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15 Brown Hair Color Ideas To Try For The New Year

Give the usual brown a much-needed update!
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We're already halfway into January, can you believe that? It's like the month just flew by! If you've been toying around with the idea of changing up your look, why not try coloring your hair? It's an easy way to immediately modify your appearance, and the best part about it is that it's not permanent.

A color that you might want to try is ~*brown*~. Now, we know what you're thinking. "OMG, brown is so flat," "It will make me look boring," "Nagpakulay pa 'ko kung brown lang din naman?" It's often overlooked and forgotten, but it's actually the most versatile hue of all! You can mix it with just about any other tint and you'll be able to create the perfect customized shade for you. Another plus is that it's mostly low-maintenance, so you don't have to make *too many* trips to the salon for touch-ups.

Below, we have compiled the best variations of brown to serve as your hair inspo for the New Year:

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  1. Dark chocolate

    Satisfy your sweet cravings with this dark brown hue. Its base is a rich cool-toned shade, and the highlights have the right amount of warmth.

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  2. Dark brown ombré

    Check out the seamless transition from dark brown to blonde. This is perfect if you don't want the bleach to touch your scalp!

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  3. Bronde

    Simply put, this hair color is basically brown + blonde. You get the best of both worlds with this one! Plus, this shade is suitable for morenas.

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  4. Brunette balayage

    If you don't want to go all-out with the bleach just yet (we don't blame you, it can be painful and it can dry your tresses out!), try balayage highlights to create a more natural-looking hair color.

  5. Ash brown

    This conservative-meets-edgy hair color is the perfect combination of dirty brown and silver

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  6. Deep brown with hints of dark purple

    If you're really going for ~*subtle*~, try a deep chocolate hue that's mixed with a dark grape shade. It won't be as noticeable indoors, but it will look really beautiful once the sunlight hits it!

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  7. Brown with gold highlights

    Score a timeless, elegant look just like Kate Middleton by adding in some gold highlights to your mane. This color will also take years off your age.

  8. Sunkissed bronze

    Cop that sunkissed ~lewk~ sans the trip to the beach by mixing in warm blonde highlights to brown tresses! 

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  9. Chocolate lilac

    If you want to add a little more dimension to your brown hair, adding some purple highlights will give you that much-needed shine. This trendy hue is perfect if you want to add some color to your locks but you don't want to go full-on Rainbow Brite just yet. 

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  10. Rich brown

    Dyeing your hair a rich brown color makes your locks look luscious and healthy. Just take a look at Arci Muñoz's thick chocolate tresses!

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  11. Cherry chocolate

    If you're not yet ready to fully dive in and get fiery red hair, dip your toes into it by mixing espresso brown and cherry.

  12. Chocolate rose gold

    Rose gold has definitely been enjoying its time in the spotlight, constantly topping every hair color inspo list for the past few years. This 2021, add a classic twist to the trendy hue by mixing in a deep brown to the mix. This combo is more wearable and more work-appropriate, too.

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  13. Milk tea

    2019 was the year of milk tea, there were so many shops opening left and right! We even took our obsession to the next level by ~incorporating~ it in our hair color. ICYDK, it is created by dyeing the roots brown (to represent the pearls) while slowly fading the color into a beautiful milky blonde.

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  14. Face-framing blonde highlights

    If you have a round face shape, frame it with blonde highlights to give the illusion of a more defined facial bone structure.

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  15. Cold brew

    If you're a caffeine junkie, let it show through your hair color as well! It's a very versatile hue, but it will most especially complement our Pinay skin tone. 

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