Brown isn't exactly the boldest, trendiest, or most unique shade you could possibly turn to when you're craving a major hair transformation, but the timeless elegance and versatility of a glossy Kate Middleton mane simply cannot be overstated. The duchess has long served as a bottomless reserve of brunette hair color ideas but lately, more trend-forward influencers (ahem, Dua Lipa) have warmed up to the subtle hue, too.
Brown hair has historically gotten a bad rap for being too dull, too safe, too utterly ordinary, considering it's the second most common natural hair color in the world. But whoever accused it of being a complete bore clearly hadn't seen the many creative iterations of brunette circa-2020, including but not limited to: milk tea, ash brown, ombré, and bronde.
Lipa's latest return to chocolate tresses ("by popular demand," she said on Instagram) went ahead and solidified it as this summer's most unexpected breakout hair trend. Bigger even than quarantine pinks and bold lavenders, if you could believe it. So, in order to get the inspo flowing, here are some of the most covetable brunette hair color ideas to copy right now, from Chrissy Teigen's signature teetering-on-blonde shade to Kacey Musgraves' freshly highlighted milk tea wash.