If you believe brunettes have a lot fun, you might think there is no way to change up your look—blondes can be platinum, dirty blonde, and a lot more, but brown hair is brown. Ok? There are actually tons of ways to dye your hair and keep your brunette base, from balayage to glazes to the lovely ombre fade. Below, check out our favorite hair color ideas for brunettes, from natural blends to crazy pops of the color. Do not forget to pin to your inspo boards for the next salon appointment.
1. Sun-kissed highlights
Adding in just a few face-framing blonde highlights can totally change the look by warming things up and giving you a beach-ready glow in your hair. To avoid things getting streaky, keep the blonde more gold-toned as opposed to white or platinum, and add all around the crown instead of just the front to give a lovely natural, kissed-by-the-sun vibe.
2. Mushroom brown
This muted melt is anything but boring, thanks to a unique mushroom-like shade that falls somewhere between the ashy blonde and the taupe. Both cool-toned and warm-toned blondes blend flawlessly into the mushroom-colored fade, and it is the subtle shade Instagram is loving for color which is casual-cool.
3. Rose gold fade
If you know your hair tends to pull slightly orange when it bleaches, a rose gold look is the perfect way to enlighten up your brunette locks while keeping roots dark. This is the sort of look that gets better as it fades, so what starts as a warm, brown-to-rosy-toned glow will end up a Rockstar-approved orangey pink.
4. Warm red glaze
If the idea of bleaching your brunette hair irritates you, opting for an all-over glaze is the perfect way to import a little color combination into your look. A red-toned tinge can warm up dull-brown locks and give them an almost burgundy transformation. Plus, glazing treatments can add strength and shine to your mane, so you can leave the salon with a whole new ‘do in a little amount of time.
5. Smoky brunette
This dark black-to-brunette fade is seriously out-standing —and proof that you don’t have to go blonde to shake up your look or fashion. Plus, dark dyes are healthier for your hair than bleaching, so your strands will thank you.
6. Colored ends
If you like the look of a bit darker, almost-black on brown hair but want to get a little wild, adding a pop of color to ends is a perfect solution. Dip dye for a messy, carefree look, or do a melt like a look above for a seamless alteration. Navy or teal are statement-making yet wearable options if neon pink doesn’t go with your day job.