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51 Pink Highlights in Brown Hair Styles to Snap Up

by Sherri Owens

Light and dark colors, underlights, ombre - there are so many different shades and styles to choose from with pink highlights in brown hair!

This is where I come in. I have been a colorist for many years and have had the opportunity to give numerous brunettes pink streaks.

In this post I will show you all the different ways that you can make these contrasting colors work for you.

The Best Brown Hair with Pink Highlights Looks

Here are brown hair and pink highlights you should consider:

Dark Brown Hair with Dark Pink Highlights

If you want traditional pink highlights for your dark hair, this is an excellent option. As you can see, the strands are gently woven through brown hair.

dark brown hair with a pink highlight

Image by @studioglamour.pt via Instagram

hazel brown hair with pink highlights

Image by @beautyinnsalontraining via Instagram

pink highlights on dark short hair

Image by @heatherdawnstylist via Instagram

pink highlights on straight hair

Image by @hiusateljemh via Instagram

pink balayage highlights

Image by @hairbycaseychase via Instagram

pink highlights on curled brown hair

Image by @avamariesalonofcreatives via Instagram

This is such a bold look but it also looks natural at the same time. This has to do with the fact that the pink streaks are very close in color to the hair. Due to this, they blend in more naturally with the hair color.

hot pink highlights

Image by @steff_statussalon via Instagram

If you are all about making a statement, then check out these hot pink highlights with dark brown hair. To prevent a look like this from coming off as too loud, choose the position of the pink streaks strategically.

As you can see here, only certain sections of the front, sides, and middle are dyed. This helps to balance out the style.

pink streaks on brown hair

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In case you want more pink than brown, here are the styles you should get:

pink highlights on wavy hair

Image by @catecutdye via Instagram

pink highlights on short straight hair

Image by @ashlee_swan via Instagram

Light Brown Hair with Dark Pink Highlights

Pastel pink highlights in lighter brown hair isn't as common. This is because the darker shades of pink hair highlights can overpower the natural tones in your hair.

However, when you throw caution to the wind and decide to go bold, you get awesome results like these:

dark pink highlights on short hair

Image by @scottyahair via Instagram

pink highlights on light brown hair

Image by @tu_beautyhair via Instagram

pink highlights on short light brown hair

Image by @kegz_beauty via Instagram

pink and rose gold hair

Image by @hairbyannriordan via Instagram

In this case, lighter shades of pink highlights have been worked in with the darker bright pink. This allows the brown hair to still be quite prominent.

pink highlights on auburn hair

Image by @splitenzsalonstudio via Instagram

pink highlights on a young girl

Image by @asiareignhair via Instagram

light brown hair with pink highlights

Image by @tamestudioaz via Instagram

Here the bold pink streaks have been softened - they start out dark and then slowly lighten towards the bottom of the hair shaft.

pink highlights and beachy waves

Image by @hairbymiriamlabreche via Instagram

Having blonde streaks in brown hair can make the pink highlights work even better:

blonde and pink streaks

Image by @bun.headd via Instagram

Dark Brown Hair with Light Pink Highlights

If you are looking for subtle pink streaks in your brown hair, these are wonderful styles to copy. The stylist has chosen powdery pink streaks - they have also been painted on narrower strands so that they can be easily entwined with the rest of the hair.

subtle pink highlights

Image by @tspastl via Instagram

peony pink highlights

Image by @colored_byvee via Instagram

pink balayage

Image by @eileen_mangorva via Instagram

This is a really inspired look - as you can see, there are peachy, pastel pink shades in the hair. The shade is perfect for brown hair and complements it beautifully. If you take a closer look, you will see a bright pink dye at the roots.

pastel pink highlights

Image by @auraatsets via Instagram

If you prefer a more vibrant version, this works well. It looks particularly good on medium-length hair but works great on long hair too.

dusty pink highlights

Image by @catecutdye via Instagram

pink and blonde highlights

Image by @sobocik.fryzjer via Instagram

pink summer hair

Image by @hair.by.clairejaimes via Instagram

Light Brown Hair with Light Pink Highlights

If you want subtle pink highlights for brown hair, these are some great styles to get inspired by. The pink is so light that it barely stands out against the natural hair color. It is a particularly good look for straight hair but works just as well on wavy hair.

Light Brown Hair with Light Pink Highlights

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very subtle pink highlights

Image by @ericlee_tl via Instagram

These styles are a good compromise between soft and bold. Only a few strands are colored here, but it's a brighter pink color which helps to create a nice balance between the two elements. It is especially lovely with wavy hair.

strawberry vanilla hair

Image by @beautifiedattiffanys via Instagram

peekaboo pink highlights on a kid

Image by @stellawestsalonco via Instagram

wavy hair with pink highlights

Image by @aimeerizorhair via Instagram

brunette with pink highlights

Image by @hairbychristystearns via Instagram

If you want to take your brown hair with pink highlights to the next level, this is definitely the way to go. As you can see, there are a few different shades of pink to help create more dimensional style.

shades of pink highlights

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pink highlights in different shades

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rose gold and blonde highlights

Image by @haircraft_by_natalie via Instagram

Brown Hair with Money Piece Pink Highlights

This is a slightly different take on dark hair with pink highlights but it's certainly a pretty one! Instead of having pink streaks throughout your hair, you only get the face framing hair pink.

This is a good option for when you want a bold look but don't want to lighten or process all of your hair.

little girl with large pink highlights

Image by @londonleecruz via Instagram

Brown Hair with Money Piece Pink Highlights

Image by @hairby_ethomp via Instagram

Brown Hair with Pink Underlights

This is a newer trend for brown hair and pink streaks. Here, the pink streaks are hidden in the bottom layers of the brown hair.

You can even have some strands peeking from the bottom. Or else, the pink streaks can be completely hidden.

This is the ideal look for school or office, where bold pink streaks may not be as acceptable.

dark pink underlights on brown hair

Image by @dutchess_county_hairstylist via Instagram

pink underlights on light brown hair

Image by @hairbykayyd via Instagram

bright pink underlights on short hair

Image by @hairby_cameronlynn via Instagram

shades of pink underlights

Image by @purespadallas via Instagram

pink peekaboo underlights

Image by @cos.modada via Instagram

hot pink underlights on light brown hair

Image by @_hairwithnicole via Instagram

Brown Hair with Pink Ombre

If you want to dye your hair pink but want to keep it low maintenance at the same time, pink ombre or pink balayage is your best option.

Here, only the ends of your brown hair will be dyed pink. This allows you to grow out your hair without needing to worry about maintaining your pink streaks.

Brown Hair with hot Pink Ombre

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rosegold balayage on brown hair

Image by @hairbypapillote via Instagram

pink balayage on dark brown hair

Image by @angelhair_beauty via Instagram

pink and brown hair

Image by @hairbymaddierenee via Instagram

rosy pink highlights

Image by @hair.by_tania via Instagram

baby pink highlights

Image by @rotten.heads via Instagram

dusky pink balayage

Image by @hairbylizzielane via Instagram

bright pink balayage

Image by @sienna.bat via Instagram

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can You Do Pink Highlights on Brown hair?

Yes, you absolutely can! In fact, pink and brown are a beautiful combination. Depending on the shade of pink hair that you choose, you can create a look that is soft and ethereal, bold and punk, or something entirely different.

2. How Do You Get Pink Highlights?

If your brown hair is light enough, you may be able to simply paint the pink streaks on. This does depend on the exact shade of pink hair that you're looking for, though.

In case your hair is quite dark, you will need to first lighten the strands before dyeing them pink.

3. Which Highlight is Best for Brown Hair?

You can choose any color highlights for brown hair. To make sure it's the right color and shade, choose something that will complement both your hair color as well as your skin tone.

4. Can You Have Pink Highlights in Brown Hair?

Yes, you can have pink streaks in your brown hair - from dark and light to underlights, the options are endless.

If you're looking for a way to incorporate pink highlights into your brown hair, you have all the inspiration that you need right here! Choose a look that you like and go ahead and make it your own.

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