Brown hair: Colour inspiration from the runways

All Things Hair | 27 May 2016

Here are the hottest brown hair colour trends.

Brown hair: colour of timeless sophistication and grown-up elegance. Nowhere was that more apparent than on the spring/summer and autumn/winter 2016 runways, where brunettes definitely ruled. And with so many designers, models and front-rowers having fallen in love with the versatile shade, there are more options than ever to choose from if you’re considering joining the brown hair colour camp.

Luckily for you, we love brown hair, too – which is why we’ve pulled together 6 of the hottest chocolate shades to inspire you to finally go dark. Read on to discover some great brown hair colour ideas, straight from the catwalks, now.

Brown hair colour inspiration: Our top 6


dark chocolate brown hair colour
Dark chocolate wavy hair at Jenny Packham SS16. Credit:

Dark chocolate

Charming and dramatic, this deep, dark chocolate is a gorgeous brown hair colour that oozes plenty of glamour and sophistication. If you’re already sporting dark locks, try adding a few subtle highlights to help accentuate the richness of the base shade. Or if you’re planning to transition from light to dark, remember to choose a colour that will complement your skin tone, as well. From cooler, blue-black hues to warmer shades with a hint of spice: you’re spoilt for choice!

neutral dark brown hair colour
Neutral dark brown hair colour at Paul & Joe SS16. Credit:

Neutral dark brown

A little softer than black, neutral dark brown is the ideal colour if you’re looking for a more striking overall effect. To get the perfect shade, go for a deep tone that’s a little warmer than brown-black colours – your hair will catch the light perfectly in the sun.

subtle golden highlights with a brown hair colour
Subtle golden highlights at Altuzarra SS16. Credit:

Subtle golden highlights

Brown hair doesn’t have to look like a heavy block of dark locks; it’s actually a great foundation to introduce subtle highlights to help lift your complexion. For the most natural-looking effect, ask your stylist to apply the highlights using the balayage technique, or try hair strobing (an increasingly popular method similar to makeup contouring, where the colourist takes into account where light would normally hit the face and apply highlights accordingly to help enhance your best features).

cool brown hair colour at Balmain
Cool brown hues at Balmain AW16. Credit:

Cool brown

A cool, mid-brown is a versatile and sophisticated shade that works particularly well on paler complexions, while being an excellent starting point to try out more daring hairstyles.

golden brown hair colours with ombre technique
Golden brown ombre at Diane Von Furstenberg SS16.Credit:

Golden brown ombre

For a summer-perfect take on brown, try working in a graduated ombre to inject a more exotic vibe into this dark shade – taking your colour from a deep mid-brown to warmer golden tones towards the tips. If you have long, layered hair, you can enhance the style by creating casual, textured waves, or by keeping your mane sleek and smooth for a more glamorous evening look.

medium golden brown balayage hair
Medium golden brown hair with balayage at Roberto Cavalli AW16. Credit:

Medium golden brown

If you’re tempted by a brown shade that veers slightly closer to blonde, go for a balayage effect to create a natural, glowing, sun-kissed look that will effortlessly take your hair through a transition of shades, from warm ash brown, to brighter golden hues. Another rich and exotic option for those who want a more vibrant look, this option is also ideal for those who want a shade that’ll work well for both summer and autumn. Tip: for a more unique take, try adding a touch of strawberry blonde to create a subtle auburn glow.

Which ever brown hair colour you choose, remember to use a shampoo and conditioner for coloured tresses, like the TIGI Bed Head Colour Goddess Oil Infused Shampoo (400ml, £17.95*) and TIGI Bed Head Colour Goddess Oil Infused Conditioner (200ml, £13.95*).

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

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