Welcome to the Dark Side: 20 Sexy Brunette Hairstyles

The adage is as old as time, yet it is still constantly shoved down the throats of non-blondes everywhere: “blondes have more fun.” While there is no concrete evidence that proves this is true or not, the beauty industry certainly loves to make you feel like it. However, there is nothing wrong with embracing the sensual and sexy dark side of a luscious brunette.

The True Value of Brunette Hairstyles

Brunette hairstyles are just as enviable, beautiful and swoon-worthy as the strands that are in the Team Blonde. Short, long, medium, layered and everything in between, brunette hair has a richness that gives it a healthy look whether you use a solid color or utilize different hair color techniques such as highlights, ombré and balayage.

Opt for an edgy, modern way to style your dark tresses or choose a classic and romantic look – the most important thing is that you have fun and experiment with different styles to get the most out of your brunette locks. For further inspiration, take a look at the photos below and get ready to have severe hair envy!

#1: Princess Jasmine Hair

In terms of jaw-dropping brunette hairstyles, it seldom gets any more fabulous than this. With a hairstyle that would rival any Disney princess, this look features a voluminous teased crown and an extra long single braid that cascades down the back.

#2: Brunette Messy Braids

Great for long, medium and short hair, this dark brown hairstyle is the epitome of a modern updo. Being inspired by the trendy messy look, this brunette style also features interlocking braids placed throughout.

#3: Braided Downdo Style

Keeping the braided brunette trend alive, long brunette hairstyles like this are almost too perfect to be true. Starting in the lower middle part of the head, several interlocking braids are placed throughout the hair, all the way to the ends. The intricate details make this look a true show-stopper.

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#4: Brunette Messy Updo

Sometimes the best updos are those that don’t look perfectly coiffed, such is the case with messy brunette hairstyles like this one. With the added texture of medium-length curls, this updo achieves a cute messy look with stray pieces of hair escaping along the sides.

#5: Brunette Chignon

There is something incredibly classy and romantic about a perfectly put together chignon that looks fabulous on a variety of hair lengths from long to short. This one is low on the nape of the neck and features a delicate beaded hair piece at the base for an added flair.

#6: Brunette Waterfall Braid

In case you don’t exactly know what a waterfall braid is, this style is sure to answer your question and have you running to your stylist to recreate it. Basically, a waterfall braid is started at the side of the head and carried over to the other side, but left slightly unfinished, with the length of hair going through it, to achieve the waterfall look. This photo shows how beautiful it looks on long thick brunette hair.

#7: Sexy Messy Ponytail

Modern fashionistas love messy ponytails because of several reasons. First of all, it is a very quick`n easy hairstyle. Secondly, it doesn`t distract attention from your outfit, and, finally, it ideally accentuates your facial features. Add long bangs and creative highlights, and your hairstyle will create a furor!

#8: Brunette French Roll

If elegance is your middle name, then this chic dark brown hairstyle is a great choice for a formal event. Great with long hair or even slightly backcombed medium length locks, this sophisticated French roll is lovely for special occasions or nights out on the town.

#9: Twisted Side Bun

Ditch wearing your brunette bun on the nape of your neck and opt for the low side location instead. Short, long and medium brunette locks all look incredibly cute when placed in a fuss-free side bun.

#10: Brunette Braided Updo

For all the edgy girls out there who are longing to embrace their inner rockstar, this polished look is highly recommended. Brunette hairstyles that are this funky and modern are fitting for a variety of occasions where you want to shine and turn more than one head.

#11: Brunette Braided Crown

These days many medium brunette hairstyles and long brunette hairstyles feature the ever popular crown hair accessory. However, why not take it a step further and create a crown out of your own hair? The result is this lovely look that is punctuated by brunette ombré hair color.

#12: Natural Kinky Layers

The best advice how to become sexier is to be yourself. Try to free your locks for a while with one of the protective hairstyles and sew-ins, and visit your master at a salon to make a new layered cut. Believe us, your refreshed curls will give you a whole new look.

#13: Loose Brunette Waves

Fortunately, loose waves look good with practically any hair type, but they are particularly welcome in brunette hairstyles. Here loose, messy waves are placed throughout, which enhances the subtle ombré hair color.

#14: Brunette Ringlets

Flattering for long, medium and short brunette hairstyles alike, ringlets create texture, depth and dimension. This look is low maintenance, classy and easy to recreate.

#15: Brunette Bun & Beehive

Combining two winning hairstyles together to achieve the ultimate brunette updo is exactly what you see in this picture. Here, a classic beehive is paired with a large bun, while a few long braids circle the head to form a crown and a beautiful rim for the main hairstyle pieces.

#16: Feathered Brunette Cut

When you decide to rock an edgy haircut, it better be the best haircut ever. Textured brunette hairstyles like this one, look great because of the way they are cut and the addition of honey blonde highlights as a spice to the style.

#17: Braided Updo with a Swirl

Talk about a jaw-dropper! These brunette swirl braids are unique, intricate and flat-out fabulous. Several long braids are created to form the swirl effect that eventually forms into a large bun. It’s truly the focal point of the look, and the ombré hair color is the icing on the cake.

#18: Soft Buttery Waves

Soft, romantic waves are one of the most popular long brunette hairstyles, and with pictures like this you can see why. The two side braids are pinned back and secured, and the remainder of the silky hair is full of voluminous waves.

#19: High Brunette Ponytail

Let’s face it, when it comes to brunette hair, the ponytail will always be in style. This high dark brown ponytail is given a boost thanks to the waves placed throughout to create texture and a beautiful curl pattern.

#20: Brunette Pin Curls

If you’ve never dreamed that ombré pin curls could look so amazing, this style is here to prove you wrong. Placed all over the head, the pin curls provide a creative design of your updo, while the used hair color techniques of ombré and highlights are on full display too.

Blonde and brunette hair colors don’t have to battle each other to determine which color and style looks best. Meanwhile, if you were born to be a sexy brunette, it’s cool to embrace your lovely dark locks, regardless of their length and texture by trying out various creative hairstyles. Brunettes can have just as much fun as blondes, and these hairstyle inspirations definitely prove it!