19 Hottest Dark Brown Hair Color Ideas You’ll See Right Now

Dark brown hair varies from a ton of shades! From deep espresso shades to warm gold or red-infused hues, usually going in between brown and black. A classic natural color that will never get old, dark chocolate-y hair colors are always present on the red carpet for their luxurious and reflective abilities!

With today’s avant-garde hair dyeing methods, it is now easy to switch up a simple brunette look to a more interesting one. You can get ribbons of highlights or a sexy ombre for added warmth and shine, or stay with a solid dark color for a dramatic and glossy effect.

Cool and dark brown shades suit warm and creamy skin tones the best, as these contrasting tones complement each other to create a gorgeous brightened appearance for your complexion.

If you’ve been dying to rock a new style to liven up your strands, you’re definitely on the right track! Now is the time to copy one of these modern dark brown hair color ideas and experience how fun it is to be a brunette!

Long Dark Brown Hair

Long Dark Brown Hair
Instagram @karolanntousignant

Natural is sexy especially when styled with luscious waves! This look promises minimal maintenance yet vows to give you a really feminine and beautiful vibe.

Golden Dark Brown

Golden dark brown
Instagram @danidoesdopehair

One of the best hue to go for when you’re looking for a warm and natural hair color – this alluring shade works its magic best on cool undertones!

Very Dark Brown with Red Highlights

Very Dark Brown Hair with Red Highlights
Instagram @alex.jacobshair

Give a pop of crimson to your rich chocolate locks! This style is fashioned to offer stunning volume and movement to wavy hair.

Dark Ash Brown Hair Color

Dark Ash Brown
Instagram @tatahairstudio

This ultra rich color is wonderful for styled waves and layered hair especially when under the light. Its perfect gloss gives those deep tresses a two-toned look.

Shoulder Length Dark Caramel Balayage

Shoulder Length Dark Caramel Balayage
Instagram @ariel_lizarraga

These subtle brown highlights painted on a flattering medium-length hair gives off a sophisticated vibe. It’s super easy to style – add a wave for body or pull up into a bun – you’ll always end up being a stunner.

Short Hair with Dark Brown Ombre

Short Dark Brown Ombre
Instagram @amys_ponytails

This features a smooth transition of bronze and caramel hues that are perfect for shoulder-length lobs. Natural yet sophisticated, this flattering ‘do makes any woman a stunner!

Silver Highlights

Silver Highlights
Instagram @_brandifranciscohair

This masterpiece is sure to give you the winter vibes! Add some cool pearly accents to your locks for a more contrasted, voluminous look.

Natural Dark Chocolate to Dark Golden Brown Ombre

Natural Dark Chocolate to Dark Golden Brown Ombre
Instagram @beauty.by.julie2

Rich mahogany locks with almond dipped-ends on beach waves are certainly a match made in heaven! This faded brunette look can soften and take the weight off your hair.

Medium Length Coffee Brown

Medium Length Coffee Brown
Instagram @kalliedwardshair

Give your natural dark hair life when you try this modern smoky color! Pair with your favorite flattering haircut for a fresh look.

Deep Brown with Red and Blonde Highlights

Deep Brown with Red and Blonde Highlights
Instagram @hairby_courtneymorris

A harmony of earthly colors definitely steps up any kind of hairstyle. Make sure you try out this versatile combination suited for any hair type and texture!

Dark Auburn Brown

Dark Auburn Brown
Instagram @ohlucyy

Carry the autumn leaves with this fall look that’s gorgeous on any hair length! Special tip – hazelnut eyes are best enhanced by this hue.

Dark Brown Hair with Purple Highlights

Dark Brown with Purple Highlights
Instagram @rachellemstylist

Try this color combination and you’ll definitely feel outstanding! Show off your fun side with those funky violet pieces on a short layered bob.

Espresso Brown with Caramel Highlights

Espresso Brown with Caramel Highlights
Instagram @ashley.reps

If you want a simple chic dye job to give your brunette hair a twist, this is for you. These lighter pieces are a great way to showcase your textured medium-length hair.

Dark Fudge with Blonde Highlights

Dark Fudge with Blonde Highlights
Instagram @hair_by_ryanelizabeth

These are sweet balayaged waves that easily add depth to your hair. Going with high-contrast dye jobs never fail in giving a totally eye-catching look.

Deep Mahogany Brown with Highlights

Deep Mahogany Brown with Highlights
Instagram @hairby.lou

It’s a rich red-infused wavy hair cut to the shoulders. Perfect for the season, the warmth of the color creates a powerful look that is both easy and manageable to style.

Dark Brown Black

Dark Brown Black
Instagram @style.or.dye

Q&A with style creator, Emilee Cockerham
Stylist @ Blown Away Salon in Hayes, VA

How would you describe this look?

This look is a dark mocha! I love how rich and shiny her hair turned out! I always curl my clients because it really shows the dimension and shines extremely well! Her haircut was a simple one-length with longer layers to take away some weight from how long her hair was.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you do want to go dark, make sure it’s what you truly want to do because it’s difficult to come back from. If you are planning on going dark for fall and then back to blonde in the summer, I would suggest a semi-permanent color instead. It’ll cause less damage when you start lightening again and help save the integrity of your hair. Dark chocolates are such beautiful colors and I feel that Instagram is filled with blondes and more blondes. It’s nice to see a good beautiful brunette once in a while!

Dark Brunette with Ash Blonde Highlights

Dark Brunette with Ash Blonde Highlights
Instagram @page.paints

Q&A with style creator, Alycia Smith
Owner / Stylist @ Backwoods Beauty in Richland, NY


How would you describe this look?

This look is a rooted blonde, lived-in hair color. The loveliest thing about this look is that it allows a brunette to pull off platinum hair while still looking natural. By keeping a darker root shade, the color tends to be more flattering on someone with naturally darker hair. You get the best of both worlds with a color like this. It is also extremely low maintenance because of the way the blonde is blended. It only requires minimal upkeep compared to someone who is completely platinum. The blend allows for it to grow out seamlessly.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style is great for someone who wants a high-end color but might not have the time to maintain an all-over blonde or traditional highlight. It’s perfect for someone with a busy lifestyle. The cut is great for a busy lifestyle as well. Shorter textured looks are best when not over-styled. You may only need to touch up a few pieces around your face with a larger barrel curling iron. Be sure to leave your ends out and grab a texture spray. My favorite is the Kenra Dry Texture Spray which increases texture and fullness, is ultra-lightweight, and provides a flexible hold.

Dark Red Brown Hair

Q&A with style creator, Diana Keyes
Color Specialist / Studio Owner @ Diana Doodle’s Hair Studio in Kettering, OH


How would you describe this look?

I like to call this look “winter auburn” because there’s nothing wrong with adding some warm tones into your look for the holidays! I would describe this look as a red-brown hair color or “auburn” with an A-line bob haircut. I styled it using a marcel curling iron and leaving the ends out for a more texturized look. I just finger-comb and hairspray to finish! This is something I always really enjoy doing with shorter haircuts.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I think this style would work well for someone who has thought about doing something different to their hair or someone who loves warmer tones but doesn’t want to be too “in your face” with the red. Also to keep in mind red tones fade quickly, but also don’t want to come out of the hair. I would recommend a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner and maybe even a red-depositing shampoo and conditioner from your stylist/professional for at-home maintenance!

Chestnut Brown with Light Brown Highlights

Chestnut Brown with Light Brown Highlights
Instagram @ga_beauty89

Q&A with style creator, Gaby Koite
Hair Artist @ Pixie Glam Studio in Arlington, TX


How would you describe this look?

This look is a warm-toned dimensional balayage. The loveliest thing about this is the color! It looks so natural, especially on her darker base! I focused more brightness around her face and around her ends. I also created a root melt to make everything blend perfectly together.

For her haircut, I added textured layers to create a fun look for her to easily style at home!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would definitely consider this to clients who are looking for a change in hair color but not ready to make that huge leap to go blonde just yet!

There is maintenance but not too much! Just need to come in every 3-4 months for base and toner retouches. I recommend using a blue shampoo once a week to keep brass away and keep your hair looking fresh in between retouch appointments. Lower the temperature on your heating tools and always use a heat protection!

My client is a working momma of 2 and loves the warm tones since it suits perfectly with her skin tone and makes her eye color pop!