Kaleena Stroud
Updated on November 29, 2021

Brown can sometimes be a plain color. But it doesn’t have to be! That’s because adding a touch of gold can quickly add dimension and shine, not to mention the confidence knowing that your brown hair is now golden brunette. We’ll give you the inspiration to get there.

Shine Bright with These Golden Brown Hair Colors

Below you will find 20 golden brown hair color ideas from warm reds to bronzy blonde and every gold variation there is. Find your perfect match!

1. Golden Brown Balayage

This balayage lob is dreamy with a mixture of caramel highlights and vanilla tips. The shoulder-length bob makes color easy to maintain and the touch of blonde framing her face and toward the ends is perfect for anyone looking for a golden brown hair color on the brighter side of life.

Golden Brown Medium Balayage

Instagram / @maxwellmathson

2. Long and Layered Browns

Great color for those with brown hair on the darker side, some medium brown balayage that gradually becomes golden is a natural look for you! It’s great for a pop of color without heaving to heavily dye your tresses to reach a golden hue.

Long And Layered Browns

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3. Warm Medium Tones

A sultry take on natural golden brown hair, opting for auburn or warm tones works well on warm-toned skin girls or even fair-skinned with green eyes (to bring out that dreamy color!). The base of the hair has been dyed to match the highlights in tone for a seamless color melt!

Warm Medium Tones

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4. Long Golden Highlights

Both neutral and natural, this is the perfect “woke up like this” brown hair with golden highlights. That’s because the balayage is worked into her tresses in an effortless way and remain about the same color throughout the whole head of hair as opposed to a more ombre vibe would be. It’s simple and works on everyone.

Long Golden Highlights

Instagram / @hair_by_tb

5. Golden Layered Tresses

Tons of layers throughout her hair reflect the golden tones in the light. So, show off your new highlighted brown hair with lots of movement, layers and by running your hands through your hair! After you’ve added the subtle golden tones, get a blow out (or an at-home version) and voila!

Golden Layered Tresses

Instagram / @rafaelbertolucci1

6. Cinnamon Mid-Length Cut

A touch of golden blonde highlights mixed with red tones simmering in the base color make this look spicy hot like cinnamon. If your hair naturally pulls red tones or if you have an auburn-y base, adding some golden balayage highlights will give you a unique look just like this one.

Cinnamon Mid Length Cut

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7. Soft, Simple Golden Brown

Sometimes the best golden brown hair color is also the simplest. These soft golden tones reflect just enough light to make it look like the sun did all the work. Add a touch of wave and gloss for a sophisticatedly simple look.

Soft Simple Golden Brown

Instagram / @prettylittleombre

8. Dark, Warm and Wavy

Bring on the warm tones by highlighting your naturally dark hair or adding a base of black for a super sultry hair color. Adding golden brown hair color on black hair brings out a touch of brightness or you can add highlights closer to the root if you want brighter gold toward the bottom during your next session.

Dark Warm And Wavy Hairstyle

Instagram / @mikaatbhc

9. Copper Golden Brown

Whether reddish golden brown hair color is calling your name or you have always had a touch of red in your hair, adding reddish golden highlights is always a good idea. It adds intrigue and sophistication, and did we mention is perfect for fall time?

Copper Golden Brown Cut

Instagram / @alexhartshair

10. Golden Brown Ombre

Long hair works great to show off a transition from dark brown to a medium golden brown hair color. This ombre-balayage blend is simply stunning paired with soft curls and long layers. Plus, the color maintenance is easy!

Golden Brown Ombre Hair

Instagram / @kelsforbeauty

11. Honey Gold Brunette

Getting the right honey golden brown hair is easily achievable if you show your hairstylist this hair-inspo. What’s not to love about this soft honey ombre look on her long tresses? Keep it sweet and neutral.

12. Tiger-Inspired Golden Brunette

Not sure what type of golden brown you want? Maybe a mixture of copper and gold would suit you well, just like shown here. These golden brown streaks are placed throughout her hair on top of a dark base and we love it.

Tiger Inspired Golden Brunette

Instagram / @venalove

13. Light Golden Chestnut

Get the lived-in look by adding golden brown hair with blonde highlights using a balayage technique that leaves a few inches of root in-place. Not only does this freshen up your look without overpowering your natural color, it’s doesn’t need much upkeep.

Light Golden Chestnut Lob

Instagram / @salonxoboca

14. Sandy Golden Brunette

If you have neutral skin tone, this sandy light golden brown hair with highlights will complement you! It’s easy to go warm or cool depending on what you wear that day, and your perfectly soft tones will go with every outfit.

Sandy Golden Brunette Hair

Instagram / @prettylittleombre

15. Deep Brunette Dimensions

Sometimes basing your entire color on a deep hue of golden brown can be the most exciting thing as a brunette. This deep golden brown hair color has auburn hues and soft curls to show them off.

Deep Brunette Dimensions

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16. Bob with Golden Lowlights

With lots of layers floating around the shoulder-length cut, this hairstyle is flirty and fun. The touch of medium gold adds depth to fine hair. We also love the wispy side bang and bouncy curls.

17. Big, Bouncy Brunette

The subtle blend of babylights brightens an otherwise medium-to-dark brown hair color without being too flashy. Pops of color, such as her royal blue sweater, work well against the subtle warm golden brown hair.

Big Bouncy Brunette Curls

Instagram / @lady_leche

18. Blonde Balayage Brunette

Anytime a brunette goes a little bit blonde, bordering a “bronde” (that’s brown-blonde) the outcome is too good to pass up. Her golden blonde highlights frame her face and become thicker at the bottom, the best places to go heavy-handed with the blonde.

Blonde Balayage Brunette Hairstyle

Instagram / @cris_cobucci

19. Reddish Brown Bob

Warm golden hues aren’t always the easiest to achieve, so why not make things easier by warming-up a super quick hairstyle like a long bob. This look is perfect for fall when transitioning the bob to a medium-length cozy look.

Reddish Brown Bob

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20. Deep Golden Brown

These deep honey-colored streaks blend effortlessly onto medium and dark brunettes. It will complement your skin tone if you have a deeper skin tone or tan easily in the sun. It’s picture-worthy on her thick curly hair!

Deep Golden Brown Layers

Instagram / @maxwellmathson

Brunettes have it easy! Golden hues vary in depth and look good on any brunette — it’s all about choosing your favorite golden brown hair dye. Go for more golden blonde for the summer time or add warm, dark golden brown hair for fall and winter. There is no way to lose.

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