We fully believe that light brown hair is magic—it complements anyone and everyone. No matter your hair type, texture, eye color or skin tone, light brown hair is simply destined to look good. It's a universally flattering hair color and one that's perfect for displaying summery highlights. It also requires little to no maintenance (especially when compared to other popular hair color trends—like peach or platinum blonde). While it's never been a hair color that's gone out of style, its effortless upkeep and warm vibe is why we think it's especially popular right now.
This shade is popping up all over our social media feeds and gracing the heads of our favorite celebs. Whether it's J.Lo's golden brown red-carpet bob or Mandy Moore's caramel-hued waves, celebrities are inspiring us to commit to lighter locks. So without further ado, go forth, and enjoy these 25 different variations of light brown hair.
Natalie Portman is one of Hollywood's most consistent supporters of light brown hair. She's kept the color, which we assume is close to her natural shade, fairly similar for years. In this Oscar-worthy look, her light brown locks are cut in a chic bob, and are highlighted with thin streaks of blonde hair on either side of her face.
Nicole Richie's light brown hair verges on blonde, but we're still counting it thanks to her darker roots. It looks like she's in the process of growing out the color, which gives it an effortless vibe. We love how the golden strands frame her face, and of course, her bouncy, trademark curls.
Starting with her raven roots and melding into a light-brown bob, Beyoncé's curled tips add some flair to her already chic look. To get the perfect curled tips on a short cut, try the Nano Ceramic Curling Iron ($60).
We can't decide what we like more, Ciara's soft feathery fringe or her multi-tonal brown hair that goes from dark to light and back again. We love that she's playing with light and dark hues with her makeup, too—her smokey eye contrasts nicely with her nude lip.
We can almost feel the summer sun when we look at Victoria's Secret model Josephine Skriver's one-shade light brown ponytail. Even though there aren't any obvious highlights or ombré happening, it still looks bouncy, bright, and dimensional.
Although she was born and raised in New England, Mandy Moore truly embodies the California girl aesthetic. Her textured beach waves are complemented by her equally beachy golden-blonde ombré highlights. (For similar texture and wave definition, try spritzing Verb Sea Texture Spray, $18, from mid-lengths to ends).
Cleo Wade's ringlet curls are the perfect shade of caramel. Aside from replicating the color, we'll be replicating that perfect curl pattern by using a curling iron alongside a touch of Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream ($14).
Gisele Bündchen is always seen with hair that's dyed varying shades of "bronde," or a brown/blonde hybrid color. Here, it's more brown than blonde, but her soft and subtle highlights could make you do a double-take. As always, she's rocking her big, glossy waves.
Chrissy Teigen has been a pioneer of the light-brown hair trend, and it's easy to see why. We love how the soft, sweeping waves in her long bob perfectly shape around her glowing skin, which looks equally good on the Grammy's red carpet or at home in her hilarious Instagram stories.
Every photo taken of Sofia Vergara looks like it could be used for a luxury shampoo ad, and this one is no different. Her long, golden brown locks have a full, beachy wave. If you want the same carefree look, there is literally a curling iron called The Beachwaver ($129). That should do the trick!
While Cara Delevingne is known for her blonde hair and dark, thick eyebrows, we loved her light-brown hair moment. Her middle part and long waves were classic Cara, but the rich, tawny hue was a delightful and beautifully executed surprise.
Ashley Tisdale is also a proponent of a black-to-light-brown ombré. Her jet-black roots transition into a chestnut brown, gradually lightening until ending with toasted brown tips. Lucky for us, Ashley is always changing up her brown hues, so we can always check-in for inspiration.
Shailene Woodley's golden brown hair is a sight to behold, especially when styled in a deep side part and slicked back behind one ear. Her long mane looks smooth, sleek, and chic. To mimic her shine, we'll be using Alterna Haircare Caviar Infinite Color Hold Top Coat Shine Spray ($32).
Miranda Kerr's light brown hair looks best when styled in a wavy, textured lob. The key to this look is volume, which Kerr has at the roots of her hair. Try using Ouai Volume Spray ($26) for a similar boost.