I don't dye my hair, but it is naturally a very dark brown. People mistake it for black all of the time, but it's not (I'm of European descent, and my hair is just very dark.) Online I've been seeing a lot of people say that they have dark brown hair and that the Dark Brown toppik shade is way too dark. My hair must simply be darker than theirs because the Dark Brown toppik looks fine, but lighter than my own hair, honestly. I agree, it makes my hair look lighter and much less shiny where I use it, but only if you inspect closely. I have heard that the black shade is indeed a true black. However I have not tried it, although it seems that you and I may have the same hair color. Sorry I could not help much.