Shades of Brown Hair: Cool Tones, Warm Tones and Everything In Between

Jennifer Hussein | 23 July 2019
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Satisfy your hair cravings with these enticing shades of brown hair.

Let’s be real for a second: We don’t think brunette hair gets half as much love as it deserves. So many people believe that there are just two notable shades of brown hair on the brown hair color chart: light brown and dark brown. Truth is, there are endless shades that fall somewhere in between.

To convince you of the range of options in the brunette category, we picked out some of our favorite shades of brown hair for you to test out. From cool tones to warm tones and shades in between, we guarantee that you’ll fall head over heels in love with one of these brown tones:

1. Light Ash Brown

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Keep things cool with an ashy tone. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Dark brown hair colors can sometimes be too stark a contrast for women with paler skin. A light ash brown shade gives your hair more color while still staying subtle enough to not drown out your skin tone. Ash brown shades have a slight gray tint to them and that means that those with fair complexions and lighter blue/green eyes can pull off the look.

2. Mahogany

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This dark cherry brown is total eye candy.

Mahogany hair often looks super dark but it’s when the light hits that this deep cherry-cola shade really comes into its own. This is the perfect way for porcelain skin tones to try red hair.

3. Espresso

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Take a sip of this warm and rich shade of brown hair. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

This is definitely one of the darkest shades on the brown color chart. This deep, heavy pigment of brown compliments people with olive and yellow complexions, and it’s a beautiful eye-catching shade.. To keep this color striking and rich without having to revisit the hair salon again and again, try washing your locks with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Color Shampoo and Conditioner.

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4. Nude Brown

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You can’t go wrong with a classic true brunette. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

The nude trend has taken over the beauty industry, and this nude color is definitely one of our top shades of brown hair to wear this year. Unlike ashy or bronzy brunettes, neutral brunettes sit somewhere in the middle of the hues, combining both warm and cool tones for a really natural-looking result. However, no two women will have the exact same nude coloring, so ask your stylist to tailor your color to your style and achieve a balmy, almost untouched result.

5. Cocoa Brown

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We’re craving this chocolate hair color.

We’re all drooling over this chocolate brown hair color. This shade is one of our not-so-guilty pleasures for its dark neutral tone and vibrant color. It blends warm and cool hues perfectly, creating a flowing concoction of sultry chocolate brown color.

6. Bronde

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This brown/blonde crossover is all we need for this season. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

No, it’s not a typo. Bronde hair is one of the hottest shades of brown hair that’s trending across the globe, and is made up of both brown and blonde tones to give your locks a permanently sun-kissed effect without being too red or warm. The result: a unique, captivating color that will have jaws dropping and eyes popping.

7. Honey Brown

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This honey brown hair will give your style a sweet kick.

If you have a deep complexion, 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.

8. Chestnut

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Try out this toasted brown chestnut color.

One of the most common shades of brown hair is easily the chestnut shade. This dark, toasted brown hue has underlying red and golden tones that make brown hair pop with color.  This shade is very versatile, and it’s another great option for lighter skin tones due to its warming effects.

 9. Auburn

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This fiery hue is the perfect combination of red and brown.

Auburn hair is one of the most popular shades of brown hair that clients request from stylists during the autumn and winter months. It’s a fabulous combination of brown and red tones, and is definitely one of the more vibrant colors on the brown hair color chart. Go with subtle tints of red, more make it a deep fiery hue with hints of brown; either way, your hair will look mesmerizing.

10. Caramel Brown

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A coffee-colored hue we can’t get enough of.

Get inspired by one of our favorite coffee-colored hues and opt for a medium brown base infused with caramel colored highlights. We love how these face-framing highlights brighten up your face. After you style your new strands, hold your look in place while adding a dose of shine by spritzing your hair with Bed Head by TIGI Headrush Shine Spray. This hairspray will lock your look in place while also adding extra shine to your fresh caramel color.

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11. Sunlit Brunette

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Add just a touch of natural-looking highlights.

Leave your base color as-is and celebrate your natural hue with contrasting natural highlights. This sun kissed color will serve as a stark contrast to your natural shade of brown hair and help you show off both your natural color and striking highlights at the same time.

12. Red-Toned

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This mahogany hue is one of our favorites.

Many brunettes have natural red highlights that are more noticeable in the sun. This red-toned shade of brown hair color takes those natural highlights to the next level: consider dyeing your whole head of hair this striking shade of red-toned brown.

13. Muted Brown

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This muted ashy hue is all the rage.

This ashy shade of brown hair color is a beautiful contrast to pale skin and light eyes. If you want to stay firmly in the brunette camp while still lightening your hair, this is the shade for you.

14. Lightened Ends

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Lighten up just the ends.

Consider keeping your roots authentic and brightening just the ends to a lighter shade of brown hair color.

15. Dark, Dark Brown

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Go darker than you’ve gone before.

Fully embrace your brown hair color by going for a shade that’s darker than you’ve gone before. This rich brown hair color is both striking and eye-catching.

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