10 Very Dark Hair Colors You Must Try

If you look great as a brunette, why not spice things up a bit by going deeper, darker, and more “WOW!” with your hair color? Here are a few ideas to try.

Soft Caramel Balayage

Soft Caramel Balayage hairstyleInstagram @meghan_bdjsalon

Q&A with style creator, Meghan Tiernan
Stylist @ Belle de Jour Salon in Atlanta, GA

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I describe this look as a soft caramel balayage. I love how you can be this dark naturally and still have a beautiful dimensional color added that blends so nicely.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

The products I recommmend are all by Oribe. Use Straight Away on wet hair, Soft Laquer Spray on dry hair before curling, and finally the Working Hairspray to finish it off and for hold.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I always hear clients with very dark hair say they can never add color because it turns red. This is a perfect example of how that is not always true. This is a perfect color for someone not looking to have too much upkeep with their hair color.

Dark Ash Brunette

Dark Ash Brunette hairstyleInstagram @fresh__hair

Q&A with style creator, Jenna Brandt
Owner @ Fresh in Grayslake, IL


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a very dark ash brunette that fades into warmer dark ends. It’s cool tones meeting warm for a very warm gothic vibe.

The best part about this color is the ability to wear an extremely darker color without washing out the skin tone because of the slightly warmer ends near the face. She will feel stunning even without makeup! The shine you get from going darker is undeniable.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

This client has level 10 pale ash blonde ends, so I started to process by shampooing her with Formula 18 Copper Toning Shampoo. I LOVE these toning shampoos. They save me time because there is no processing. You shampoo and it’s done!

Next, I dried her and applied Keune Semi 1/2 4 1/2 4.37 equal parts Semi Activator to roots and mid-lengths, then back through the ends. I added Formula 18 plan- based bond builder to the color formula to repair and treat damaged ends.

The key to long lasting color is to shampoo as little as possible. Dry shampoo is your best friend! I recommend Rene Furterer Dry Shampoo. It’s a top seller at my salon. When it is time to shampoo, use luke warm water. Hot water will open the hair cuticle and color will wash right down the drain.

For shampoo and conditioner, I’m really digging a small but mighty line made local (near my salon) called TOR. It’s 97% naturally derived, all color-safe, and texture specific. I’ve fallen hard for these shampoos and conditioners because they perform, are cruelty-free, and made local. TOR can be bought direct at torsalonproducts.com

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This color will look best on medium to thick hair that is naturally a level 7 (darkest blonde) or darker. Keep in mind that a level 7 will show a line of demarcation when growing out and needs to be maintained every four to six weeks. On darker levels, less maintenance is required. Keune’s Semi Color fades just enough for a soft, low maintenance root.

Green, blue or hazel eyes pop beautifully next to a darker hair color. A natural redhead seeking a darker color would look best in a lighter, warmer version of this. Adding the appropriate red tone to the color formula would keep it suitable for skin tones that tend to accompany naturally red hair.

Rich Dark Brown

Q&A with style creator, Sarah Bartlett
Hair Artist / Owner @ The Blonde Bar Hair Studio in Chandler, AZ


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a slightly angled, textured bob that is beachy and effortless. The color has lots of depth and richness.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I would blow dry using my hands only (no round brush to keep the textured look after drying), after applying Surface Styling Mousse and Surface Bassu Clear Oil while hair is wet.

Use a wand or flat iron to wave the top to mid shaft of hair while keeping the ends out. Pull apart the waves with the hands only. To finish, use Surface Sea Salt Spray or Surface Styling Hairspray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is great for the client that is low maintenance and on the go. I say this because it’s easy to rough dry the hair at home and it doens’t take much time to wand. The waves don’t need to be perfect, plus you get wear it the next day and it will look even better!

I think this haircut and style works for all face shapes, however keep in mind that if someone has a rounder face, you may need to angle the front a little more to take away from the roundness. If the guest has a long face, you can add slight framing in the front to soften her features.

Glossy Dark Chocolate

Q&A with style creator, Lucy Preston
Hair Specialist @ Mobile Hair by Lucy in Bath, UK


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is double take-worthy because the shine is so fabulous. My favorite part of its beauty is its simplicity. It’s amazing what an all over glossy correct color choice can do!

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I used Wella Koleston Perfect to color.

I recommend TiGI Bed Head Color Goddess shampoo and conditioner to maintain color the best way possible. To recreate the overall finish at home, I recommend using Bed Head Blow Out throughout the mid lengths and ends and Bed Head Small Talk prior to drying.

Use a medium-sized round brush or a hot brush to blow dry. Finish using Blow Out again or After Party!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for someone with naturally dark coloring. A dark complexion and warmth is ideal. This color is a dark base and would wash paler-skinned ladies out.

This is also a color for the low maintenance client becayse it won’t fade quickly. I recommend it as more of an enhancer for a naturally dark brunette to add shine and depth to a natural base.

The overall styled look is also low maintenance. A smooth blow dry is always simple but effective.

1. Black Cherry

Add a vibrant cherry color (and maybe a brighter extension or two) to your dark hair and go from “Meh” to “Amazing!” Not sure if this much red would work with your skin? Ask yourself, or an honest friend, if that color were a fabric, would you wear a shirt made of it and feel great?  Yes? Then go for it! If not and you still are craving black cherry in your hair, try a few peek-a-boo pieces instead, well away from your face.

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2. Soft Dark Auburn

Very wearable for all but the coolest skin tones, this warm dark brunette looks super rich. As with all color, hair must be in great condition to look its best, so make sure to follow your stylist’s instructions on deep conditioning and other home-care maintenance.

romantic dark hair color

3. Black Violet

Not for the faint of heart, this super deep violet color will look best on cool skin tones (pink undertones rather than yellow). Make sure your brows are dark enough to avoid looking washed out or weird, and consult with a makeup artist to be sure your cosmetic colors enhance rather than clash with your gorgeous, dramatic hair color.

a long violet dark color

4. Darkest Brown

Just shy of black is darkest brown. This shade is on the neutral side, meaning it doesn’t have a whole lot of red or ash, just a nice balance to make a rich, chocolate brown. This would be a great color to try if you’re a medium brown considering going deeper and more dramatic. Why not give it a whirl with a demi- or semi-permanent color?

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5. Blue Black

I always say if you look good in blue, you’ll look great in blue hair. But don’t worry, this isn’t your great-granny’s blue rinse! If you go for this dramatic look, it’s essential to use products to give your hair lots of glossy shine or it could look dull and a bit like shoe polish.

blue black dark hair color

6. Intense Dark Ash

With all the violet and gray color that is so hot right now, this is a way for the dark-haired beauties to take part in the trend – go for a dark color that is so ash it almost looks gray. This color is reserved for the coolest skin tones and complimentary makeup is an absolute must.

ash brown dark hair color

Calling all brunette bombshells!  Do something fun with your hair and go from “ho-hum” to “HOT!” with one of these eye-catching dark colors.