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. "The most flattering shades tend to be within 2 shades of your natural color. Any lighter results in a brassy tone, and darker can be harsh," says MATRIX celebrity colorist George Papanikolas.
Choosing a Shade: "If you have olive skin or darker complexion a cool toned brunette would be most suitable. If you have more pale complexion a warm toned brunette would compliment you best," says Joico Brand Ambassador Larisa Love.
Maintenance Level: Low. "Being a brunette is easier than being any other color because you don’t need to lift exponentially and brunettes fade slower," says Love.
Goes Great With: "Light brown can complement any skin tone but the underlining pigment is what’s important. Skin tone is a key factor of choosing the right shade of brunette."
Price: "Price at the salon varies on your hair texture, length & history. The first appointment in the salon will probably be the most expensive to get you to the perfect shade of brunette you’ve been dreaming of," says Love.
So without further ado, go forth, and enjoy these 25 different variations of light brown hair.
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. "Dark hair that is going lighter always pulls warm, so unless you want a coppery-brown, it's important to use an Ash tone to balance out and neutralize the unwanted orange tones," says Papanikolas.
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. Replicate that perfect curl pattern by using a curling iron alongside a touch of MoroccanoilCurl 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.
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.
Every photo taken of Sofia Vergara looks like it could be used for a luxury shampoo ad. 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).
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, but the rich, tawny hue was a delightful and beautifully executed surprise.
We're always in awe of Jennifer Lopez, but this shoulder-length chop in this gorgeous brown/blonde color left us especially mesmerized. Her chestnut brown locks perfectly complement her bronzed skin.
Going brunette might seem easy enough but maybe don't try this at home—Papanikolas says, "There are so many factors when choosing the right shade and type of color technology that it's really recommended to see a professional to get the best result."
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.
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. 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.