Flaunting a traditional brown hair color can start to feel basic after a while. That’s why exploring trendy brown shades, like a reddish mahogany hair color, is always a good idea. This hot hue works to jazz up your brunette hair for a look that serves up serious style. The wood tone-inspired shade is a stylish option for brown hair baddies looking to amp things up in the hair department, as well as redheads ready to add some depth to their look. With more than 30,000 Instagram users proudly posting their #mahoganyhair, it’s clear the shade is worth a try. Interested in a mahogany brown hair color for yourself? Below, we’re sharing what you need to know about mahogany hair, including ten mahogany hair color ideas to try, plus hair care tips for ensuring a vibrant hue.
WHAT IS MAHOGANY HAIR?
Mahogany hair color resembles the beautiful tones encompassed in a slab of mahogany wood. This hue has many variations, depending on the shade of mahogany hair you prefer. Think of notes of chocolatey brown, espresso, red, and deep purple mixed throughout. Overall, it’s a seriously stunning red-brown hair color that’s absolutely perfect for anyone who loves a rich and warm look.
HOW TO GET A MAHOGANY HAIR COLOR
If you are interested in stepping into mahogany hair color territory, there are a few ways you can go about it. If you prefer to book an appointment at the salon, ask your colorist to customize your mahogany hue to your liking and your skin tone. Remember to bring a few inspiration photos along for reference.
You can also achieve a mahogany hair color at home in a snap. Simply decide whether you’d prefer your mahogany hair to lean more red, brown, or purple, then take your pick from our at-home hair color options below.
For a mahogany hair color that leans red try the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Rich Mahogany or Deep Burgundy, or L’Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Richesse Collection Dark Mahogany Red.
For a mahogany hair color that leans brown take a look at L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Dark Soft Mahogany Brown or Dark Mahogany Brown.
Don’t forget to also check in with the L’Oréal Paris Haircolor Concierge where you can schedule a one-on-one call or video consultation with a hair color professional to ensure beautiful at-home hair color results.
10 MAHOGANY HAIR COLOR IDEAS YOU SHOULD TRY
Now that you know how to get a mahogany brown hair color, check out some of our favorite mahogany color ideas to help you transform your look this year.
1. MAHOGANY MONEY PIECE
There is no rule that says you can’t stick with your current hair color and not take mahogany hair color for a spin. The money piece trend is a cool way to test the waters. This pick lightens up face-framing strands and makes your mahogany hue the center of attention.
2. CHOCOLATE MAHOGANY OMBRÈ
Bold and daring hair colors like chocolate mahogany ombré hair are head turners. This low maintenance hue is all about sporting a dark base that transitions into a lighter one for a stunning finish.
3. MAHOGANY WITH BRONZE AUBURN RIBBON HIGHLIGHTS
There are so many fresh and innovative ways to welcome highlights to your strands. We particularly love mahogany hair with bronze auburn ribbon highlights for wavy and curly textures. These highlights are designed to follow the natural coil of your hair to bring on gorgeous dimension.
4. MAHOGANY SOMBRÈ ON BROWN HAIR
Slowly testing the waters with hair color is natural and you can see what the mahogany hype is about without a dramatic finish, thanks to the mahogany sombré trend. This mahogany red hair color provides your mane with a soft and subtle approach to highlights that are a chic spin-off of the ombré trend.
5. MAHOGANY BALAYAGE
Low-maintenance hair colors are easy to manage and allow you to rock a stunning look without having to sacrifice style. And mahogany balayage is an attractive option. This gorgeous hair color involves using a freehand technique that allows your colorist to paint specific areas to highlight your features.
6. MAHOGANY WITH JET-BLACK LOWLIGHTS
Take a walk on the dark side with your mahogany hair color by adding black lowlights into the mix. This look favors naturally brown hair since it can add just the right amount of contrast.
7. RED WINE HAIR
Multi-tonal hair is a style win on its own, and a red wine hair color is one of our favorites. It's a mahogany red hair color with notes of purple that gives your mane a sophisticated vibe that won’t go unnoticed. We also love that this hair color can be customized to suit your undertones perfectly. Click through to our article, How to Get a Red Wine Hair Color for Fall, for all the details.
8. MAHOGANY COPPER COLOR MELT
A mahogany copper color melt may be your perfect match if multidimensional colors are your thing. This hair color is a variation of the ombré trend that blends each hue together for a more gradual transition. As a result, this trendy color combo will add a tinge of warmth to your look.
9. ROOTED MAHOGANY
It can be hard to make it to your colorist for your regular touch-ups these days. Make things easy for yourself and explore the wonders of rooted mahogany hair, which keeps your roots nice and dark with a smudged technique while transitioning into a mahogany hue.
10. LIGHT MAHOGANY WITH BURGUNDY CHUNKY HIGHLIGHTS
Say hello to depth and dimension! Light mahogany with burgundy chunky highlights adds brightness and mystique to your 'do. It’s also super-flattering on those with medium and dark skin tones. It’s the perfect way to change up your brunette hair color for summer.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF MAHOGANY HAIR
Once you’ve achieved the mahogany hair color of your dreams, you may be wondering how you can maintain your beautiful new hue. With the right hair care and hairstyling for your color-treated hair, you can keep your mane looking its best. Here are four tips to add to your routine.
MAHOGANY HAIR TIP #1: SWITCH YOUR HAIR CARE SYSTEM
Say goodbye to your regular shampoo and conditioner, and reach for ones that are formulated for color-treated hair like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Conditioner. This pair keeps color-treated hair beyond brilliant, as the antioxidant UV system protects and shields color from fading.
MAHOGANY HAIR TIP #2: ADD A WEEKLY HAIR MASK
Everyone needs a little extra care at times, and the same goes for your hair. Help your strands look and feel their best by adding a hair mask into your routine. The L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm smooths and protects color-treated hair for a fresh out-of-the-salon look. Swap your regular conditioner for this mask once or twice a week when you feel your locks need some love.
Editor’s Tip: In addition to your washing care, cut back on the heat styling to preserve your color. And on those days when you absolutely need your hot tools, spritz your hair first with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK It Iron Straight Heatspray to protect from heat damage.
Photography: Matthew Zach, Senior Art Director: Melissa San Vicente-Landestoy, Associate Creative Producer: Becca Solovay