Top 30 Golden Brown Hair Color Ideas

A delicious glazed hazelnut shade to sun-kissed bronde highlights - these are colors to “dye” for.

Reviewed by Madison Dufour, Barber & Cosmetologist
Written by Arshiya Syeda
Edited by Asmita De
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Golden brown hair can make you look like an ethereal goddess. If you are looking for golden brown hair color ideas, we can help you! This year, golden brown hair is a trendy choice among women of all ages. The majority of golden brown hair color looks have a brown base with a golden undertone to give it a warmer and brighter tint.

This gorgeous hair color can be achieved by brightening brunette hair or toning down a blonde base. The best part is that it can be done in a variety of tones that can be blended into your natural tresses. Take a look at our collection of 30 golden brown hair color ideas to get inspired for your next hair makeover. Scroll down!

protip_icon Quick Hair Color Guide: Golden Brown

How To Choose A Shade: Golden brown shades are mostly warm colors that suit warm undertones. For cool undertones, pick shades that have more brown and less gold hints.

Level Of Maintenance: Medium

Suitable For: All skin tones and all hair types

Looks Best With: Earthy neutral eyeshadow and bold lip shades

Golden Brown Hair Color Ideas – Top 30

1. Glazed Hazelnut

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This rich golden color is a perfect blend of warm and cool tones that can complement almost any skin type. The warm tones in combination with the cool bronde ones make it a safe shade that anyone can pull off. However, it looks especially good on olive skin and green eyes.

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Jessica Biel is an American actress and model who loves to flaunt golden brown locks. Keeping her mid-length mane loose, Jessica finishes her glamorous look with tight, undone waves.

2. Cool Caramel

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This ruffled look is cool and edgy. While the colors are not too warm, they incorporate cool tones of brown and gold to create the perfect hairstyle for cool and olive skin tones. Not only that, but the razored bob is an easy-to-maintain hairstyle that really pulls the look together. If you are someone who is constantly on the go, this may be just the look for you.

3. Two Toned Cinnamon Brown

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This rich color feels like it might just melt away if you stare at it for too long. It looks perfect on all skin tones and is the right color to have your heart set on if you have hazel or brown eyes that you want to put on show. The two tones work to add volume and texture to your hair, making it look full and lustrous.

4. Brown With Caramel Highlights

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Here’s another dynamic hairstyle for those of you who don’t like spending too much time on your hair. The caramel highlights work to give you an effortlessly chic look. This color looks best on women with warm-toned skin and light eyes. The dark undertones make this look dynamic and add volume that gives your hair a thicker appearance.

5. Parisian Brunette

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It’s hard not to fall in love with Paris. Speaking of which, it is also hard not to fall in love with Parisian bangs. French girl bangs coupled with a warm brown hair color that has golden undertones is the perfect way to feel like you belong in the city of love. This is the perfect look for women with cool toned skin and brown eyes.

6. Mocha Highlights

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Mocha highlights are just the thing you need if you want to spruce up some really dark brown hair. The trick is to make sure that the highlights are not chunky and that they blend in well with your natural hair. Be careful not to go too light. This color is perfect for women with olive and warm skin tones.

7. Cappuccino Balayage

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This sun-kissed cappuccino balayage is an amazing choice for those who like keeping it warm. Especially if you have warm toned skin. If you have gold undertones in your eyes, this is the perfect look to complement them.

8. Brunette With Rich Caramel Babylights

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The cocoa goodness of this chocolatey brown is put on show with rich caramel babylights. The best thing about chocolate brown is that it looks good on everyone, regardless of skin tone or eye color. The gradual subtle melt gives off a perfect babylights look that most women crave.

9. Dark Copper Balayage

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This look is for all the women out there who like keeping it simple, and do not want to stray too far from their natural hair color. It is perfect for people with warm toned skin as the golden copper tones bring out the warmth in your skin and eyes. It is also an excellent choice for women with medium to dark skin tones.

10. Two Toned Chestnut Brown

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Chestnut brown is an all time favorite shade of brown. The smooth golden tones work extremely well to complement olive, cool, and warm skin tones alike. Everything about this hair color screams out beautiful and chic. If you are looking for a natural and vibrant color, this might be just the one for you.

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Style icon Jennifer Lopez is never far away from any major hair trend, including her iconic golden brown tresses. In fact, her Rapunzel-like look has won many hearts on the red carpet.

11. Warm Sandy Brown

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This sandy brown starts off warm and the roots and turns to a lighter cool brown near the tips, giving off a natural babylights look. The two colors are well blended and the transition is smooth. This is perfect to put dynamic bob styles on display while adding texture and volume. Since the color incorporates warm and cool tones, it is suitable for all skin types.

12. Cool Golden Bronze

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If you have cool or olive toned skin and love colors that are on the cool end of the spectrum, look no further. While brown is generally enriched with warm tones, this unique color has cool undertones that look fabulous on cool and olive skinned women. It also looks amazing on women with hazel eyes.

13. Mahogany Brown

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The subtle red and gold undertones in this gorgeous hair color make it perfect for all lovers of red who want to stay close to their natural hair color. Mahogany brown is a favorite for women who have warm toned skin and brown eyes. It also pairs well with hazel eyes because of how well it complements gold undertones.

14. Honey Bronde

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This style looks fabulous on people with fine and straight hair. The honey highlights add volume and texture to the gorgeous brown undertones. This bronde style pairs amazingly well with olive and cool skin tones. It’s the perfect color to go for if you have been planning to transition from a dark color to a light one or vice versa.

15. Hazelnut Ombre On Dark Brown

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Many of us are suckers for blonde, transitioning from really dark hair can be an intimidating task to take on. If you relate, this gold-toned hazelnut ombre is the perfect solution. The smooth transition from dark brown to hazelnut blonde looks amazing on everyone regardless of skin tone or eye color.

16. Russet Brown

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Russet is just the color for warm-skinned women who love orange and copper undertones. Not only is this easy to achieve but no one can pull this look off as well as women with warm toned skin do. When paired with brown eyes, there is no way you can go wrong with this gorgeous hair color. You can also try other orange shades like dark auburn, amber, or ginger.

17. Two Toned Hazelnut Brown

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This is one of the lightest browns there are so if you’ve been wanting to go brunette without a dramatic change, this might be just the color for you. The warm gold undertones make this hair color perfect for women with warm skin. The dual tones work well together to add texture and volume.

18. Gold-Bronde Ombre

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The dark brown and wheat blonde tones in this style work together to create a gorgeous contrast. Styles like this look especially good, when worn up or in braids as the contrast in between the colors is put beautifully on display. It can be casual or classy, depending on how you style your hair. It looks perfect on everyone, regardless of skin tone.

19. Honey Toned Balayage

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This honey toned balayage on rich chocolate brown hair creates a gorgeous molten look. This is an amazing color for olive and warm skin tones because of the rich gold tones that are present. The balayage is subtle and the highlights have been placed far apart, retaining most of the natural hair color.

20. Dark Brown Root Melt

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Speaking of molten, and things that melt, this smooth transition from dark brunette to flaxen blonde is one of the best root melts out there. Because of the dominating cool tones in this hair color, it looks best on people with olive or cool toned skin. It also looks good on medium to dark skin types that are cool toned.

21. Copper-Blonde Balayage

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This is one of the warmest gold toned colors out there. It’s smooth, lustrous, and gorgeous; all things a girl looks for in hair. This sun-kissed hair color has one of the smoothest transitions from brunette to gold. It looks amazing on women with warm skin tones.

22. Ice Brown Balayage

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Cool gold is an absolute favorite. Especially this dark shade that blends in well with black and dark brunette hair. The gorgeous melt begins high up near the roots and makes the look dynamic and voluminous. This is, no doubt, one of the best colors to go for if you have dark hair and a cool or olive skin tone.

23. Honey Hued Ombre

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Another one of the cool toned women out there. This cool honey ombre looks gorgeous on dark hair. It’s a safe color to test out if you’ve been tinkering with the idea of going blonde. When paired with green, blue, or gray eyes this colors looks like something out of this world. The cool gold tones in this color are to die for.

24. Cool-Toned Light Brown

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This light brown hair with yellow-gold undertones is great if you are looking to change up your natural hair color with a low-maintenance style. The best part about it being that it adds dimension and richness to fine, straight hair. It’s a great color choice for those of you who have a cool skin tone.

25. Ash-Gold With Lowlights

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Lowlights are an amazing way to liven up golden hair color. Adding a touch of brown as lowlights can make any style more dynamic, voluminous, and chic. The trick to get this gorgeous sun-kissed hair is to make sure that there is not too much of a contrast and that the melt looks almost natural.

26. Dark Brown To Gold Ombre

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Being a part of the long hair don’t care club, while being awesome, can get a little monotonous. It is when you start feeling this way that you need to look at the brighter side of things. More hair means more room to experiment. This gorgeous gold ombre on long hair can be just the change you’re looking for.

27. Ash-Gold Babylights

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Platinum and ash tones have become the newest trend. While these colors are amazing, the stress caused by the transformation from brunette to platinum is something that not everyone is willing to risk. If you’re floating on this boat, these cool ice-gold babylights might have been what you were looking for.

28. Rose Gold

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While on the cool side of the spectrum there is ash gold, rose gold has become the newest trend for the women who can’t live without warm tones in their hair. This gorgeous color looks amazing on olive, warm, and cool skin tones alike. If you’re going for feminine and bold, rose-gold is the color for you.

29. Rose Gold Balayage

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This beautiful balayage is especially for women with warm toned skin. The colors are well blended, where the brown smoothly transitions into the gorgeously feminine rose gold. This look is super easy to achieve if you are brunette because of the orange and yellow tones that are already in your hair.

30. Golden Bronde

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This is another safe color to turn to if you have been considering going from brunette to blonde on vice-versa. Bronde sits right in the middle of the blonde to brunette spectrum, and looks good on almost any skin tone.

Infographic: 10 Must-Try Golden Brown Hair Colors

Golden brown hair colors are so pleasing to look at! Who knew they could blend in so many different ways to create strikingly beautiful looks each time! With a little bit of creativity, we’re sure that newer styles can always be discovered. But for now, we have listed a round-up of our top 10. Check them out in the infographic below.

10 must try golden brown hair colors (infographic)

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Golden brown hair is a popular choice among ladies of all ages. So what are you waiting for now that you know how to dye your hair golden brown? brown tones and golden color mix beautifully to create a wide range of hair colors. It is a great approach to brighten naturally dark to medium brown hair or intensify naturally blonde hair. This gorgeous hue comes in a variety of tints and styles that you can wear elegantly to embrace the movement of the light. You are undoubtedly spoiled for choice with so many options.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does golden brown hair need bleach?

Golden brown hair needs bleach as it can be of a darker shade and would not take up any color lighter than its shade.

Can you tone golden brown hair?

Yes. You can use toner to tone down the warm tones in your golden brown hair and add an ashy tint to it.

Is golden brown good for gray hair?

Golden brown is a versatile shade that isn’t too dark, making it an excellent choice for grey hair. The golden tones can add dimension and make it look vibrant.

What is golden brown hair color, and how is it different from other shades of brown?

It is a warm brown hair color that can be described as a mix of medium brown and light blonde. The warm golden and yellow undertones make it different from the other brown hair colors and suitable for warm skin tones and hazel eyes.

Can golden brown hair color be customized to suit an individual’s preferences?

Yes, golden brown hair color can be altered to suit natural hair color, skin tone, hair length, eye color, and other features. A professional hairstylist can help you achieve a unique look with techniques like highlights, lowlights, or balayage.

How can one maintain golden brown hair color, and how often should touch-ups be done?

Golden hair color can be maintained using color-safe shampoo and conditioner to prevent fading. Excessive heat styling, sun exposure, and hot water can lead to color fading. You can get a root touch-up done in 4-8 weeks, depending on the hair growth.

Can golden brown hair color be damaging to the hair?

Darker hair colors, like brown, are less damaging than lighter shades that need bleaching. Hair coloring is a chemical process, and it has the potential to cause damage to the hair. You can reduce the extent of damage by choosing quality hair coloring and hair care products, availing the service of an expert hairstylist, and maintaining your hair properly.

Learn how to get salon-quality hair color at home with the video below! Get the perfect shade for your hair with easy-to-follow instructions.

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