Brown hair color chart: Asian woman with long dark brown hair

Brown Hair Color Chart: Your Brunette Hair Color Guide

Know your browns! Study our brown hair color chart so you know exactly what to ask for on your next appointment with your colorist!

For us Filipinas, the easiest way to a subtle but pretty hair makeover is to get a brown hair color. In order to pick the best shade, a brown hair color chart will certainly help so we can compare the different shades that we can choose from.

The key to discovering the best brown hair color for you is understanding your undertones. To identify whether you have a cool or warm undertone, flip your wrist and check your veins. If they’re greenish, you have warm undertones. And if they’re bluish, you have cool undertones. Now how does this come into play? It’s simple: when picking a brown hair color, choose shades that are the same temperature as your skin. This means that if you have warm undertones go for warm shades, and if you have cool undertones, opt for cool shades.

To make the whole process of choosing a lot easier, we put together a list of all the beautiful shades of brown and categorized them into cool, warm, and neutral (which suits any skin tone). Scroll through for our brown hair color chart and save it for later, when you’re up for another hair coloring appointment!

Brown Hair Color Chart: Warm Brown Shades We Love

1. Honey Brown

Brown hair color chart: Asian woman with honey brown hair
This warm brown shade is flattering for morenas. Credit: Shutterstock

Ranging from true golden shades to rich toffee and caramel, this brown hair color looks stunning on morena girls. It illuminates the face and flatters a naturally tanned complexion, giving you that just-came-from-the-beach glow.

Bottle of TRESemme Root Touch Up Spray Light Brown Color

Editor’s tip: Use TRESemmé Root Touch-Up Spray (Light Brown Color) to keep your brown hair color fresh in between salon sessions. This temporary colorant conceals your roots and gray areas in seconds. Just hold the can six to eight inches away from your hair, spritz, lightly blend it into your hair using your fingers and let it dry for one minute. 

2. Chestnut Brown

Asian woman with short chestnut brown hair color
Highlight your hair’s texture and layers with the help of this hair color. Credit: Hariono Halim

The red and golden tones in this hue provide a warming effect that gives your entire look a bit of dimension and color.

3. Auburn

Asian woman with dark auburn hair color
Create a sophisticated look by dyeing your hair auburn. Credit: Shutterstock

This shade leans more toward the red end of the brown hair color chart. If you like it bold, you can go for the more vibrant shades, but if you want a less drastic change, try a deep, auburn hue.

TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Color Radiance Shampoo

Editor’s tip: Keep your hair color from fading by using TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Color Radiance Shampoo. It is formulated with an anti-fade color technology, which works by creating a waterproof film that coats and binds to your hair fibers. This film then seals in and locks the color inside each strand, so you can enjoy your vibrant hues for twice longer. It also has jojoba oil for moisture and shine. 

Brown Hair Color Chart: Cool Brown Shades to Try

1. Espresso

Asian woman with espresso hair color sitting on a bench
Rock this dark hue by keeping your hair soft and shiny. Credit: Mikhail Nilov from Pexels

This shade is often referred to as a black-brown hair color because of its rich, dark hues. Try this color if you want a simple but elegant-looking dark hair color.

2. Light Ash Brown

Back shot of a woman with light ash brown hair color
Turn heads with beautiful ash brown hair. Credit: Shutterstock

Mix brown with light gray and you get this edgy hair color. To create a ‘do that’s full of depth and dimension, make light ash brown part of a balayage look.

TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Shampoo

Editor’s tip: Keep your ashy hues from turning brassy with the help of TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Shampoo. Its purple formula neutralizes brassy tones so you can enjoy your bleached and ashy hair colors for longer. It also has jojoba to help make your hair shiny and moisturized. 

Brown Hair Color Chart: Neutral Shades

1. Chocolate Brown

Asian woman with chocolate brown hair
Chocolate brown looks gorgeous on anyone. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Ah, the universally flattering chocolate brown hair color. Anyone can pull off this shade, which is a blend of warm and cool. It’s a rich color that looks stunning whether you wear it as highlights or as your new hair color.

2. Expensive Brunette

Asian woman touching her long, dark hair
This look is actually big this year, so go ahead and try it. Credit: Dennie Ramon

It’s a hair trend that consists of barely-there highlights that are a shade or two lighter than your natural hair color. The key to rocking this look is adding dimension to your hair while sticking as close as possible to its natural hue.

Now, use this brown hair color guide to choose the best hue for you. Have fun!