It’s time to change up your light brown ‘do by incorporating some of the latest trends in color, cut and styling for 2018. We’ve rounded up the 50 hottest hairstyles for brunettes, and they include everything from sophisticated and stylish, to outrageously sexy, and even laid-back bohemian looks. Whether you want to rock it long or short, up or down, sleek or curly, you’ll find a look that fits your style perfectly. Can’t decide? We’ve also included plenty of cuts that can be styled different ways, so you can change the look of your locks as often as you change your outfits.
50 Must-Try Modern Hairstyles for Light Brown Hair
Some of the hottest trends for light brown hair in 2018 include touches of golden brown and reddish-brown create a head full of eye-catching, radiant locks. Adding a little bit of golden brown, or even a dash of honey blonde creates a sun-kissed look with a beachy vibe, even if you spent all summer working in an office. A little red coloring gives brown hair a richness and depth that simply isn’t found in other hair colors. Take a look at the most sophisticated celebs on the screen or in social media and you’ll find that they frequently pair red with light brown to get their enviable styles.
Bouncy curls, loose waves, and relaxed braids are also all on point for this season of the fabulous light brown hair. As you’ll see, the 50 hottest looks of the year play heavily on these trends. If you love your straight locks though, don’t despair. We’ve found a few straight styles that are also red hot this year.
While getting and keeping an eye-catching brunette hair color might not seem as daunting a task as avoiding brassy blonde or a shade of red that turns orange, proper care can keep your color vibrant, shiny and worthy of envy. Choose products made specifically for brunettes, as well as shampoos and conditioners designed for colored hair. Nourish your hair regularly with deep conditioners and leave-in products that will protect it against the heat of styling tools and the elements. Put your hair up or keep it under a hat if you spend a lot of time in the sun to prevent fading and dullness.
As you’re choosing your perfect light brown style from these awesome looks, keep in mind the natural texture of your hair and the shape of your face. Look for styles that complement both and get ready to rock a hot new look.
1) Beach Day Sunkissed Brunette
A rich brown base and golden brown balayage give this look a modern sun-kissed appeal. Loose curls at the ends create a laidback beach-going vibe that will last long past the end of summer. It’s a cute easy hairstyle for women who need a look that can go anywhere, anytime.
2) Bedhead Bombshell Sexy Colored Hair
Tousled and tossed, the rich texture of this cut takes full advantage of the radiant ombre color. The long layers frame the face so that this style doesn’t completely overwhelm your look or hide your beautiful face. It’s a sexy, eye-catching look that is still suitable for everyday casual wear.
3) Simply Sexy Light Brown Hair
With highlights, ombre and balayage everywhere this season, sometimes the best way to stand out from the crowd is to dial it back a notch and stick with a subtle, sexy look. The solid light brown hair color and barely-there waves make this pretty light brown color idea simply sexy.
4) All Curled Up With Golden Highlights
Light brown hair with highlights make this modern style shimmer and shine while the big loose curls add volume and movement. Because the blonde is added in an ombre style effect, it enhances the rich brown shades at the roots and all around it rather than becoming the main color.
5) Breezy, Bouncy, Beautiful Modern Hair
Ash blonde, light brown, and chocolate brown come together to create an awesome look that is both casual and sophisticated. Sexy tousled waves paired with textured ends give this style a casual look without being messy or unfinished. This look is ideal for going straight from work to a night out on the town.
6) Light Brown Meets Bright Blonde Hair
Filled with bright blonde highlights that frame the face, this look is fun and playful. It’s also super flattering to almost any shape face. The large curls add volume and movement while the contrast of blonde and brown add richness and dimension. It’s a style that’s perfect for everyday wear.
7) Pretty Light Brown Balayage Hair
A casual blending of some of 2018’s best hair colors in shades of dark brown, light brown, and sun-kissed blonde make this look everything that everyone wants this season. The cut and color are a breeze to maintain for the girl-on-the-go, and it’s finished off with soft waves that leave it looking ultra-touchable yet totally polished.
8) Awesome Ombre Hair with Modern Waves
A rich shade of dark brown at the roots, gradually blending into soft light brown at the ends gives this style a fresh modern look. Large loose curls are tousled until they become waves that really show off the great color. This is definitely a look that transitions easily from season to season.
9) Rich Brown Baby lights With Volume
Brunette hair color is the perfect way to show off the latest trend of baby lights. Baby lights are subtle touches of color that make it look like you’ve spent time in the sun to get natural highlights. This is a great look if you want to take your natural light brown hair up a notch.
10) Stylish Long Bob for Busy Days
Practically wash-and-wear when you style it with the right products, this long bob makes it a breeze to look polished even on your busiest days. The light color at the ends creates drama and dimension while the slight wave adds a little volume. This look is awesome for busy days with friends or at work.
11) Braided-up Balayage for Brown Hair
Starting with a soft balayage color treatment, this modern take on a French braid gets its drama from the different colors peeking through. It’s a fun way to pull your hair up out of the way and is also perfect for giving your hair a break from damaging heat-styling tools.
12) Baby lights for Naturally Curly Brown Hair
Small touches of light brown hair color throughout can make your naturally curly hair look like it’s been sun-kissed without the damage and frizz that can come from spending a day at the beach or the pool. The long cut lets you play up the volume without fighting wild hairs.
13) Sweet and Sassy Soft Brown Bob
A lengthy bob that features several shades of light brown hair, this cute easy hairstyle frames your face so your best features really stand out. The soft coloring gives the look a sweet glow, and the bold curls give it sass and volume for days. If you’re thinking about trying a shorter style, this one hits all the sweet spots.
14) A Twist on A Classic
There’s no reason to pull your hair back into a basic barrette when you can use this modern hair idea to twist it into a chic loose braid. The light brown highlights add warmth, dimension, and interest while the cute shoulder-length cut makes it easy to care for and to style on a day-to-day basis.
15) Light Brown Hair with Highlights
This pretty hairstyle starts with textured layers and then treated to glossy highlights that create a beautiful natural glow. Soft curls loosened into beachy waves bring the whole look together. The shorter length makes everyday styling a breeze and is a cool alternative to long hair for sweltering summer days.
16) Bedhead Balayage Long Bob
The ultimate in summer simplicity, this textured cut can be styled with just a few curls a little product and a lot of tousling. The pretty light brown and golden blonde balayage color give it a fresh modern look. When you need a beautiful look that doesn’t take all morning to perfect but still looks chic, look to this tousled bob.
17) Look-At-Me Bright Light Ends
A quick transition from light brown to brilliant blonde gives this style a dramatic flair. Long locks are textured at the tips and styled into a pretty wave that set this look apart from basic styles. Volume at the roots and framing around the face are the key to wearing this eye-catching ‘do.
18) Lighten Up My Locks
Stunning shades of light brown hair mixed with shimmering golden highlights give the effect of a lighter hair color without looking washed out or dull. Soft waves add to the romantic effect of the color. This cute hairstyle for women is a great option for getting a lighter color without giving up your gorgeous brunette hair color.
19) Eye-Catching Ombre Curls
For sheer simplicity that is still eye-catching, it’s hard to beat this look. Whether your curls come naturally or you had a little help from the salon, the ombre color helps bring them to life. The below-the-shoulder length keeps the curls manageable along with the right conditioning and styling product protocol.
20) Sexy Strands in Shades of Brown
Lowlights and highlights in light and medium brown work together to create a multi-dimensional luxurious color that makes this style oh-so-sexy. Soft loose waves and long layers add to the sex appeal. Perfect for pairing with a little black dress or spending a night on the town, this look is modern, chic and attention-getting.
21) Sweetly Simple Modern Boho Hair
With a nod to the 70s, this update on a classic look features barely-there light brown highlights and super soft waves. Long layers help frame the face and keep the waves light and bouncy. This style is perfect for concerts and days at the beach since it can withstand wind and weather and still look good.
22) Oh-So-Soft and Chic Shades of Brown
This style looks so healthy and soft that may have to chase away people who want to touch it. This light brown color idea is a perfect combination of lowlights and highlights in all the best shades of brown, the awesome combination of colors makes it seem to glow from within. Blunt cut ends and ultra-loose waves create a chic polished look.
23) Sun-kissed Brown Never Looked Better
Shimmering shades of brown from root to tip give this style its classy appearance. Blunt cut ends to ensure that it looks healthy and thick while also making it easy to maintain. Subtle waves create the perfect amount of volume. If you want to get the sun-kissed look without exposure to dangerous UV rays, this style is for you.
24) Long and Luxurious Light Brown Balayage
A look that proves long hair doesn’t have to be plain, the light brown and golden coloring brings dimension and interest to an effortless style. Textured ends lend it a modern look, while a few strategic strands of color help highlight the face. A few tousled curls add volume.
25) Big Bouncy Bob with Baby lights
If volume, volume, and more volume is your thing, then this cute and curly bob for light brown hair is for you. Oversized curls add lots of bounce and personality. Cleverly placed baby lights highlight the face and add dimension. If you combine this cut with a loose-curl permit is super-easy to style every day.
26) Long, Sleek and Sexy Light Brown Hair
Simple but totally sexy and stunning, this style relies on awesome color and healthy hair to make a big impact. The light brown, almost blonde, highlights start near the roots and go all the way down to the ends to create dramatic shimmering color. The straight styling is not only sexy, but it lets the color keep all of the attention.
27) A New Take on Ringlets
Warm shades of brown with a hint of blonde at the ends keep this classic cut looking fresh and modern. Cute finger-combed ringlets are easy to style, especially with this hairstyle’s neatly trimmed shoulder-length ends. If you like classic looks that have been updated for 2018, consider this stylish cut.
28) Messy Modern Beach Waves for Long Hair
The wind can’t destroy this easy hairstyle because it starts out with slightly-tamed tousled waves meant to imitate a day spent enjoying the sand and the surf. The sweet ombre-style color adds visual interest and a few long layers in front keep it from dragging down the face.
29) Captivating Curls for Light Brown Hair
Beautiful bouncing curls are the focal point of this look, but the light highlights paired with a darker base also make it an attention-getter. This long hair look is great for parties and special events but is also cool enough to pair with casual everyday looks.
30) Classy Shoulder-Length Curls
This classy style can go anywhere and do anything, from work to a night out with friends. The soft shades of lighter brown around the face help create a subtle glow. The length is classic and versatile and when paired with the loose curls it looks polished and poised. For versatility, this cute easy hairstyle is the one to choose.
31) Long Lovely Light Brown Locks
A few barely-there highlights and lowlights give this look dimension and shine without the distraction of multiple colors. A few large spiral curls carefully sectioned out create a frame around the face and add some volume to what would otherwise be a straight, long hair look.
32) Simple and Modern with Brown Balayage
A light brown and golden balayage with special emphasis around the face make this cute style chic and modern. The single-length cut makes styling simple, especially for those hard to reach places in back. Curls that start at the halfway point separate this style from similar looks.
33) Rich and Radiant Simple Waves
Rich color and soft flowing waves give this hairstyle a stunning radiance. The balayage treatment starts with dark brown at the top and gradually gives way to a shimmering light brown hair that is classic, sophisticated and modern. Soft waves create a sweet, romantic look and enhance the dimension of the color.
34) Shaggy Bob for Light Brown Hair
A hot trend for 2018, this shaggy bob is sleek, face-framing, and sure to get you noticed. It’s also a refreshing departure from long hair with waves and curls. The textured ends and long layers make it easy to add volume and prevent hair from being weighed down. Subtle highlights make it modern and interesting.
35) Long and Luscious Sandy Brown
Sandy brown color is made sexy in this easy hairstyle. Soft mixed shades of brown are added balayage-style and then coupled with long layers that fall gently around the face. Oversize curls, carefully finger-combed finish off the look. The end result is both stunning and sexy.
36) Loads of Lovely Curls
Big curls that cascade down your back are the highlight of this look, but it doesn’t stop there. Light brown highlights with a few carefully placed blonde pieces capture the light and give this style beauty and depth. This is a style that definitely demands a commitment to “go big or go home.”
37) Medieval Braids for Modern Day
Inspired by the past but with a thoroughly modern twist, this series of braids starts with a modified French braid around the crown and finishes with a loose braid that lends a ton of drama. When expertly executed, this look will make it appear as though you have ultra-thick hair that goes on for days.
38) Simple but Surprising Loose Braid
A totally chic way to pull your hair back without resorting to the usual ponytail or barrette, this loose braid is the perfect combination of fashionable and simple. The multiple strands of the braid also show off the gorgeous coloring of your light brown hair, ranging from deep chocolate shimmering gold.
39) Striking Ombre with Big Waves
Color does the talking in this style. It starts with dark brown and eventually transitions to the striking light brown coloring that is the highlight of the look. Big waves, created by adding large ringlet curls and carefully finger-coming them until they are soft and wavy, add a softness perfectly complements the color.
40) On-Point Ash Brown Hair with Cascading Waves
Capitalizing on the silver hair trend, this ash brown color is on-point for 2018 without being overdone or having an aging effect. The ashy brown, light brown and golden brown highlights frame the face perfectly. Soft cascading waves give it a polished finish and textured ends complete the stunning look.
41) Summery Sun-Bleached Golden Brown Locks
Did you ever try to lighten your hair by spending time out on the sun? This pretty hairstyle does it so much better and without the damage. Soft light brown coloring contrasts with a gorgeous golden brown that would make anyone believe you spent a summer at the lake or the beach. Easy waves complete the illusion.
42) Radiant Highlights on Shoulder-Length Layers
Light brown hair with highlights that include hints of red and gold bring this style to life. Long textured layers pair perfectly with the color, keeping the whole look light and casual. It’s an easy cut to style too. Just add a few beachy waves near the ends and you’re ready to head out for a day of fun.
43) Smokin’ Hot Balayage with Big Sexy Curls
There’s no mistaking that this is a bombshell look. Big sexy curls add tons of volume without drawing too much attention away from the face. The sweeping mix of colors results in radiant, attention-grabbing locks. Pair this look with a sexy outfit for a look that won’t be soon forgotten.
44) Let Your Long Hair Down
The simplicity of the color, cut and styling of this look allows the natural beauty of your hair to shine through. Light brown highlights frame the face, while color around the sides and back is blended in subtly to keep with the sweet natural look. A few long layers and barely-there curls complete this easy hairstyle for women with long flowing hair.
45) Big Bold Waves with Nearly-Natural Color
Some styles rely on color for drama, but this one uses big bold waves to make a statement. The subtle balayage color takes a backseat but still adds plenty of interest and dimension. Long layers help the eye-catching waves hold their shape. The playful volume of this look makes hair look thick and healthy.
46) Elegant Updated Up-Do for Anytime
Not quite a classic French twist, this modern up-do is elegant enough for formal events yet simple enough to pair with more casual outfits. The lovely cascade of hair in the back lends itself well to showing off soft light brown hair color. Although it’s easier to get this look in a salon, with a little practice it is do-able for yourself.
47) Beautifully Braided Long Bob
Although bobs don’t typically lend themselves well to braids and ponytails, this textured long bob provides the ideal shape for a casual French braid along the side. Cute, casual and trendy, the braid also shows off the light brown highlights that are mixed throughout. Soft waves complete the style and cleverly hide the end of the braid.
48) Shiny All-Over Highlights for Brown Hair
Light brown highlights give this style the appearance of a healthy natural sheen. The simple cut emphasizes the simplicity of this look and the barely-there waves add a little visual interest without taking away from the shine and color. For a natural look that is modern and stylish, this style offers the best of both worlds.
49) Just a Hint of Sun
Playing on the summer sun-kissed theme, this look emphasizes the beauty of brunette color while adding just a touch of sun-kissed gold. A few strategically placed highlights are perfection when paired with the subtle light brown balayage. Beach-style waves keep the look cool and casual.
50) Waves, Layers, and Highlights, Oh My
Bold waves, long layers and a head full of highlights all come together to create this smokin’ hot style for light brown hair. The voluminous waves also help highlight the face so that as pretty as it is, the look doesn’t completely overwhelm everything else. This is a look that transitions well from day to night.
50 Awesome Light Brown Hair Ideas to Find a Look that Fits Your Style Perfectly
Whether you are searching for a quick and easy casual look or a dramatic attention-getting party style, these 50 modern hairstyles and light brown color ideas offer something for every personal style and occasion. Copy them as they are, or use them as inspiration to create your own modern look. You can mix and match too, as many of these cute hairstyles for women can easily be achieved with a good versatile cut and a few high-quality styling products and tools. No matter what hair idea you choose, from simple and soft to bold and sexy, you’re sure to end up looking gorgeous!