32 Stunning Long Dark Brown Hairstyles

Rock your brown tresses with some of these elegant, timeless, and chic long hairstyles.

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Long dark brown hairstyles look spectacular and are a staple in hair trends. Their multidimensional appearance with an added depth gives them a sensual appeal that is unmatched. But, styling this hair in new and unique ways can become a chore if you don’t have creative juices flowing every day. Today, we are going to share with you how to style your long brown hair without getting bored of the same hairstyle and give you some inspiration for creative hair styling. Scroll down to check the 32 hairstyles for long dark brown hair!

protip_icon Before You Get Started
  • Golden brown and brown with ginger tint are top hair colors best suited for pale skin tones. Those with darker skin tones can opt for shades like cinnamon balayage and mocha highlights.
  • Ensure you use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner to maintain the dark brown hue.
  • Deep conditioning will help maintain a rich color and prevent any dryness.
  • Avoid hot showers to prevent hair color from bleeding.
  • Center-parted and long-wave hairstyle is suitable for most face shapes like oval, round, and heart.

32 Stunning Long Dark Brown Hairstyles

1. Natural Brown And Caramel Ombre

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A slicked-back, curly ponytail can take your curly hairdo to a whole new level. Turn to Bella Hadid for some inspiration. Don’t those natural brown tresses with caramel coils look amazing? Well, it also helps to add tons of dimension to the mane.

2. Layers With Chestnut Highlights

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Warm chestnut highlights on Priyanka Chopra’s dark brown hair just liven up her locks and flatter her face. Also, it helps to add a sense of depth and dimension to the mane in a subtle way and looks super sexy. Right?

3. Brown Layers

Long dark brown layered hairstyle
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If you have brown hair, one of the best ways to flaunt it is to get it cut in some layers and curl your hair. If you have a square or diamond-shaped face, your facial outline may appear a bit harsh. Soften it with layers and flowy curls.

4. Dark Chocolate Brown

Long dark chocolate brown hairstyle
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Chocolate just makes everything better. Getting over a break-up? Have some chocolate ice cream. Sleepy day at work? Drink some hot chocolate! Why not take that yummy richness to your locks? Add a nice chocolate coat over your brown locks and behold its glossy sheen!

5. Golden Brown

Golden brown hairstyle
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If you are looking to spice up your medium to long brown hair, look no further. Add some blonde hints to your brunette locks. It may look a bit ginger, but you can see the blonde shine through.

6. Straight Long Brown

Straight long brown hairstyle
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Katie Holmes is the poster child for brown hair! She has stunning fine brown hair that is her signature look. If you have long hair like this, take a leaf out of her lookbook. Add some layers towards the ends of your hair. This will make your fine locks look thicker.

7. Balayage

Balayage hair color
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Balayage is a hair coloring technique. Instead of using a brush to color your hair, use your hands. Balayage is a French word meaning ‘sweeping,’ as in to sweep on a hair lightener product to create highlights. This gives the overall look a more natural and flowy feel. To blend the balayage seamlessly into your natural hair color, begin coloring it from midway down your hair.

8. Sun-Kissed Hair

Sun-kissed long dark brown hair
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The world is going crazy for the perfect sun-kissed look. Sun-kissed brown hair has a touch of blonde in it. And I think we have a winner here! Light and dark brown hues come together to create this beautifully sunlit hair color on Keira Knightley.

9. Blowout

Blowout hairstyle for your long dark brown hairstyle
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Blowouts are always in style! Kate Beckinsale shows us how off the charts gorgeous brown hair can look. And all you need is a blow dryer and a round brush to create this look. The side parting and the layers are the icing on this brunette cake.

10. Caramel Highlights

Add caramel highlights to your long brown hair
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Chocolate and caramel go hand in hand, so why not take that combo to your hair? If you have brown hair and want to jazz it up, add in some caramel highlights that are the same undertone as your hair and skin.

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Adding a few honey-blonde highlights toward the hair ends can jazz up your hair color.

11. Mocha Highlights

Mocha highlights
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One mocha, please! Mocha is a mix of espresso, hot milk, and chocolate. Not only does it taste delicious, but it is also perfect for your tresses! This muted brown shade will bring out your eyes. It also softens a harsh face shape.

12. Long Wavy Brown Hair

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Zooey Deschanel is my favorite girl-next-door! Style your brown locks in some waves to flaunt them in all their glory. Keep your hair in the curling iron for just five seconds to get natural-looking waves. You don’t want them to curl it in ringlets, but make it flow like a waterfall. 

Fun Fact!

Did you know that brown hair is not the most common hair color? It’s black!


13. V Layers

V-cut layered style for your long brown hair
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Want to really jazz up your brown locks like Eva Longoria? All you need is a simple V-cut! The V-cut gives your layers that tapered look that makes it look like an inverted triangle. It makes your hair look more voluminous and thicker.

14. Waist-Length Layers

Waist length layered cut for brown hair
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Do you have waist-long brown hair like Deepika Padukone? If so, flaunt it like the goddess that you are. Style it in some small waves. Lighten it a few inches away from the roots. It will make your eyes pop, even if they are brown!

15. Face-Framing Highlights

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Highlights that are added near the face to help define it are called face-framing highlights. They are picked based on your color preference, skin surface tone, and undertone. They can make a wide face look slender, and a short face look long. Is it magic or science? No, it’s just a haircut!

“My favorite way to spice up a client’s hair that has never been color treated is to do face framing highlights. They are natural, make a subtle change in the client’s overall look, and open the door to more definition in the hairstyle. Dimension is key to a great hairstyle, and face framing highlights can be the perfect way to create depth,” says Meredith Boyd, a licensed cosmetologist.

16. Caramel Highlights With Layers

Caramel highlights on long brown hair with layers
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If you don’t want to bleach your locks to add in caramel highlights, just blend them in with your brown tresses. It will give you this deep strawberry shade. Cut your hair in some layers, and you’re ready to slay!

17. Cinnamon Balayage

Cinnamon balayage hair look
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Just a hint of cinnamon can change your whole look. If you have a chiseled jawline, opt for a cinnamon balayage. This will draw attention to the lower half of your face and accentuate it.

18. Dark Brown Beachy Waves

Dark brown beachy waves hairstyle
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Looking for the brown version of beach waves? Sarah Hyland knows how to do it! Instead of big curls, opt for medium-sized waves. They will make your hair look thicker and fuller.

19. Hollywood Curls

Hollywood curls on long dark brown hairstyle
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Hollywood curls look stunning on long brunette hair. You will need a blow dryer, a round brush, and hair mousse to achieve this look. Apply the mousse to your hair, then roll it in sections with the brush. Use the blow dryer to form those curls.

20. Long Shag Cut

Long shag cut hairstyle
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The shag cut is not just for short hair. If you have long hair, getting a shag cut can bring out your face shape and features. It can also show off your hair color and volume. A long shaggy look, like this one sported by Salma Hayek, will work wonderfully with thick hair.

21. Sun-Kissed Highlights

Sun-kissed highlights to your brown hair
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Add some blonde highlights to your brown hair to give it that sun-kissed touch. Jessica Alba’s hair is chef’s kiss! Don’t add highlights throughout all your hair, just to parts of it. This makes it look like sunlight is hitting your hair naturally.

Fun Fact!

Brunette is the French feminine word meaning ‘brown-haired.’ Brunet is the male word. Remember not to mix up those spellings!

22. Babylights

Babylights on long dark brown hair
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Babylights are subtle highlights that are done on fine hair. They are used to add dimension to your tresses. They also help in framing your face, but are not as loud as highlights. They are also low maintenance compared to highlights.

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You can also add metallic golden highlights to your hair with caramel babylights. Metallic shades add a healthy sheen and glow to the hair.

23. Wavy Brunette

Wavy brunette hairstyle
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Waves are a great way to flaunt brown locks. This is because they add volume and bounce to your tresses. Make sure that the waves start from the middle of your hair. When you place your hair in the curling iron or straightener, make sure it’s spread out and flat.

24. Blonde Highlights

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Adding blonde highlights like these to brown hair is a great way to create some contrast. The lighter shade at the bottom helps soften a sharp jawline while drawing attention to it. The darker roots make your face look longer.

25. Auburn Highlights

Auburn brown hair with highlights
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Auburn brown hair is truly divine. It adds a shine to your brown locks. Opt for a red that is the same undertone but a few shades lighter than your natural brown hair color. This hair look is sure to make you look like a bombshell.

26. Combed-Back Hair

Combed-back long dark brown hairstyle
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Looking for a hairstyle that’s perfect for a formal event? Opt for this stunning mousse-d waves look. Once you’ve styled your hair in waves, comb it behind your shoulders and set it in place with hair pins and hairspray.

27. Partial Highlights

Add partial highlights to your long dark brown hair
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Partial highlights are just done on the layers, not throughout all your hair. You can have fun contrasting layers, or go for simple face-framing layers like Jennifer Garner. You can see that she has opted for layers near her face that draw attention to her features.

28. Glamorous Curls

Style your long dark brown hair in glamorous curls
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If you’ve always had straight hair, styling it in curls can give you the makeover you desire. Go the Zooey way and opt for piled-on curls. They bring out your brown tresses as well as make your facial features pop.

29. Dimensional Brown

Add dimensional color to long brown hair
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A dimensional color job is a brilliant way to jazz up those long brown tresses. It adds depth to your hair and makes it look thicker. It also helps in framing your face. You can opt for highlights or a full ombre.

30. Brown Hair With A Ginger Hint

Long dark brown hair with a ginger hint
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Ginger hair is quite on trend these days. Why not try it? Red and orange blend beautifully with brown. It adds a stunning gloss to your locks and makes them look surreal.

31. Long Curls

Light brown babylights to long brown curls
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Lorde stunned us with her voice and her hair. Her deep dark brown hair is almost as beautiful as her songs. Add some light brown babylights to your long brown curls and pair the look with dark makeup.

32. Coily Brown Hair

Coily long dark brown hair
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Keri Russell floored everyone with her start as Felicity. But when she cut her brown curls off, it made headlines. Since then, she has gone back to her long brown locks, and it looks stunning.

Infographic: Top 6 Long Dark Brown Hairstyles You Must Try

Dark brown color adds depth and dimension to long hair. It comes in various shades that you can try even if you are a natural brunette. If you are looking for hairstyles to up your hair game, check out the infographic below to discover the top six dark brown hairstyles you can experiment with.

top 6 long dark brown hairstyles you must try (infographic)

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Long dark brown hairstyles look amazing. There are so many different ways to style this hair color. Choose the ones that are suitable for your face shape to look stylish. Brown layers, dark chocolate brown, golden brown, straight long brown, and balayage are some popular long dark brown hairstyles you can go for. The hairstyles listed above may give you some great ideas to update your look and retain your hair length. Pick any of these long dark brown hairstyles and flaunt your hair the way you want! Be authentic and rock those gorgeous brunette tresses!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make brown hair look richer?

You can make your long brown hair look richer through maintaining vibrancy with standard quality products, different hair styles, or adding soft highlights and extra gloss.

Which hair color is most attractive with brown eyes?

Hair colors such as auburn, burgundy, dark brown, or maroon can make your hair look attractive with brown eyes.

What does dark brown hair symbolize?

Brown hair symbolizes sophistication, maturity, and smartness while being down-to-earth and reliable.

How to maintain your brown hair color?

Utilize optimal hair care including regular, haircuts and touch-ups, using color-safe hair products, avoiding heat damage, and using UV protection for hair. Apply products suitable for your hair texture and type.

Key Takeaways

  • Long dark brown tresses exude an air of mystery and sophistication.
  • You can cut it in layers or add highlights to add movement and dimension for your overall look.
  • You can also try balayage or add lowlights to make your dark brown hair look voluminous.
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Check out this video for some gorgeous brown hair color ideas to inspire your next brunette look. From subtle highlights to bold balayage, you’ll find the perfect style for you here!
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Meredith BoydLicensed Cosmetologist

Meredith Boyd is a licensed cosmetologist and an award-winning celebrity hairstylist and makeup artist with an experience of 23 years. Her clientele includes top brands like ABC, AMC, AT&T, CBS, Coca-Cola, Delta, ESPN, Golf Channel, HBO, Netflix, and Nickelodeon. She specializes in natural makeup looks for film and television celebrities, including Samuel L. Jackson, Paula Abdul, Kathleen Madagan, Jeff Foxworthy,...read full bio

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