What a professional look? Or a vacation style? Maybe you need to cover gray hair or want a pretty fall look? Well, the style you need is right here and its medium brown hair.
Medium brown consists of a huge range of brunette shades and the most popular of these at the moment are caramel, chestnut, chocolate, and hazelnut. You can use these shades combined with sorrels or bronze shades, blondes and even dark colors like chocolate cherry (deep brunette with red or purple undertones) or midnight ruby (dark mahogany). Brunette ombres, in particular, are a gorgeous look, which work with any length hair and any skin color. Don’t believe us? Check out these 60 amazing examples of beautiful medium brown hair.
# 1 Caramel and Sorrel Balayage Waves
What makes this hairstyle unique (and eye-catching!) is the layer of garnet brown that was painted in just below the ear line. Between the dark caramel colored locks above and the sorrel waves below, this lowlight layer creates the illusion of catching the light in an extraordinary way. If you look carefully, you see this pattern repeated again just below which ties in with the wavy styling perfectly.
For this gorgeous and creamy dark to light brown ombre, the stylist used a few different but complimenting shades of brown. The look starts with deep sable brown roots which were blended into a layer of milk chocolate. Streaks of caramel also begin at this layer and were used to color the edges with the chocolate shade acting as a contrast.
# 3 Formal Hot Toffee and Chestnut Blend
Do you need a formal or wedding hairstyle? Medium brown is a wonderful shade to consider, especially for those with creamy complexions like this model. Her medium length hair looks sleek and natural, colored with a well-blended palette of hot toffee and chestnut shades.
# 4 Ginger Fountain
For this look, the stylist has used thin streaks of glowing ginger brown color over a warm, dark hazelnut base. The color infusion starts close to the forehead and draws the eye back. The hair was brushed up into a high waterfall pony which shows off the shimmering shades perfectly. If you’re trying this look for yourself, remember to tease your hair first and add a few loose curls with the hot iron.
# 5 Truffle with Vanilla Latte Babylights
You can’t go wrong with babylights if you are looking for color that looks natural and sun-kissed, so ask your stylist about them. This example shows just how well they work – this models medium length locks begin with an espresso color at the roots which quickly fades out into a warm truffle brown which has lovely golden undertones. All along the edges, you can see the splashes of the hand painted vanilla latte color.
# 6 Cola Roots with Hazelnut Highlights
Looking for a different shade to use as a base color for your look? Why not steal this model’s style and go for cola shade? This color is the perfect base and as you can see it works well to accentuate hazelnut brown and ash shades like the ones she is wearing.
# 7 Crushed Garnet With Rosy Golden Brown
In this sleek dark to light ombre the stylist chose to bring the lighter shades in from the sides, leaving a large portion of the hair a deeply crushed garnet shade. From the front and melting down the sides we can see warm golden brown that has a rosy tint. The final shade is light ash brown which was used to color the last layer of locks.
# 8 Lived In Ombre
If you’re already a brunette one reason to love a medium brown ombre is that is it so simple to grow out and won’t begin to look untidy as soon as it does so! This model is wearing an ombre which has begun to grow out – you can see her own milk chocolate shade at the roots. This matches perfectly with the palette of browns used to color her locks which include acorn and caramel brown, as well as sorrel on the edges.
# 9 Sparkling Amber
Thin strips and stripes of color are the key to natural looking brunette locks. In this example, the model's long mane was colored using walnut brown for the base and sparkling amber and ginger brown for the highlights. We love the reflective quality of this look which was further enhanced by ironing out her hair.
# 10 Sleek Caramel Honey Swirl
If you want medium brown hair that is going to simply sizzle in the boardroom look no further. This model shows off a fantastic look for the office with a smooth hazelnut base color that was infused with honey and caramel highlights. We love the look of the almost blonde section secreted among the medium brown hair near the edge.
# 11 Glossy Amber Curls
Amber is a light brown shade that has a golden or yellow undertone and it is the shade you see here towards the middle of this model's lovely glossy mane. The stylist teamed this hue together with dark brown roots which melt into warm hazel brown and gave her a romantic curl on the edges to tie it all together.
# 12 Copper Shimmer Waves
Copper shades have an underlying reddish hue and this model shows off how stunning this can look especially if you have long hair to play with. Her color starts off in deep burgundy-tinted brown at the base and then melts into a copper shimmer shade just after the crown. The stylist also included a few nut brown streaks along the sides to act as highlights.
# 13 Edgy Gold and Black
Golden caramel highlights, which have been given a gentle curl to draw attention to them are the cornerstone of this sexy style. Below this layer there are two distinct dark brunette shades including cola and sable brown. Color like this can really add punch to short bob hairstyles.
# 14 Chocolate Melt
Dimensional hair color like this is best achieved using balayage, a free hand color technique, which allows for smoother transition between shades. This model's long hair was colored using a palette of medium browns including dark caramel and hot toffee with crushed garnet for the roots.
# 15 Golden Chestnut with Vanilla Babylights
This mixture of shades has exquisite depth – that’s thanks to the light vanilla microlights that the stylist used. These are set against rich chestnut and golden brown colors which melt out from the model's rosewood hued roots. The locks were styled with a slight wave to help all the delicious colors blend together. We just love medium brown hair - so stylish!
# 16 Golden Brown Splash
In this example, the stylist used color and highlight placement creatively, which resulted in an eye-catching and unique look. At the back, we get a glimpse of the sparkling cola brown shade used as a base color and on top the stylist used ginger brown color which radiates out from the crown. Along the sides sparking amber was blended into this eclectic brunette mix – wow!
# 17 Cherries and Caramel with Rich Chocolate
For exciting looks like this try blending contrasting shades of brown like ones with reddish and orange undertones. This model's hair begins with rich chocolate cherry which lightens into rosewood brown. The stylist has used a caramel shade (orange undertones) and a warm nut brown (with cherry colored undertones) for her highlights.
# 18 Exciting Espresso Curls
Want to try this cute spiral perm look out for yourself? It may seem like the stylist used all over color, but if you look carefully, you can see that besides the dark amber highlights there is also a creamy espresso shade as well as medium hazelnut brown. Remember that if you want to do a spiral perm your hair needs to be quite long to start with.
# 19 Havana Brown with Aquamarine Accents
This model has hair to die for! Look at the length – it extends well past her hips! It’s in beautiful condition as well – very glossy and we love the gentle waves. She has chosen a dark chocolate brown color for the first section which gradually blends into golden Havana brown. To give her an edgy, fun look she’s also included a thick streak of aquamarine blue.
# 20 Sparkling Hot Toffee
Toffee (a creamy brown color with golden undertones) is a medium brown shade that you have to try! In this picture, the stylist used this toffee shade and blended it with nut brown and golden highlights to create a look that is full of dimension and shine.
# 21 Medium Ash Brown with Chocolate Tips
This model has opted for a subtle two-tone look using shades of medium brown. From the roots, extending to the shoulders a medium ash brown was used to color this model's long sleek locks. From here the ash color melts into a warm milk chocolate color – creating a “dipped” effect. She’s kept the styling simple with natural looking waves to show off the pretty color.
# 22 Pumpkin Spice Mix
Love the sorrel colored highlights that this model is wearing? It’s a shade called pumpkin spice and it’s the perfect shade for fall. Orange tinted shades of brown will always be popular for this season. For this style, the stylist used this shade combined with caramel and ginger ale tones over an ashy brown base. Another excellent example of the wonders of balayage!
# 23 Vintage Style Two-Toned Hair
A pinup style with a difference! You may be used to seeing pinup styles in blonde or brown, but we bet you’ve never seen something as creative as this two-tone masterpiece? The stylist used chamomile blonde for half of the model's hair and a warm acorn shade for the rest. These two contrasting shades look incredible in this vintage formal look – we love the rolls in front!
# 24 Hazelnut and Caramel Ombre
To color this model's hair the stylist used rosewood brown for her roots and as a lowlight throughout her locks. Just after the crown line, a mixture of hazelnut and caramel brown were carefully applied using balayage. Along the bottom edge we can also see a dusty ash brown color – which provides beautiful contrast for the brighter colors.
# 25 Golden Caramel Whirl
Caramel shades can range from light to dark and are easy to recognize – this is a brown shade with a light golden blonde tint – much like the confectionery! This model used caramel brown together with a light copper brown shade to color her locks. The roots are medium rosewood brown and the stylist also added a few honey blonde highlights.
# 26 Mirror Smooth Ash Balayage
If you are after a style that has loads of dimension, ask your stylist about using a palette of ash brown shades. For this look, the stylist used both light and medium ash brown shades together with a splash of caramel to create a hairstyle that shines like a mirror. To style the hair was given a blunt edge cut and ironed to a smooth finish.
# 27 Mochaccino Balayage
Subtle balayage is the best method to use when you want a pretty, natural looking brunette hairstyle. In this example, the model is wearing a medium mochaccino color which is followed by a golden tinged caramel shade. A chestnut brown shade was used between these two to help them melt together.
# 28 Brunette Ombre with Ash Brown Dip
We love the dipped effect that was added to this dark to light brunette ombre by using an ash brown color for the bottom section. This model's hair begins with a dark walnut brown base which fades into a mixture of toffee and tawny brown before ending with a splash of ash.
# 29 Sable Roots with Rich Caramel
If you’ve got a bob you really want to have color that pops so why not consider using a deep base color with light colored streaks on top? That’s what the stylist did with this model's hair and the result is awesome! Her style includes sable colored roots, nut brown as a lowlight and creamy caramel streaks.
# 30 Ginger Brown Fountain
To create this warm brown ombre the stylist began by applying a dark, dusty brown color on the roots which was then carefully graded out into a chestnut shade with amber streaks on top. This mixture then lightens into a pale ginger brown which is the final shade. To style, the hair was set in loose curls from the shoulders down.
# 31 Havana Mirror
The base color used for this model's look is Havana brown, which is a dark wood shade. It’s rich and reflective and the perfect color to use to create dimensional looks – especially if you are working with shorter hair. The stylist used a warm ginger cherry color for the thin accent streaks which were hand painted to create a smooth blend.
# 32 Milk Chocolate and Vanilla Babylights
To color this model's medium length locks the stylist chose a palette of warm medium brown shades including milk chocolate, coffee, and light copper. These were applied expertly to create a hairstyle that looks natural and is full of dimension. To finish the look off there are scattered vanilla colored babylights and the locks were styled in loose romantic curls.
# 33 Golden Brown and Champagne Balayage
Dark shadow roots like we see on this model, are a great base for medium brown styles. In this example, the dark roots melt out into a medium ash brown base color which was carried through the style acting as a lowlight. Radiating down from the crown level, we can see thin golden brown streaks and the final shade used on the edges is a smooth champagne blond – so pretty!
# 34 Beach Waves with Sparkling Amber Accent Color
This model's long hair is a dark French roast shade with subtle coffee colored highlights. Next to her face and along the edges, you can also see a cute sparkling amber shade which lightens the look and fits in perfectly with her relaxed beach waves. Fun in the sun anyone?
# 35 Bouncy Chocolate Curls
Girls love curls and a head full of bouncy brunette curls says one thing – you’re fun and ready for adventure! To steal this models style why not ask your stylist to give you an all over dark chocolate color and add in thin streaks of light toffee brown?
# 36 Hazelnut and Honey Duo
Blonde and medium brown hair is a fantastic duo – especially for summer or beach styles. In this example, the model sports a sun-kissed look with a mixture of caramel, hazelnut, and soft honey butter blonde. We love the simple styling with a center parting and slight wave texture.
# 37 Copper and Ginger Blend
Glossy colors look amazing when the hair is straightened! In this example, the stylist used a combination of copper and ginger brown shades over a shiny walnut brown base. The hair was straightened, which allows the light to reflect off the shimmering colors as the model moves.
# 38 Caramel and Nut Layers
This beautiful balayage ombre begins with warm rosewood roots which extend until just past the crown. The stylist then applied hand-painted color in a creamy caramel. This shade mixes with a medium nut brown all the way around the edges. We love this smooth layered cut too!
# 39 Brown to Blonde Ombre Delight
This unique braided hairstyle allows us to get a glimpse of the colors that were used. In this brown to blonde ombre the color melt starts with Havana brown at the base and gradually dissolves into sandy ash brown before ending with beige blond. This palette will work with medium to long locks like this model.
# 40 Cappuccino Over Chocolate Cherry
Hand painting hair color allows the stylist to transition from one shade to the next at different levels. This makes a world of difference to the ombre look. For this balayage masterpiece a cappuccino shade was infused over a chocolate cherry base and a dark nut color was added to the tips as a lowlight.
# 41 Midnight Ruby Melt
This model's long locks start out in a brilliant midnight ruby shade that gradually lightens into a combination of golden chocolate streaks over crushed garnet lowlights. She’s wearing a simple parting with her hair ironed to sleek finish.
# 42 Natural Wood Tones
For this look, the stylist used a palette of natural looking wood shades. The model's hair has sections of carefully applied medium walnut and dusty browns shades over a rosewood base color. The result is a look that has wonderful depth which is further enhanced by a few loose curls and waves.
# 43 Dusty Gray Brown Under Sparkling Ginger
We love the cut and the color of this designer hair! When you are coloring a short haircut like this you really want to go for impactful colors like the sparkling ginger we see here over sable shadow roots. The color beneath this is a dusty gray-brown – the perfect complimentary shade.
# 44 Rosy Caramel Pop
This shiny curtain of brunette locks has a Havana brown color towards the center which gives it added depth. The other colors that were painted in are caramel with a rosy undertone and warm ginger brown. A medium rosewood shade was used as a lowlight in the final layer and the hair was ironed out straight.
# 45 Cinnamon Espresso Blend
This model's locks start out in espresso brown color at the roots which has gradually been faded into cinnamon brown. This color blend extends until the shoulders where it lightens into a delicious biscuit shade. This biscuit hue has also been used to add babylights into the top layer of color.
# 46 Garnet with Caramel and Ash
To create this highly texturized style the stylist began with deep garnet roots which blend into a mix of caramel and ash brown colors which continue to the tips. In-between the dark and light shades a cherry bronze color was used to smooth the transition.
# 47 Elegant Brunette Style
This models style is so classy thanks to a smooth palette of medium brown shades, a great cut, and beautiful styling. The stylist used a combination of espresso, caramel, and golden brown shades to create a dimensional look and then added waves and soft curls on the edges to give it a classic feel.
# 48 Caramel Crazy
Caramel is a popular hair color right now, but don’t think that you need to stick to just one shade. In this example, the model is wearing medium caramel streaks on top which dissolve into a lighter shade on the edges. Beneath this layer is a dark wood brown which provides contrast along with shadow roots in sable brown.
# 49 Messy Look Cappuccino Bob
The two main shades used to color this bob are deep chocolate, which is the base color, and cappuccino brown for the streaks. These two shades play off each other and the messy styling allows them to mix together for maximum effect. This would be a great combination for a natural brunette as they will grow out naturally and not require extensive upkeep.
# 50 Sand and Ginger Blend With Shadow Roots
This model's look starts with dark shadow roots and a Havana brown base color which was carried through the locks, acting as a contrast. Thin ginger brown streaks of color were expertly applied, slowly blending into the pretty sandy brown edges. This palette melts together amazingly well and is enhanced by the natural look beach wave styling.
# 51 Honey Surprise with Walnut Center
Doesn’t this model's hair look incredibly soft and supple? It’s not just the texture that makes it seem that way, but also the color melt. For this look honey blonde color has been applied to the sides and the edges with the center of the hairstyle carrying a darker color- a medium walnut brown. To smooth the transition between the blonde and walnut shades the stylist also added a caramel color.
# 52 Edgy Chocolate Duo
Think medium brown shades can’t look edgy? Check out this models singular style! She’s used a chocolate cherry color at the back of her hair and a warm chocolate brown shade with a hint of gold for the front section. We love this short two toned look!
# 53 Beach Streaks With Acorn Lowlights
Dark browns with blonde highlights make for impactful hairstyles that pack punch! Add some beach waves into the mix and you’ll be ready for anything. This model is wearing a mixture of caramel and golden beach blonde streaks with French roast roots and acorn brown as a lowlight.
# 54 Dipped Chocolate Over Caramel
Caramel and chocolate go together well in cakes and sweets, so why not for hair as well? Here we see a medium length look that starts in shades of ginger brown and caramel which darken towards the tips. The edges of the model's hair were colored a yummy chocolate color, creating the “dipped” effect.
# 55 Cappuccino Wave With Dark Edges
What makes this model's hair look so amazing is the dark color that the stylist used on the edges. You can see how the hair starts with shadow roots that fade into chestnut brown. Lastly, there is a wave of soft cappuccino before the dark edges.
# 56 Brunette Dimension
This model's sassy look is all about brunette! Her short hair starts with a rosewood base color overlaid with sparkling nut and golden ginger brown. To mix them together and give her look attitude the stylist added a few loose beach waves.
# 57 French Roast and Toffee Melt
Here we see a model with a wonderfully bohemian long locks. Her locks begin in a French roast shade that melts out into hot toffee brown just after the crown. The last section of hair is a pretty sparkling amber shade and the hair was styled with sexy waves. Add a pretty headband and head off to that festival!
# 58 Chestnut Accents
For this look, the stylist used a deep walnut shade which gradually lightens into a chestnut towards the model's face. This is a great way to wear dark shades but still have warm color.
# 59 Caramel Mochaccino Edges
To create this fun medium brown ombre the stylist started with dark chocolate roots which are faded into hazelnut and finally caramel mochaccino edges. The dark color from the roots was carried through underneath to provide incredible contrast. Waves were added just past the shoulders to complete the style.
# 60 Sandy Ombre
Another example of beautiful balayage! The stylist used a combination of sable and earth brown shades to apply color at different levels – creating a natural look. Finally, sandy brown highlights were painted in – perfect!
Convinced that you absolutely need medium brown hair? We thought so! Well, you won’t be sorry – as you’ve seen you can use medium colors like this to create hairdos ranging from professional to romantic to edgy and everything in-between. Plus, if you already have brown hair color like this will be easy to grow out, but you’ll probably be back at your hairdresser by then, asking to try another brunette shade. Have fun and be beautiful!