They say blondes have more fun, but we’re taking a stand and challenging that notion. Some of our favorite and most pin-worthy looks and styles of 2015 were sported by a brunette (or a temporary brunette—no judgment here). Not to mention that the different shades and tones brown hair can take on is mesmerizing—from amber, to raven, to sombre, to espresso, we can’t look away from a good brunette dye job.

Since we’ve entered a new year and thus are in the mindset to try new things, we thought we’d offer up some killer hair inspo to amp up last year’s brunette strands. Whether you’re looking for a major hair transformation or just a subtle transition that’ll still warrant a double-take, we’re willing to bet you’ll find a look in our gallery of favorites that will help your start off the New Year strong.


We can’t saw we were surprised when Zendaya was announced as CHI’s first-ever celebrity brand ambassador. As a strong advocate for natural hair and embracing you roots (literally), we’re big fans of her grit (and her beautiful chocolate-brown locks). For shiny strands like Zendaya’s, apply CHI Argan Oil Plus Moringa Oil Conditioner ($17).


If we didn’t know any better, we’d think Lily Aldridge’s balayage was painted on by Michelangelo himself. This look is the perfect way to bring lightness to brown hair without going the full-blown highlight route. However, because lightening hair can cause unsightly damage, we recommend nourishing your mane with Biosilk Color Therapy Conditioner ($16).