can easily be covered up if you hate the results.

Gold

After you've been out romping on the beach, you might notice natural gold highlights shining against your golden tan. The sun has always given you a healthy glow, but now you know the ultraviolet rays will cause you untold problems. For hair, the sun is a slick enemy, promising shining glints of a glow, while destroying hair and skin cells. Instead of relying on the sun for those gold streaks, use highlights that blend in with your hair and give off the glow you previously relied on the sun to get.

Copper

Made your hair pop with copper highlights. Copper highlights are particularly hot on hair that's curly and tight. The highlights, placed all over on the ends of your tight curls, will glow and pick up lights when you're out at night. During the day, the copper blends naturally with your dark tresses. Highlight your curls with copper and make them stand out even more once you've made a decision to stop straightening them and enjoy the style you were born with.

Red

Many women with dark brown hair have natural red highlights. Especially if you're thinking of getting really trendy and completely changing your hair color, start with red highlights to see if you like the shade against your skin. Daniel Dykes at Fashionising.com says that change is the trend for the 2011 decade, but you want to move tentatively in that direction to avoid chemical damage and a great big mistake that may be difficult to fix. As you add the auburn highlights, make sure some are on the fringe around your face.

Blond

Get really dramatic and go punk with stark blond streaks in your hair. Give your head light, almost white, streaks all over your head or place a few strategic stripes in the front. You head is a palette and you and your hairdresser the artists. Get creative with highlights. They're fun and make you stand out as the artsy gal you are. Spike short brown hair and highlight the tips; you can always cut them off when you're ready for another change. Place one dramatic geometric design in your bangs for an uncommon feature.

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