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Shades Of Brown: The Ultimate Brunette Hair Color Chart

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Nobody loves brunette likes brunettes do. Blondes and redheads might see us as one-note Sallys, but we know we’re anything but! If there’s any argument built to back up the unwavering popularity of brunette hair, it’s that search numbers for dark brown hair never drop year over year.

Looking to live your chocolate dreams but overwhelmed by choice? You’re not the only one. We’ve rounded up all the most popular shades in one convenient chart so that you can make an informed decision before committing to any hair color adventures.

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The Ultimate Brunette Hair Color Chart


The first step in every dream hair color is figuring out how to customize it to make sense with your coloring and lifestyle. If you’re thinking of going brunette (or making your brunette look more dimensional with added color), here’s what to consider.

Cool Or Warm


Every shade has underlying notes, whether cool or warm. The one that suits you best will match the undertones of your natural skin color. To figure out which way your skin leans, turn your arm over and take a look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. Blue veins mean cool tones, while green veins mean you’re best suited to warm shades.

Hair Color Maintenance


It’s no fun going brunette if you feel like you have to run back to the salon every other weekend—having hair is basically a part-time job at that point. Before you settle on your new dream color, be it raven or golden brown, talk to your stylist about the time and financial commitment you’re comfortable making so that they can tailor their recommendations accordingly.

The Best Brunette Hair Colors To Try Right This Second

Dark Brown


Nothing beats dark brown when it comes to drama—and really, does anything matter other than drama? For any skin tone (even the palest!), dark brown makes a sexy, ultra feminine statement that’s worthy of a heroine in a film noir crime saga. Looking to go darker or totally reshape your image? Dark brown is the perfect idea.

Read more: 59 Dark Brown Hair Color Ideas That'll Have You Craving Chocolate

Golden Brown


There’s nothing wrong with lightening up, whether you choose to try caramel highlights on a darker base or to lift your natural brunette hair color. If you have medium or dark skin, this sunny brunette will make you look like you just got back from baking on the beach somewhere expensive and tropical—and isn’t that what we all want?

Read more: Golden Brown Hair Color: 3 Ideas And How To Get It

Ash Brown


Stay chill and try ash brown color, a gray-tinged trendy shade that makes every head of hair a little more effortless. Whether you talk to your stylist about subtle lowlights or go for a whole head of ashy mushroom brown, the cool-toned look is guaranteed to make you look 25 percent more like an off-duty model.

Read more: The 16 Best Shades Of Ash Brown Hair For Your Skin Tone

Light Brown


Too many times, blonde gets offered up as the only way to lighten your hair. Hang on a sec! Light brown hair is a super versatile alternative that means less bleach and potentially fewer appointments over the course of the year. If you’re looking for subtle change that won’t have you looking in the mirror and wondering who the woman staring back at you is, light brown is a smart option.

Read more: 35 Light Brown Hair Colors And Shades You Have To Try

Chocolate Brown

Got a taste for gooey, rich chocolate? So do we, and it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. To bring new life to your hair color, try a shade like chocolate on any skin tone.

Read more: 30 Shades Of Chocolate Brown Hair To Satisfy Every Sweet Tooth

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