20 Shades of Brown Hair and How to Pick the Best Shade for Your Skin Tone (2022)

Are you thinking about trying out new 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 thebrown 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.

How to Pick the Best Shade of Brown Hair for You

We get it, it can be such a challenge to pick the right shade of brown hair for you. From the shade to the undertone, it’s not surprise that it would be at least a little overwhelming.

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How to Find Your Undertone

The first step is knowing if you want a warmer or cool undertone. Brown hair with warm undertones will have hints of copper and golden hues mixed in. If you want a cool-toned look, your brown shade should have hints of ash, chocolate, or a sandy hue mixed in.

Once you know what shade and undertone you want it’s important to consider the undertone of your skin and eyes if you want the most flattering look possible. If your veins appear more blue or purple then you have cool skin, if your veins appear green then you have warm skin, and lastly if you can’t tell and your veins don’t seem to be either then you most likely have neutral skin.

How to Pick your Brown Hair Color

Now that you’ve determined your skin tone and the difference between brown hair shades, it’s time to pick the most flattering hair color for you.

For the most flattering look, you’ll want your hair color to be the opposite undertone from your skin. So, if you have cool skin, opt for warm-toned hair and if you have warm skin, opt for cool-toned hair. However, those with neutral skin hit the jackpot and can go for warm or cool-toned hair.

Obviously, you should choose whatever shade you are most happiest with, but if you’re wanting it to be the most flattering for you, this is a good place to start.

Shades of Brown Hair For Every Gal

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:

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1. Light Ash Brown

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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. Espresso

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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 Dove Nutritive Solutions Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner.

3. Nude Brown

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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.

4. Cocoa Brown

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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.

5. Bronde

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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.

6. Honey Brown

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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.

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7. Caramel Brown

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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.

8.Sunlit Brunette

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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.

9.Red-Toned

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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.

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10.Lightened Ends

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

11. Dark Brown Hair with Copper Highlights

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If you have naturally dark brown hair, but want to add a touch of warm to it, copper highlights are a perfect way to do this. Highlights this shade will add natural shine to your strands too.

12. Medium Brown Hair

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A cool-toned medium brown shade compliments fair skin extremely well! This is the perfect starting color if you’re new to being a brunette or if you just want a look that’s relatively low maintenance.

13. Chunky Brown Highlights

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So you don’t want to dye your hair entirely, but still want a bigger change that subtle highlights give? Chunky highlights may be the best option! A look like this lightens your color without having the upkeep of fully dyeing your hair.

14. Golden Brown Balayage

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Balayage is still one of the most popular highlighting technique. It includes hand painting sections of your hair starting right around the mid-shaft. This is a great way if you want a low maintenance, blended, lighter look.

15. Chocolate Brown Hair

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If you’re new to the world of brown hair and aren’t sure where to start, choose a chocolate brown shade if you want a cool-toned look. This is a good starting point because you can test out the color and then add in highlights or adjust if you want.

16. Dark Brown Warm-Toned Shade

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A dark, warm-toned brown shade creates a sleek look with built-in glossiness.

17. Deep Brown Single-Toned Shade

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A single-toned brown shade, especially dark brown, makes such a statement. It’s sleek and can be flattering on so many skin tones.

18. Light Brown Subtle Balayage

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A subtle balayage with highlights focused around framing your face is one of the best ways to brighten your face and overall look. With face-framing piece of hair being so popular, this color having it’s moment right now.

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19. Sandy Brown Highlights

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Adding subtle sandy brown highlights to a medium brunette look is the perfect way to add a touch of lightness without making a huge change to your color.

20. Dark Brown to Light Ombré Hair

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Can’t decide what to do? Opt for ombré! This dark to light technique is perfect if you want a two-toned style or simply can’t decide if you want a dark or light color.

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FAQs

What shade of brown is best for my skin tone? ›

The Best Shade Of Brown Hair For Warm Undertones

If you have warm undertones, brown shades like chestnut, dark chocolate, mushroom brown, and dark auburn will look fabulous with your skin tone.

How do I choose the right hair color for my skin tone? ›

If you're fair-skinned with warm undertones, go for a richer brunette. If you're a brunette that has a medium skin tone with cool undertones, go for a glossy, rich chocolate brown. Alternatively, a tone with a purplish tinge, or even a blue-black colour will offset your complexion.

How do I know what shade of brown to dye my hair? ›

How to Find the Right Shade of Brown Hair Color
  1. Warm Undertones and Eyes. Take a peek at the veins in your wrist. ...
  2. Cool Undertones and Eyes. If you have light, cool eyes in shades of blue, green, grey, or brown with veins that appear blue or purple, your undertones are cool. ...
  3. Neutral Skin.

What shade of brown hair makes you look younger? ›

Rich Copper

According to Korab, "A rich red, such as auburn or copper, will enhance brunettes and redheads. This gives the appearance of younger and more radiant skin by reflecting light around the face with its warm tint.

How do you know if brown hair will suit you? ›

The general rule is this: warm tones for cool skin tones and vice versa. If you have neutral tones, you can choose any shade you're drawn too. Although, we'd advise not going too warm or too cool. If you have warm tones in your skin, a cool toned light brown hair colour will bring out the best in your complexion.

How do I know what my skin undertone is? ›

Look at your wrist veins under natural light.

If your veins appear to be green, you probably have warm undertones. If they're blue or purple, you probably have cool undertones. If they are a mix of both, you may have neutral undertones.

Do I have warm or cool skin tone? ›

If you can see your veins, you may be able to use their color to identify your undertone. For example, if your veins look greenish, then you may have warm undertones. People with blue or purplish-looking veins usually have cooler undertones.

What is my hair undertone? ›

Your undertone is also often determined by your hair and eye color. If you have brown, black, or blonde hair with blue, grey, or green eyes, you likely have a cool undertone. If you have red, brown, black, or strawberry blonde hair with brown or hazel eyes, you probably have a warm undertone.

Does brown hair make you look older? ›

Nothing ages you more than hair that is too dark. In fact, as we age, hair should lighten not darken - that is why nature does it for us with those annoying gray strands. Severe dark hair can cast shadows on your face emphasizing lines and wrinkles.

What Colour hair makes you look older? ›

Going too dark with your color creates the illusion of more fine lines and wrinkles, says Michael Dueñas, celebrity hairstylist and founder of Hair Room Service. Also, if you have gray hair, you can make the line of demarcation more apparent when your hair starts to grow in.

What colors make you look older? ›

Too many soft, delicate colors

But be aware that wearing too many pastels will make you look older. If you want to wear light colors from head to toe, opt for pale neutrals like nude, ivory, light gray, or beige. Baby blue with soft pink is a classic combo but hard to pull off over a certain age.

What color brown hair is best for light skin? ›

Sandy Brown Hair Color

It's a beautiful shade for people with light, cool complexions and light blue or green eyes. Sandy brown hair color looks great with beige blonde highlights—the combination is sophisticated and elegant.

What skin tone suits ash brown hair? ›

Unlike dark chocolate or soft, warm brown, ash brown is a gray-leaning shade that will bring out the cool tones in your hair (which of course makes it best for women with cool or neutral skin tones). It has a dusky finish that's ideal for warm days and summertime living.

Is chocolate brown hair color warm or cool? ›

What is Considered Warm Brown Hair? Hair colors, like skin and eye tones, can be warm or cool. Warm brown hair has lots of coppery red, golden and honey tones that give it luxurious depth and dimension. Think chocolate brown, auburn, light honey or a rich mahogany.

What hair color will make brown eyes pop? ›

Go for intense dark colors like dark brown and jet black. This will really make your brown eyes pop. If you want to try vibrant colors then go for pastel shades in blue, red, pink, purple, and green. Colors with red, burgundy, and maroon hints can really bring out your brown eyes.

What tone is chocolate brown hair? ›

Chocolate brown hair is a brunette hair color that resembles shades of chocolate candy. Lovely, smooth, rich, and delicious chocolate.

Does light hair or dark hair make you look younger? ›

Lighter hair color makes you look younger – but the tone you go for is paramount. Stay away from cool, ashy tones and add some warmth to your look with golden highlights. Go for shades like honey to give your complexion a healthy, youthful glow!

Which skin tone is most attractive? ›

A new study by Missouri School of Journalism researcher Cynthia Frisby found that people perceive a light brown skin tone to be more physically attractive than a pale or dark skin tone.

What is my skin color app? ›

The Microskin™ Colour Match App will take the guesswork out of finding a colour to best match your skin tone. Simply download the App, match your skin tone to purchase directly online and have a Camouflage By Microskin™ kit delivered direct to your door.

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