15 Best Medium-Brown Hair Color Ideas to Consider This Year

Medium-brown hair colors

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 it’s color diversity and because it is a great shade to compliment any skin complexion.

Brown is your color if you wanna have an extremely natural-looking, dimensional hair with lots of options. With the infinite 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!

Have fun looking for a stunning medium-brown hair color that will compliment you the most in this inspirational gallery below.

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Dark to Medium Brown Ombre

Dark to light medium brown ombre
Instagram @beautelab.salon

Show them you are ready to sign some deals or dance on heels. This dark brown to medium-brown ombre is perfect for those with round faces as a middle part on shoulder length wavy hair creates an illusion of a slimmer face.

Reddish Medium-Brown

Reddish Medium brown hair color
Instagram @molly_thebilberrysalon

A charming and natural look for date night – this layered cut with huge ringlets just screams romantic. This medium red-brown hair color is subtle yet stunning at the same time.

With Auburn Highlights

Medium-brown hair with auburn highlights
Instagram @thepriyaproject

These auburn and medium-brown highlights are for ladies with thin hair looking to add more volume by adding soft and loose curls.

Medium Chocolate Brown

Chocolate brown hair color
Instagram @belllbelle

Definitely a homecoming queen look with dainty loose curls on long wavy hair.

Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights

Medium-brown with caramel highlights
Instagram @hairby_makaylaaa

Taking a break from styling? These medium-brown tones with highlights is a favorite of many chic ladies for an everyday look as it is low-maintenance yet classy.

Chestnut Brown Hair

Chestnut brown hair color
Instagram @tatiana.janae

No more boring hair day for gals with luscious long locks. Add volume to your hair by adding loose curls towards the tips, this will definitely add dimension to your look.

Golden Brown Hair

Golden brown hair color
Instagram @enchanted_hair_by_rum

Style your chest-length hair with a sleek effortless looking beach wave that’s made more stunning when paired with this glittering shade of a medium golden brown hair dye.

Medium Brown with Blonde Highlights

Medium brown hair with blonde highlights
Instagram @natalieezraeelian

Adding dimension to thick hair never looked this good! These fabulous curls are perfect for a hassle free night out.

Medium Ash Brown

medium ash brown hair color
Instagram @the_gypsystylist

Freshen up your locks with this medium ash brown color! The outcome will appear subtle yet glorious at the same time. Don’t let your shoulder-length, straight hair to look flat, so add waves for extra texture.

Cool Medium Brown Hair

Q&A with style creator, Minna Tervo
Stylist @ Q Hair Uudenmaankatu in Helsinki, Finland

How would you describe this look?

This look is a smooth and silky mirror hair. It’s pretty and makes your hair look and feel extremely healthy and glamorous. You can use this look pretty much everywhere.

Any advice for someone considering it?

To create this look, use Label M anti-frizz products: shampoo, conditioner. Before blow dry, use Label M anti-frizz balm and anti-frizz mist. You can use anti-frizz mist also for finishing. It gives you great shine without a greasy feel. When you use those products, you don’t even need a straitening iron. This medium brown hair color is created by KC Professionals ice-coffee toner.

Medium Copper Brown

Medium Copper Brown
Instagram @maxineeglynn

Q&A with style creator, Maxine Glynn
Master Stylist @ Instyle Salon (Inside Jcpenney) in Freehold, NJ


How would you describe this look?

This look is a brown copper-gold color. The loveliest 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.

Any advice for someone considering it?

You have to be very comfortable with the copper tones. A bronze color still has brown so its very soft and natural but definitely has a lot of copper tones so the client has to really love that and want to see that.

Medium-Dark Brown Ombre

Q&A with style creator, Michael Dawood
Hair Colourist @ Medulla & Co. Yorkville in Toronto, ON


How would you describe this look?

Throughout my personal experience, I have grown to adore brunettes! My brunette clients have expressed a preference in a “lightness” throughout their highlights without the color coming across as too blonde. A specific type of blonde is required with the use of the perfect lightener in order to avoid any red or orange pigments being expressed from the transition of brunette to blonde. A medium brown hair color can have a slight reddish tint with certain color combinations.

The knowledge I have acquired over the years has given me the ability to please all of my clients and ensure their needs are met. What I like most about this look would be the balance between the client’s natural hair color and the lightness of the blonde touch. This look is ideal for clients who wish to have very loose and natural looking beach waves. As for the cut, longer layers are usually preferred alongside the color and styling.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My professional advice for a client who wants to pursue this look is to maintain their 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. You have to have a fun, fashionable, and outgoing personality in order to attract those around you. This is a summertime look. If you can see yourself driving downtown, with the wind blowing through your hair and your girlfriends singing along to the radio, then this look is for you.

Medium-Brown Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Kalli Wyssen
Stylist @ Artel Salon in Vancouver, BC


How would you describe this look?

This is a soft medium-brown balayage with a soft-layered hair cut to keep density at the ends. The loveliest thing about this look is the seamless blend from chocolate brown to caramel with no harsh starting points.

Any advice for someone considering it?

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

I will always say professional shampoo and conditioner is a must when doing color to preserve the color and integrity of the hair.

This specific color placement is perfect for someone new to color or someone who wants a low maintenance change.

Light Medium-Brown Balayage

Light Medium-Brown Balayage
Instagram @madi.jcsalon

Q&A with style creator, Madi Almquist
Stylist @ Jon Charles Salon in Wayzata, MN


How would you describe this look?

The things I love about this look is it’s 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.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The style is ideal for hair of all density from thin to heavy. The key to achieving this look is a lot of volume from the temples up and a loose curl. I recommend an inch and a quarter to two-inch barrel curling iron. This look is great for anyone looking to give off a soft, friendly, confident look. It says, “I’m laid back and relaxed, but I brought my A game. I’m here to leave you wondering ‘Who is she?'”

Rich Brown and Burgundy

rich brown and burgundy hair color
Instagram @biannkadoeshair

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