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Brilliant Brown Hair Color Ideas from Madison Reed

The browns have it. From light to dark. Honey-drenched to dark chocolate. Ash to golden. Darkened to the deepest ebony or enriched with a red tint. Brunettes have never looked so good. Amazingly versatile, brown hair color spans the style spectrum. California beach-inspired beauty, check. Angelina Jolie-style elegance, no problem. As the base for an edgy dip dye, perfection.

Even better? It is almost universally flattering. If you are thinking about making the switch to lust-worthy glossy brown hair, the key is to optimize a rich multi-tonal look. Check out our favorite brown hair color ideas right now to find your next color inspiration.

Ash Brown

Universally flattering, this classic hair color is as elegant as it gets. This gorgeous base shade works beautifully when darkened, lightened, tinted, highlighted, or glossed to create multi-dimensional hair color. See if ash brown hair color is right for you.

Torino Brown (5NA) is our ash brown.

Stephanie D  {{'2015-11-18T16:47:54.000Z' | date}}

Before trying Torino Brown, I tried both Venezia Brown and Napoli Brown. Both were beautiful, but they pulled a little too "red" for me. I wanted a very neutral dark brown, and Torino Brown fits the bill perfectly. In all three cases, my hair has never been so incredibly shiny, glossy and healthy looking. Madison Reed permanent hair color is just an absolute game-changer for me. I was not willing to pay the exorbitant costs of getting my hair colored in a salon every six weeks, but box hair color always faded on me. Madison Reed hair color DOES NOT FADE. The only way I know when it's time to color again is when my roots start to show. But my color stays as true on the last day as the day I colored it. I also love how there is absolutely no smell with this product. This is by far the very best hair color I have ever used. Not only does my hair look gorgeous, but I feel as though I'm not damaging my hair when I use it.


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Chocolate Brown

Natural, rich, creamy. Chocolate brown hair is endlessly enticing. This understated hue stands out on its own terms and radiates a feature softening warmth like no other. See if chocolate brown hair color is right for you.

Verona Brown (6NAC) is our chocolate brown.

Michelle B  {{'2015-04-16T17:27:02.000Z' | date}}

I've been coloring my hair for years with the same product so making the jump to Madison Reed was a big one. I LOVED the coverage and the way my hair felt after coloring. I went to my stylist the next day for a cut and she couldn't believe how great the color looked and how super the coverage was. That alone told me a lot about the product. Although the Vernona Brown was a little darker than I was looking for I do blame it a little on myself as I had to pull it through on everything to make sure I had a good match the first time…and I did leave it on a little longer. But the color was rich and natural.


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Medium Brown

This is a hair color nearly anyone can wear. It warms a whole gamut of complexions and has a remarkable way of highlighting brown, blue, and green eyes. Add our Color Reviving Gloss to highlight and add to the rich tones. See if medium brown is right for you.

Tuscany Brown (6NGV) is our medium brown.

Christina V M  {{'2016-01-07T15:43:33.000Z' | date}}

Easy to use, very pleasant scent. Very warm brown color.


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Honey Brown

This may as well be called Hollywood blonde. This California beach-inspired color offers the perfect amount of polish to easily dress up or look effortlessly undone. See if honey brown hair color is right for you.

Lucca Light Brown (7NGV) is our honey brown.

mary S  {{'2015-08-06T13:38:40.000Z' | date}}

I have been coloring my grey for years. Many mistakes, many salon visits to correct. This color is the best I have ever used. The color is natural, the coverage is good, and the directions were very user friendly. Love this product.


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Want Red Hair?

Want to turn your look up to 11? Red color is your ticket to check-you-out hair. But you can also opt for subtler shades, like deep mahogany Firenze Brown or burgundy hair color Trieste Red. Coloring your hair red is definitely a bright idea—how bright you want to go is up to you.


Want blonde hair?

Blonde color runs the gamut from natural to striking. Ashy platinum shades like Roma Blonde deliver rock-star cool. Neutral blondes, like Capri Blonde, are easy to maintain and grow out. And ultra-warm honey blondes, like Sicily Blonde, are more on-trend than avocado toast.