33 Vibrant Dark Hair Colors to Try Right Now

Dark hair colors

Darker hair colors don’t mean just going for darker shades and this season beckons for deep tones and rich shading. Simply look at your existing shade and go a level or two darker. Remember, going darker doesn’t mean you need to color your hair black to enjoy the benefits of a new hue. Darker hair is seductive and charming. So, before you go on and make a big change, look at your natural tones and complexion. Start with a subtle change by enhancing your existing undertones to take it to the next level. With all these choice selections, your hair will be merry and bright all season! Adding lowlights, dramatic color blocking or deepening your base are all effective ways of enhancing your current look. Look at these creative dark hair color ideas and stand out in the crowd!

Shad of Black Ink

Shad of Black Ink
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There’s nothing sexier than a straight natural mane as dim as the midnight sky. Ideal if you want a dazzling shine on your long layered hair.

Deep Brown

Deep Brown
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Simple yet elegant – keep your natural dark hair intact but with added lush! These subtle reddish-choco undertones are certainly giving these waves a major shine.

Natural Dark Hair

Natural Dark Hair
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Q&A with style creator, Selina McManus
Hairstylist @ Native Studio Salon in Fremont, CA

How would you describe this look?

This is a custom ash brown balayage. My client is very low maintenance and wanted something to give her beautiful natural dark color a little bit of pop. The cut is long soft layers, with a bit of framing and a fringe. I love enhancing natural color, and a balayage is perfect for anyone looking for a low maintenance look. The color really stands out with the style and cut, and I love it!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a great look for someone who doesn’t have a lot of time to be in the salon. Most first time coloring clients are worried about the upkeep, and this would be a great way to introduce color. Brunettes don’t need to be flat or boring, as a great cut and a few dimensional pieces go a long way.

Bold Espresso

Bold Espresso
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Q&A with style creator, Sadie Curtin
Extension Expert & Creative Color Specialist @ The Livingroom Salon in Costa Mesa, CA

How would you describe this look?

This look is a warmer take on a classic brunette. It offers the benefits of a lighter softer version without being too light. Chocolate and golden undertones are very present and give the reflective quality everyone is looking for in 2019. The dimension in this photo comes from golden balayage that is balanced throughout the hair and also accented by a wonderful long layered cut.

Any advice for someone considering it?

A warmer brunette look is perfect for almost everyone. It’s ideal for anyone battling aging. The reflective qualities this color has allows for the light to bounce more off the skin and help hide fine lines. A good rule of thumb when considering hair color – gold reflects and ash absorbs! Brown hair doesn’t have to be boring.

Dark Steely Blue Black Hair

Q&A with style creator, Maryn Bauer
Stylist @ Posh the Salon in Durham, NC

How would you describe this look?

This is a steely blue with a black base.

I love that my client wanted to try something fun and bold, and it suits her so naturally!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is definitely a high maintenance color. I recommend Redken’s Extreme line for shampoo and conditioner. She will also use a custom color mask we made every two weeks, let it soak/process for two hours!

Dark & Rich Textured Bob

Dark & Rich Textured Bob hairstyle
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Q&A with style creator, Tayler Woodward
Redken Certified Haircolorist & Balayage Artist @ Tayler Made Hair in Lindale, TX

How would you describe this look?

This look is a shoulder-length, straight across (non-angled) textured bob. My favorite thing about this look is its versatility because it can be worn many different ways.

Any advice for someone considering it?

When a client is considering doing a similar look to this or going shorter to a shoulder-length cut, my advice is always to ask them where they are in their life at that time. I follow up that question with telling them that a shoulder-length bob does require more frequent appointments back to the salon to maintain the shape of this look so that it does not go into the “in between” or “awkward” stage.

The best face shapes for a one-length (minimal layered) cut would be oval, heart, or diamond face shapes. Products to consider using are texture sprays like Redken Wind Blown 05.

To get the textured look, it’s important to use a 1-inch curling iron, alternating the direction of the waves/curls, and to not let the iron set too long. This gives the more lived-in and disheveled look.

The color is Redken Color Gels 3n. Her natural color is level 6/7 neutral/warm brown. She likes to keep it very cool, dark, and rich. She has naturally very thick hair, so there was thinning involved in the cut as well on top of the actual cut and shaping. She has a hidden undercut underneath as well. The cut is still long enough to put in a small ponytail.

Fun & Edgy

Fun & Edgy hairstyle
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Q&A with style creator, Melissa Marshall
Hairstylist / Colorist @ Gerber Salon in Keyport, NJ

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a fun, soft textured lob. The cut gives movement to the hair and the color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My favorite thing about the look is her color because it’s fun and edgy but not too bright. It is great for someone looking to play with fashion shades but isn’t ready to commit to something bolder. I like to refer to fashion colors as weekend colors because of how fast they lose their vibrancy, so I don’t recommend these colors for low maintenance clients.

To maintain dark hair colors, I recommend washing with products for color-treated hair such as Oribe Beautiful Color or R+Co Gemstone. Both are super gentle on the color and help preserve the vibrancy. Washing the hair less often and with cooler water will also help.

When styling the hair, I highly suggest heat protectant products and not to use hot tools over 325 degrees.

Warm Brunette Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Shelby White
Hairstylist @ SW Beauty LLC in Narragansett, RI

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as brunette balayage. I love the warm tones in it that balance out her dark base color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Think about your starting level in regard to how dark your natural hair is. If you have a darker base, this is a great color to do for a low maintenance look. The warm tones work really well with medium to darker skin tones, as well as any skin color that doesn’t have a lot of pink or red. If you have red in your skin tone, this might make the skin look more red.

This is a wonderful look for a client that is more low maintenance because you are adding color without an every four to six-week commitment. All products used are by Redken.

Soft & Classic

Q&A with style creator, Grace Palazzolo
Hairstylist @ Hair Theatre Salon in Saint Louis, MO

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this as a soft and classic look. I love that even though it is a trendy color and style right now, the overall look is timeless and low maintenance. It will never look bad or dated in old photos in the future!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This type of look is ideal for anyone seeking a soft and lived-in style. It is very low maintenance, making it perfect for anyone who does not touch up their color often and wants the regrowth to look natural.

It is also perfect for someone who is just beginning to test the waters of hair color. The highlights can be emphasized or downplayed depending on placement.

The best part is that it suits just about anyone, no matter what their age or lifestyle! We styled it a bit more glamorous, but it’s not overly fussy in order to complement the simple yet versatile color.

Dark Colors Beachy Waves Hair

Q&A with style creator, Jeanie Vella
Senior Stylist @ House of Mann Hair Design in Brampton, ON

How would you describe this look?

This look is a trendy, medium-length, textured haircut with those beachy waves everyone is looking for right now.

My favorite thing about this look is the dark, rich color by Redken that gives off a beautiful glossy finish.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Anyone can rock this look as long as they have a curling iron or wand and some texture spray! Curls or waves create softness and go well with all face shapes. Styling the hair like this is effortless and takes minimal time to achieve, which is great for mornings when you are feeling rushed.

With dark hair colors like this one, I advise using a demi-permanent color as they are super healthy for the hair and offer tremendous shine. Using a demi allows you the ability to change up your color more often as they are not permanent. These colors slowly fade away with no harsh line at the regrowth area to also make this a low maintenance color.

Modern Classic Hair Dark Chocolate Colors

Modern Classic Dark Chocolate hairstyle
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Q&A with style creator, Bentley Scarbro
Professional Stylist @ Salon Elite in Teays Valley, WV

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as modern and classic. Dark chocolate hair is always in style, no matter what the season.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice to someone thinking about dark hair colors is that it is definitely still an investment, just like going blonde. I recommend using a color-protecting shampoo and products that don’t contain anything that will strip the hair, such as sulfates and alcohol). Keep the hair conditioned because dark hair always looks best shiny and silky!

I think brunettes have just as much fun as blondes. Going to the dark side is definitely something everyone should give a try!

Precise Blunt Bob

Q&A with style creator, Darla Walker
Owner @ Pink Mullet Salon in Franklin, TN

How would you describe this look?

I’m incredibly inspired by precise blunt bobs with hard lines! This style, in my opinion, makes such a statement on its own.

It needs a simple yet stunning hair color to enhance the precise lines of the haircut, not take away from it. With this cut, simple is best. There is no need for fancy balayage or six bowls of dimensional color. Simple can make just as big of a statement!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Depending on your hair texture and if executed correctly, this haircut could be a wash and go style or styled with minimal time investment. I love cutting this style with a super blunt and heavy fringe, even though would be a bit more of a time investment when it comes to styling.

A volumizing cream (not a gel or mousse) mixed with a blow dry cream in the crown will create the perfect amount of volume and shine to turn heads!

Rich Mahogany Dark Hair

Rich Mahogany hairstyle
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Q&A with style creator, Cheyenne Cameron
Stylist @ Salon Fifty Four in Green Bay, WI

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

This look screams “fall” to me! Everyone wants to richen up their hair and get rid of the bleached out summer shade once October comes around.

I used All-Nutrient to create a rich mahogany tone. I love how past balayage still shows through the color to give the hair dimension. It has that lived-in highlight look!

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

Kevin Murphy products are my everyday go-to products in the salon. I love everything about the line! All the products are color-safe, as well as sulfate and paraben-free.

For this particular look, I recommend the Hydrate.Me wash and rinse, Body.Builder for a great blowout, and Anti.Gravity spray to create hold for the loose waves.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is definitely for someone who comes into the salon frequently! To ensure the richness, the hair will need to be kept up. This color and style would be good for most women. Loose waves are such a trend at the moment! They give the hair more style and show the ribbons of color best.

Effortlessly Sassy Hair Color

Effortlessly Sassy hairstyle
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Q&A with style creator, Malory Mendonsa
Hairdresser/Educator @ Studio One Salon in Kennewick, WA

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

This style is not for the faint of heart as it sits above the shoulders, but it is definitely an effortlessly sassy style. The rich chocolate also gives this haircut a sophisticated edge.

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

This guest has tons of heavy, oil-prone hair, so before styling, we use Bumble and bumble All-Style blow dry. When applied right on the roots, it can repel oil for longer and extend the life of your blow dry. We curled away from the face with a 1 1/4-inch curling iron and broke it up by finishing with Bumble and bumble Dryspun!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

A shorter length bob is perfect for anyone wanting easy wash and go hair while still having the option of styling. This warm chocolate brown is a great option for lighter skin tones wanting to take a trip to the darker side!

Dark Brown Haircut

Brownstone Babe hairstyle
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Q&A with style creator, Coley Nevalsky
Hairstylist @ Metamorphosis Hair Design in Sturbridge, MA

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

I would describe this look as brownstone or rich chocolate shade. My favorite thing about this is how deep, rich and cool toned it came out, while still having that slight natural looking highlight to it!

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

I used JOICO to achieve this color and I recommend using a sulfate-free, color care shampoo and conditioner to keep it looking nice and deep.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this dark brown hair color for the low maintenance client with naturally darker hair. It is ideal for someone that pushes their appointments out closer to ten to 12 weeks rather than six to eight. I believe this would look great with any skin tone.

Deep Dark Chocolate Brown Hair Colors

Deep Chocolate Brown hairstyle
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Q&A with style creator, Sofia Davila
Level 1 Stylist @ Roots Hair Devotion in Brick Township, NJ

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

This is a look I would describe as a deep chocolate brown. My favorite thing about this medium brown shade is the shine and sophistication this look gives off.

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

To create this dark brown hair tone, I recommend a conditioning color to add shine and keep the hair as healthy as possible. I used Redken’s Shades EQ Cream line which is formulated with pomegranate oil, rice protein, and a conditioning polymer.

Color-safe shampoo, conditioner and styling products are a must to maintain this hue. I highly recommend sulfate-free products such as Redken’s Color Extend Magnetics line.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Dark hair colors reflect beautifully on someone with an olive/tan skin tone. Redken’s Shades EQ Cream is a no-lift, no-ammonia hair color, so it is ideal for someone who does not require gray coverage but wants to add depth and shine to their hair.

Shiny Sable Shade

Sable Velvet Finish Dark Hair Color

The cool, velvety finish of this deep sable brown hair color is a gorgeous choice for natural brunettes. Pre-lighten and tone with your fave shade to eliminate any warmth. Top it off with a clear gloss for a shiny finish.

The gentle coolness of this sable brown hue best suits a yellow/olive complexion. Naturally brown tones can achieve this shade, just be sure to neutralize unwanted warmth for the right effect.

A sleek, high fashion ponytail with a deeply parted fringe makes a bold statement. Don’t forget the shine spray to give it that high reflective feature and always go for a color-enhancing shampoo to retain that rich tone.

Dark Charcoal Tone

Charcoal Dark Multi Hue Hair Color

This multi-hued delight is a clever way to update traditional black. Shades of charcoal grey and deep cobalt blue plus streaks of smokey taupe give your hair a perpetual backlit effect.

Diffuse your natural texture so it’s not perfectly straight and offset with a sharply cut fringe. The blunt fringe cut right above the eyebrows really brings attention to the eyes. This hairstyle can be enhanced with layers and other shades or streaks of color. With long hair like this, it is important to keep the ends cut and trim and not overwash to prevent dilution of the rich hue.

Espresso Hair Color

Expresso Brunette Rich Deep Coffee Shade

The best part of waking up is…bold espresso hued hair! This is a gorgeous tone reminiscent of freshly ground coffee that entices the senses.

This rich espresso brown hue is a great compliment to lighter skin tones and the shades can vary by a few degrees. Light makeup around the eyes and lighter shades of lipstick go well with this but going with darker shades would also create a vivacious style. Dark brown hair with extra shine produces an eye-catching appearance.

Gorgeous and sexy waves are the way to go to show off this espresso hair.

Black Ink Shade

Ink Glossy Dark Hair Color

Here’s an inky black shade with just a touch of the ‘blues’. Try this as a gloss to prevent dye overload.

Long locks benefit from softly curled ends for just the right amount of movement and texture. With darker shades, it is easy to mix and match some color swatches to create an ombre effect or keep it switching depending on the angle and lighting like this look. Lighter skin tones work very well with these shades.

Cashmere Tone

Cashmere Velvety Hue Long Straight Hair

A delicate tone that’s soft to the touch, this cashmere brown hue hair color is everything.

Wear your hair sleek to show off your hue and wow everyone with serious shine. The blunt cut bangs are the perfect touch to combine with the sleek locks. Adding layers or curls can enhance the hairstyle for more formal events, just make sure to add a shine serum to get that lighting effect. The complete medium brown hue can easily be achieved for women with both lighter and darker shades already.

Dark Ash Hue

A dark ash hair color
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Get your hair on fleek with this chestnut medium brown base blended with medium ashy blonde! It’s sexy and offers an unparalleled dimension to your long wavy locks.

Neutral Black Shade

Neutral Black Hair Color Bob

The little black bob is perfection. This neutral black hue offers lovely framing for porcelain complexions.

This neutral toned black hue best suits a pale, porcelain complexion. Naturally black hair can achieve this shade with a gentle, demi-permanent glaze.
Statement hair deserves to be styled. Keep your look smart with a beautifully cut silhouette. Dark hair colors look even better with the right cut silhouette.

Deep Dark Gold Hair Color

Deep Gold Burnished Glossy Bob

Take your blonde deeper with this burnished, metallic gold tone. This rich shade is a great take on 60’s hair.

This metallic gold-tone best suits a yellow or peachy complexion. Medium-light hair can achieve this shade with a gentle, demi-permanent gloss.
This tone rocks and the cut and style easily transport you to another era. Even a Bond girl could be seen in this chic, glamorous tone. It is super important to use a color protecting shampoo and conditioner for this shade because it can easily become dull to a point where a touch up with a colorist is needed.

Cinnamon Shade

Cinnamon Spicy Warm Tones Dark Color

Spice up your style with the magnificent warm golden tones of this cinnamon-inspired hue. You’ll fall in love with this rich tone with a reflective sheen.

The reddish-gold tone meshes the best of lighter and darker hues and is perfect for formal events.
Try an Avant-Garde twist on the top knot to show off your gorgeous hue because the top of the hair is allowed to glimmer with that vibrant shade. What is awesome about this particular look is the use of the totally opposite blue shade on the eyes which just somehow works.

Dark Chocolate Hair Color

Chocolate Silky Smooth Dark Hair Colors

This shade is silky smooth, showcasing an assortment of rich and milk chocolate brown tones.

Long layers are perfect for showcasing these subtle shades of brown. The brunette highlights add some flair to the rich, darker base color but the key is to not stray to far from it. A deeply set parting showcases the subtlety of these delectable chocolate tones.

Nutmeg Tone

Nutmeg Warm Brown Radiant Rich Tones

The depth of this warm brown shade is just right. The rich red tones of this nutmeg hue produce a radiant quality.

The warm, reddish undertones are perfect shades for the holidays. Holiday spices are great inspiration for playing with your hair color. Going with fall hues can really enhance the hair during the holidays and prevent that dull look all season long.

Toffee Hair Colors

Toffee Dark Brown Cascading Waves Highlighted Ends

In this look, brown waves cascade softly into toffee-colored ends. This look is a lovely ombré update.

Softly styled waves are the perfect canvas for tones that melts. This hairstyle is definitely a head-turning treasure. The ombre effect is enhanced with the curls and the combination of an almost purple shade at the top and darker browns at the bottom really create and mysterious finish. Many hues would work with this hairstyle as well so ask a colorist for some great ideas.

Brunette Chestnut Shade

Chestnut Dark Brown Brunette Color with Silky Undertones

A deep and mysterious brunette with a chestnut-inspired hue shifts the focus to you. There is just enough of a color shift infused in the hair to make it vibrant and creative. Brunette hair can be infused with a variety of highlights or lowlights to create unique hairstyles. Medium shades of brown just have that neutral tone that work well with other colors.

An eye-grazing fringe and a softly framed cut are all you need to really show off this shade.

Dark Natural Black Hair

Natural Black Short Glossy Shine

Sometimes there’s no need to change a good thing. Try a shine gloss to liven up natural black to make it pop!

The natural black tone best suits a yellow, pale or peachy complexion. Pair this ‘natural’ look with a fiercely cut, geometric pixie shape for instant drama. With haircuts this short, it all comes down to the color and the style and the wrong combination could be disastrous but going all black is hard to mess up.

Matte Black

Matte Black Ultra Dark Hair Color Look

Ultra-saturated black tresses offer a striking contrast with a matte finish.

The matte black tone just goes hand in hand with wild, rocker hair. Make it bigger with major backcombing for a rough, rock-n-roll look. Keep this tone cloudy by staying away from the shine sprays and not leaving the hair sleek and straight.

Caramel Color

Caramel Textured Long Curly Look with Highlights

Let your texture do the talking. Play with multi-dimensional caramel tones to refresh your look.

Get these gorgeous tendrils by wrapping hair around a clipless wand. Caramel is a great choice for many skin complexions because it balances out both lighter and darker skin tones.

Chocolate Raspberry

Chocolate Raspberry Dark Hair

This decadent shade is gorgeous in every way. A rich brunette with deep raspberry notes will leave all around you breathless.

The berry undertones of this brunette hue create an afterglow effect which makes it a perfect selection for formal galas. Keep your hair softly styled to reflect maximum shine and it is best to get the hair colored a few days before the event.