6 Brown hair colours perfect for non-natural brunettes

Always wanted to look like a natural brunette? Well now you can!

Love brown hair colours, but worried about taking the plunge? Well, just because you weren’t born a natural brunette doesn’t mean you can’t look like one. If the likes of Katherine Heigl, Bella Hadid and Jennifer Lawrence have taught us anything, it’s that naturally light-haired ladies can also rock a dark, sultry look just as well (and in many cases, even better!). So if you’re thinking of swapping out your golden hair for a deeper shade of chocolate, rest assured: you’re not the only one. But with a whole spectrum of brown hair colours to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you?

Ahead, we round up 6 delicious brown hair shades that’ll work well on non-natural brunettes – just for you. Read on for some inspiration and ideas on what might flatter your skin tone and existing colour best.

6 Brown hair colours for non-natural brunettes


brown hair colours model with golden hue
Golden hue. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

Golden honey brown

The colour of intense, sweet honey, this rich golden shade is one of the most flattering brown hair colours around. Plus, it works wonders on a variety of skin tones. Only a couple of shades deeper than blonde, this is a great non-drastic option for testing out the waters if you’ve never gone dark before. Create extra dimension by working in subtle highlights or balayage to frame your face, as it’ll also help promote a more natural-looking transition from your existing colour.

Model with mousy brown hair wearing a white poloneck
Mousy brown hair. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

Mousy brown

If you have naturally light locks and want to look like a true, natural brunette, it’s a good idea to opt for a really subtle brown hair shade that isn’t too far off your natural brow colouring. We recommend trying a muted, mousy brown hue, which is only a few shades darker than blonde, but can instantly add depth and result in a fresher look that’s utterly chic and sophisticated. And the best thing? Your roots will hardly be noticeable!

balayage brown hair colours
Brown hair colours: Brown balayage. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

Balayage brown

More subtle and understated than the ombre hair colour trend, balayage highlights is a great way of working brown hues into your hair by blending them in with your existing lighter colour. As the technique involves the colourist painting each different shade by hand, the overall effect will be softer and more natural-looking than traditional ombre or sombre.

Woman with mid length brown hair with a tinge of red
Russet hair colour. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

Russet brown

With just a hint of auburn in the mix, this rich brown shade with red undertones is a fantastically vibrant colour that has an incredible warming effect on lighter skin with pink or yellow undertones. By adding subtle touches of copper into the dye, the resulting colour is one that really pops and looks super sophisticated, regardless of your age.

Woman with cool neutral brown hair wearing a white keyhole top
Cool neutrals. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

Cool neutrals

An uber flattering and utterly versatile shade, neutral brown hair colours are gorgeous if you’re ready to take the plunge all the way into a much deeper brunette hue. A cooler shade of chocolate, this colour works especially well on those with paler complexions and yellow undertones.

Black girl with dark chocolate hair
Dark chocolate hair colour. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

Dark chocolate

With the sultry, deep tones of bitter-sweet chocolate, this gorgeous brown hair colour is perfect if you’re looking for something dark and dramatic. If you’re currently sporting a much lighter shade and are brave enough to take the plunge, then this is a fantastic shade of brown to try for a truly transformational look.

Editor’s tip: Consider adding subtle highlights in burnt caramel shades, as this will help promote an understated, multi-tonal effect for a more exotic and flattering end result.

And don’t forget to use a shampoo and conditioner specifically for coloured tresses, like the TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Vibrance Protection Shampoo and theTRESemmé Colour Revitalise Vibrance Protection Conditioner. 


Feeling super inspired? We’re glad to hear, but don’t let the hair fun end here! Check out our Brown Hair page, it’s chock full of beautiful brown hair colours!

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