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Get Into Mahogany Hair Color Just In Time For Fall

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This year, fashionistas have been accentuating the shiny undertones of dark brown hair with red. From bordering scarlet to adding ocean-like depths to brunette locks, mahogany hair color proves that anyone can add a little poise to their style with just a quick color change. Think about it—mahogany might be the alluring hue for your fall hair makeover!

Inspired by the richly-colored wood, mahogany has an undeniably distinctive look, but what exactly does it mean for your hair? Here at Hair.com, we're giving you the lowdown on what mahogany hair color is, how to maintain it, who should try it, and the best way to style mahogany hair. 

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What is mahogany hair color? 

Mahogany is typically a deep reddish-brown color. With cool and warm-toned shades ranging from cherry to plum, mahogany can accentuate dark hair or give new life to lighter hair. 

Achieving a mahogany shade on dark brown hair will require a bit of lightening with bleach to set the perfect base and display the hue clearly and accurately in your hair. Light blonde strands won’t require as much lightening, but your stylist may still lift your color to establish the ideal blonde base. Bleach will always damage your hair, but your colorist will work with you to ensure your strands look and feel healthy before the end of your appointment. 

How do you maintain mahogany hair color? 

Mahogany is the perfect hue for booked and busy dark-haired girls in search of the ideal statement color!  If you find yourself looking for something more subtle, balayage can immaculately blend mahogany into brunette hair and help avoid the stress of frequent root touch-ups. 

Once your hair has been color-treated, it can be slightly more sensitive to your usual shower products. Shampoos and conditioners containing sulfates and detergents may cause your color to fade much quicker. Products specifically formulated for color-treated hair, like Biolage's R.A.W. Color Care Vegan Shampoo and Conditioner, provide gentle cleansing and color protection. With its sulfate-free coconut oil and meadowfoam-infused formula, the system helps leave your hair soft and shiny with lasting color vibrancy. Adding a hair mask like the Shu Uemura Art of Hair Color Lustre Deep Conditioning Mask is always a plus for your routine. Habitually utilizing hair masks can provide extra nourishment, added strength, and moisture for dry or frizz color-treated strands, keeping them fresh between salon touch-ups.

Who should try mahogany hair color? 

Mahogany hair color is perfect for medium to dark skin tones! The color blends easily into darker roots, making it one of the more low-maintenance statement choices on your journey to find your favorite style. Anyone with a fairer complexion looking to flaunt the rich tone can wear a redder shade with softer undertones for a look that is equally as inspired.  

What is the best way to wear mahogany hair color?

Long or short, we find that the best way to display mahogany hair is with pin straight strands or loose waves. From crimson reds to hints of purple hues, there are a variety of mahogany shades to choose from. Keep scrolling for seven of our favorite ways to wear mahogany hair. 

The Best Mahogany Hair Colors To Try Now

Good hair day by @curlpop.

Cherry Red 

Channel your inner cherry with a shade warm enough to bring heat all the way into late December.   

Good hair day by @hairworldtr.


Let a pink-toned mahogany be the subject of your next flawless balayage. Whether metallic or simply a rosy hint, pink-toned mahogany hair promises just as bold a statement as any other shade. 

Good hair day by @sharonlytle.

Hints of Orange 

Always admiring the orange hints of the sunset? Now you don’t have to wait a whole day to see it again! Blend peachy tones smoothly into mahogany roots for a look that catches the light just right any time of day. 

Chocolatey Brown 

Brunettes yearning to upgrade the tone of their natural hue can add a little bit of red-violet flair to their locks. This chocolatey brown mahogany adds depth and shine to your natural look!

Good hair day by @uggoff.

Violet Sheen 

Anyone desiring to add extra sparkle to their hair without all-over color should consider this sultry option. A violet sheen can give your locks a hint of color without the commitment of a full-on tint.

Good hair day by @suetyrrellstylist.

Tortoiseshell Mahogany 

Try this captivating triple blend of red, brown, and blonde for a fresh take on brunette locks. 

Good hair day by @kittyyykaathair.


Mahogany with a violet twist can add a plum accent to your everyday look!

Interested in trying mahogany hair color for yourself? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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