These 17 Brunette Hair Colours Will Persuade You Into the Salon

Updated 01/27/18

From golden brown and caramel tones to deep coffee, chestnut and chocolate shades, brunette hair has a whole spectrum of colour to explore, with options that’ll suit every skin tone. So whether you’re a long-time brunette looking for an update, a balayage queen ready for something deeper, or a blonde who’s ready to cross over to the darker side, we’ve got brown hair colours you’ll love. And who better to inspire your new shade than some of the most famous brunettes on the planet? Keep scrolling to see our pick of the best A-list brunette hair colours.

celebrity brunette hair colours: meghan markle

Meghan Markle

Meghan adds warmth to her cool black-brown shade thanks to subtle copper-toned highlights.

celebrity brunette hair colours: selena gomez

Selena Gomez

She might be sporting bleach blonde at the moment, but Selena Gomez’s dark locks fading into chestnut tips will always be a winner with us.

celebrity brunette hair colours: jessica alba

Jessica Alba

If you want to lighten up dark brown hair, try a deep, caramel bronde like Jessica Alba. Blending bronze with chocolate hues will help to keep things feeling rich.

celebrity brunette hair colours: solange knowles

Solange Knowles

Go for a delicious shade of mahogany like Solange if you want dip your toe into a warm, reddish brown.

celebrity brunette hair colours: emma watson

Emma Watson

The perfect shade of golden brown, Emma Watson’s hair colour marries light and deep gold tones to add depth.

celebrity brunette hair colours: Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson

If golden hues aren’t your thing, switch up your shade with a rusty copper like Taraji P. Henson instead.

celebrity brunette hair colours: yara shahidi

Yara Shahidi

When it comes all-over shades of cool black-brown, keep things ultra glossy like Yara Shahidi.

celebrity brunette hair colours: jennifer aniston

Jennifer Aniston

Sitting on the border between blonde and brunette, Jennifer Aniston’s wheaty hue is the perfect starting point if you want to transition your locks to the dark side.

celebrity brunette hair colours: alexa chung

Alexa Chung

Alexa may flit between an array of brunette hues, but this light caramel colour is one of our favourites.

celebrity brunette hair colours: kate middleton

Kate Middleton

Arguably the most famous head of hair in Britain, Kate’s is a cool light brown tone that’ll suit skin types prone to redness.

celebrity brunette hair colours: Emily Ratajkowski

Emily Ratajkowski

If warm shades tend to clash with your complexion, try a cool coffee bean shade like EmRata.

celebrity brunette hair colours: jessica biel

Jessica Biel

The queen of balayage, Jessica Biel’s strands always nail sun-kissed brown perfectly. The key is to not pick shades that are ‘too blonde’ compared with your natural brunette, and add lighter sections in sparingly.

celebrity brunette hair colours: kendall jenner

Kendall Jenner

Kendall’s dark shade of espresso has a few delicate slices of deep chocolate brown woven the ends, to stop things looking flat.

celebrity brunette hair colours: ciara


Ciara’s locks expertly slice her dark brown roots with rich honey and deep caramel tones, to lighten to look and keep things feeling multi-tonal.

celebrity brunette hair colours: julia roberts

Julia Roberts

If your hair has natural red or chestnut tones, embrace them like Julia Roberts with a brunette shade that just about straddles the brown/red spectrum.


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