Hot chocolate, iced coffee, cappuccino… No, this is not a coffee shop menu, but exciting shades of brown hair worth trying. We have sorted out the most interesting brown hair color ideas for brunettes, as well as blondes that want to go darker.
Whether you want to try warm brown hair color to make your skin glow or refresh your look with rich dark brown hues or reddish and purple tones, we have all the ideas to choose from.
Best Brown Hair Color Ideas
Modern brown hair shades are all about natural hues that make your brunette color and skin tone pop. To achieve such a color, it is best to remain within two levels of your natural color, whether making it a bit lighter or darker.
Alternatively, just enrich it by sticking to your own hair color level, but choosing a brown hair color dye with ashy, golden, red, or purple undertones. Scroll down for images that will make you fall in love with brown hair shades.
#1: Auburn Brown
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: Cool Brown Color with Ashy Hues
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: Light Chestnut Brown
Brown hair comes in many different hues, and this silky chestnut 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: Medium Brown Hair with Chestnut Tones
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 medium brown. Lighter colors around the face and ends will make your skin glow and show off the precision of the clipped ends.
#6: Medium Chocolate Brown
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: Brown to Toasted Caramel Color
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: Dark to Mocha Brown Hair Color
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: Mushroom Brown Hair Color
This is proof that you don’t need crazy colors to make a statement. A muted mushroom brown hair color 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: Dark Brown with Mahogany Tones
When you have healthy long brown hair, creating a stunning hairstyle comes with little to no effort. Just go back to the basics and opt for soft curls, long layers, and a side or a middle parting.
#11: Spicy Chocolate Brown
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. If you are ready to give it a try, explore even more chocolate brown hair ideas.
#12: Dark to Medium Brown Balayage with Golden Brown Highlights
If there is one hairstyle that is universally appealing, it is lob and brunette balayage. 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: Espresso Brown
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: Medium Golden Brown Hair Color
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 types of brown hair color.
#15: Dark Brown with Bronze Golden Balayage
One of the simplest ways to transform a boring, dull style is with a balayage in brighter, warmer tones. Not only does it create fullness, but it also offers a new dimension to your hairstyle. Perfect for a woman with a busy schedule, as keeping the roots natural makes the hairstyle totally low-maintenance.
#16: Ravishing Chocolate Cherry Hair Color
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: Medium Copper Brown
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: Black Brown Hair
Dark coffee colored strands are just as rich and bold as a cup of Joe. To make this deep brunette shade stand out, try making tight, bouncy curls in long hair. Aim at a natural-looking texture that doesn’t resemble large overdone pageant hair.
#19: Cappuccino Hair with Golden Tones
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: Brown Ombre
A one-dimensional brown hair color in a shoulder length can seem uninspiring. Elevate your haistyle by adding highlighs in dark brown hair. It works especially well with wavy hair because it makes the tousled texture stand out. Although you can 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.
#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!
#23: Noble Light 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.
#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.
#25: Gorgeous Amber Brown Hair
We love Eva’s vague smile in this photo. It touches only the corners of her lips. And Eva’s amber brown hair shade sweetens her whole look miraculously. As a rule, warm brown tones flatter women with hazel eyes. If you are a brunette, you may also refresh your dark brown base with dimensional caramel highlights.
#26: Robust Coffee Hue
Coffee is an invigorating cool shade of brown hair 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.
#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 brown hair color, 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.
#28: Light Ash Brown Color 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.
#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.
#30: Chestnut Brown Hair Tone
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.
#31: Golden Brown Locks with Reddish Highlights
Golden brown hair, undoubtedly, attracts 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.
#32: Tender Reddish Brown
Reddish browns definitely flatter more the women with warm skin tone. When we don’t break this rule, we achieve 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.
#33: Dark Chocolate Brown on Short Hair
Anne Hathaway always accentuates her looks with rich and sophisticated shades of brown hair look amazing on short locks. They won’t distract attention from your beautiful, sincere smile and bring out the shine of your eyes. When you support brunette hair with warm coral and golden tones of your makeup, you are effortlessly achieving a showy red-carpet look.
#34: Magnificent Bronze Brown Hair
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. Brown hair dyes are famous for their quality to provide an amazing play of semitones, depending on the source of lighting. That’s why brown hair looks awesome in curls.
#35: Sparkling Light Amber 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 with strong eyebrows in order to look showier and younger.
#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.
#37: Dark Brown to Dark Golden Blonde Hair Color
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.
#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!
#39: Dark Roast Brown Hair Color
Chestnut brown hair is quite versatile, as reddish colors go with almost all brown hair shades. Having added chestnut streaks to her dark brown base, Cheryl Cole has come up with her exquisite hair color.
#40: Fiery Red Brown Hair
Sara Rue is hard to pass by without casting a second glance. The curvaceous figure, sweet smile, and bright reddish brown hair color attracts attention and evokes curiosity. If you don’t mind some extra popularity, a radiant smile, and an eye-catching hair color are the things everyone can afford.
#41: Dark Chocolate Brown with Face Framing Highlights
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.
#42: Aristocratic Dark Havana 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 brown locks add her appearance the feel of good seriousness and reliability. Therefore, a monochromatic dark chocolate brown hair is a good color idea for business women.
#43: Brown Hair Color for Dark 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!
#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.
#45: 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 color, because it harmonizes with the color of her eyes, doesn`t it?
#46: Almost Noir Brown
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. Although this type of brown hair is in the past for Kim, her looks with long dark locks will always be in our hearts!
#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 brown hair usually accentuates your mimic wrinkles, so brunettes may sometimes look older.
#48: Monochromatic Shade of Brown Hair
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 brown hair can not only look ultra classy, but also be low-maintenance. Check Aubrey Plaza’s short brown bob. We admire it!
#49: Dark Coffee Brown 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.
#50: Almost Black Type 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.
#51: Medium Brunette with Honey Brown Balayage
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.
#52: Brownish Copper Red Hair
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!
#53: Rusty Brown Hair
Selena’s razored layers, accentuated by the subtle ombre, are hard to look away from. If you want to achieve the smooth color gradation like in the photo, you need to make an appointment with a professional colorist.
#54: Amazing Medium 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!
#55: Pomegranate Red with Brownish Tones
Ariana Grande’s pomegranate red shade 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? A good idea is to balance it with brown tones. 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.
#56: Brown Hair with Antique Copper Shade
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 complementing colors.
#57: Dark Mahogany Brown with Burgundy Highlights
Charming Christina Milian offers an inspiring idea 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!
#58: Brown Black with Burgundy Tips
Ashanti mixes two colors in equal proportions. This is a quite unexpected solution in today’s world of coloristics, but the result is nice. Dark brown and burgundy hair is a good match that will help you to express your individuality.
#59: Rich Medium Chocolate
Here is a classic brown color that will bring maximum attention to your beautiful facial features. The rich medium chocolate shade, like Ashley Greene’s, is a top pick among the celebrities and fashionistas with good taste and sense of style.
#60: Dark Brown Color with Magenta Highlights
Magenta tints increase the depth of the dark brown hair. 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 to diversify your dark hair color.
Who knew that brown hair could be so diverse? In fact, brunettes have as many interesting choices for enhancing their color as blondes or redheads do. Different shades of brown hair are inspiring and expressive. We wish you to find your most flattering options!