Updated: Jan 5, 2019
Which one are you?
Brown is such an ordinary word, and it doesn't begin to do justice to the incredible and beautiful range of brunette hair shades. From honey to cocoa to chestnut to mahogany, the hair color of brunettes are unlimited and truly gorgeous! You may find names of some delicious flavors of coffee and chocolate, but note: this is not a coffee shop menu. These are natural shades of brown hair that truly stand out! Here are some of the most well-known and beautiful shades.
Cappuccino Brown Hair
This coffee colored hair shade can compliment virtually every skin tone. We're craving Jamie Chung's rich, golden brown hue almost as much as we crave our morning coffee run. That cheerful hue reflects a luminous version that any brunette should be proud to wear. This may sometimes be mistaken for sandy blonde rather than a brown hair shade. But it is as sweet as it is beautiful.
This tone reflects a copper hue which is very eye popping. Some say that this color may also be apart of the red family, but it is no less than the a brown hair shade anyone can be proud to wear. This tone is true to the name and has more of a brown hair hue than the subtle hints of red. I personally love this hair shade. It is a truly unique.
This is also one of the cool colors of Autumn, which makes it even more fabulous!
This hair shade is so full of cinnamon flavor, it will tickle your taste buds. These lovely locks of cinnamon brown are pretty hard to match: attention grabbing and extremely vibrant. This Cinnamon hair has copper tones with rich, warm brunette colors, it's the brunette hair with some edge. The coolest part of this popular look is that the stars are interpreting it in different ways, from a light dusting to full on Red Hot vibes.
Cocoa Hair Color goes great with pale or olive skin tone very well. This, cool, pearly brown shade, coupled with pale skin and light eyes is simply gorgeous! It's a beautifully balanced shade—neither too ashy nor too warm. The texture of this hair also means serious shine! Darker and cooler brunette tones especially must be shiny. This is what makes this darker shade stand out among lighter hair shades. People with this beautiful hair type must keep their hair as hydrated as possible to keep it looking its best!
Light Copper Brown
This unique brown hair shade has a copper red tint to it. This Light Natural Copper brown reflects only a small amount of red hue, but is warmer than a light golden brown and has copper reflects. That coupled with that vibrant copper shimmer is absolutely stunning!
This hair is a seriously underrated brown hair color. but it can turn heads, nonetheless.
If you have this hair shade, hold it up proudly! Brown hair coupled with a copper hue is truly a beautiful and unique combination!
Dark Brown Auburn
This unique shade is like copper brown hair, only darker and more mysterious. This hair possesses more of a red hue. Though this hair may have more of a red hue than copper brown, that doesn't take away from the dark shade of brown and that serious shine! This tone falls somewhere between dark brown and the classic red. A combination that is also considered to be a part of the red family, but is a brunette hair shade nonetheless. The combination of dark brown with compliments of red is simply gorgeous!
Dark Brown Hair
This is the darkest shade of brown hair family, and its also the shiniest of them all as darker hair tends to shine more than lighter hair shades. The dark brown hair shade is anything but boring. These glossy, gorgeous shade and shine will make you want to reach out and touch it! Being on the dark side is not only trendy, it's downright sexy. If you have dark brown hair, you may have thought about how good that perfectly sun-kissed hair color would be. But your natural hair has all the beauty it needs. It may not possess those epic highlights, but that serious shine makes up for that, which no light hair color could ever match!
Light Caramel Hair
Also called "Golden Brown hair" or light Carmel Hair. Those epic golden highlights are hard not to notice. These highlight have more of a caramel hue to them, which makes it completely distinct from a red or blonde hues. This shade of brown possesses those serious beach vibes which can turn heads at every corner. This gorgeous, candy sweet hue looks best when paired with pale skin and dark to light eyes.
It is complimentary and contrasting to other hair shades and is nothing less than unique, sweet and absolutely stunning!
This is the medium brown hair shade often imagined when people picture a brunette. Mysterious, alluring with that serious shine; this brown hair shade looks great with any skin tone, eye color and is more common than almost any other brown hair color out there. This may tie into the stereotype. But that doesn't make it anything less than beautiful! Individuals with this particular shade are so much more than those stereotypes. Hazelnut Brown is simply mysterious!
This light brown hair shade has hint of honey color, very similar to caramel brown. But it has more of a brighter hue to it than caramel brown. The honey brown hair look is a very warm and bright color distinct from the red but has compliments of the blonde hue. This color stands out very easily in a crowd! If you’ve been lucky enough to be blessed with a beautiful shade of hair, such as this: then by all means, rock your natural color. After all, that will most often be your most flattering option.
Light Ash Brown
This pale brown hair color is also known as "Mousy Brown", and is the hottest hair color right now. This hair also has a hind of gray which makes it fabulously unique. Elle Macpherson, Taylor Swift, Alexa Chung and Carey Mulligan all have this hair. This amazing color is hinted with with darker, more-brown-than-blonde roots, and streaky highlights around the face and ends. It looks seriously cool - in an annoyingly effortless way.
This hair is truly stunning, especially with the contrast to darker hair shades, and has a unique vibe to it. It goes good with tanned to light skin, and can look great with any eye color.
Mahogany Brown Hair
A different shade of auburn hair. Mahogany hair color has everyone raving and running to the nearest salon to dye their locks and join the mahogany brunette crowd that's waving its way through. A very small percentage of the world population has natural brown-Mahogany color. So if you have this as a natural hair color you should be proud to wear it! Mahogany brown hair color looks amazing, and is very trendy, mysterious, and can be mistaken for dark red-hair. The combination of this red hue with brown hair is simply gorgeous!
Plum Dark Brown
This shade of brown has a plum tint to it, and is one of the rarer brown hair shades. Plum brown hair color is a dark, dramatic shade with a deep violet cast. It's a very striking feature for people with cool, fair or medium complexions and cool brown or blue eyes. Many people who are interested in plum brown hair color opt for a few deep plum balayage or ombré highlights within their brunette hair. A natural dark plum hair color is simply a dark brown hair with a very small percentage of red hue.
This is by far, one of the most beautiful hair colors out there.
Yet another gorgeous combination of red and brown together. Russet is a dark brown color with a reddish-orange tinge. As a tertiary color, russet is an equal mix of orange and purple pigments.
The first recorded use of russet as a color name in English was in 1562. The name of the color derives from russet, a coarse cloth made of wool and dyed with woad and madder to give it a subdued grey or reddish-brown shade. By the statute of 1363, poor English people were required to wear russet.
A gorgeous combination of brown and blonde. Getting the best of both worlds, the correlation of the "just right" Goldilocks realm between blonde and brunette can't always be easy, but it's something mysterious. Not blonde, but not brunette hair color looks distinct from your darker brown hair shades and blonde hair shades. You can play both roles if you like. This shade is a hybridization between both and is absolutely unique.
Also, share with us: have you ever envied other hair colors or tones? Tell us about it. If your hair shade doesn't appear in these 15 distinct shades, let us know in the comments. And don't forget to take pride in your unique shade wear it boldly, no matter what the shade may be. Brunettes unite!