While there's an entire wheel of hair color options—dark blonde, strawberry blonde, dark brown, red, or even rose gold—there's something classic, rich, and endlessly beautiful about a medium-brown. We have reason to believe brown hair can look good on just about everyone, even famous blondes like Blake Lively or Gwen Stefani (seriously— Google them with darker hair, you won't be disappointed. In fact, you'll probably be inspired to follow their lead).
Choosing a Shade: "My best advice is to check your eyes & skin color. Pick a shade that will brighten your eyes and even your skin tone," says Garnier colorist Millie Morales. "I would start by deciding if you need to be warm or cool brown depending on what’s going to look best on your skin tone," adds Nikki Lee, celebrity colorist and owner of Nine Zero One salon.
Maintenance Level: Medium. According to Lee, "it’s not the most high maintenance color. But it will require regular touch ups, unlike doing just highlights you can go a bit longer."
Goes Great With: Black, honey, or hazel eyes.
Price: $60 - $150 for salon color
Keep scrolling to see 35 celebrities with medium-brown hair, and don't be surprised if you end up calling your colorist after.
Issa Rae's springy curls positively shimmer here. Her brunette shade, shows off with a summery golden-brown balayage.
Be sure to show up at the salon in your usual hairstyle to help your stylist figure out color placement. "If the client likes to wear natural curly hair, a hand painted technique is a great way to go," says Morales. "When using this technique you enhance the type of curls that need the spotlight to create a natural look."
Jamie Chung is known to be a hair chameleon, and looks stunning in any shade, but we must say that this warm balayage mix is one of our favorites. "The great thing about medium brown is that it compliments all skin tones," says Lee. The key is to determine your undertones and go cool or warm.
While Beyoncé is often rocking honey blonde hues, she'll occasionally vacillate between medium brown and a flaxen blonde shade. For the 2016 Met Ball, she went darker and straighter than usual, with golden highlights and a dramatic eye shadow.
Ashley Graham has the kind of thick, shiny brown hair that makes us feel guilty about all the bad dye jobs we've inflicted on our own locks. Here, she sports a chic high ponytail with soft waves and an even-toned medium shade.
Zendaya sports a golden brown hue that manages to pack loads of dimension without overtly obvious highlights.
Use caution when attempting an at-home dye job. "Simple root touch ups are fine to do at home as long as you can match your color correctly," says Lee. "I wouldn’t recommend going more than two shades above/below your natural shade. Leave big color changes to the professionals."
Halle Berry's curls show off well-placed warm highlights that add an extra note of depth and dimension. To keep hair treated healthy and color vibrant between salon visits, Lee recommends utilizing masks and treatments. "Garnier’s Nutrisse Color Revivers ($7) are a great treat for post-colored hair–they instantly restore softness and smoothness to hair while refreshing color."