The single-tone hair is no longer trendy, and this is why most ladies prefer to go for dark hair with highlights. These highlights are ideal when you want to add texture and depth to your strands or refresh them for a fashionable look. Whether you prefer a subtle or a drastic transition of color, there are more than enough options available. But, it is important to choose shades that will be in harmony with your skin as this is what ensures that the colors suit you well. Here is a collection of some highlighted dark manes that will give you some ideas on what to try.
# 1 Textured and Highlighted Waves
These strands are all about the cute textured waves because they form the perfect foundation for the colors. The choice of shades which includes some hues of brown and blonde is also excellent, and this is what gives the strands their impressive streaks.
Although this dark hair has some highlights, it still maintains an overall dark shade. The streaks are partial and this ensures that the overall look is natural.
# 3 Multicolor Highlights
It is also possible to color your hair with more than one shade to create some trendy and unique streaks. This design entails painting the dark hair with red, turquoise, green, and purple to form some cute and unique highlights.
# 4 Golden Blonde on Chocolate Brown
Chocolate brown is the ideal base color for most ladies, and this is because it can work with almost any other shade. But, painting it with a golden blonde shade like this one is always an excellent idea as it ensures that you get a refined and upscale color design.
# 5 Soft Textured Lob
Even as you paint your hair, it is vital to get the right haircut because it will determine how the shades will look. But you cannot go wrong with a soft and textured long bob like this one. Its base color is black, and the highlights entail painting it with chocolate brown and a hint of blonde.
# 6 Brunette Into Honey Brown Balayage
Balayage is also a fashionable way of wearing dark hair with highlight, and it is also easy. In this design, it is about freehand painting a honey brown shade in the natural brunette hair to create a beautiful ombre-like design.
# 7 Choppy and Highlighted Messy Bob
This design keeps the hair in a short bob length and messy. It has a dark base shade, and this beautiful tone comes from freehand painting it with brown and blonde hues.
# 8 Sun-Kissed Locks
A sun-kissed look like this one can only be possible with the right choice of colors and if you use them well. It involves painting the long beach waves with a blend of honey and chocolate brown shade and giving the strands a hint of blonde.
# 9 Color Melted Long Bob
The unique shade of this dark hair with highlights design comes from a skillful melt between the black base shade and red. This long bob also has an excellent length and some beautiful waves that help to enhance the appearance of the hues.
# 10 Sweet Honey Blonde Streaks
A smooth and flawless color design like this one can only be possible through the use of balayage. It is about painting the natural dark hair with a sweet honey blonde shade while keeping the roots shadowed.
# 11 Bangs and Balayage
The bangs are the first thing that you need for this look, but they are easy to create with a skillful use of scissors. Once you have the textured and wavy locks the next step is to color them using balayage and by transitioning from black to honey blonde to create an elegant dark hair with highlights.
# 12 Awesome Golden Blonde Streaks
Golden blonde is a beautiful shade that is always an excellent choice for highlights. In this design it helps to brighten the black hair and applying it in a balayage technique ensures that the streaks spread throughout the head uniformly.
# 13 Virgin Dark Brown Mane with Golden Streaks
Here is another headdress that illustrates the immense beauty that you can achieve with golden blonde highlights. It is a simple design that is all about using a single process balayage to paint the virgin dark brown locks with golden blonde streaks.
# 14 Honey Highlights in a Face Frame Lob
This long bob has some cute natural waves and a lovely face frame design. However, the color is what gives it an impressive look, and it involves highlighting it with a subtle honey brown shade.
# 15 Smokey Blonde Bangs
This beautiful hairdo also starts with a fantastic cut that creates a fringe with some wavy locks around it. The color is about introducing an ashy blonde shade on the lower section of the locks.
# 16 Sandy Blonde Waves
A summer long bob cut like this one will still be an ideal hairdo for any season. It has some cute natural waves, and the lady sweeps it into a face frame design. However, the sandy blonde highlights on the black hair are what give it the upscale appearance.
# 17 Bob and Balayage Combo
Bob haircuts are perfect when you want to wear short locks, but it is still possible to enhance their appearance with a beautiful color. This bob cut takes a dark hair with highlights design that entails using balayage to paint it with honey blonde streaks.
# 18 Textured Lob with Subtle Streaks
This long bob haircut comes with an excellent natural texture that combines with the amazing hair color to create an elegant hairdo that is perfect for fall. The shade is about painting some subtle balayage highlights by introducing a brown shade in the lower half of the strands.
# 19 Beautiful Balayage for Wavy Tresses
Ladies with some beautiful wavy locks like these only need to give them some subtle highlights to create a lovely hairdo. Those with dark hair like this only need to freehand paint some light brown highlight to give the hair an attractive shade.
# 20 Heavy and Bright Freehand Painting
This balayage color design entails introducing a blend of light brown and blonde to the lower half of the hair to create a neat ombre design. The design also has a touch f chocolate brown and the gentle waves in the hair help to enhance the color layout.
# 21 Vibrant Brown Streaks
Although this hairdo is just about painting the dark hair with some brown streaks, it also has a hint of blonde which helps to create a vibrant overall tone. The waves on the shoulder length strands also contribute to making the highlights more detailed.
# 22 Curly and Polished Balayage
Curly locks form an excellent base for your shades, and this is more so when you want to wear a dark hair with highlights design like this one. Here the color is about using balayage to apply some subtle brown and golden blonde streaks on the neat natural curls.
# 23 Subtle Sun-Kissed Balayage
This sweet headdress starts with a blunt chop and by giving the locks some beautiful waves. The color is about creating a subtle sun-kissed look, and it involves freehand painting the dark strands with honey brown streaks.
# 24 Wavy Brown and Golden Blonde Streaks
The elegant wave on this design is easy to achieve regardless of the nature of your strands. However, the shades require a little inventiveness, and they are about painting the strands with golden blonde and brown hues to create some beautiful highlights.
# 25 Caramel Highlights in Dark Brunette Brown
This hairdo is a combination of a perfect base color and some adorable highlights. The base color is a dark brown brunette hue, and the streaks are from a caramel tint. Using the freehand painting technique is what ensures the perfect placement of each shade.
# 26 Stunning Fall Look
The fall shades on this thick and wavy mane are just fantastic. They also look very natural and so they will impress most ladies. The colors are about painting black bangs with a dark honey brown shade to create some beautiful highlights.
# 27 Golden Balayage Side Waves
Dark hair with highlights design like this one is very straightforward but still as elegant as any can get. It is about freehand painting the strands with a melt of golden blonde and caramel hues.
# 28 Pretty Sombre Hair Painting
There are many patterns of painting your dark mane, and sombre is one of the most outstanding ones. In this design, it entails introducing a blend of blonde and brown on the lower section of the wavy hair to create a simple but attractive sombre pattern.
# 29 Adorable Caramel Balayage Highlights
Caramel is one of the best shades that you can use to spice up your natural dark mane. In this design, it highlights some textured dark brown waves. The waves are shoulder length and voluminous, and their coloring is about freehand painting them with a bright caramel hue.
# 30 Toffee Streaks Over Chocolate Locks
Some balayage toffee highlights are what you will need to create this unique hair color. It is an interesting freehand painted design that involves introducing some toffee streaks to the chocolate base shade. Also, the hair has an excellent volume and some textured curls that enhance the appearance of the hues.
# 31 Gorgeous Caramel Tones
This adorable headdress is also about using some warm caramel tones to give your thick mane a distinct overall shade. The hair has a dark base color that blends well with the bright caramel hues.
# 32 Bright and Chic Streaks
Highlights always have a way of breathing some life to your hair, and this is more so if you go with bright blonde and caramel shades like in this design. Here the thick and wavy locks only require a skillful freehand coloring to make them look chic and trendy.
# 33 Curls with Sassy Highlights
A curling wand is all that you need to get some fabulous curls like these. You also need to give your strands a beautiful color design, and for this, you should add honey brown with a hint of blonde on the lower section of the hair.
# 34 Dimensional Brunette
This dimensional brunette hairdo is about giving the wavy locks blunt ends and finishing by freehand painting them. The tone is a blonde and dark brown color melt, and it gives the brunette strands a lovely sun-kissed look.
# 35 Smooth Balayage Sombre Wave
The smooth flow of the shades in this design from a black base shade to the brown shade is just fantastic, and it shows how a perfect dark hair with highlights should look. This medium volume hair also has a nice wave that is just ideal for this color design.
# 36 Melted Soft Brown Hues
Color melting is a technique that requires experience and skill to get right. And this is more so when you want to get a perfect one like this. The beautiful color melt that creates this chic headdress is about melting different shades of brown to give the strands a soft and charming look.
# 37 Gorgeous Waves with a Hint of Silver
These waves have a beautiful balayage color design that entails spreading some bright blonde shades throughout the head. However, adding the hint of silver to the strands is what makes the color design unique.
# 38 Tanzanite Color Melt
The violet-blue shade of this hair is what most ladies know as the tanzanite hue. In this design, it blends with natural black hair color to create a distinct and natural-looking shade that looks fantastic on the straight strands.
# 39 Dark and Sexy Melt of Shades
It is hard to know that this beautiful mane has some artificial coloring because it looks very natural. The base tone is black, and the design is a balayage that involves blending a dark hue of brown and a slight touch of an ashy shade.
# 40 Mystique Blend
Dark hair with highlights does not always have to be bright because a dark and mystique look like this one will still look fabulous. Here it is all about melting the dark shade of the textured locks with dark shades of blue and chocolate.
# 41 Tetra Blue Melt
The choice of color in this design is fantastic, and it is about introducing some blue streaks to the black locks. Also, the shoulder-grazing strands have some nice waves and an excellent texture that help to spice up the beautiful highlights.
# 42 Classy Blend of Chocolate and Black
This balayage blend of hues is as perfect as a woman can ever wish for in her hair. It is about mixing black and chocolate shades to give the long wavy strands a distinctive tone that makes the wearer look very classy.
# 43 The Golden Ash Locks
Hair like this is the kind that everyone will want to check out again. And this is not just because of the long and wavy locks but also because of their beautiful golden brown highlights that give the strands a radiant glow.
# 44 Impeccable Wavy Sombre
Some dark hair with highlights designs like this one will only work for ladies with a thick natural mane. It is a neat sombre design that is about transitioning from the dark base color to the highlighted waves which are a blend of caramel and golden blonde hues.
# 45 Luxurious Caramel Waves
Here is an impressive dark hair with highlights design that you can achieve with caramel. It is a subtle ombre design that entails painting the thick and wavy strands with some bright caramel highlights.
# 46 Sleek Bob Balayage
The shape, size, and design of this bob haircut are all magnificent which makes this an excellent design for ladies that prefer to keep their strands short. Apart from the cut, the bob also has a beautiful balayage shade that involves painting it with some honey brown and caramel highlights.
# 47 Ashy and Smokey Hair
Although this is a conventional balayage highlight design, the choice of colors is fantastic, and it is what makes the long wavy strands look unique. It involves painting the dark strands with ashy gray and silver streaks to give them a very adorable overall shade.
# 48 Pretty and Shiny Balayage Ombre
The beauty of this hairdo is also as a result of a fantastic choice of color, but the freehand painting design also has a role to play. To create this adorable headdress, you will need to paint your dark brown hair with a shiny fall blonde shade and in an ombre pattern.
# 49 Edgy Dark Blue Bob
Bob haircuts are always the hairdo to turn to for a short and elegant design. This particular one is neat and blunt, but it also has a lovely shade that comes from blending a dark blue shade with the natural black color of the hair.
# 50 Pops of Lilac
Ladies that prefer to go with unique and attention-grabbing hair color will love this one as it incorporates both. The strands in the hairstyle are long and wavy, and their beautiful tone is about giving the strands some pops of lilac and a touch of blonde.
# 51 Glamorous Browns on Black
Your dark hair with highlights will only look good if you go with shades that suit your skin tone. However, some brown tones on a black hair like in this design seem to work well for most women regardless of their skin tone.
# 52 Perfectly Toned and Textured Locks
The texture of these shoulder-grazing strands is one of their prominent futures. However, there is still much more to these wavy locks than the texture because they also have a fabulous color. The color comes from painting them with golden blonde and honey shades to give them some impeccable and fashionable highlights.
# 53 Elegant Glow
A glow like this is what a lady needs to ensure that her hairdo is as head-turning as any can get. But it all starts with an asymmetrical bob haircut and by giving the strands some waves. For the lovely shade, you have to use balayage to paint the strands with a shiny golden blonde hue and some subtle brown shades.
# 54 Tucked Bronze Bangs
Although bronze is a beautiful hair color, it is still not as common as others, and so it is a perfect idea when you want something unique. This design blends bronze into the black locks to create some unique highlights. Also, the strands have an excellent texture and some beautiful waves that make the highlights more attractive.
# 55 Partial Blonde Streaks on Dark Brown Hair
The overall dark brown tone of this hairdo is just fantastic, and the best thing is that some ladies will have it as their natural hair color. To create the dark hair with highlights design, you need to introduce some cute partial blonde highlights at the front and style the strands into a face frame to enhance their look.
# 56 Flawless Low Lighting and Color Melt
This hair maintains an overall brown shade, but there is much more to creating it than just painting it with brown hues. It requires a color melt of chocolate brown and blonde and the use of a lighter tone to create the mid-low lighting effect.
# 57 Enhanced Ombre Streaks
There are endless things that you can do to give your long wavy strands an adorable look. In this design, they have a dark base shade, but their color design involves painting it with a dark brown shade and enhancing the highlights with a blonde hue. Also, the hairdo requires keeping the roots dark so as to maintain an ombre pattern.
# 58 Charming Chocolate Waves with Blonde Lights
The dark chocolate shade is an amazing base color for this long wavy bob. It also has an adorable color pattern that comes from the honey brown and blonde streaks.
# 59 Warm Autumn Tones
Warm and rich autumn tones like these are easy to achieve and will always guarantee that you get a perfect hairdo. A dark brown hue forms the base color while caramel, honey, and blonde are what create the cute highlights.
# 60 Messy with a Soft and Subtle Dimension
This headdress starts with a long bob haircut, but the color is still what gives it an adorable look. It entails keeping the shades soft and subtle by painting the black hair with dark caramel partial highlights and finishing with a messy face frame style.
# 61 Striking Caramel and Golden Blonde Streaks
If you have a long and wavy hair like this that also has an excellent volume you can almost never go wrong with any hair color. However, this particular style keeps things straightforward and by introducing some sweet caramel and golden blonde streaks throughout the head.
# 62 Cocoa and Sand Highlights
For this lovely dark hair with highlights look, you will need cocoa and sandy shades. And just like with most highlighted hairdos, it is all about distributing the shades throughout the head while keeping the brighter sandy highlights at the front to brighten the overall look.
# 63 Brunette Lob with Dark Brown Shade
Black hair makes it possible to wear any highlights that you want regardless of their color. For this look, the textured long bob has a natural black shade, and the highlights are from a dark brown hue.
# 64 Fantastic Fall Balayage
You will hardly see any balayage design with a better color melt than this. The choice of hues for these straight strands with a blunt cut is also fantastic, and it is about melting caramel with dark shades of brown and keeping the top darker to create a sombre pattern.
# 65 Cute Curly Pixie
There might not be a lot of hair on this short and curly pixie cut, but it still needs a good color. However, some subtle caramel highlights are all it takes to give it a pleasant tone.
A dark hair with highlights is one of those looks that will work for almost any woman. Whether you prefer to keep the streaks subtle or bright, this hairdo is perfect for you. But always remember to choose shades that go well with your skin tone and the color of your natural hair. The 65 designs above will give you some ideas on how to achieve this stunning hair color.