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.
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.
Soft & Light
A soft mahogany hue pairs perfectly with soft beach waves to match. (Find our best beach wave tips here.)
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.
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.)
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.)
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.
If you're a bang enthusiast, brighten up your look with warm mahogany highlights. We love a face-framing-fringe moment.
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).
Take your sisterlocs to the next level with a mahogany hue paired with natural roots. (Find our comprehensive sisterlocs cheat sheet here.)
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?)
A rich shade of reddish-mahogany pairs perfectly with a warm skin tone. (Bonus points for a matching red lip.)