Posted: Mar 19, 2014 8:00 AM
Looking for that perfect brunette shade? We've rounded up some of the most striking at-home hair colors for spring 2014.

Finding the perfect brunette shade from a box can be challenging, but the experts are here to help. Master colorist Nelson Chan, owner of nelson j salon in Beverly Hills, encourages brunettes to keep a few things in mind when coloring:

  • Demi-permanent color is the best means to create a nice, rich brunette shade with long-lasting results.
  • A rich, chocolate color is the new best friend for brunettes who wish to maintain the look of youth.
  • Brunettes under age 30 should always choose a deep (mid to dark) shade for an edgy look. Avoid highlights that may diminish the richness.
  • Brunettes over age 30 should opt for a light color with softer highlights.
  • Brunettes over 40 need more dimensional color — highlights and lowlights on a caramel tone, for example.

1^ Revlon ColorSilk Haircolor, Dark Brown

Good Housekeeping magazine declared Revlon ColorSilk in #30 Dark Brown as the "Best Color for Brunette Hair." The GH testers gave this hair color a perfect score for covering grays, retaining shine and resisting fading. The fact that it's one of the least expensive hair colors on the market makes ColorSilk even more appealing. (, $4)

2^L'Oréal Paris Excellence Richesse Crème, Rich Black

L'Oréal is a long-standing brand favorite for women who color their hair at home. The new L'Oréal Paris Excellence Richesse Non-Drip Crème Triple Protection Hair Color promises "magnified color richness and shine." This radiant color easily covers grays and the reflective tones never look flat. (Walgreens, $8)

3^John Frieda Precision Foam Hair Color, Medium Chocolate Brown

Robin Nolan, age 50, has been coloring her own hair for 30 years! Because her hair grows so quickly (and is now all-white), she has to do a new application every two to three weeks. "I love John Frieda dark chocolate brown or dark chestnut mousse. It's so easy to use and not drippy and cold on my head," says Nolan. Consider Chan's "chocolate" recommendation and try flattering 5B Brilliant Brunette® Medium Chocolate Brown. (Ulta, $13) 

4^SheaMoisture "The Art of Color" Hair Color System

No hair color product is completely natural, but The Art of Color definitely offers a safe option. The moisture-rich system boasts certified organic ingredients and is ammonia- and sulfate-free. The healthy nutrients minimize damage and promote hydration, manageability and shine. The no-drip formula is ideal for all ethnic hair types. (Target, $15)

5^eSalon DIY At Home Professional Hair Color

Can't find that perfect brunette shade in a store? Check out, the first DIY At Home Professional Hair Color. With over 55,000 color options, you're sure to find the color that's just right for you. "Our most popular brunette shades mimic the Medium Brown Golden shade of Kate Middleton or a Chestnut Brown like Megan Fox," says Raegan at eSalon. Find your personalized color online. (, $20)

6^Garnier Nutrisse® Nourishing Color Crème, Magnetic Collection

In January 2014, Garnier's Nutrisse line introduced a range of rich magnetic colors "inspired by the natural, deep tones of Earth's most precious metals." The Magnetic Browns include spectacular shades like Darkest Golden Brown, Darkest Ash Brown and Bronze Brown, all infused with olive oil, avocado oil and shea oil. (Coming soon to a retailer near you, $8)

Between colorings

Eufora Beautifying Elixirs Color Revive in Bold Brunette provides a weekly color refresher to keep hair vibrant between colorings. You don't have to make any changes to your current routine — just add the elixir to your favorite conditioner or hair mask to revitalize and enrich your brown tones! And Color Revive contains absolutely no ammonia or peroxide! One $40 bottle contains about 15 applications, and each application lasts three to five washes. (Amazon, $40)

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