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14 Different Shades of Brown Hair Color

Let’s talk about the different shades of brown hair color!

…because everyone knows that brunettes do it better, right? I mean… it’s totally the new blonde.

With roughly 80% of the world’s population being naturally brunette, the fact that they’re generally perceived as more attractive, and that they even earn higher salaries than their counterparts, it’s only natural that we talk about it.

Plus, there are so many fun shades of brunette hair that you might not even know about. Like mushroom brown or cappuccino.

So join me on this journey into the different shades of brown hair color. It’s gonna be a good one.

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Everyone knows that brunettes do it better, right? These 14 different shades of brown hair color will blow your mind...

Brown Hair Color Chart

Shades of brown hair color chart

#1. Ash Brown

Beautiful ash brown hair color.
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When you hear color being referred to as “ash,” it really just means that it has a blue base color. In other words, ash brown is brown hair color with a blueish undertone.

It might even tend to look like a dark brownish-grey.

Although grey hair might not flatter everyone, the ash tones have been pretty popular for the past few years.

#2. Chocolate Brown

Beautiful chocolate brown hair color.
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Is there really much to explain here? The name kinda says it all.

Chocolate brown hair color is a rich, decadent shade that resembles my personal favorite vice… milk chocolate. You can achieve this look with a level 4-5 brown with warm reddish undertones.

However, the warm tones should be subtle enough to give it the rich look without looking overly red. Again, like chocolate.

#3. Golden Brown

Golden brown hair has golden undertones that make it look like it was spun from beautiful golden silk. Although it’s warm like chocolate brown, the base color is yellow.

#4. Auburn

Beautiful auburn hair color.
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Auburn is also a shade of red hair color (it’s really just a mixture of red and brown) and could even be on the orangey side.

It should look pretty natural and be browner than it is red.

#5. Mahogany

Beautiful mahogany hair color.
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Like auburn, mahogany can also be considered to be a shade of red.

However, this is a darker, rich reddish-brown color with more red pigment than brown. It should resemble mahogany wood.

#6. Chestnut Brown

Beautiful chestnut hair color.
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This shade of brown hair color is a medium reddish-brown, designed to look like a chestnut tree. It’s a bold color choice and often comes packed with dimension.

#7. Mushroom Brown

This is one of the more popular shades of brown hair color right now. It’s a multi-dimensional variation of neutral brown with ashy highlights and lowlights.

As you can probably guess, this color should typically mimic the underside of a mushroom.

#8. Cinnamon

Beautiful cinnamon hair color.
📷Credit: @nxthair

Cinnamon hair is a spicy brown color, full of dimensional highlights.

To create this look, add red and ginger highlights to a reddish-brown base color.

#9. Cappuccino

Beautiful cappuccino hair color.
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Wait… did someone say, “coffee?”

Cappuccino hair color is a rich golden shade of brown hair color with creamy gold highlights.

#10. Bronde

Beautiful bronde hair color.
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Is it brown? Is it blonde?

The world will never know…

Bronde hair is a combination of brown and blonde hair color; it should typically sit right in between the two. It’s the perfect way for brunettes to add subtle pops of blonde to their hair without the commitment.

#11. Rose Brown

Rose brown hair color.
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I don’t know about you, but I’m obsessed with rose gold anything.

Although this isn’t’ the same thing as rose gold hair, rose brown hair has a brown base and rosy gold highlights throughout the head. It’s a fun way to add warmth to your brown hair without the red undertones.

#12. Chocolate Cherry

Chocolate cherry hair color.
📷Credit: @av.malin

Isn’t this just one of the most beautiful shades of brown hair in the entire world? I absolutely love how it combines cherry red hair with chocolate brown.

In fact, it kinda sits right in the middle of those other two colors. It’s a fun and exciting way to add a ton of warmth to brown hair.

#13. Light Brown

Beautiful light brown hair color.
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“Light brown” really has to do with the level of hair color.

Technically, it can have any other undertone, as long as it’s a level 6 or 7. Added highlights are a fun way to make it pop.

#14. Really Dark Brown

Really dark brown hair color.
📷Credit: @luxelabel_hair

This is the darkest shade of brown hair color. I’m talking almost black.

You can typically achieve this look with a level 2 shade of brown hair color.


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What are the different shades of brown hair color?

There are so many different ways to rock brown hair, but some common shades include ash brown, mushroom brown, bronde, rose brown hair, light brown, dark brown, and auburn.

Which brown hair color is best?

It’s entirely up to preference and what undertones work best with your skin tone. However, mushroom brown, ash brown and rose brown are all extremely trendy right now.

What color is medium brown hair?

“Medium” brown typically refers to the level of the color, which is usually a 5-6. It works with different undertones.

Can I go from medium brown to light brown?

It’s definitely possible to go to a lighter brown. However, if your hair has been colored (not virgin hair), you may need to lighten it with bleach before adding the lighter brown color.

Final Thoughts

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With so many different shades of brown hair color, there’s really no reason to avoid it.

These colors have dimensional options, warm and cool variations, and fun, creative ways to rock the brunette look.

With this guide, I feel confident that you’ll be able to find the perfect hair color!

Until next time,

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Hollee is a licensed cosmetologist with over nine years of professional experience in the hair industry. With her unique insight and versatile experience, she’ll help you discover the latest hair trends or even crush your next DIY hair project.

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Liesa Spiteri

Monday 11th of January 2021

IV got red in my hair I will have to strip the red out I was blonde wanting to go light brown I was worried it would go green so I filled it with red now I think the red will be to dark and I won't get a light brown results if I add ash brown it goes to dark and ashy what do I do please


Sunday 16th of August 2020

i have dark skin like mostly asian girls what hair colour will suit my complexion?? kindly respond urgent


Monday 27th of July 2020

this rose brown shade is really nice and unique and have come across this shade of brown color with your Blog post. Next hair color on my chcek list. Keep writing and sharing