With fall right around the corner in the United States, it’s the start of the season for scarves, cardigans, and pumpkin-spiced everything. Since it’s about that time to swap our summer crop tops and Daisy Duke shorts for cozy sweaters and leather pants, it’s also time we change up our hair color to match the feeling of the season. (Those beachy blonde highlights are gorgeous, but not the right vibe for pumpkin farms and haunted houses.) This fall, it’s all about mahogany hairstyles.
With mahogany being a beautiful shade of reddish brown with purple undertones, a mahogany hairstyle can suit all skin types and eye colors. We love this trend because it works for everyone and can be styled in gorgeous ways.
Mahogany is a hair color that is both elegant and sexy. Since it’s a fun middle ground between loud unnatural colors and boring mousy brown colors, mahogany suits both hair color newbies and dyeing experts. Whether you’re bored with your current style or you’re new to dyeing your hair, choosing a mahogany color will set you apart from the average blonde highlights or chocolate brown all-over color that have been popular in the past. Staying up to date with trends refreshes your style and your attitude, and this fall is the time for a rich, vibrant, shiny mahogany to make its debut in your life.
All About Mahogany FAQs
1. What Is Mahogany?
This hair color is a beautiful reddish brown and can be colored in light or dark shades. Though brown is always the base color, mahogany is versatile and ranges from deep purple to bright red undertones, depending on your preference. The tone of mahogany hairstyles is usually cool, deep, and vibrant. Though best suited for fair to medium skin tones with cool or neutral undertones, this color can also flatter darker skin tones with warm undertones. Best of all, mahogany hairstyles make green, blue, and brown eye colors pop.
2. Are There Different Shades of Mahogany?
Yes, there are different shades. Depending on your skin tone and eye color, you can choose whether you want a light shade or a dark shade. As mentioned before, the color can range from purple-red to almost fire hydrant red undertones. Mahogany hairstyles are so perfect for the fall, because you can choose a wide range of shades that mimic the red shades of the falling leaves. Light mahogany looks best on those with light eye colors (like green or blue) and lighter skin tone. Darker mahogany hairstyles flatter those with darker eyes and darker skin tones.
3. How Can I Get Mahogany Hair?
There are a lot of color lines you can use to choose your favorite shade of mahogany. When looking at mahogany hairstyles from box dyes, remember to scour the box for pictures that show how your current hair shade level will change with the dye. Most of the time, darker hair colors have a bit more trouble lightening up to red, but it’s definitely possible still. Overall, the best option is to consult your hair dresser and have your hair professionally colored so you achieve exactly the color of your mahogany dreams.
4. What Dye Should I Use?
Like we said before, it’s best to have your hairdresser choose the right dye for your hair color and damage level. If you consider yourself a hair pro and prefer to color your hair by yourself, choose a dye that isn’t too harsh on the hair. One of the highest-rated boxed hair dyes is the brand Clariol. You can use either the Clariol Nice n’ Easy line or the Clariol Natural Instincts color lines to reach your desired mahogany hairstyles. You don’t have to use this brand, but it is highly rated and easy to apply!
5. Is Mahogany Just A Fall Color?
Mahogany is not just a fall color. Even though mahogany hairstyles are best for fall, that doesn’t mean they’re restricted to a couple months a year. If you love it that much (and you probably will), you can spice up your mahogany hair color with some dark brown lowlights for the winter months or add in a few bright red or bright purple highlights for the summer.
No color is restricted to any season, but we suggest darker hair colors during the colder months because of the cozy atmosphere and dimmer lighting during these seasons. Lighter colors are suggested during the warmer months because the sunshine helps to highlight and brighten up these colors.
How We Reviewed
Because there are so many options for mahogany hairstyles, we have done the internet scouring for you. We compiled a list of the best options for your perfect fall style. From light curls to dark bobs, we have included a number of hairstyles so you can easily choose your favorite mahogany look.
We chose colors that will flatter most people and hairstyles that complement every face shape. We tried to include a range of different shades, styles, tones and cuts so that you can quickly find your mahogany hairstyle inspiration. We took the best of the best and made an easy-to-follow list so your color experience can be stress-free!
Overall Cost Estimate of Mahogany Hairstyles
Again, it all depends where you’re starting from. As advised earlier, talking to a hairstylist about the color and style you want is the best way to get your perfect shade. If you have naturally dark hair and you’re trying to get a light mahogany color, your pricing will be a bit higher than someone with naturally blonde hair who wants the same light mahogany color. Also, if you have really long hair and you want to cut your mahogany hair into a bob, the price will increase.
Before trying to achieve your perfect fall color, consider discussing your goals with a hairdresser. There’s nothing wrong with using a box dye, but remember that the color on the box isn’t going to be the exact color you end up with. Other things to consider before attempting to dye your hair a mahogany color are your current hair color, the length of your hair, if your hair has been colored before, and the damage level of your hair.
What We Reviewed
Vibrant Crimson Curls
Step aside, Ariel. These gorgeously bright curls are a go-to for a night out or even just a cozy coffee shop date with friends. The color is fun, vibrant and playful and can be dressed up easily. These wild, short curls give the mahogany color a flirty and fun look.
Highlighted Mahogany Brown Curls
This mahogany hairstyle focuses more on the brown end of mahogany with just a slight hint of reddish tones. These highlights make your mahogany color pop, and the curls perfectly showcase the different dimensions of this color. If you’re not ready to fully commit to the reddish tones of mahogany, then this is a good transition color for you.
Lighter Mahogany Layer
As said before, this light shade of mahogany will best suit those with light-colored eyes and light skin tones. This pretty color is so bright, it’s almost a pinkish red! The long layers give body to your hairstyle while the loose curls emphasize the reddish tones in the mahogany. This style can flatter long and short hair lengths.
Violet Mahogany Asymmetrical Bob
While most mahogany colors lean towards reddish tones, this color shows off more of an intense purple tone that is ultra trendy for fall. This is one of the most fun hairstyles on the list, as the long pieces in front frame your face while the short and exact bob in back keeps this mahogany hairstyle looking professional. With its mostly purple undertones, this style emphasizes the mahogany color while the asymmetrical bob adds a chic, sexy twist to this trend.
When you hear the word balayage, a brown to blonde gradient of colors probably comes to mind. Not this time though! This gorgeous balayage still uses a brown base color but instead of blonde highlights, it blends into this reddish mahogany color. If you currently have a blonde balayage, you can easily achieve these mahogany ends and keep up with this season’s trends.
Medium Mahogany Lob
If you’re not ready to chop your hair shorter than your shoulders but you’re tired of all the work it takes to maintain long hair, then a lob hairstyle was made for you. In between a bob cut and longer hair, this shoulder-length style looks beautiful with a mahogany color. The medium mahogany tone best flatters those with medium skin tones and more lightly colored eyes as it is a soft brown color with soft glimmers of radiant red.
Light Mahogany Brown Waves
We’re not ready to fully let go of summer, and we assume that you’re not either. This lighter shade of mahogany looks light and airy in a wavy style, hinting at summer while still maintaining that cool, feminine fall vibe. This is also a great option for those who are fearful of committing to a red hair color as this looks mostly brown with only slight colorings of red tones in certain lighting.
Another purple-red color, this wavy style looks chic and professional while still fun and flirty. Whether you have an important presentation or you’re just running to the grocery store, you can guarantee you’ll be getting attention with this hairstyle. This bright color suits nearly all skin types and eye colors, but best fits those with darker features.
Wine Mahogany Ringlets
This gorgeous style boasts a deep, shiny, rich color that will have you craving Merlot nights with your girlfriends! Pretty ringlet curls flaunt the intensity of this color, which is perfect for fall and winter. Deep like the aubergine waves we showed you earlier, this intense color is a perfect accessory to your fall look. To achieve loose, gorgeous curls, use a thick curling iron and wrap the hair flat along the barrel.
Winter Violet Curls
If you’ve always wanted to color your hair an unnatural color, this look is the perfect way to start. Without committing to a crazy color transition, this violet style boasts a beautiful warm purple finish without the loudness of unnatural colors! Soft and flowing but warm and inviting, this style is both cute and sexy and can be worn with minimal makeup or an all-out smoky eye for the perfect day-to-night transition.
Overall, any mahogany hairstyle you choose will flatter your look while refreshing your summer energy into fall vibes. Our list included both bright and deep shades, red-dominant, purple-dominant and brown-dominant tones, and both long and short styles. We also included cheerful daytime styles and sexy night-out looks. We hope our guidance was helpful, but we know in the end that only you can decide what your dream hairstyle is and what color you wish to achieve.
If you’re a working girl, we suggest our deeper, richer tones and the colors that look more natural like the highlighted mahogany brown curls, the mahogany balayage, or the wine mahogany ringlets. If you’re your own boss or your job encourages your free spirit, you can have fun with the bright, loud colors on our list, like the vibrant crimson curls, the violet mahogany asymmetrical bob or the aubergine waves. Again, we don’t want to tell you ladies what’s best for you - you’re the best stylist for yourself! We hope that our list helped you choose what mahogany color you’ll be rocking this fall.
The best thing about choosing a mahogany hairstyle is that this color is easy to transition into other colors, dark or light. If for some reason you change your mind or grow less fond of your mahogany hairdo (we doubt you will, but hey, anything can happen!), it’s easy to bleach it to bright blondes or cover it with medium to dark brown shades for the winter months. Either way, mahogany hair color is a gorgeous color that suits everybody and that especially suits the colder season.