The Best At-Home Hair Dyes For A Rich And Shiny Brunette Colour

The Best At-Home Hair Dyes For A Rich And Shiny Brunette Colour

Real talk: brunette has always been the superior hair colour. Especially when it comes to at-home hair dyes.

In terms of healthy, glossy, shiny hair, and of course, grey coverage, the brown shade spectrum has always excelled. And when it comes to DIY, it’s arguably the easiest to pull off when compared to its blonde and red hair counterparts.

But despite the chocolate family being quite long-lasting, even brunettes require touch-ups to keep their colour fresh.

So if you’re ready to slap on some spandex (gloves that is) and slather your hair in a fresh bout of brown hair dye, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up the best choices for your homegrown hair colour transformation…

The best at-home hair dyes for brunettes

Clairol Nice ‘N Easy

Clairol Nice ‘N Easy in Natural Light Ash Brown

When picking your brunette box dye, be conscious of your colour’s undertone.  Are you a warm (honey-toned) brunette? Or cool (silvery) brunette? This is a great option for the latter, and despite being light, it will still cover greys.

$8.49 at Chemist Warehouse

Read Clairol Nice ‘N Easy reviews

Garnier Olia

Garnier Olia in 5.3 Golden Brown

The first of its kind, Olia provides a rich at-home colour using nourishing oils, and no ammonia. Shine is guaranteed no matter which shade you pick, but we especially love how this one gleams in the sun.

$8.50 at Woolworths

Read Garnier Olia reviews

JUSTICE Professional Colour

JUSTICE Professional Colour in Medium Brown

Finding a medium brown shade that doesn’t dye too dark can be tricky, but this one is pretty true to the packet. It’s available exclusively to Just Cuts, but you can buy online if you don’t want to head into a salon.

$15.95 at

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L’Oréal Paris Casting Crème Gloss

L’Oréal Paris Casting Crème Gloss in Chocolate Chestnut

If you’re just after a colour boost or are truly terrified of stuffing up your hair, this is your guy. The semi-permanent formula provides glossy coverage, while still allowing your highlights to show through, and the conditioner smells incredible.

$12.99 at Chemist Warehouse

Read L’Oréal Paris Casting Crème Gloss reviews

NAPRO Palette

NAPRO Palette in Dark Brown

If you’re after a box dye on a budget, this one will never cost you more than $10. The darker shades perform best, so brunettes, you’re in luck.

$5.99 (down from $9.95) at Chemist Warehouse

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Restoria Discreet Colour Restoring Shampoo

Restoria Discreet Colour Restoring Shampoo 

If you’re simply after something to tide your greys over until you make it to the salon, why not try this at home colour and shampoo hybrid? It’ll take the task out of actually colouring your own hair, as you use it just like a regular shampoo in the shower.

$18.49 at Chemist Warehouse

Read more Restoria Discreet Colour Restoring Shampoo reviews

Revlon® ColorSilk™

Revlon® ColorSilk™ in Mahogany Brown

Not one to fall for a basic brown? This shade features fiery undertones for a vibrant finish. Ideal for those who’ve always dreamt of going red, but don’t want to go the whole way just yet.

$6.99 at Chemist Warehouse

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Schwarzkopf Brilliance Intense Permanent Hair Colour

Schwarzkopf Brilliance Intense Permanent Hair Colour in Bittersweet Chocolate

Want to go as dark and rich as possible without hitting black? Try this. The ‘Diamond Gloss Serum’ in the formula will keep you from falling flat.

$5 (down from $9.99) at Chemist Warehouse

Read Schwarzkopf Brilliance Intense Permanent Hair Colour reviews

Color & Soin

Color & Soin Permanent Hair Dye with Vegetal Extracts in 6N Dark Blonde

Yes, this may be an edit of the best hair dyes for brunettes, but this dark blonde makes the cut. It’s ideal for blondes wanting to turn bronde (the hybrid shade of dreams) and makes for a seamless step towards a full brunette. Transition is key ok?

$19.95 at

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Do you colour your hair at home? Which box dye do you swear by?

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Comments 48

  1. Have never gotten the same kind of coverage from Packaged Hair Dyes when I used to colour my hair, at home always found a Salon Root Coverage, much better than ending up with Colour build up.

    But I am sure there are many other people here that have had successful coverage with Home Hair Dye Packets.

  2. I’ve been using L’Oréal Casting to cover my greys for years, and I’ve always been really happy with it. I’ve always liked the colour Iced Mochaccino, but I haven’t been able to find it at the shops for a while so I’m assuming it’s been discontinued. So I’m using Light Brown and it’s a good match for me.

  3. I love dyeing my own hair. Not only to hide the grey but also to mix up my look with very little effort and it saves me a small fortune. My fav is Schwarzkopf. I have trialled Clairol thanks to BH. I probably wouldn't have bought that brand myself howeverI was really impressed by the result.

  4. I always go to the haidresser now to colour my hair won't use store ones, and especially since seeing the video of a guy switching the colour between blonde & brunette! No thanks

  5. I’m in desperate need of a hair dye right now. My favourite colour was a L’Oréal Castings but was discontinued (typical!). I’ve been using L’Oréal Castings Light Brown, and it was a great match for me. But the last couple of times I’ve used it, it’s been different. It’s given me reddish kind of highlights, and I don’t like it. I feel that it’s also a bit dark for me. I like the look of that Clairol Lite & Easy in Light Ash Brown. Any feedback would be welcome!

  6. NOTE…..I ended up getting the light ash brown. It was absolutely perfect for me. It covered my greys, and it looked very natural, which is exactly what I was looking for. I’m really happy with it because it doesn’t look like I’ve coloured my hair, if you know what I mean. I’ll definitely repurchase this one when I need a top up.

  7. I’ve used Clairol Nice ‘N Easy before and the colour was really nice. I’ve currently discovered Revlon Colorsilk and really liked that too. I really love the conditioner the Colorsilk comes with. Wish they sold that in a bottle.

  8. For superior grey coverage, I swear by L’Oréal Excellence. Colour protection shampoos don’t keep my oily hair clean, so I use a deep cleansing shampoo all the time: L’Oréal Excellence doesn’t wash away. ♥

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