Dark Brown Hair Color Guide with 14 Luscious Ideas

Brunettes are huge right now. They are finally getting the recognition that they deserve. In recent years, we have seen many celebrities go from blonde to brown or brown to dark brown locks.

So, no one is blaming you for thinking about jumping on the dark brown hair color train. Here are some things you might want to know before hopping on board.

Will I Look Good with Dark Hair?

Many trends have evolved from a “blonde dominant” trend to a trend all dark brunette hair enthusiasts can rock. In 2021, we saw the money piece figuratively and literally become bigger and bolder than ever. We saw chunky and peekaboo highlights pop up all over our feeds. So, you should not always be torn choosing between brown vs. blonde. Anyone who has truly worked with brunettes or has been a dark brunette knows that dark brown hair has diverse shades and is just as customizable as blonde hair is.

A lot of guests that consider getting some dark brown hair colors are scared that this is can be too harsh or wash them out. Consult with your colorist to set on the right levels of lightness and darkness and either a warm or cool shade of brown hair.

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The easiest way to find out which tones work well for your skin tone is by looking at your wardrobe. If you are most comfortable in red, warm beiges, coppers, etc., you will feel more confident in a warm brunette color. On the other hand, if you find yourself wearing grays, blues, maroons, etc., you might find a cool brunette tone more flattering.

Dark Brown Hairstyles

The fun part about being a brunette now is any of the techniques applied to blonde hair can also be applied to brunette. You don’t have to lose your dimension or brightness around your hairline. These common techniques of balayage, money pieces or foilyage are not just for the blondies anymore. Here are some great deep brown hair ideas to consider.

#1: Sleek Dark Hair with Natural Gloss

This long sleek nearly black hair with soft waves gives you a glamorous yet romantic look. The natural gloss emphasizes the hair texture. Use a deep moisturizing conditioner to maintain the healthy look of your hairstyle.

Glossy Dark Brown Hair

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#2: Warm Brunette Locks

There’s a reason that rich, warm brunettes are so aesthetically pleasing on our Instagram and Pinterest feeds. Not only does warmth attract and reflect light, but so does brunette hair. It doesn’t help that we often think of warm, yummy, and cozy things when we think of warm brown hair. That’s why brown shades are always called something like chocolate truffle or brown sugar espresso.. because these things appeal to us!

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Warm Deep Brown Shade

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#3: Long Dark Hair with Subtle Highlights

This long brown hair looks gorgeous with light brown highlights. Balayage creates a more natural, blended, sun-kissed color. It is a perfect way to brighten up your brown hair and create a trendy look, which is easy to maintain.

Dark Brown Roots Light Brown and Blonde Balayage

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#4: Espresso Brown Hair with Slight Highlights

Thick voluminous hair with rich texture and delicate sheen will attract immediate attention and awe. The deep dark brown color is accentuated with subtle highlights to give it dimension and shape. For fair skin, blonde or light brown highlights will work best.

Espresso Brown Hair Color

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#5: Dark Brown Hair with Face Framing Highlights

Add a touch of color to your dark hair with face-framing highlights that come from the front hairline. This new addition will give your style a hint of playfulness and freshness. The stronger the contrast between your natural hair color and the new color, the more distinctive look you will get.

Dark Brown Hair with Blonde Money Streaks

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#6: Dark Brown Hair with Red Highlights

A good hairstyle starts with a good cut. Ask your stylist to advise the best cut and shape for your face as well as the perfect color to suit your skin tone. The ideal colors for medium skin tones would be chocolate browns and reds.

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Dark Brown Locks with Copper Highlights

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#7: Dark Chocolate Hair with Golden Highlights

You will feel lighter and even more radiant with this beautiful sun-kissed hairstyle. Dark brown combined with warm shades of honey gives you a relaxed look as if you are spending all your days surfing on a sunny beach. So you can say that the sun did all the work for you because it is that effortless.

Caramel Highlights in Deep Brown Hair

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#8: Dark Brown Straight Hair

When it comes to timeless hairstyles, there is one trend that will never come out of fashion: sleek hair. With healthy long hair, creating a smashing hairstyle comes with little to no effort. Hydrated and frizz-free, this hair looks gorgeously glossy and deep. Try adding hair accessories to bring variety to your everyday look.

Nearly Black Brown Hair

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#9: Dark Brown with Cool Brown Highlights

One of my favorite things about these locks and dark brown hair colors is that we can offer our clients a longer-lasting time period before warm starts creeping back in. One of the things we are seeing in the industry right now that is very trendy is pairing these cool-toned brunettes with cool-toned brondes.

Dark Brown with Ash Brown Balayage

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#10: Dark Auburn Brown Hair

Your brunette locks will become a talking point with these warm reddish hues or auburn highlights. Soft and subtle, it has a flattering effect and takes less maintenance than traditional highlights. A deep mahogany shade with amber undertones is perfect for a cold season since it is a great way to go deeper and richer for the cold weather while offering a touch of warmth.

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Dark Brown Red Hair Color

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#11: Dark Hair with Soft Waves

If you are a proud owner of dark hair and you want to spice it up a little, consider minimalistic brown highlights expertly placed to naturally swirl with your curls. It is a great way to frame your face and compliment your hair texture. It is about a low-key, hyper-natural look.

Espresso Brown Hair with Cool Brown Ombre

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#12: Long Dark Brown Hair

Play a game of hide-and-seek with highlights on your hair! The deep shade of dark chocolate is underlined with caramel highlights that are scattered around in a playful manner. When trying to recreate this style, consider all the ways you might want to style your hair to bring up the highlighted locks.

Dark Hair wih Peek a Boo Highlights

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#13: Dark Hair with Mahogany Undertones

Trying mahogany undertones is a perfect way for brunettes to get into the red trend without going all the way in. Dark brown gets a totally new dimension with the sun bringing in the red. The depth is still there but it melts into this bright, rustic mahogany tone.

Dark Mahogany Hair Color

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#14: Dark Hair with Golden Brown Tones

It is the perfect example of how to achieve a healthy look of your dyed hair whilst adding dimension and depth. Lightening your natural color by a few shades will make your hair look more voluminous and glossier. Natural brown roots with lighter brown shades towards the ends create a waterfall effect.

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Dark Chocolate Brown Hair Color

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Dark Brown Hairstyle Maintenance

How often do I have to come back to the salon? I get this question all the time. Just like any other hair color, brunette colors offer a wide range of business plans. How often you were going to be in and out of the salon is customizable for everyone. When you go to choose a hair color with your hairstylist, voice the amount of time you’d like to go in between each appointment so that they can determine what color, tones, and techniques might fit best into your maintenance plan. Now, keep in mind that maintenance for natural brunettes might look a lot different than for somebody who has lighter natural color.

Will Getting Dark Brown Make My Hair Healthier?

I hear this behind the chair pretty frequently. So, let’s break it down: all hair colors and lighteners react with a developer to change your hair color. All hair color is a chemical process. Does this mean it’s going to damage your hair outright? Absolutely not. Does this mean that every time you color your hair you are slightly altering it? Yes.

It’s a common misconception that if you are blonde and you’ve been lightening your hair, it’s getting damaged, while as you switch to darker locks, your hair will instantly become healthier. This misconception is often due to the shine that brunette hair has. Unfortunately, going brunette is not a magic potion, it will not repair your split ends, eliminate that mid-strand breakage, and, most importantly, it won’t erase the previous damage to your hair.

We’ve watched deep brown evolve from the lesser dominant hair color to being one of the predominant things we see on Instagram. We’ve watched many celebrities not only go darker but stay darker. And I know I’m not the only one who has spent hours scrolling through those makeover reels and TikTok’s! One of my biggest passions in this industry is educating clients all about hair color and hair care and I frequently share many hot tips and hair hacks on my Instagram @lindseymayhair. Follow along!

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