Your brunette bible: Cool, warm & neutral shades of brown hair that prove brunettes do it better

Thought brunette was boring? Leave your preconceptions at the door & feast your eyes on our favourite shades of brown hair, from cooler-than-cool ash brown to classic chocolate brown.  

We don’t know about you, but personally we don’t think brunette hair gets half as much love as it deserves. With so many different shades of brown hair out there, it’s difficult to remember how many different colours come under the “brown hair” umbrella with many of them often being put into one mousy brown box.

So to remedy any brown hair boredom, we’ve picked out our favourite brown hair colours and divided them into cool, warm and neutral tones, to help you choose your favourite. Keep on scrolling to discover our brown hair colour chart now and find out about the colours you might’ve been missing.

Warning: some of these looks are way too tempting not to try them yourself…

model backstage at fashion week with ashy brown light hair
Keep things cool with an ashy tone. Credit:

Cool brown shades

Light ash brown

It’s not always straightforward going brunette if you have a pale skin tone, but light ash brown hair makes it a less daunting task. Like the ash blonde colours sweeping the ‘gram right now, ash brown shades have more of a greyish tint to them, meaning those with fair complexions and lighter blue/green eyes can pull off the look.


Mahogany hair often looks super dark, almost black on first glance, but it’s when the light hits that this deep cherry-cola shade really comes into its own. The perfect way for porcelain skin tones to trial red hair, a host of stars (from Demi Lovato to Emma Stone) have all rocked this colour in the past, so you’ll be in good company.


We have a lot to thank the Kardashians for, but we’ll be forever in their debt for bringing ultra dark, espresso-brown hair to the masses. Best suited to those with olive or yellow complexions, we don’t see this trend phasing out any time soon.

Editor’s tip: Naturally brunette? It’s not just coloured brown hair that needs extra attention. The TONI&GUY Radiant Brunette Shampoo and Conditioner is formulated to enhance both coloured and natural shades of brown hair, so it should be a permanent fixture in your shower.

model kaia gerber with classic rich brown hair
You can’t go wrong with a classic true brunette. Credit:

Neutral brown

Nude brown

If you’re a nude-nails, nude-lip kind of girl, then the nude hair colour trend will be right up your street.

Unlike ashy or bronzey brunettes, neutral brunettes sit somewhere in the middle of the 2 hues, combining both warm and cool tones for a really natural-looking result. However, no 2 women will have the exact same nude colouring, so get your stylist to tailor your colour to match your and achieve a balmy, almost untouched result.

Cocoa brown

Whether you’re a blondie looking to go dark for the first time or you’re thinking about sprucing up your mousy brown hair, you’ll never regret going chocolate brown.

A colour that transcends the seasons, this blend of warm/cool works on literally everyone and instantly turns dull, muted hair into the glossy strands of hair commercial dreams.


No, it’s not a typo. Bronde hair is a seriously hot hybrid colour trend, made up of both brown and blonde tones (hence the name), which give your locks a permanently sun-kissed effect without being too red or warm. Oh and did we mention, it’s also Giselle’s go-to hue – you know, just in case you needed any more convincing.

street style paris fashion week shot of a woman with curly cinammon brown hair
Heat up your look with a spicy cinnamon hue. Credit:

Warm brown shades

Honey brown

If you have a deep tanned complexion (think J Lo or Jessica Alba), try turning up the heat with honey shades of brown hair. Ranging from true golden shades to rich toffee and caramel hues, adding in lighter blonde pieces of hair around the hairline will give an illuminating, face-flattering result.


For a lot of people, when you say the words “brown hair” it’ll immediately conjure up images of a quintessential chestnut brown shade.

Those with pale skin tones will benefit particularly well from the warming effects of the red and golden tones in this hue, but those with hazel eyes will also find this complimentary colour incredibly flattering, so it’s one of the more versatile warm shades of brown hair out there.


Ah auburn, is there anything more autumnal? Leaning more towards the red end of the brown hair colour chart spectrum, auburn hair combines a blend of reddish brown tones to create a colour that just screams hygge autumn nights and pumpkin spice lattes!

Depending on how bold you want to go, you can either choose a more subtle auburn or go all out with a full-on Amy Adams/Isla Fisher-inspired look.

Editor’s tip: As much as we love them, it’s a sad fact that red tones are notorious for fading quite quickly. To combat this, we recommend washing your hair with the colour saving TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Vibrance Protection Shampoo and ConditionerIt won’t stop your colour fading completely, but it’ll help preserve your colour between dye jobs.





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