Angela Melero Mar 5, 2015

When it comes to getting adventurous with hair color, brunettes sometimes have it rough. While blondes can change their color dimensions and easily transition into more extreme shades (red, white-blonde, ashy brown), and even redheads have lots of leeway with color experimentation, dark brown or black strands can sometimes hit a wall. As lovely as our chocolate locks are, they often don’t hold color well or allow much room for creativity and explorism. Does that mean you have to stick to solid brown forever and ever? No! We consulted with hair extraordinaire to get the lowdown on fun new hair colors that are ideal for brazen brunettes!

hair color for brunettes

Caramel Brown

Take a page from Jennifer Lopez and lighten up those deep brown locks.  Whether you’re incorporating honey-colored locks via face-framing highlights, balayage, or complete color change, this shade (like Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color Nourishing Color Creme in Caramel Chocolate)  gives your mane some instant illumination. Who doesn’t want that?

Auburn Brown

If you’re looking for a bit of a drastic change, red is the way to go. Get inspired by Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year (marsala) and go for a reddish brown (like L’Oréal Paris Feria in Auburn Brown). This trending shade is great for those brunettes with fair to olive skin tones as it complements your creamy skin perfectly!

Almost Black

Deep brown, almost black strands are super chic and look great on almost everyone! Match this dark shade with an equally chic haircut --  like a bob, lob or long, shaggy layered hair -- and you are golden!

Mahogany Brown

This deep, rich shade (like L’Oréal Paris Feria in Rich Mahogany) delivers the perfect pop of color and dimension for medium- to dark-brown manes. The reddish undertones are also ideal for those of you ladies with green or hazel eyes. 

Toffee, Ash Brown

Ashy hair is so having a moment right now and we could not be more thrilled. This golden, warm shade mixed with a smoky, muddy  tone will have you on trend and turning heads. Rock this look with long, layered locks for the ultimate beach babe look!

Which of these shades will you try first? Sound off on your fave in the comments below!

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About the Author:Angela helps inspire and inform the audience by delivering the latest beauty tips, tricks and trends.

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