Who said brown has to be boring? Nobody ever, we hope. When the weather starts to cool, it’s high time to start experimenting with darker, more fall-ready shades. These 8 stunning fall hair colors for brunettes will have you calling your colorist with a quickness—who says that blondes have more fun?
Chestnut. Interlacing rich, true cool brown shades with lighter tones is a great way to brighten up the face, especially if you have the kind of complexion that goes ashy or dull during the less sun-filled months (it happens to the best of us).
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Almost Black. A coffee-colored shade, like Frieda Pinto's gorgeous natural color, lends itself to super-shiny, healthy-looking hair. The catch? It's important to see a skilled colorist rather than get your hue out of a box—super-dark colors like these can easily go flat and drab.
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Deep Brown. A soft, warm-leaning brown shade, like this one on Jennifer Garner, looks natural and flatters a wide range of skin tones. In fact, we'd say it's one of the easiest hair hues to pull off, and the ability to integrate highlights and lowlights makes it seasonally versatile.
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Subtle Ombré. Update your look without changing your base color: All you need is a few pieces of a natural-looking, well-placed ombré, like Leighton Meester. Because lightened areas tend to pull warm and brassy on naturally dark hair over time, keep your color looking fresh by using Rita Hazan Ultimate Shine Gloss in Breaking Brass every other wash.
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Beachy Ombré. This look, as seen on Jessica Alba, is more of a "true" ombré, where the lower parts of the hair are noticeably lighter than the top rather than having lighter pieces woven throughout. It's a great way to try a significantly lighter look without the maintenance factor of having roots.
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Medium Brown. The perfect medium brown is slightly less attainable than deeper browns and chestnut shades because the ashy, cool tones don't work for everyone, but if you're lucky enough to have the kind of olive complexion necessary to pull it off, by all means go ahead. Rose Byrne is the perfect example of how gorgeous and decidedly not boring this color can be.
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Light Brown. Fair-skinned girls who don't want to go too dark may just find their perfect fit in a softer shade with natural dimension, like this fawn brown on Emma Watson.
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Caramel. In the nebulous realm between dark blonde and light brown lies caramel, the perfect in-between point for the girl who just can't decide—or, in the most likely case, the girl who wants to go a bit darker but just isn't willing to give up her blonde. Make like Sofia Vergara and opt for brightening highlights strewn throughout.
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