15 Mahogany Hair Color Shades You Have to See

Avery Hunt
Avery Hunt Hair Colorist

What color is mahogany? A mahogany hair color is a blend of brown and red hues. Depending on how much brown and red shades are applied, mahogany hair can range from subtle to vibrant and is commonly described as rich or deep. These hair colors can include shades of chocolate and coffee, which may be mixed with red hues such as maroon, burgundy, and purple. The hues are a trendy hair color that women crave all year long!

A mahogany red shade is unsurprisingly the most sought-after hair color everywhere because it matches cool and warm skin tones! It’s bright yet cool, vivid yet subtle, and elegant yet relaxed. It’s everything a classy and casual gal would want for her tresses! When worn with a fitting hairstyle, this woody hue gives off a beautiful shine and an irresistible finish.

Brunette celebrity hotties Isla Fisher, Sofia Vergara, Demi Lovato, and Priyanka Chopra all had their strands in mahogany. They proved that their choice of brown is top of the line! You can opt to wear it as highlights, a full-on solid color, or in an ombre like how Insta-famous Utah hair colorist Jessica Powers does it on her clients!

One more thing to love about these mahogany-hued hair ideas is how low maintenance they are, especially when you have naturally dark hair. Grow-outs would be easy to handle and save you time and money for salon trips.

Look at the sultriest examples of light and dark mahogany hair color that are most popular now!


#1: All Over Mahogany with Bangs

Try an all-over hair color with bangs for an unmistakably glamorous look—a great color for olive and cool skin tones. Not only will you make a dramatic entrance, but you’ll be sure to keep all eyes on you. Expert tip: Use a deep conditioning treatment twice weekly to keep your color vibrant. Your hair will thank you for the extra TLC.

Cool-Toned Mahogany Brunette for Long Haircut and Waves
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#2: Cool-Toned Mahogany Brunette

A cool-toned mahogany brunette is a perfect color choice for those whose skin tone is olive. Its gorgeous mix of brown and red tones gives you depth and high shine. To get the best results, using a professional hair colorist who can guide you is important. Show your color off with shine spray and waves for the ultimate luxurious style.

Solid Mahogany Red hair color
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#3: Solid Mahogany Red

A solid mahogany red is a gorgeous tone sought after by many bold hair color lovers. Perfect for any hair texture, a mahogany red looks great on curly or straight strands. Ask your stylist what a good shade would be for you; some may prefer a warmer or cooler red.

#4: Dark Saturated Mahogany Hair

Dark mahogany is a great color for shoulder-length straight hair. This hue has a rich brown tone that is intensified with reddish-orange undertones. Tones like these will add some dimension and texture to your hair and a subtle yet noticeable pop of color.

#5: Dark Mahogany with Copper Highlights

Go for a dark mahogany color with copper highlights. Take color to the next level by adding highlights to show off reflective tones. Think gold and copper for the lightest reflection. A glossing treatment every 6-8 weeks will help maintain shine and tone in your hair.

Mid-Length Layers and Curtain Bangs with Burgundy Mahogany Hair Color
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#6: Mid-Length Layers with Burgundy

Try a mid-length layered cut with burgundy-mahogany color. The difference between burgundy and mahogany is the tones of violet (burgundy) or tones of (red) mahogany. So, depending on your complexion, you should add both of these, a red-violet, to your brown-based color. A colorist will know which one will suit you best.

Cherry Mahogany Balayage
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#7: Cherry Mahogany Balayage

Cherry mahogany balayage is a more red/ pink hue of mahogany. Starting with a traditional balayage, using a lightener is one of the best ways to get the mahogany color to pop. Also, using multiple glazes with different red, pink, and mahogany tones will add incredible dimension and contrast. Reds generally fade fast, using a color-enhancing treatment like Eufora Color Revive Red, which can help redeposit red tones for longer-lasting color.

#8: Yummy Brown Plum Mahogany

Ebony roots with purple and violet ombre end in a unique shade. Layers and curls enhance this kaleidoscopic effect for a younger, more vibrant feel within this slight mahogany tint.

Vibrant and Stunning Mahogany Curls
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#9: Vibrant and Stunning Mahogany Curls

The vibrant and stunning mahogany tone on these curls adds so much depth. If you want to showcase curls or waves, a bold color like this adds edge and shine. Your curls will love the shine!

Wavy Black Hair with Mahogany Ends
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#10: Wavy Black Hair with Mahogany Ends

A wavy black hair color with mahogany and ends is timeless and attractive. Go for deep mahogany if your base color is naturally dark. This rich color will compliment your skin tone and be easy to touch up every 6-8 weeks. You can do an ombré of highlights with a color melt to blend the best with your natural hair.

#11: Blended Cherry and Mahogany Highlights

Ask your colorist for a blend of cherry and mahogany highlights. A rich chocolate red for the cooler seasons, bringing out fall and winter tones. A blend of multiple colors will create the most dimension to your red colors. Depending on your complexion, you will want to chat with your stylist about the right hue. And be sure to maintain with a color-safe cleanser like Hairstory’s New Wash Original.

#12: Dimensional Mahogany with Magenta Hues

A dimensional mahogany with magenta hues is stunning. For a rich saturated color, try a color with highlights of a magenta tone. It will complement the color and add dimension and texture. It’s important to get glossing in between every 6weeks to maintain color. Use color-safe cleansers at home like Oway Color Protection Hair Bath.

#13: Violet and Mahogany Balayage

Consider a violet mahogany balayage. For dark hair, this is the perfect balayage color. You tend to lift a little warmer, so staying in the tone of caramel can help this color stay vibrant. Play with different tones of reds and violets to match your skin tone. Invest in color- protection hair bath and mask like the brand Oway.

Mahogany and Chocolate Blended Hair
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#14: Mahogany and Chocolate Blend

Dream of the richest brunettes; you’ll think of mahogany and chocolate in a heartbeat. Not only will this color turn heads, but your hair will feel so healthy and have a shine that will be long-lasting. Whether you style this look straight or curled, it will look amazing! I suggest using a great heat protectant and a shine spray to finish your look.

Dimensional Mahogany with Dark Undertones
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#15: Dimensional Mahogany with Dark Undertones

Ask for dimensional mahogany with dark undertones for your next color appointment. Great on any hair length; the red hues blend well with darker hair. I suggest using cooler water when rinsing mahogany to prevent fading. Also, use a heat protectant before any heat styling.