25 Best Medium-Brown Hair Colors for Every Skin Tone in 2023

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Medium-brown hair is the middle shade of brown between light and dark. Medium-brown is one of the most common hair colors because of its color diversity and because it’s a great shade to compliment any skin complexion.

Brown is your color if you wanna have extremely natural-looking, dimensional hair with lots of options. With the infinite hairstyle options to choose from, you’ll never run out of styles – layers, bangs, waves, and highlights – it all depends on your features and, of course, your personality and lifestyle. No need to worry about the maintenance, as this tone promises ease and beauty at the same time!

Before your next hair appointment, check out these photos of popular and stunning medium-brown hair color ideas.

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#1: Cool Medium Brunette Hair

A cool medium-brown hair is smooth and silky mirror hair. It’s pretty and makes your hair look and feel extremely healthy and glamorous. To create a cool brown shade, I recommend you use Label M anti-frizz products: shampoo, conditioner. When you use those products, you don’t even need a straitening iron. This hair color is created by KC Professionals ice-coffee toner.

#2: Light Medium Brown Color Melt

If you want to go lighter consider a color melt. Lighter ends with a darker root help to give a softer lived-in feel. It also will make the re-growth less harsh. The main thing to remember is not to go much darker than your natural color. It will help keep things lower maintenance.

Dark to Light Medium Brown Ombre
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#3: Dark to Light Medium Brown Ombre

A dark brown to medium-brown ombre is perfect for women with oval faces. The middle part on shoulder-length wavy hair can accentuate brown eyes. Medium brown hair colors like this allow you to show them you are ready to dance on heels!

#4: Medium Brown with Rose Tint

Switch it up with a medium brown with rose tint at your next appointment. Ask your stylist to add a rosy toner to your highlights. The rose doesn’t stay for long but a color-safe shampoo helps this color from fading too fast.

#5: Thick Brown Hair with a Bright Blonde Money Piece

Make your locks look luxurious with shiny thick brown hair paired with a bright blonde money piece. A big bold money piece is one of the most trending looks right now. By feathering your face framing highlights you can make the maintenance less but still get a bold pop of color. To keep your color looking fresh try to tone every 4-6 for healthy shimmering locks.

Wavy Medium Brown Color
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#6: Wavy Medium Brown Color

A wavy look is the perfect combination of brown, rose gold hues blended with a shadow root creating a seamless color melted look on medium-brown hair.

#7: Espresso Medium-Brown

Go rich with an espresso medium-brown hair color. When looking for that perfect coffee hair color, ask your stylist for a subtle color melt with a darker shadow root that is only a level or two difference from the rest of the hair. For added depth, ask for a neutral base with a warmer mid-length color for that natural sun-kissed effect.

#8: Medium Mousy Brown Hair

Medium mousy brown hair complements both warm and cool skin tones alike which is what makes it universally flattering. It’s on-trend as well as a low-maintenance style. Before blow-drying, simply spray in Mister Fantastic Blowout Spray by EVO for body and style support, and finish with EVO’S Love Drops serum for added shine.

Mushroom brown for medium-length hair
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#9: Mushroom Brown for Medium-Length Hair

Try the mushroom brown for medium-length hair. Choose this hue if you love the darker cool-toned browns coupled with the tones of violet and ash. Keep in mind, the cooler the shade, the more opaque the hair color will look. Avoid this hue if you prefer the brighter and warmer sun-kissed tones.

Medium mocha brown hair color
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#10: Medium Mocha Brown Hair Color

A medium mocha brown hair color can be achieved by balayaging blonde pieces on dark brown hair and then using a mocha toner to tone them down. The mocha color is a mix of warm and cool tones which makes it suitable for every skin tone or complexion. When styling, add a bit of wave in the hair to enhance the beauty of mocha balayage.

#11: Golden Brown Ombre for Older Women

A golden brown ombre for older women will make you feel younger. A golden brown base with balayage ends will leave you feeling a sun-kissed glow on your tresses. The grow-out will be seamless and low-maintenance. Style your hair with some waves to finish off your new look!

Medium honey brown with subtle highlights for over 50
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#12: Medium Honey Brown with Subtle Highlights for Over 50

A medium honey brown with subtle highlights for women over 50 adds dimension and brightness. Honey brown can add just enough warmth to the hair without going too gold. Honey brown color looks beautiful on warmer skin tones, but with so many shades of honey brown out there, you can find one to compliment any skin tone.

#13: Reddish Medium-Brown Color

A medium red-brown hair color is subtle yet stunning at the same time. The color can give your natural hair a new edge. A charming and natural look for date night – this layered cut with loose ringlets also screams romance!

medium to dark brown hair with auburn highlights
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#14: Medium to Dark Brown Hair With Auburn Highlights

These auburn and medium-brown highlights are for ladies with thick hair looking to add more volume with soft and loose curls. The color in this dark brown with highlights is also ideal for blondes who like to try something new.

Chocolate Brown Hair with Medium Brown Highlights
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#15: Chocolate Brown Hair with Medium Brown Highlights

Definitely a homecoming queen with dark medium-brown hair and dainty loose curls on long wavy locks! This shade of brunette hair can amp up locks’ natural color and is sure to match most undertones or any skin tone.

#16: Rich Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights

Taking a break from styling? These medium-brown tones with highlights is a favorite of many chic ladies for an everyday style. What to love best about this shade of brown with blonde highlights is it’s low-maintenance, yet classy.

Warm-Toned Medium Chestnut Brown Hair
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#17: Warm-Toned Medium Chestnut Brown Hair

No more boring hair day for you gals with luscious long locks if you rock this warm-toned chestnut brown color. Add volume to your hair by adding loose curls towards the tips, and you’ll instantly add dimension to your mid-brown locks.

#18: Golden Brown Hair

Color your chest-length hair with a golden brown balayage to give it new life. Mimic the look by opting for a sleek effortless-looking beach wave that’s made more stunning when paired with this glittering shade of a golden brown hair dye.

#19: Medium Brown with Honey Blonde Highlights

Adding dimension to thick, medium-brown hair colors has never looked this good! With these honey blonde highlights, you’ll experience having blonde hair that requires low maintenance. A fabulous curly texture would be perfect for a hassle-free night out.

#20: Medium Ash Brown Hair Color

Freshen up your long bob with this medium ash brown color! The outcome will appear subtle yet glorious at the same time. To prevent your shoulder-length, straight hair from looking flat, add waves for extra texture.

Medium Copper Brown
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#21: Medium Copper Brown

Go for a medium-brown copper-gold color like the one that was created by master stylist Maxine Glynn of Freehold, NJ. “The bests thing about it is its strong bronze tone and that it has a shiny shimmer of copper gold. Pairing it with a soft wave really helps to bring out that shimmer,” explains Glynn.

With a medium-brown color, Glynn says you have to be very comfortable with the copper tones. “A bronze hair color still has brown so it’s very soft and natural but definitely has a lot of copper tones so you have to really love that and want to see that.”

#22: Medium-Dark Brown Ombre

This medium-dark brown ombre was created by hair colorist Michael Dawood of Toronto, ON. “Brunette women have almost always expressed a preference for a “lightness” throughout their highlights without the color coming across as too blonde,” says Dawood. “Medium-brown locks can have a slight reddish tint with certain color combinations.”

Maintain your new dark hair with a variety of hair treatments that promote shiny hair. This also promotes healthy-looking hair and minimizes the chances of accumulating hair breakage from the bleach that is used.

#23: Medium-Brown Balayage

“This is a soft medium-brown balayage with a soft-layered hair cut to keep density at the ends. The loveliest thing about this hue is the seamless blend from chocolate brown to caramel with no harsh starting points,” explains stylist Kalli Wyssen of Vancouver, BC.

Balayage is a technique that can be used on any hair type and face shape and is completely customizable to fit each woman’s goals and personality.

“Using a professional shampoo and conditioner is a must when doing hair color medium-brown,” says Wyssen. “Doing so will preserve the color and integrity of the hair.”

This specific color placement is perfect for women new to color or women who want a low-maintenance change.

Light Medium-Brown Balayage
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#24: Light Medium-Brown Balayage

This light medium-brown balayage is both lightweight and full of body. “There is such soft, subtle movement between the volume and curls that it gives a look of elegance and ease,” says stylist Madi Almquist of Wayzata, MN.

“This light brown hairstyle has a style that’s ideal for all density from thin to heavy,” explains Almquist. “The key to achieving this style is a lot of volume from the temples up and a loose curl. Use an inch and a quarter to two-inch barrel curling iron.”

#25: Rich Medium Brown and Dark Burgundy Hair

The lusciousness that these shades of brown hair display is a perfect match for thick hair density. And with soft waves on a long-length cut, these rich brown and dark burgundy shades are looking chic. Style it with a half-up top knot, and you’re bringing that bombshell vibe!

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