Dark brown hair color blends seamlessly with naturally black hair, which is common among Filipinas and other Asian women. It doesn’t involve heavy bleaching so it is not as damaging to your hair as other colors. And when you want to color your hair but you’re not keen on a drastic transformation, you can try dark brown hair shades like mocha hair color, deep chocolate, coffee brown hair color, and mahogany, among others.
You’re thinking about going for a brown black hair color, and you want to know what, exactly, that would entail. Is it possible to do in one session? Does it make a difference if your hair is colored black versus naturally black? Is it necessary to use bleach, even if you’re just going a tiny bit lighter?
Wanna give it a try? We’ve rounded up the most gorgeous dark brown hair color ideas for you to choose from. Check them out!
Our Fave Dark Brown Hair Colors for Pinays
1. Espresso Hair Color
This dark brown hair color has tinges of black, making it a rich, brown-black hue. it’s elegant, sophisticated, and low-maintenance. Nail this hue by keeping your hair shiny and free from stray gray strands.
Editor’s tip: When you see gray strands popping out of an otherwise sleek, dark hair, you can use TRESemmé Root Touch-Up Spray (Black Color) to cover them. This temporary hair colorant conceals your grays in seconds. Just spritz to your hair, lightly blend with your fingers, and let it dry for a minute.
With its deep, dark color, cappuccino leaves that stark contrast against any complexion, making your skin look even more radiant. At first glance, this shade looks black, but when you look closer and when the light touches your hair, you’ll see tinges of this dark brown color. The coffee-inspired tones also amplify the glossiness of your locks, making them look extra healthy.
Editor’s tip: Switch to TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Color Radiance Shampoo and TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Color Radiance Conditioner to keep your brown hair vibrant. This duo has anti-fade technology so your hair color lasts twice longer. It also has jojoba oil that helps keep your hair moisturized.
3. Coffee Brown Hair Color
This shade borders on dark and medium brown. It’s lighter than cappuccino hair color but not as light as other medium brown shades like cinnamon and honey brown. Go for coffee highlights to add depth and definition to your hair. But if you want a fresh, new look, feel free to color all your strands with this shade, too!
4. Dark Brown Hair Color for Curly Hair
Choose coffee brown or cappuccino for your curly hair to make it a tad lighter. This way, you add definition to your curls and you get to showcase their shape more.
5. Chocolate Brown
Among all dark brown hair color ideas, chocolate brown is probably the most popular. You can wear it as balayage highlights or dip dyed hair. Chocolate brown is a shade or two lighter than black. When you have this color on your hair, twists and braids are seen more, so go ahead and experiment with these hairstyles.
6. Deep Chocolate
This shade of brown is so dark that it’s almost black, but its rich hue gives your tresses depth and definition. Deep chocolate is great for sleek and shiny hair, so use shampoos and conditioners that make your hair so. Invest in anti-frizz products as well to keep your luxe-looking hair sleek and smooth.
7. Chocolate Chestnut Brown
Add warmth to your face with chocolate chestnut brown hair. It’s a great hair color to try during the summer (but of course, you can wear it all year long). Flaunt it wherever you are for Insta-worthy selfies.
Editor’s tip: Want to make keratin part of your daily colored hair care routine? Use Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Color Revive Conditioner. It gives you beautiful, colored hair sans the dryness and it helps in taming frizz, restoring shine, and reviving damaged hair.
8. Chocolate Milk Tea
Combine the richness of chocolate brown with the ashy tones of milk tea hair color, and you’ll get this gorgeous hue. You get to sport two hair trends in one chic look!
9. Dark and Ashy Milk Tea
This creamy hair color boasts a gorgeous dark ash brown hue combined with dark roots and light brown highlights. Complement this dark brown hair color with waves for movement and definition.
10. Dark Honey Hair Color
Dark honey highlights on a darker brown or black base help make your hair appear fuller. Take advantage of this by creating big waves and adding bangs for a striking look.
11. Dark Brown Hair With Honey Brown Highlights
You can also add honey brown highlights on chocolate brown hair. The highlights add dimension and the illusion of texture, keeping your hair from looking flat.
12. Cool Dark Brown Hair Color
This dark brown shade has a gray or blue undertone. It looks great especially when your hair is shiny and frizz-free.
Editor’s tip: Keep your dark brown hair color fresh with a few spritzes of TRESemmé Root Touch-Up Spray (Dark Brown Color). it provides salon-quality, root-concealing color in between salon sessions, so have it on hand to help you make your hair color look as good as new.
13. Dark Chestnut
Add this color as streaks or as part of a balayage hair coloring technique to add depth to your hair. It works great on short hair, too.
Editor’s tip: If your hair has become damaged because of frequent coloring, bring it back to its healthy-looking state with Dove Intense Repair 1 Minute Serum Conditioner. It has keratin-infused serum capsules that go deep into your hair to nourish and repair it from within. It leaves your hair beautiful, recovered, and more resilient to future damage—all in one minute.
14. Dark Brown Hair Color With Chocolate Brown Tips
These subtle highlights add oomph to jet black hair. Try this look if you want a new hair color in small doses.
15. Mocha Hair Color
This warm shade of brown flatters almost any skin tone, so you can get this hair color whether you have a fair complexion or morena skin tone. Complement it with soft waves to give your hair more depth.
Editor’s tip: Keep your dark brown hair from getting dry by washing it with Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Colour Shampoo. It has murumuru butter, which has moisturizing properties, so it’s great for colored hair. It also leaves your hair with the fragrant scent of Bulgarian rose petals. And the best part? This shampoo has no silicones, parabens, or dyes, comes in sustainable packaging, and it uses eco-friendly and ethically sourced ingredients.
16. Expensive Brunette
This hair trend consists of barely-there highlights that are a shade or two lighter than your naturally dark hair color. Different dark brown hues may be used to add dimension to your black hair.
17. Auburn Brown
This dark brown hair color is made up of a brown base with red tones thrown in. It’s a warm color and it helps bring out your morena skin tone!
18. Dark Brown Auburn
Once the light hits your dark brown hair, you’ll see tinges of red, which adds depth to your ‘do. It looks great on morenas, too, as it adds warmth to medium skin tones.
You can color your entire hair copper, or you can wear it as highlights and combine it with other dark brown shades like chocolate brown or auburn brown. Whatever you choose, the result is bound to be fab!
20. Dark Copper
It has copper’s signature red undertone. But because it’s darker, it looks rich when blended with black hair. Try this if you want to give your look a subtle upgrade.
21. Cola Dark Brown Hair Color
If you want super subtle hints of red on your dark brown hair, go for cola brown. You can also try this hue before you go full-on red to see if red hair color suits your skin tone.
22. Dark Brown Hair Color With Golden Brown Highlights
Highlights give dimension to your dark brown hair. Choose a light or medium shade of brown like honey or golden brown for your highlights, then have your stylist paint them on sections of your hair.
Add tinges of red to dark brown, and you get this color. Wear your hair down to showcase your hair color. If you want to accessorize your hair, you can wear a hair clip or a cute hat.
24. Walnut Brown
This cool shade of dark brown almost looks like blonde. You wear it as highlights or have it brushed on your hair without touching your roots, so you don’t have to rush to the salon for touch-ups once your roots start to grow.
25. Dark Burgundy
You may know burgundy as a dark red color with hints of brown and purple. When you have dark burgundy hair color, you see tinges of wine red sitting on a dark brown base. Showcase this red-and-brown combo with waves or layers.
26. Burgundy Brown
It’s another red-and-brown combo we love! Unlike dark burgundy, this hair color is equal parts brown and equal parts wine-like. The result is a rich, dark brown hair color that’s both intriguing and sophisticated.
27. Wavy Cocoa Hair
It’s like chocolate brown but it has a cool undertone. Nail this brown black hair color by keeping your hair shiny. This color also looks great on wavy hair, as it works with the waves to give your hair some depth.
Taking its cue from the tropical tree, we love this color for its reddish-brown tinge. Perfect for you ladies who prefer a little pop of color and brightness to your tresses.
This is another reddish-brown color that takes inspiration from the hardwood it’s named after. Unlike mahogany, hickory has more dark brown in it than red, making it a good choice if you want something that’s close to your naturally dark hair color.
30. Plum Brown
A deep and dark purple hue gives coffee brown or any dark brown hair color an interesting base. Your look will definitely turn heads.
Are you ready to go for dark brown hair color? Whenever you dye your hair, just remember to choose a shade that complements your skin tone and your personality. Even the most gorgeous shade in the world won’t work if you’re not comfortable with it. Feel free to ask your stylist for advice, so you get the color that’s best for you.