Every year, summer comes around the corner and instantly knows just how to get under every brunette’s skin. Go brighter, it says. How about a few touches of golden blonde here, a few strokes of bright caramel there? We won’t argue: Brunettes rock those warmed-up shades like nobody’s business. But as our tans fade and temperatures drop, we’re about ready to go back to our roots—sort of—while keeping every bit of the dimension and richness of summer color.
If that sounds right up your alley, it’s time to embrace your dark side with brunette lowlights. Unlike highlights, which usually sit somewhere at least two shades lighter than your natural color, lowlights take it the opposite direction, at least two shades darker. It can be done free-hand, like balayage, or more traditionally, with foils; but the color should be specific to you. Many times, a colorist will recommend both highlights and lowlights for brown hair for a multi-dimensional look, but adding lowlights alone will make your natural color look like the highlight. Check out these 15 gorgeous examples of lowlights for brown hair, just in time for fall.