15 Mahogany Hair Color Ideas You’ll Love

best mahogany hair colors

What is mahogany hair?

Mahogany hair is a blend of various shades of dark brown and red. The deep brown hues include chocolate and coffee, which are mixed with red hues such as maroon, burgundy, and purple. Mahogany is a trendy red-brown hair color that women are getting in 2020.

A mahogany red shade is unsurprisingly the most sought-after hair color everywhere because it matches both 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 a sexy 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 this natural-looking color is how low maintenance it is, especially when you have naturally dark hair. Grow-outs would be easy to handle and would save you time and money for salon trips.

Take a look at the sultriest examples of mahogany hair color that are most popular right now!

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Brown Plum

Brown Plum hair color
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Ebony roots with purple and orangey ombre ends in a unique mahogany shade. Layers and curls enhance this kaleidoscopic effect for a younger, more vibrant feel.

Dark Brown Mahogany

Dark Brown Mahogany hair color
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The color mahogany looks amazing on a shoulder-length bob. Wavy ends that are a very manageable day in and day out.

Reddish Brown

Reddish Brown mahogany hair color
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One of a kind styling where you have rich brown roots to an ombre burgundy wine colored ends. A good choice of curling it for an added eye-catching effect on a mahogany red hair color.

With Blonde Highlights

mahogany hair color with blonde highlights
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Light blonde highlights that run down brown locks are a great variation to your mahogany hair! Switch up your hairdo by having a bob and blow drying it to form a nice bouncy appearance.

Dark Chocolate Mahogany

Dark Chocolate Mahogany hair color
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Be the envy of every lady with your luxurious rich brown hair falling effortlessly! A nice mahogany ombre does the trick, together with big curls that are the definition of sexy.

With Caramel Highlights and Balayage

mahogany hair with caramel highlights
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Long, thick, wavy hair is the right canvas to paint on your chosen brown color with some caramel highlights. Feathered strokes on thinner strands make an awesome mahogany balayage look.

Brunette Red Wine

Brunette Red Wine hair color
Instagram @parkavestyles

Dark plum hair on the brown side of the spectrum gives this a beautiful deep mahogany brown hair color. Luscious waves on mahogany long hair help this moody vibe to be appreciated even more.

Light Mahogany

Light Mahogany hair color
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A red tinge to brown hair is always a good idea when experimenting with hair colors. The bob makes a perfect canvas for this shade of mahogany and is also gorgeously matched for her skin shade.

Dark Mahogany

Dark Mahogany hair color
Instagram @therachelcut

Whether its a professional coloring or a dark mahogany hair dye job at home, you can never hide the beauty of such natural hair color. Partnered with an a-line bob cut, layers, and curls, this glossy hair shines wonderfully through and through.

Copper Mahogany Shade

Copper Mahogany Shade
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Intertwined chocolate and caramel colors combined into a mahogany copper hue. A silky mahogany haircut with such layers makes anyone look younger with its soft flow like that.

Mahogany Burgundy Blend

Mahogany Burgundy Blend
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Q&A with style creator, Chantelle Kidd
Hair Stylist / Colorist @ Escape Salon & Spa in Cambridge, ON

How would you describe this look?

This mahogany hue is a soft look with a vibrant flare. My favorite part about it can play with the color dimension. The mix between a muted red with a berry red throughout is so pleasing on the eye. For this style, it was loosely curled and combed apart to show off some more tones. Keeping her length visible and giving her a very casual glam look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

It’s all about the product. If you could your hair, invest in the proper shampoo, conditioner, hair care (color-protecting agents). Also, consider investing in appropriate styling tools to keep the hair healthy and happy.

This guest had the previous balayage I had done a while back. She had light in the ends that made this look possible without doing a double service. Someone who wants this look would need to be prepared for a pre-lightening service before the color service to have the dimension.

This product line is Eufora. It’s a remarkable color and style line. This guest left with the “color-locking system” that is applied after every wash will keep the color 30% longer. Products such as “color elixir” will revive these tones in the comfort of your shower, are used as a conditioner, and adds red each time.

Without the right products, red isn’t guaranteed to hold any longevity. Your kind of water, poor product or washing too frequently does make this look higher maintenance.

This color is a soft enough look to fit many personalities. It’s great for someone who needs change and wants something bold but not over the top. The placement on the vibrant tones can be customized to fit any face shape.

Mahogany Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Mihn Perez
Salon Owner / Hair Stylist @ Moda Hair Salon in Coconut Creek, FL

How would you describe this look?

This look is a rich mocha-copper color. The balayage mahogany highlights are warm and brighten up the skin without being too bold. The style features soft layers and finger-combed barrel curls to provide movement and body to hair that may be too heavy to hold a tight spiral.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For this style (and blow drying in general), we love to use Matrix Biolage Avocado Smoothing Cream. This product was made with coarse hair in mind, but it’s a wonderful product to use for all hair types. This style is a wonderful option for women with thick, heavy hair. Often, the weight of the hair makes it difficult to hold a curl or waves, but this style gives that curled wavy look without looking too dated.

Mocha tones and deep copper tones are a great option for people who want a pop of color but don’t necessarily want to be super bright like a blonde. It’s important to remember that highlights don’t automatically mean “blonde,” and this style is a perfect example of that.

I would consider this to be a mid-low maintenance hairstyle and color. The color will stay vibrant and warm for weeks if the proper products are used. I would suggest Matrix Keep Me Vivid shampoo, conditioner, and Velvetizer leave-in cream.

Cherry Mahogany

Q&A with style creator, Jonathan Rivera
Hairstylist @ The Scarlett Olive Styling Lounge in Winter Garden, FL

How would you describe this look?

This look is a dimensional red mahogany hair that’s called a reverse ombré. Most traditional ombrés begin dark at the roots and blend to a lighter color on the ends. This ombré goes from light at the root, to darker on the ends. It’s because my client had a previous box black hair color that we had to color correct and work with.

My favorite things about this color job would be that it’s very multidimensional, rich in tone, non-traditional, and worked out with a previously used canvas. Ombré, highlights, or lowlights are a great way to add dimensional, depth, and flare to your hair as opposed to a solid color. It goes to show that there are still possibilities to recycle or enhance a color job even with a previously used canvas.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Receive a full and proper consultation from a professional face to face. The consultation will confirm what is possible with your current canvas, what colors will complement your skin tone and personal style (bold versus subtle). It will also cover how often to return to the salon for maintenance, what is within your budget, and how you would like the color to progress over time for future hair endeavors.

The consultation can also reveal tips that will help preserve and protect your new hair color. Such as color-safe professional shampoos, heat-safe products for heat styling, and SPF treated leave-in products to protect from the sun. It can also cover how often to wash your hair, and water temperature used to wash the hair. Here are some other important factors to consider when it comes to hair color: hot tool usage, chlorinated pools, prolonged sun exposure, hard water, and overprocessed hair.

This professional consultation will give you a better understanding overall of what you can expect and how you can customize things to your wants and needs. Everybody is different. Therefore every consultation will vary from person to person.

Dark to Light Mahogany Ombre

Q&A with style creator, Lindsey Gomez
Hair Stylist @ KC Salon in Yorba Linda, CA

How would you describe this look?

This light mahogany ombré is darker on the top and lighter at the ends. I love how the mahogany color blends in smoothly with the golden blonde. I gave my client a fresh haircut as well, followed by using a big barrel curling iron.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is ideal for a client who comes into the salon less frequently. They don’t have to keep touching up the roots as much. This color combination would look great on any skin tone and length of hair. To maintain color, I recommend sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Also, get haircuts frequently, which prevents breaking and splitting. This color is pretty, fun, and also looks great in the sunshine!

Deep Mahogany with Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Morgan Combs
Cosmetologist @ Allure Salon & Spa in New Concord, OH

How would you describe this look?

This medium mahogany hair color is very trendy. It’s subtle, not too outgoing or loud but also very unique and beautiful and seems to go with most of every skin tone. I love how much dimension this color gives to the hair. Some lighter pieces of my client’s hair, before the service, absorbed more of the red like tones. Others absorbed more of the mahogany tones, giving it a beautiful dimension. Plus, the beach wave look helps look so much more dimension!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Consultations are the most important part of the service! Make sure you talk to your stylist about any questions you may have. This color looks awesome on short and long hair, and beach waves are trendy on any length as well.

If you’re trying to achieve the beach wave look, use dry shampoo and hairspray. My favorites are Arrojo dry shampoo and Kenra 25 Hairspray with a slight mist of any type of shine spray. Guy Tang’s is my personal favorite. The look is awesome for any casual outfit or perfect for a night out.