25 Iconic Long Brown Hair Ideas To Try

Brunette goddesses are always looking for a way to change their locks without having to cut it. Here are some great ideas to keep your length, update your look, and maybe get out of your comfort zone of your everyday style. Get inspired by these long brown hair ideas!

Long Chestnut Brown

Chestnut Brunette hairstyleInstagram @jendoeshair

Q&A with style creator, Jennifer Gray
Hairstylist / Colorist @ Cerise Salon in Sacramento, CA

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

This is a chestnut brunette and my favorite thing about it is the different colors that shimmer through the whole canvas.

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

To blow dry, I used a volumizing mousse and leave-in conditioner through the ends. After curling, I ran a light Argan oil through to loosen up the curl. To maintain her color, she has our Color Lock sulfate-free shampoo.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for anyone who wants to enhance their own natural brunette color. The front is highlighted along the hairline to give her that impact piece!

The color is low maintenance, dimensional and shiny, which really gives finer hair some texture.

Lived-In Dimensional Brown Hair

Lived-In Dimensional Brown hairstyleInstagram @rachelhope_hair

Q&A with style creator, Rachel Partain
Professional Hair Stylist @ Indigo Salon & Spa in Canton, MI


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

This look is a beautiful, fresh, lived-in, dimensional brown. My favorite thing about it is the color melt with the balayage. Going darker but not too dark, we didn’t want to wash out her skin tone.

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

I recommend styling with Kevin Murphy Plumping wash and rinse to plump up her fine hair. I also recommend the Kevin Murphy Body.Mass and Bedroom.Hair for a nice, textured, beachy look. They give her hair a little grip without overpowering itwith products.

Lastly, I always recommend using the LOréal Mythic Oil Color Glow to keep her ends hydrated. This adds shine and moisture to keep her color looking fresh until her next visit.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for anyone that wants to go darker but not solid. Color melted hair can feel very fresh without going too dark.

Skin tones that are a little more cooler versus warm would be best for this shade. Beach waves (with the correct products) can be achieved on fine or coarse hair for anyone who loves the lived-in look. This look fits the lifestyle of clients who don’t wash their hair every day and can throw in a little dry shampoo/texture spray in and will be good to go for a few days!

This is an amazing color to go darker with when you are used to having light hair.

Effortless Fall Ombre

Q&A with style creator, Giovanna Rita
Colorist @ Gigi Salon & Styling Studi in Astoria, NY


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

This is an extremely effortless fall ombré look. My favorite thing about is that it’s the perfect transition from summer to fall.

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

To create the look of the waves, I always use a flat iron and a medium hold hairspray to keep the waves in place. For at-home care, I tell my clients that purple shampoo and a good hair mask are a must.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look to the majority of my clients. I always suggest going a few shades lighter than their natural color so it gives their hair a sunkissed look.

The best part about this look is that it’s really for almost anyone with any hair color. It is beyond low maintenance (you only need to come into the salon at least twice a year), you can wear it year round, it’s easy to take care of, and it looks great with almost any hair style.

Toasted Chesnut Long Brown Hair

Toasted Chesnut hairstyleInstagram @_krystalbernier

Q&A with style creator, Krystal Bernier
Hairdresser @ Hair by Krystal Bernier in Kirkland, Quebec


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

I would describe this look as a rich chocolate brown base with a chestnut colored balayage.

My favorite thing about this look is that it’s lightened but still in the brown family, and that the color is painted off the root to keep the look pretty natural.

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

To maintain this color, I recommend using haircare products for color (I love Redken’s Color Extend line). Before heat styling, I recommend using a heat protector (I really like Redken’s Medium Control Thermal Holding Spray) to keep the color from fading.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for people who don’t want to be at the salon every four to six weeks. It’s natural looking even after a year of not getting the color touched up!

This warm color suits olive skin tones well, but also works with pretty much any skin tone. This color was done on someone with very fine and frizzy hair, but would definitely suit any hair type!

Chestnut Waves

Q&A with style creator, Chris Brooke
Hair & Makeup Artist / Licensed Cosmetologist @ Salon Khouri in Dulles, VA


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

This is a foil balayage paint using Kevin Murphy Color. Darker pigmented hair pulls warm, and to manipulate that to a beautiful chestnut is my favorite thing about this look.

I also like the way the light hits the balayage against the darker hue. It’s all about application and knowing how you want your work to show.

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

From the Kevin Murphy styling line, I used Body.Builder applied wet before the blowout. I then used Anti.Gravity before curling each section vertically at the midshaft only. I also sprayed the hair lightly in three sections lightly with Shimmer/Shine, then ran my fingers and hands through.

She also takes home and uses Kevin Murphy Hydrate Wash and Rinse.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is ideal for someone with a warm skin tone and dark hair (no lighter than a level 6) that wants dimension and low maintenance. The haircut can be curled or just sprayed with Anti.Gravity and twisted up into three buns while doing makeup, letting loose when you are done.

This application would need a touch up three to four times a year, but the color would need to be toned every eight weeks or so with a haircut if needed. This also helps with budget and time because you can be and out in an hour!

1. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate color gives a dramatic look, but add in incredible shine and a half braid and you’ll be the talk of every room you walk into! This is a simple style to achieve using a Dutch (or upside down) French braid and a few curls.

Dark Chocolate Hair ColorDark Chocolate Hair Color Back

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones with a soft cool undertone look best in this chocolate brown hue. And for you ladies with LOTS of thick hair, this braid was made for you!

Tip:

Wondering how this braid stays in? Hiding bobby pins is hard, especially behind your head! Insert pins from the sides of the braid and push them up into the braid. Criss cross the pins to lock them in.

2. Red Flair

Adding a bright red highlight (or extension) is a great way to brighten up your beautiful dark brown hair without getting too crazy!

Dark Brown Hair Color with Red Highlights

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium skin tones that look great in blues, pinks, and red of course, wear this red flare great. Hair that is medium to thick in texture will make this curly pompadour style easy to achieve. First curl your hair using a 1-inch curling iron or wand, then move on to teasing down the center of your hair. Smooth the sides over and insert pins to finish the look.

Tip:

This is a great look for an evening out with your friends or special event. If you’re not ready to commit to the color pop, grab a clip-in extension, tease hair at the root, and clip it in!

3. Chocolate Caramel

Milk chocolate brown with flicks of caramel ombre’ at the tips is a great way to soften your dark brown hair. Adding tight curls and pinning the sides back into a Mohawk style brings this color to another level of fun!

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light skin tones that tend to gravitate towards warm colors in their wardrobe and make up look great in this rich and golden hue. Hair that is medium in texture and has natural curl or wave will help hold these curls in all day!

Tip:

This is a great transition color for a dark brown beauty who is starting her journey towards blonde!  At each appointment, have your stylist add more highlights and bring them closer up towards the scalp for a slower more healthy way to lighten dark hair.

4. Gorgeous Golden Brown

Take your brown to another level with this warm and rich golden brown! It has the most subtle highlights that look as if the sun made them.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light skin tones that look great in warm oranges, reds, and burgundy wear this color fabulously, while hair that is medium in texture and has natural wave will help to hold this wavy style best.

Tip:

To get these soft wavy curls, curl hair in two-inch sections with a 1-inch iron or wand. Let the curls cool completely, then softly brush through them. Use your fingers to gently arrange the waves and softly pin the sides back. Finish with your favorite hairspray.

5. Va Va Volume!

Rich, dark brown hair with a soft glow of mahogany paired with amazing volume and texture will turn all the heads in any room you enter! After curling hair, back brushing (backcombing using a brush instead of comb) is the secret to this incredible volume.

Rich Dark Brown Hair with Volume

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium toned skin with a cool undertone looks great paired with this rich brown, while hair that is long and wavy or curly will help to achieve this voluminous style.

Tip:

Love this look, but don’t quite have the length? Consider adding extensions for fullness and added length. Talk to your stylist about getting custom colored hair that will match your own so it will be your little secret!

6. Sophisticated Style

Timeless brunette beauty with subtle highlights of lighter brown and soft red meet to create a look that is both sophisticated and fun!

Dark Brown Hair Color with Light Brown Highlights

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones look best in this rich hue. Hair that is a medium to light brown is a great starting point to achieving this color. When adding the soft red and lighter brown highlights to this color, don’t go overboard! This is one of those times that less is more.

Tip:

Simple waves created using hot rollers make this look easy to achieve. Working in two-inch sections, roll hair horizontally around rollers and secure, alternate rolling towards the face and away from the face. Keep volume to a minimum on the top by only wrapping halfway. Let your curls cool completely then shake them out with your fingers. Use a brush to smooth if needed.

7. Contrasting Highlights

Radiant dark brown hair paired with contrasting blonde face framing highlights creates texture and fun!

Dark Brown Hair with Blonde HighlightsDark Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium to darker skin tones that look nice in warmer colors wear this hue well. Hair that is medium to thick and has a soft wave or curl to it will help to achieve this curly style.

Tip:

No time to curl your hair? Try some no iron alternatives! Do a Google search for rag rollers, headband curls over night, and no iron curls — you might be surprised what you’ll learn!

8. Bombshell Brunette

Rich golden violet  hue is beautiful paired with full volumous curls!  The best part is they are easy to achieve!

Brunette Haircolor with Curls

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Any skin tone can pull off this beautiful brunette! Hair that is naturally thick and wavy or curly make it easy to get this style. Start with a volumizing mousse then blow hair out with a round brush. Next, curl hair going away from your face, let the curls cool completely, then shake them out. For extra volume, flip hair over and spray with your favorite hairspray. Let it dry a minute, then simply flip back over!

Tip:

Keeping long, colored hair hydrated is key. Make sure to use a deep conditioner once a week. My favorite is Pravana’s NEVO 60 sec deep treatment. In only 60 secs (1 minute!), it gives you soft, shiny, longer lasting color.

9. Violet Brown Beauty

Adding violet into your beautiful brown hair creates a deeper, more seductive color. Paired with volume and soft curls, you will be the hair envy of all your friends!

Brown Haircolor with Violet

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium skin tones that look great in violets, mahogany, and dark blues wear this color well. Hair that is medium in texture is a great starting point for this style. After applying a volumizer at your root area, blow out hair using a medium round brush. Using a 1-inch curling wand, curl hair in 1½-inch sections.  Let the curls cool, then rake through them with your fingers. Backcomb if needed and spray with hairspray from front to back.

Tips:

Now that you’ve changed your color, you may want to update your makeup too! Stop by a makeup counter that offers makeovers and enjoy a professional giving you recommendations on colors that will work with your new hair color.

10. Flippy Fun

Rich mocha brown blending down into a warm caramel ombre’ brings fun and easy color maintenance together. Creating these soft flips takes only the flick of a 1¼-inch curling iron or flat iron. Easy peasy!

Mocha Brown Haircolor with Caramel Ombre

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in warmer colors wear this well. Hair that is fine to medium in texture and straight is the best base for this style. After blow drying hair using a vent or flat brush, flip the ends out slightly using a 1¼-inch curling iron or flat iron. When using a flat iron, rotate the iron up as you bring it through the ends.

Tip:

Finer hair needs heat protection to keep it from drying out and breaking. Try a light spray-in heat protection like Kevin Murphy’s Damage Manager. Simply mist it in before drying or applying any heat tools.

11. Soft Brown Highlights

Not all highlights need to be blonde! Adding soft light brown highlights to a deep dark brown softens the look and creates a more wearable color.

Deep Dark Brown Haircolor with Soft Highlights

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones look best in this softened dark hue, while hair that is naturally dark is the best starting point to achieve this shade.

Tip:

Shiny curls are a must with dark hair! Using a healing oil, such as Pravana NEVO Hydra Pearls, will give you extreme shine and help protect your hair. Apply before you blow dry and/or use an iron to curl your hair. Curl hair using a 1-inch iron or wand to achieve these curls, rolling the hair away from your face.

12. Full of Curls!

The classic head full of volumous curls never goes out of style. Pair it up with beautiful highlights in a warm brown base color and you’ll be the envy of ladies everywhere.  A set of hot rollers and some time to cool is all you’ll need to achieve this curly style!

Warm Brown Haircolor with Highlights

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium skin tones that look great in warmer, bright colors wear this color well. To achieve this full head of curls, medium to thick hair that has some natural body to it is a must. This will give you the fullness and longevity of the curls shown here.

Tips:

Letting your curls cool completely is key to keeping them all day. Before blow drying hair, add a volumizing mousse with a medium hold. Once dry, section hair and begin wrapping hot rollers in 1½-inch sections. If you have a lot of hair you may need two sets of rollers. Let hair cool, remove the rollers and use your fingers to break up curls. For extra volume, flip your head over before finger combing!

13. Sleek and Bronzed

Soft, flowing curls combined with bronzed highlights and dark chocolate brown give a sophisticated look to your everyday style.

Dark Brown Haircolor with Bronze HighlightsDark Brown Haircolor with Bronze Highlights Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones wear this color well, while hair that is naturally dark, or colored dark, is the best starting point to achieve this hue. Ask your stylist to add a combination of subtle and natural bronze toned highlights through your lovely locks.

Tips:

After blow drying hair, apply a medium hold texturing spray like Pravana’s NEVO Invisible Control.  Comb through and section hair out for styling. Drop down two-inch sections and curl them using a 1-inch wand or curling iron.

Alternate rolling curls towards and away from your face. Make sure when you reach the top of your hair to only bring the curls up to your eye, keeping the top smooth.

Let hair cool completely and break the curls apart, sweeping one side toward the back over your shoulder. Finish with your favorite hairspray!

14. Bold Brunette

Dark, rich brunette hair united with bold highlights around the face brings interest and style to this curly look.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium skin tones that look great in bold colors with a warm undertone in their skin wear this look best. Hair that is any texture can rock these bold highlights! Keeping them on the warmer side creates depth and a high contrast that is soft at the same time.

Tips:

Sweep your fringe off to the side, curl up your ends using a 1-inch curling iron or wand, let cool, and your curly locks will be ready to head out the door for work, a night out, and everything in between!

15. Curly Goddess

Flowing dark curls paired with a flower headband creates a soft and innocent goddess look, (even if you’re not so innocent). This ‘do is great for parties, a girls night out, or a walk through the garden!

Long Dark Haircolor with Curls

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Soft light to medium toned beauties with a cool undertone wear this dark cool brown best, while hair that is long and medium in texture will help to achieve these goddess curls. Wrap each one-inch section around a curling iron or wand, remove and clip up to let them cool. This will help your curls stay in longer.

Tips:

Looking for a flowered headband that’s just right and can’t seem to find it? Head over to the craft store and pick out your own flowers! Glue them to a headband and tada — the perfect accessory!

16. Girl Next Door

Sweet curls, a natural looking brunette and a longer fringe bring the girl-next-door look to another level! The best part is it that this look is easy to maintain and will always get you noticed.

Natural Brunette Haircolor with Fringe

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light skin tones that have a warm undertone wear this nature-inspired brunette well. Hair that is in good condition, medium in texture and naturally straight will make achieving this look easy.

Softly round brush your fringe and curl your ends in larger sections (2 – 2 ½ inch) on a 1½-inch iron or wand. Let your hair cool, then separate the curls slightly, leaving some curls in large sections.

Tip:

Not all hair color must be permanent. If you are naturally brown and want to give a new shade a try without the commitment, ask your stylist for a glaze or overlay.

This gives you a glossing of shine and color that will fade off in 5-8 weeks. If you love it, continue with the glazes, or you can go for something more permanent!

17. Striking Brunette

Long brown waves, rich color and bold makeup make this look extremely striking. The trick to these gorgeous waves? Only curling the middle of the hair, then sliding the ends through your curling iron!  Easy and beautiful.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Texture:

Light to fair skin tones with a cool undertone pair nicely with this soft brunette, while hair that is medium in texture and naturally straight is the perfect palette to create these waves.

Tip:

Hair not quite reaching these lengths? Ask your stylist about custom colored extensions to match your color. Explore the possibility of clip-ins so you can choose when to wear them and take them out!

18. Smooth and Shiny

Smooth, shiny, chocolate brown locks with just a bend at the ends really showcases your beautiful face!

Long Brown Hairstyles

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium to dark skin tones wear this rich brown radiantly. Hair that is long, medium in texture and straight makes this an easy style to achieve. Apply a styling cream like Pravana’s NEVO Model Behavoir before blow drying with a flat or vent brush. Curl ends with a large curling iron and your done!

Tips:

Keep hair looking healthy by trimming every 6-8 weeks. Heat, sun, and even wind can dry your ends out, so keeping up on regular trims will keep those ends happy!

19. Curlilocks

Amazing curls with warm brown tones creates a beautiful and easy to maintain style.

Warm Brown Curly HairWarm Brown Curly Hair Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium skin tones that have a warm undertone wear this color well. Hair that is naturally brown is an easy base to add soft ombre’ highlights that are kept a warm light brown to give that golden glow.

Thick and naturally curly hair makes it easy to achieve this style, but wavy or straight hair can have it too, just with a little more work! After hair is dry, curl small sections with a ½-inch curling iron. After all curls have cooled, scrunch to break them up a bit without changing the shape too much.

Tip:

When styling ultra curly hair (natural or curled), it’s important to avoid the frizz! Start with a frizz fighting gel or mousse and add a shine serum or oil (my favorite is the Pravana NEVO Hydra Pearls) to your hands before you start manipulating the curls.

20. Soft Mocha

Soft and sleek, this look has both! Tone on tone highlights varying within two levels of light and darkness create a beautiful palette.

Soft Mocha Haircolor with Tone on Tone HighlightsSoft Mocha Haircolor with Tone on Tone Highlights Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in blues, violets, and dark reds wear this color great, while hair that is naturally or colored a medium brown will be able to achieve the tone on tone brown highlights easily.

Tip:

Keeping hair healthy and trimmed will make this straight and sleek style easy to attain. Stop in the salon every 6-8 weeks for a trim to keep your ends nice and use a deep conditioner weekly to maintain moisture.

Long-haired brunette beauties have limitless options. Step out of your box and try a new style, a new color, or both, like any of these long brown hairstyles!