25 Flattering Light Brown Hair Colors to Try for Summer

Updated 05/06/19

Light brown hair is magic because it complements anyone and everyone. No matter your hair type or texture, or your eye color or skin tone, light brown hair is destined to look good. Basically, 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 and platinum blonde). So even though it's a hair color that's never been out of style, its effortless upkeep and summery vibe is why we think it's so especially popular right now, as we're sitting on the cusp of summer 2018.

 

Not only are we seeing the color on co-workers, friends, and family, but we're also seeing the hair color crop up on our social media feeds and on the heads of some of our favorite celebs. Whether it's J.Lo's golden brown red carpet bob or Mandy Moore's caramel-hued waves, celebrities are proving that light brown hair is truly this year's biggest summer hair color trend. So without further ado, go forth, look through 25 different variations of light brown hair, and get inspired. 

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Natalie Portman is one of Hollywood's most consistent supporters of light brown hair. She's kept the color, which we assume to be her natural shade, fairly similar for years. Here, her light brown locks are highlighted with thin streaks of blonde hair on either side of her face. 

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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. 

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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 ($13). 

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Though Brit beauty Alexa Chung has gone darker with her hair color as of late, we're still not over this perfect light brown color she was sporting a couple of years back. That paired with her fringe and braided pigtails has us swooning.

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Jourdan Dunn's light brown color is basically a master class in achieving the perfect gradient ombré. The color seamlessly transforms from dark brown at the root to caramel blonde at the ends.

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We also like Victoria's Secret model Josephine Skriver's summery one-shade light brown color. Even though there aren't any obvious highlights or ombré happening, it still looks bouncy, bright, and dimensional. 

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Emily Blunt is known to be a hair color chameleon (somehow she pulls off pretty much any color, from super blonde to dark chestnut brown). We have a special place in our hearts for the gradient, undulating light brown color she wore to a movie premiere red carpet. 

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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. Her nude pink lip is also a contender.

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Mandy Moore's 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, $16, from mid-lengths to ends.)

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Chrissy Teigen has been sticking to her light brown hair for years, and we're not mad at all. 

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Jessica Biel is another celeb who is synonymous with light brown hair. We love her hair color; it's simple, beachy, and so pretty. Her low-maintenance styling reflects that well. 

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Next, we have Gisele Bündchen, who 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, only becoming true blonde at the very ends. 

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Another supermodel, another light brown hair color. We can't get over Nina Agdal's super soft blonde highlights. They meld into the rest of her brown hair so perfectly, they're almost too good to be true. 

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Olivia Palermo's hair color verges on medium brown, but we're including it anyway since it's so pretty and so. Incredibly. Shiny. We'll be using Alterna Haircare Caviar Infinite Color Hold Top Coat Shine Spray ($32). 

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Hilary Swank's glamorous barrel curls show off the golden undertone of her brown hair. We like golden tones for summer, as they catch and reflect sunlight well, making hair look soft, shiny, and healthy. 

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Here's a throwback for you. Remember when Miley Cyrus had long brown hair? Here she is pictured on the red carpet with a lovely light brown ombré situation. 

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While we're on the topic of throwbacks, check out Karlie Kloss's light brown bob on the Victoria's Secret red carpet. We remember her side-swooped bob fondly. 

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Okay, last throwback, we promise. Here Cara Delevingne is pictured on the red carpet at a movie premiere with the most gorgeous golden brown hair we think we've ever seen. 

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Ashley Tisdale is also a proponent of ombré hair color. What starts out as chestnut brown slowly transforms to golden blonde at the ends of her hair. 

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Lucy Hale's hair color is hard to pin down. In a certain light, it looks medium brown and in other light, it looks light brown. To us, that just means that it's dimensional and healthy. 

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Jessica Alba, to us, is basically the poster child for light brown hair. She's been rocking the color for years, and it always looks fresh, light, and youthful. We're here for it. 

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Jennifer Lopez appeared at this year's Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas with a new shoulder-length chop and this gorgeous brown/blonde color that complemented her bronzed and glowing skin. 

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Shailene Woodley's light brown hair is a sight to behold, especially when styled in a deep side part and slicked back behind one ear. It's smooth, sleek, and chic. 

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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 of volume. 

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Fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni alternates between light brown and blonde hair faster than we can keep up with, but we think we've found our favorite with this light brown color supplemented with yellow blonde highlights. It makes her blue eyes pop, no? 

Now that you know which hair color is trending for summer, check out the 17 vegan hair products you need to care for sun-, water-, and wind-ravaged strands. 

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