Hazelnut Hair Color Ideas – 8 Easy Ways To Get The Stunning Brunette Look.

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It’s time to get nutty! Do you find yourself daydreaming about a hair color that’s like a warm cup of cocoa, with a hint of espresso?

Well, if so, we have the perfect hair color for you! Introducing hazelnut hair color — a delicious and unique shade of brunette that’s makes heads turn whatever the season. Here’s all you need to know about this cozy hue.

Hazelnut hair color is a delicious way to enhance your natural brunette hair color.

This soft brown shade is popping up all over out Insta as a hue that’s flattering on everyone, and we’re here to tell you everything you need to know to get this on-trend shade on point at home!

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What color is hazelnut hair color?

This rich, nutty shade is perfect for people with dark brown hair who want to add a little depth and dimension to their locks.

Hazelnut hair color is basically a brown base with golden, caramel, and reddish tones throughout. The result is a beautiful, natural-looking shade that looks amazing on everyone!

It’s not as red-toned as chestnut brown, and not as golden as caramel brown. It’s the perfect in-between shade for people who can’t decide between the two!

The best thing about this color is that it looks great on a variety of skin tones and complexions. So no matter what your skin tone or eye color is, there’s likely to be a shade of hazelnut that complements you.

Blend it with lighter shades like honey or caramel for a stunning ombré effect. Or add cool darker browns like espresso balayage for a dramatic look.

Check out the latest looks on our Hazelnut hair Pinterest board for ideas and inspiration.

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8 on-trend hazelnut hair color ideas.

Whether you choose to go for a rich hazelnut brown or a light and airy caramel hue, this sultry shade is sure to turn heads.

And with so many different ways to wear it, there’s sure to be an on-trend hazelnut hair style that’s perfect for you.

#1 Hazelnut mocha hair color

This is a beautiful, rich shade of hazelnut with cool undertones. It’s a deep chocolatey-brown that’s perfect for those with dark brown hair who want to add a touch of lightness and warmth.

It looks amazing on all skin tones because of its neutral undertones and really makes light eyes pop. If you’re looking for a natural hair color that is both unique and trendy, Hazelnut Mocha is the way to go. 

#2 Hazelnut blonde hair color

Blondes may have more fun, but there’s something to be said for being a hazelnut blonde. This stunning shade of blonde is a gorgeous balance between light and dark, and it flatters nearly every skin tone. 

This color is achieved by blending blonde and brown tones together, resulting in a rich, golden hue. Think of it as a cross between sandy blonde and caramel brown.

Hazelnut blonde hair can be worn as is, or with lighter or darker highlights and dark roots added for extra dimension.

#3 Toasted hazelnut hair color

Looking for a hair color that’s basically fall in a bottle? Look no further than toasted hazelnut hair. This rich, multi-dimensional brunette shade has spicy hints of cinnamon red and gold, making it the perfect way to embrace the chilly weather.

Plus, it looks great on just about everyone. Whether you’re a natural brunette or you’re looking to go darker for the season, toasted hazelnut hair will keep you on-trend.

#4 Light hazelnut balayage

This pretty, popular balayage style is the one for those who want to add a little bit of lightness and brightness to their hair without going too drastic.

The color is achieved by lightening the ends of the hair with a balayage technique and then adding in highlights of a hazelnut color. The result is a beautiful, natural-looking hair color that has dimension and depth.

#5 Caramel hazelnut hair color

This delicious shade that will have everyone asking for the recipe. This warm, nutty hue has a variety of tones within it that range from light and golden to rich and chocolatey.

To get the look, start by selecting a caramel hazelnut shade that best suits your skin tone.

If you’re fair-skinned, go for a lighter shade with golden undertones. If you have olive skin, opt for a warmer hue with richer brown undertones. And if you have darker skin, choose a deep caramel or chocolatey hue.

#6 Dark hair with hazelnut highlights

If you’re looking for a way to add some dimension to your dark hair without using a ton of bleach, hazelnut highlights are the way to go.

Get this look by lightening just a few strands around the face and crown of the head, resulting in a sun-kissed and natural-looking effect.

Hazelnut highlights are also a great option for people with black hair who want to avoid excessive bleaching. When done right, this subtle color change can really enhance your features and give you a whole new look. 

#7 Hazelnut pink ombré

It’s no secret that the ombré hair trend showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. And one of the hottest ombré looks around is hazelnut pink. This dreamy color combo is perfect for anyone looking to add a touch of romance to their look. 

This style creates a graduated effect by applying pink dye to the ends of your hair. You’ll need to bleach your hair first if you want the pink to show up properly.

If you’re not ready for such a drastic change, you can always start with a light dusting of pink and work your way up to a more vibrant shade.

#8 Glazed hazelnut hair color

There’s something special about glazed hazelnut hair color. It’s rich and creamy, with just a hint of Nutella-y goodness, with a frosty tint on top. To get the look, start with a dark brown base and add in highlights of hazelnut and caramel.

Then, glaze your hair with a semi-permanent gloss to add shine and depth. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try throwing in a few streaks of gold or copper. The finished result is glossy, gorgeous hair that looks good enough to eat.

Will hazelnut hair color suit me?

To get the perfect hazelnut hair color, it’s important to understand your own natural base level — your starting point.

You can determine this by looking at the darkest strands of your natural hair color in natural light (it will be either light brown or dark blonde).

This is important because if your base level isn’t quite right, then the end result won’t be as stunning as you’d hoped for.

Once you’ve established what your base level is, bring in photos of various shades of hazelnut to discuss with your stylist so they can help you choose one that best suits you.

You can also find out which hair colour suits you by taking our quiz!

Just answer a few quick questions to find out what other hair colours most suit you!

Which Hair Color Suits Me?

Can I dye my hair hazelnut at home?

If you’re starting with light brown or blonde hair, achieving this hair color at home is pretty simple! Just pick up a box of hair dye in the shade of your choice and follow the instructions on the back.

For darker brown hair, you’ll first need to lighten your locks before you can start dyeing it your chosen shade of hair dye. This takes bleach! So be careful. See your stylist if you’re not sure what you’re doing!

Once your hair is lightened, it’s time to start coloring!

Choose a hazelnut hair color box dye from our recommended picks below. Be sure to match your base color – the color your hair is now – to the chart on the side of the box.

Be mindful that brown hair dyes tend to come up dark. Only go a shade or two hair levels above where your hair is now for a natural transition to hazelnut hair color.

And ALWAYS do a strand test beforehand to check there are no color surprises!

Then just follow the instructions on the box to achieve your perfect shade.

And that’s it! Just sit back and enjoy your new nutty hair color.

Best hazelnut hair dye at a glance.

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Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Coverage Hair Color, Deep Light Natural Brown (Spiced Hazelnut)

Garnier Hair Color Nutrisse Ultra Coverage Nourishing Creme, 600 Deep Light Natural Brown (Spiced Hazelnut) Permanent Hair Dye, 1 Count (Packaging May Vary)

Schwarzkopf Simply Color Permanent Hair Color, 6.68 Hazelnut Brown Schwarzkopf Simply Color Permanent Hair Color, 6.68 Hazelnut Brown
Naturtint Permanent Hair Color 7N Hazelnut Blonde Naturtint Permanent Hair Color 7N Hazelnut Blonde (Pack of 6), Ammonia Free, Vegan, Cruelty Free, up to 100% Gray Coverage, Long Lasting Results
L'Oreal Paris Superior Preference, 6C Cool Light Brown L'Oreal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying + Shine Permanent Hair Color, 6C Cool Light Brown, Pack of 1, Hair Dye
Clairol Professional Beautiful Advanced Gray Solutions, Toasted Hazelnut Clairol Professional Beautiful Advanced Gray Solutions 6n Toasted Hazelnut, 3 oz
Schwarzkopf Keratin Color Anti-Age Hair Color Cream, 6.0 Delicate Praline Schwarzkopf Keratin Color Permanent Hair Color Cream, 6.0 Delicate Praline


Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Coverage Hair Color, Deep Light Natural Brown (Spiced Hazelnut).

Garnier Hair Color Nutrisse Ultra Coverage Nourishing Creme, 600 Deep Light Natural Brown (Spiced Hazelnut) Permanent Hair Dye, 1 Count (Packaging May Vary)

Features & ingredients

  • This hair color is formulated to target and erase ultra stubborn grays, delivering rich, permanent color.
  • Plus, it’s infused with avocado, olive and shea oils to nourish your hair and scalp.
  • This formula also includes aloe vera to nourish the follicle and provide hydration along with healing soy protein complex to rebuild and restructure processed hair.
  • It is ideal for hair that has been colored with a regular, oxidative (mixed with developer) dye and may be dry or brittle.
  • Bleach-free and ammonia-free
  • Easy 1-step application

Reviewers say:

“This is the best color I have ever used. I’m in love with it. The color is beautiful and it covered all my grays. It’s also very conditioning and my hair feels amazing.”

“I’ve been using this shade for a few years now and I absolutely love it! It’s the perfect blend of light brown and caramel, and it looks great on everyone.”

“This is such a pretty, natural-looking shade of hazelnut brown and lasted a lot longer than other yes I’ve used before.”

Our experience:

We love Garnier Nurtisse har dyes for their great coverage and long-lasting color (you can read more about this here). So trying out this spiced hazelnut color was a no-brainer! We were not disappointed.

We tried it on light brown hair – hazelnut is a great shade for enhancing brunettes. The color turned out beautiful and rich but not as warm as on the box. It does do a great job of covering grays and gave us natural-looking flecks of lighter highlights. It’s also very conditioning, as promised. Our hair felt soft and silky after using this dye.

The only downside is that it can be a bit messy to apply, as the color is quite runny. But overall, we’re very impressed with this shade of hazelnut brown!

Best hair dye for: Rich hazelnut hair color

Watch and learn: How to dye your hair hazelnut at home step-by-step.

Here’s a great video that shows you how to dye your hair from black to hazelnut balayage at home, step-by-step.

Hazelnut hair color FAQs

Is hazelnut brown a warm or cool hair color?

This shade is a warm one, but it can lean either way depending on how you style it.

If you want to keep the warm tones, try adding some golden highlights or balayage. Or go for a caramel ombre.

For a cool-toned look, add some darker browns or even black lowlights. This will give your hairstyle a sleek and sophisticated edge.

If you’re unsure which skin tones you have, just use our handy checklist below to find out!

If you have cool undertones:

  • Your skin tone is pink or pale.
  • You blush easily!
  • Jewel and pastel colours are so your thing.
  • The colour yellow washes you out and does not look good on you.
  • You have blue not green veins in your wrist.
  • Pearls and silver jewellery look awesome on you.

If you have warm undertones:

  • You have red or golden tones in your natural hair.
  • Your skin tone is golden, tan or olive.
  • You might have freckles.
  • You have green not blue veins in your wrist.
  • You suit bright or rich shades better.
  • Gold jewellery looks awesome on you.
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How long does hazelnut hair color last?

This color can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. It all depends on how you take care of your hair and what type of hair dye you use.

If you use semi-permanent color – A semi-permanent hair dye can last anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks.

If you use demi-permanent color – A demi-permanent hair dye can last up to 8 weeks.

If you use permanent color – A permanent hair dye can last for several months, although you may need to touch up your roots every 4 to 6 weeks.

How long your color will last also depends on your hair care routine and how well you look after your hair.

How to care for hazelnut hair.

To keep your hair looking its best, follow these simple tips:

  • Use a gentle shampoo and conditioner. Look for products that are sulfate-free and designed for color-treated hair.
  • Avoid hot water. When washing your hair, use lukewarm water instead of hot. Hot water can strip your hair of its natural oils and cause your color to fade.
  • Protect your hair from the sun. UV rays can cause your hair color to fade, so make sure to protect your locks with a hat or scarf when you’re out in the sun.
  • Be careful with heat styling. If you must use heat on your hair, be sure to use a heat protectant spray.
  • Use a deep conditioner. Once a week, treat your hair to a deep conditioning treatment to help keep it hydrated and healthy.
  • Get regular trims. Getting your hair trimmed every 6 to 8 weeks will help keep it healthy and prevent split ends.

Parting words.

So there you have it! The easy guide to getting this must-have, on-trend shade at home.

This unique and beautiful shade is perfect for anyone looking to add a touch of warmth and lightness to their look. With so many different ways to wear it, there’s sure to be a hazelnut hair color that’s perfect for you. So go ahead and give it a try!

Found your perfect hazelnut hair shade? We’d love to see it! Tag us on Instagram @colouredhaircare or Facebook and share your hair dye success stories. Looking for more hair care tips? Check out How to Look After Colored Hair: 11 Expert Secrets For Long-Lasting Color.

This article was written by:

  • Nicola Freeman, Creative Director & Content Lead
    Creative Director & Content Lead

    With over two decades of passionate hair dyeing experience, I've experimented with nearly every shade imaginable. My journey began long before blogging; as an award-winning copywriter in London and New York, I shaped narratives for iconic brands. However, when friends sought advice during lockdown for at-home hair dyeing, I realized my true calling. Beyond being your hair color expert, I'm a mom of two girls, wife to artist Tony, and an avid soccer player!