46 Ways to Wear the Mahogany Hair Color Trend—the Subtle Way to Go Red

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If you can't decide between red and brown hair, mahogany is certainly the way to go.

Mahogany, in its essence, falls somewhere on the color spectrum between the two shades. And while some people still associate the hue with its wooden, furniture-related namesake (or the smell of Ron Burgundy's home, for any Anchorman fans out there), it's criminally underrated in the hair-color department.

While any hair-color journey will entail a certain amount of maintenance, you might be surprised by how easy the upkeep is for such a luxe-looking shade. Depending on your natural hair color, red-mahogany will require slightly more maintenance, while brown-mahogany might require almost none at all. (We have all the hair-color upkeep tips, in case you need 'em.)

And, no, it doesn't have to be autumn for you to want to inject some cinnamon-spice into your look. From a bold red ombré to muted brown lowlights, find 45 warm mahogany-hued hair ideas that look incredible on every skin tone, all year long.

Mahogany Hair Color Fast Facts

How to Pronounce: Muh-haw-gun-ee

Choosing a Shade: Keep in mind that the redder you go, the faster your color will fade.

Maintenance Level: If your hair is naturally brown, this color will fade out quite softly. Expect to head back to the salon for touch-up color once every two to three months if to keep your mahogany color looking vibrant.

Goes Great With: Red lips, Urban Decay Naked Cherry eyeshadows

Similar Shades: Black cherry

Price: Depending on where you get this done, you can expect to pay $100-$200 for this all-over color.

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Head-Turning Highlights

Her orange eyeliner is major, but we're here to talk about that gorgeous hair color. If you have short, curly hair, play around by adding some color to your ringlets (while also letting your natural hue shine through at the roots).

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Bold Brown

Don't be afraid to go for the bold. For an ultra-rich, warm color, opt for a chocolate-brown base with mahogany highlights mixed in. (It's a foolproof combination, if you ask us.)

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Warm Balayage

Natural brunettes, listen up: Consider injecting some life into your hair with a complex balayage. From brown, natural roots, to mahogany, to blonde ends—this tonal look has it all, and we're obsessed.

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Mahogany Twists

If you're going for a braided style—like these jumbo Senegalese twists—don't be afraid to play with color, because it always pays off. And of course, the matching mahogany brows are the cherry on top.

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Soft & Light

A soft mahogany hue pairs perfectly with soft beach waves to match. (Find our best beach wave tips here.)

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Shine Bright

With hair this shiny, you'll want a sleek color to match. (This client was transformed from damaged blonde-hair to a healthy-looking mahogany style.) Find our best tips for shiny, healthy hair (no matter your budget) here.

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Subtle Tint

Just a touch of purplish mahogany highlights will do wonders for your curly hair's dimension.

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Don't be intimidated by an extra-bold hue. An ultra-saturated mahogany tone is easier to pull off than you think. (Especially when you have a hair texture and layered cut this incredible.)

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Long Box Braids

Make a statement by opting for box braids in a hue you may not normally wear. The reddish color here is ultra-flattering. (And you can find our favorite braid inspo here.)

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Tousled Tendrils

Take your usual tousled tendrils up a notch with a little mahogany, while keeping your roots au naturale.

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Warm Long Bob

Accentuate a long bob with both red and brown highlights. The final result will be a mahogany masterpiece.

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A reddish balayage combined with a little sunlight is the perfect shade for brunettes who want just a bit of subtle color.

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Plum Ombré

We love the look of an ombré with natural roots. If your natural hair color is black (or close to it), freshen up your locks with a pop of deep plum. (How amazing is this face-framing cut, too?)

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Touchable Layers

Dress up a soft bob with an equally soft hair color. We love the light mahogany hint and gorgeous layers happening here. (And find our best hairsprays for touchable hair, here.)

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Subtle Tint

With curls this perfect, you can pretty much pull off anything. But we're obsessed with the slight mahogany tint here—bold enough to add major dimension, but subtle enough to blend right in with your natural hair color.

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Tousled Perfection

If you're already relatively low-maintenance with your hair—aka, you towel-dry your tresses and run out the door—an easy-to-care-for mahogany color will add some excitement while fitting into your routine (or lack thereof).

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Berry Balayage

Take some inspiration from nature with a berry-hued balayage that's totally practical, pretty, and wearable.

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Chocolate Mix

Who said brunettes can't have fun? If your brown hair is feeling flat (it happens to the best of us), add major dimension with a chocolate-and-mahogany balayage.

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Short & Sweet

Take your super-short hair up a notch with a mahogany tint. This chin-length style is made even sweeter with a dimensional, reddish hue.

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Add Some Bangs

Anyone who has bangs can attest to the fact that they're a huge part of your face and overall look, so it's always a good idea to make sure the hair color you have works for you. This mahogany shade is certainly a confidence-booster. (We'd be confident too if we looked like this.)

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Pop of Color

If you don't want an allover-mahogany braided style, there's nothing like a few lighter braids mixed in to brighten up the whole look in a way that's subtle and wearable.

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Flirty Fringe

If you're a bang enthusiast, brighten up your look with warm mahogany highlights. We love a face-framing-fringe moment.

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Brighten Things Up

Mahogany hair can certainly be subtle, but sometimes, there's nothing we love more than a bright and bold iteration. We love the fall-inspired balayage happening here.

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Sleek Wet Curls

If you love rocking the wet-curl look, add another layer to the style with mahogany ends.

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Punchy & Pigmented

We're taking a brief break from admiring her next-level volume to appreciate this incredible color. Make a major statement too with a deep, pigmented allover mahogany hue (which clearly pairs well with black lipstick).

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Face-Framing Highlights

Nothing puts the focus on your moneymaker better than face-framing highlights. Combined with a side part and loose waves, the mahogany hue here is ultra-flattering and warm.

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Chic Sisterlocs

Take your sisterlocs to the next level with a mahogany hue paired with natural roots. (Find our comprehensive sisterlocs cheat sheet here.)

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Copper Tones

For a multifaceted marvel of a hairstyle, aim for a mix of different shades. With copper tones and blended highlights, this color has next-level dimension.

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Lighten Up

Brighten up naturally dark hair with a rich, slightly lighter color allover. We love this warm, subtle hue.

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Hint of Cranberry

It doesn't have to be Thanksgiving for you to pair your piecey 'do with cranberry hued-highlights. A tousled mahogany balayage is always a good idea.

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Blunt Bob

How chic is this blunt bob? The rich, allover mahogany hue adds major dimension and extra drama. Yes, please.

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Warm Waves

Lighten things up with allover mahogany highlights. If your natural color is nearly black, this is the perfect way to warm up your 'do.

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Layered Blend

Add some extra dimension to gorgeous layers by playing with color. The darker base hue here combined with lighter, mahogany ends is giving us major hair envy.

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Deep Cherry Ombré

Dress up long, beautiful waves with a mahogany ombré style. This deep, cherry-red hue is everything.

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Natural Roots

Scared of constant touch-ups? Keep your gorgeous mahogany hair on the low-maintenance side with natural roots. Fewer touch-ups, way more hair compliments.

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Sleek & Multifaceted

If you have a naturally smooth or fine hair texture, a multifaceted mahogany color is perfect for you. A rich hue will give a sleek style major dimension every time it hits the light.

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Rich & Pigmented

We can't say enough good things about this saturated mahogany hue combined with bouncy, voluminous curls and natural roots. (Anyone else experiencing major curl envy right now?)

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Extra Brightness

Leave 'em on red. If you have naturally dark hair, don't be afraid to brighten things up with ultra-pigmented highlights.

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Beach Waves

Show off a multifaceted mahogany hue with tousled beach waves and fresh, touchable layers.

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Subtle Highlights

If your natural color's feeling stale, freshen things up with sleek and subtle mahogany highlights to warm up your entire look.

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A Rich, Deep Hue

Make a statement with an allover saturated mahogany hue combined with soft waves.

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Bouncy Curls

A deep mahogany hair color is the best way to flatter your bouncy, voluminous curls.

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Ombré Bob

Take a short, dark hairstyle up a notch with an ombré style featuring fresh, bright red-mahogany.

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Wearable Brown

Like we said, mahogany falls somewhere between red and brown on the color spectrum. If you want something lower maintenance (and close to your natural color), a chocolate-mahogany balayage is the way to go.

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Red All Over

Go big or go home. A deep-red, allover mahogany tone looks incredible any way you style it, but we're particularly fond of this amazing braid situation.

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Sleek & Chic

You could call this color a few things. Chestnut? Auburn? We vote mahogany, due to the reddish tint you'll see in the sunlight. Either way, this blunt cut-and-color combination is totally chic.

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