60 First-Rate Shades of Brown Hair

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Shades of brown hair are no less exciting or intriguing than blonde shades. Hot chocolate, iced coffee, icy cappuccino… No, this is not a coffee shop menu. These are shades of brown dyes for hair. We have sorted out the most interesting hair color ideas for brown-haired ladies. If you are a blonde, but want to try light brown hair shades, we have fabulous bronding ideas for your locks. Girls and women with warm skin tone may try golden brown shades. And brunettes are welcome to refresh their color with rich dark brown hues and alternative reddish purple tones.

Shades of Brown Hair

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#1: All about Angles

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If you have thick, dense curls, a medium hairdo can seem heavy if it’s not cut correctly. An angled cut that’s shorter in the back and longer in the front keeps the weight in the back of your style so that your face isn’t overpowered. Ask your stylist for a blend of copper and dark warm neutrals to create this vibrant mahogany brown.

#2: Keep it Cool

Many people believe that dark hair has to have warm undertones like red or orange. While warm hair is gorgeous, it doesn’t complement every skin tone. A cool ash brown hair color is your best bet for skin with olive or golden undertones because it will balance you out.

#3: Bright Brown

Brown hair comes in many different hues, and this silky golden brown is a good example of how to pull off a lighter shade. A soft ombre brightens your complexion without changing the overall base color that can be seen at the roots.

#4: Confident in Copper

Although copper tones seem to flatter many different complexions, they still take a lot of guts to pull off because they tend to reflect so much light and appear brighter. The unique mix of red, orange and brown is stylish, subtle and makes a statement.

#5: Sleek and Stylish

With fashion’s shift towards minimalism, the popularity of the straight blunt cut continues to rise. Add dimension into the flat style by mixing different shades of brown. Lighter colors around the face and ends will make your skin glow and show off the precision of the clipped ends.

#6: Lots of Layers

Dark hair colors are perfect for fine hair because they make your strands appear thicker. Other tricks that help are an expert cut and style; heavy layers create movement while loose curls add to the fullness.

#7: Boho Babe

Embrace your carefree beauty with extra-long flowing waves. Keep the look from dragging you down by lightening up. An amber ombre gives a sun kissed beach vibe to your hairstyle. Who doesn’t want to feel (and look) like they are on vacation every day?

#8: Haute Highlights

If you can’t experiment too much with color due to work or hair health reasons, there’s still a way to have fun with your dark brown hair color. Chunky mocha highlights add warmth and make soft waves look more defined. The color is still striking while remaining subtle and sophisticated.

#9: Bombshell Blowout

This is proof that you don’t need crazy colors to make a statement. A muted brown hue is the perfect complement to your camera-ready makeup and hair that boasts major volume. A deep side part and blown out curls will have all eyes on you. Don’t distract from this major beauty moment and keep your outfit minimal with monochromatic nudes.

#10: Winning Formula

When you have a classic look that works for you, there’s no need to fix what isn’t broken. Soft curls, long layers and a side part may not seem groundbreaking, but they always look pretty and polished. If you’ve ever been stumped on how to style your rich color, just go back to the basics.

#11: Silky and Shiny

Enhance your full, bouncy locks with an expert blend of brown hair colors. It makes strands appear shinier by reflecting more light, which will look especially good when being photographed. This is a great option for ladies who need a look for headshots or classy pictures.

#12: Wavy Long Bob

If there is one style that is universally appealing, it’s the lob. Whether you have a long face shape or chubby cheeks, thick curls or pin straight strands, this style always looks fresh and flattering. Chunky honey brown highlights will make the style more visually interesting.

#13: Shine On

The worst thing about having a beautiful color is watching it fade. Luckily, there is something you can do to maintain the vibrancy between appointments. Ask your stylist to mix Brazilian Bond Builder into your color to reduce breakage, prevent damage and retain your color longer.

#14: Go for Gold

Instead of chunky highlights throughout chestnut strands, achieve a sunny golden brown hair color with a sombre solution. To avoid harsh transitions and contrasting colors, the subtle technique fades from dark to light in soft, complementing shades.

#15: Lovely Layers

One of the simplest ways to transform a boring, dull style is with a few layers. Not only do they create fullness, but they also offer a new shape to your hairstyle. Perfect for a woman with a busy schedule – you can easily pull your hair up into a ponytail or messy bun.

#16: Ravishing Red

Brown hair comes in many different shades, and this red tinted color is perfect for many different eye colors and complexions. To achieve the bouncy shoulder-length cut ask your stylist for round layers. The curved lines remove weight and create tons of volume.

#17: Casual Curls

Enjoy one of the spicier shades of brown hair with a radiant auburn hue. Loose curls are the epitome of casual cool. To achieve the messy texture, curl your locks, alternating directions with each curl which will allow the pieces to separate instead blending together when you brush them out.

#18: Curly Middle Part

Dark coffee colored strands are just as rich and bold as a cup of Joe. To achieve tight, bouncy curls in long hair, try using a curling wand. The hot tool easily provides a natural-looking texture that doesn’t resemble large overdone pageant hair.

#19: Glamazon Glow

Who would have thought that this gorgeous cappuccino hair color was actually achieved with a blonde dye? Because dark hair takes so much to lighten, you actually have to go a few shades lighter to get your desired color. This look was achieved with L’oreal Blonde Studio lightening paste.

#20: Lighten Up

A one-dimensional brown hair color in a shoulder length can seem uninspiring. Elevate your style with a beautiful toffee balayage. It works especially well with wavy hair because it highlights the tousled texture. Although you could wear this color year round, it looks particularly radiant with fall foliage.

#21: Heavenly Glazed Mocha Shade of Brown Hair

Maria Menounos comes from Greece, so, like no one else, she knows how to be a contemporary Aphrodite and meet the modern beauty standards. Naturalness is the leading trend of the last few seasons. Light brown hair with the delicate mocha blonde and light caramel mocha tones looks sweet and feminine. The best hairstyle to go with this hair color would be freely cascading large loose curls.

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#22: Sun-Kissed Shade of Brown Hair

Jennifer Aniston’s dark brown base is softly gilded on the very surface. Through these gorgeous sun-kissed notes, it’s softly connected with the face-framing dark blonde streaks. Such a complicated brown hair color harmonizes with Jennifer’s gray eyes. Whenever the actress goes for a darker shade, she looks older. So, the choice of hair color is one of your most responsible choices, indeed!

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#23: Noble Light Shade of Brown Hair

Olivia Wilde is not a prude. She knows how to present her beauty and look sexy, maybe a little provocative, but never over the edge. Olivia covers her sharp cheekbones with soft light brown waves, teased with caramel tones which wash out to the light ash brown at the ends. A tuxedo with no bra and red lips are Olivia’s trump cards.

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#24: Mixed Sweet Cappuccino and Dark Mocha Shades

Olivia Palermo opts for the cute cappuccino shade that mimics the color of her eyes and mingles with the rich chocolate mocha streaks. Stylists claim that cappuccino shade of brown hair looks best on medium-length locks, and it loses its showiness on short or extra long tresses. Besides, cappuccino shade loves curly hair. A wavy downdo with extra shine from Olivia Palermo is a lovely hair style idea for cappuccino hair color.

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#25: Gorgeous Caramel Shade of Brown Hair

We love Eva’s vague smile in this photo. It touches only the corners of her lips. And Eva’s caramel brown hair shade sweetens her whole look miraculously. As a rule, caramel tones flatter women with hazel eyes. If you are a brunette, you may also refresh your dark brown base with dimensional caramel highlights.

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#26: Dark Shade of Brown Hair – Robust Coffee Hue

Coffee is an invigorating cool tone that can be softened with blondish or copper highlights. Jennifer Garner goes for the bronde ombre highlights on a dark brown base, and we see that her awesome brown hair color sets off her sparkling eyes and fair skin.

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#27: Lovely Pecan Shade of Brown Hair

Everyone who remembers Angelina Jolie with blonde and jet black locks would agree that she looks her best with the brown shade of hair, which we see in this photo. The actress has given up with her hair color experiments, coming to the most flattering for her medium brown tone. The pecan shade brings out her feminine softness.

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#28: Light Ash Brown Shade from the Rich Heiress

Light ash shade of brown hair is a mysterious hue. It looks like a blend of brown and ashy blonde. Paris Hilton’s sister Nicky has tried it not in vain. Look how fabulously it works with her blue eyes and light tan.

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#29: Light Frosted Brown

Karlie Kloss is gorgeous in every picture. Changing styles and looking different is her job that she copes with excellently. Hair color is the only thing Karlie sticks to. Karlie varies her hues subtly within the light brown palette. We love Karlie’s lingerie style, messy bob, and the light brown frosted hair shade.

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#30: Chestnut Shade of Brown Hair

Many women try to duplicate Lisa Rinna’s haircut and hair color. The secret of her blooming look is the warm golden chestnut shade of brown hair, that matches the color of her eyes. Besides, it’s not a monochromatic color. The roots of Lisa’s locks are darkened, and there’s a sprinkling of lowlights through the layers.

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#31:Gorgeous Golden Brown Locks with Reddish Highlights

Golden shades of brown hair, undoubtedly, attract attention. Check Jessica Biel’s fabulous hair color solution. Jessica has mesmerized Justin Timberlake not only with her ambitions and lovely smile. It has been proved that hair color may have an impact on your character. Golden browns make a woman easy-going, add her cheerfulness and playfulness.

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#32: Honey Shades of Brown Hair – Tender Reddish Brown

Reddish browns definitely flatter more the women with warm skin tone. When we don’t break this rule, we achieve the absolute harmony in our looks. Isla Fisher is a sweet smiley lady. Her soft honey brown locks are a part of her self-image. And they also became the main trump card of her legendary shopaholic character from Manhattan.

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#33: Royal Copper Brown Hair Color Idea

Anne Hathaway always accentuates her looks with rich and sophisticated shades of brown hair. Copper browns look equally good on short and long locks. They won’t distract attention from your beautiful, sincere smile and bring out the shine of your eyes. When you support copper brown hair shades with warm coral and golden tones of your makeup, you are effortlessly achieving a showy red-carpet look.

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#34: Magnificent Bronze Brown Hair Shade

Kristen Wiig used to be a blonde, a brown-haired gal and even a fan of caramel hair color. But the bronze really has had a fantastic impact on her looks. The warm light bronze balayage highlights on a dark brown base have a miraculous shimmering effect that adds dimension to Kristen’s hairstyle. Shades of brown hair are famous for their quality to provide an amazing play of semi-tones, depending on the source of lighting. That’s why brown hair looks awesome in curls.

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#35: Sparkling Amber Shade of Brown Hair

This glance and posture impersonate a self-confident woman who is aware of her beauty and feminine charm. Sofia Vergara combines her amazing amber brown hair shade with strong eye brows in order to look showier and younger.

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#36: The Softest Almond Hue

The rich honey almond shade of brown hair is extremely natural. It can be associated with dark blonde hue. If you apply it to blonde hair, you will achieve a light-to-medium nut brown tone. And, as for dark brown hair, almond gives it a spicy reddish brown note. Kate Beckinsale has tried the deep velvety brown from the roots to mid shaft with a soft transition to the honey almond brown towards the ends.

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#37: Two Different Shades of Brown Hair – Dark Golden Blonde vs. Dark Brown

Miranda Kerr’s golden blonde face-framing locks look super feminine and seductive, being set off by the darker shade. If you doubt that reddish hues may flatter you, try an alternative solution like Miranda’s.

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#38: Tempting Toffee Hair Color

All so-called delicious hues you wear around your face, whether they are your hair hues or outfit colors, boost your sex appeal. Toffee shade of brown hair looks breathtaking in soft flowing waves, especially if you have a nice tan. Beyonce is irresistible!

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#39: Brown Hair with Golden Chestnut Highlights

Chestnut shades of brown hair are quite versatile. The reddish tone is rather dark which makes it a universally flattering hair hue. The darker shades of chestnut browns are good for brunettes. Having added chestnut streaks to her dark brown base, Cheryl Cole has come up with her exquisite hair color.

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#40: Fiery Red Shades of Brown Hair

Sara Rue is hard to pass by without casting a second glance. The curvaceous figure, sweet smile, and bright reddish brown hair shade attract attention and evoke curiosity. If you don’t mind some extra popularity, a radiant smile, and an eye-catching hair color are the things everyone can afford.

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#41: Chocolate Brown Hair Shades for Mega-Active Women

Eva Longoria is a perfect example of an active woman who succeeds in every sphere of her life. Eva’s choice is the lovely dark chocolate shade of brown hair with the graceful toffee streaks through her face-framing locks. Chocolate hair color is for those who are always in movement. Maintain the health of your tresses, and they will pay you back with an excellent look even in simple hairstyles.

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#42: Aristocratic Dark Hot Chocolate Shade of Brown Hair

Michelle Dockery comes from England, that’s why she feels so harmonious in her elegant lady-like looks. It’s obvious that Michelle’s short chocolate locks add her appearance the feel of good seriousness and reliability. Therefore, a monochromatic dark chocolate brown hair shade is a good color idea for businesswomen.

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#43: Discreet Brown Hair

Kristin Davis is the gorgeous brunette who portrayed Charlotte York in the romantic sitcom Sex and the City. In real life, Kristin stays loyal to the same beautiful dark brown hair hue we have seen on modest Charlotte. Dark shade of brown hair like this one looks especially impressive when you wear bright outfits. Just try!

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#44: Posh Mahogany Brown

Mahogany hue stands out from other beautiful shades of brown hair thanks to its saturated dark reddish sub tone. Michelle Monaghan looks breathtaking with her thick mahogany copper locks cascading on her shoulders. Her red dress is a wonderful outfit choice to set off her hair color.

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#45: Glossy Shades of Brown Hair– Hot Espresso Brown with Reddish Ends

Espresso brown hair hue is deep, rich and expressive. If you want to add some spice to your look, consider tinting the ends of your tresses in one of complimenting hair hues. Mila Kunis chooses hot cocoa-brown hair shade, because it harmonizes with the color of her eyes, doesn`t it?

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#46: Dark Brown Satin

The satin finish of Kim Kardashian’s locks made us envious. She may shock us with her outfits and provocative nude photoshoots, but her hair color choices are always beyond any praise. If you really want a hot brunette color, this is the one. Though this shade of brown hair for Kim is in the past, her looks with long dark locks will be always in our hearts!

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#47: Dark Brown Hair with Reddish Tinting

The blue of Zooey Deschanel’s eyes and her dark brown hair color are a successful combination for her looks. Your face will never look dull or washed out with dark locks, bright eyes and berry lips. However, be careful: dark shades of brown hair usually accentuate your mimic wrinkles, so, brunettes may sometimes look older.

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#48: Monochromatic Shade of Brown Hair –Matt Hue for Short Locks

The variety of sophisticated hair color solutions may make your head spin. You feel like trying balayage highlights, then ombre, then bronding… After all, you come to an understanding that dark monochromatic shades of brown hair can not only look ultra classy, but also be low-maintenance. Check Aubrey Plaza’s short brown bob. We admire it!

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#49: Very Dark Chocolate Hair Color

Demi Moore’s is one of the brightest Hollywood brunettes. At the same time, her hair color solutions are always rather reserved. Anyway, this very dark chocolate shade of brown hair flatters Demi, and that’s all that matters.

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#50: Almost Black Shade of Brown Hair

This brown is the closest neighbor of black, and at first sight we can really take it for black. On second thought, we realize that this hue is more complicated and prospective. It flatters Zoe Saldana’s dark brown eyes, accentuates her tan and makes her overall look very exquisite.

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#51: Sun-Kissed Brunette with a Honey Brown Shade of Hair

Julia’s medium brown base is upgraded with terrific ombre highlights. The lovely blend of cool and warm tones is the top of coloristic art. We can distinguish the pecan brown tone that serves a background for the lovely caramel and flaxen blonde balayage highlights. Well, one look at the picture is worth a hundred words of its description.

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#52: Sassy Copper Red Hair Color

Sheridan Smith’s goal was to look sexy and presentable. She used two little tricks which have worked for her superbly. The first is a nude-colored dress that is the ideal match for her skin tone, and the second is the bright copper red shade of her brown hair. Wow, what a fabulous combo!

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#53: Tawny Shades of Brown Hair

Selena’s razored layers, accentuated by the subtle ombre, are hard to look away. If you want to achieve the smooth color gradation like in the photo, you need to make an appointment with a professional colorist.

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#54: Reddish Shades of Brown Hair – Amazing Copper Brown

In our opinion, Kristen Stewart has the perfect copper brown hair color. The neutral brown color at the roots progresses into the sophisticated copper brown that is subtly highlighted by the thin streaks around Kristen’s face. That’s an awesome idea for girls with green eyes!

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#55: Mind-Blowing Pomegranate Red

Ariana Grande’s pomegranate red shade of brown hair is a cool color that is, however, hard to wear in real life. Even if it flatters you, are you sure you won’t get bored with it after a week or two? Anyway, we can imagine how cool it will look in chunky fishtails and high ponies. Well, well, as long as you can pull it off, we won’t stand in your way.

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#56: Antique Copper Shade of Brown Hair

Tiny springy curls of Rumer Willis have a retro flair. What hair color solution could be more harmonious for such a style than the antique copper red? Noble and sophisticated, it won’t bore you or cause any troubles with the choice of outfits in complimenting colors.

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#57: Dark Mahogany with Burgundy Highlights

Charming Christina Milian offers an inspiring shade of brown hair for brunettes. The dark mahogany brown is an awesome hair color solution for tanned skin. Christina upgraded her look with burgundy highlights and matching eye-shadows. That’s bold and bright! We love!

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#58: Brown Black and Burgundy 50/50

Ashanti mixes two colors is equal proportions. This is a quite unexpected solution in today’s world of coloristics, but the result is nice. Burgundy and dark shade of brown hair is a good match that will help you to express your individuality.

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#59: Classy Shades of Brown Hair – Rich Medium Chocolate

Here is a brown color that won’t annoy anyone or distract attention from your face and look in whole. The classy rich medium chocolate shade, like Ashley Greene’s, is a top pick among the celebrities and fashionistas with good taste and sense of style.

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#60: Dark Brown Shade with Magenta Highlights

Magenta tints increase the depth of the dark brown hair shade. Cheryl Burke’s looks has gained a portion of refined brightness from the random magenta highlights and subtle tinting through the locks. Embrace the idea, if you wonder how else you may diversify your dark brown hair color.

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Who knew that shades of brown hair could be so diverse? In fact, being a brunette you have as many interesting choices as a blonde or redhead. Different shades of brown hair are inspiring and expressive. We wish you to find your most flattering options!

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