They say blondes have more fun, but we're taking a stand and challenging that notion. Some of our favorite looks and styles of the past year were sported by a brunette (or a temporary brunette—no judgment here). Not to mention, the different shades and tones brown hair can take on is mesmerizing—from amber to raven to sombré to espresso, we can't look away from a good brunette dye job.
When it comes to getting the brunette hair of your dreams, there isn't a lot of initial work to be done, like with platinum hair, for example. Almost every shade can be achieved from a natural base, so really, it all depends on what you're looking for.
Sure, there are a lot of looks to consider when it comes to a great brunette color (highlights, lowlights, caramel ends?) but don't stress, just look for a celeb you share features with (eye color, skin tone, etc) and use that as reference. Lisa Satorn at Nine Zero One says her most-requested shades are: smoky brown, natural brown, honey brown, chocolate brown, and cocoa brown, which to us, all sound like the best latte options.
Choosing a Shade: "Most brunettes want to be warm and rich so golden tones are frequently mixed," Shalee Blatz at Nine Zero One Salon in Los Angeles says, "If someone starts with warm tones and wants to be a more neutral brown, then I would mix ash tones in the formula to cancel the warmth and neutralize the shade of brown."
Maintenance Level: Low to medium.
Goes Great With: Most eye colors, both warm and cool undertones, fair to deep skin tones, natural makeup
Price: This will depend on the salon and how much you are changing your natural color.
Whether you're looking for a major hair transformation or just a subtle transition that'll still warrant a double-take, we're willing to bet you'll find a look in our gallery of favorites. For endless celeb looks featuring shades you'll want to bookmark ASAP, we rounded up the best of the best.
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We can't say we were surprised when Zendaya was announced as CHI's first-ever celebrity brand ambassador. She's a strong advocate for natural hair and embracing your roots (literally), and we're big fans of her grit (and her beautiful chocolate-brown locks). For shiny strands like Zendaya's, apply CHI Argan Oil Plus Moringa Oil Conditioner ($14).
Medium Brown With Balayage Highlights
If we didn't know any better, we'd think Lily Aldridge's balayage was painted by Michelangelo himself. This is the perfect way to bring lightness to brown hair without going the full-blown highlight route.
Because lightening hair can cause unsightly damage, we recommend nourishing your mane with BioSilk Color Therapy Conditioner ($10).
Coppery Light Brown
We're cheating a bit here, but we had to include Alexa Chung's coppery strands on our roundup. Hey, no one ever said brunettes had to be all brown, right? Brunette at the roots adds more dimension to the overall color.
Honey and Caramel Highlights
Halle Berry often rocks some seriously amazing highlighted brown curls. We're partial to the Shea Moisturizer Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk ($8) when it comes to styling curly hair.
Honeyed Amber Curls
Model Khadijha Red Thunder knows a thing or two about beautiful curls. The proof is right here—I mean, these multi-dimensions ringlets are beyond, and include various light amber to chocolate brown shades.
OK, not only is Jessica Biel married to Justin Timberlake, but she also won the genetic lottery. Sigh. While we've seen her rock a ton of bronde and balayage looks throughout her career, we find ourselves swooning over this simple, natural-looking hue. For healthy locks like Biel;s, try quenching dry strands with PHYTO Botanical Smoothing Balm ($30).
Medium Brown With Subtle Balayage
We can't get enough of Selena Gomez's medium-brown mane with subtle balayage. While simple in nature, this color elicits an air of mystique.
To mimic this striking look without the pricey salon visit, we suggest applying Oribe's Glaze for Beautiful Color ($58) over pin-straight strands.
Medium Chestnut Brown
There's a really beautiful slight auburn tone to Jenna Coleman's lob style, and it really compliments her complexion. Her hair looks effortless and undone with a mix of warm and bright brunette shades. To emulate her shiny mane, try out a shine-boosting serum, like Colorwow's Pop & Lock High Gloss ($20).
Dark Espresso Brown
Rosalia is all about embracing her natural color, which is again proof you don't need to add much of anything to make a brunette style pop. There's already a beautiful caramel highlight interwoven that's sleek and glossy. PS: To keep your scalp and hair nourished, try a hair oil.
Dark Brown With Copper Ombré
There's always that one celebrity who is so aesthetically perfect it's almost upsetting, and that person for us is undoubtedly Jenna Dewan. No matter what chop, color, or style she opts for, it's always undeniably flawless. This sombré bob is another example of how lustrous her hair is, transitioning from a deep brown to a sassy (yet subtle) copper.
Dark Brown With Red Tones
Olivia Wilde told us she attributes her youthfulness to wine, but we're thinking her colorist has a hand in that as well. We're totally digging this dark brown bob with subtle red tones.
Light-Bronde With Visible Roots
We're all about finding sneaky tricks for covering our roots, but we think Jourdan Dunn's visible roots here are an exception to the rule. Couple those with a light-bronde bob and you've got a seriously red carpet-worthy head of hair. We suggest using Briogeo Farewell Frizz Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Cream ($24) to get a similarly sleek end result.
In love with brunette hair already? Same! We are, too. When it comes to the brunette shade range, anything is possible.