When we think of natural hair colors, shades of chocolate brown hair always come to mind. Rich, radiant, and ravishing, this is one of the most beloved options for aspiring brunettes. Chocolate brown hair color stands out through its natural beauty, all while maintaining a glossy effect no matter the hair texture.
There are a variety of shades of chocolate brown that you can try, buy the best shade for you will depend on your natural hair color and skin tone. Here are a few examples of popular shades of this color:
- Dark chocolate brown: a rich, deep brown that is perfect for those women with naturally dark hair.
- Milk chocolate brown: a lighter, more caramel- brown that can add a subtle hint of color to natural or highlighted hair.
- Mocha brown: a warm, reddish-brown perfect for those women with warmer skin tones.
- Dark caramel brown: a rich, dark brown with a hint of caramel that can add depth and dimension to natural or highlighted hair.
- Hazelnut brown: a light brown with a warm, golden undertone that can add a touch of warmth to natural or highlighted hair.
- Chestnut brown: a warm, reddish-brown that can complement those with warmer skin tones and is great for adding depth and dimension to natural hair.
1. Medium Chocolate Brown Hair
What better way to start our list than with a chocolate brown hair tone suitable for everybody? So, we would call this yummy shade medium chocolate brown, because it’s not too light, nor too dark.
Oftentimes, you will see chocolate brown as part of melted hairstyles. While we have plenty of ombre ideas in store for you, we want to take a moment to appreciate this dazzling balayage – that subtle color melt is just lovely!
3. Dark Chocolate Brown Hair Color
However, if you do want to showcase your mysterious side, opt for chocolate dark brown hair. It is a romantic hair color that is also part of the earth tone palette. So, for a natural look, you can count on this dark chocolate shade.
4. Ombre Hair
As promised, here is our first ombre idea with chocolate brown. So, both colors used are in the same area, just that the first part is darker. For the secondary shade, we want to point out that intense and warm brown.
5. Rich Color
If you want to have everyone longing to rake their fingers through your hair, and rich chocolate hue will do the trick. So, to get that velvet aspect, you should remember that a pinch of red should be added to your color.
6. Light Chocolate Brown Hair
On the other hand, light chocolate locks are just as irresistible. This is a perfect choice if you are planning on getting your color makeover during the summer. Nevertheless, it fits like a glove for women with tanned skin too.
7. Naturally Curly Hair
Women with afro-textured curls can undoubtedly count on chocolate brown to complement their hair texture. In this photo, you can see how a deeper shade of brown looks on those stunning corkscrew curls.
8. Honey Tips on Curly Hair
An alternative for long and curly-haired girls with an outgoing personality is to play with colors. You can maintain a dark brown base and add some color just to your tips. This way, you will emphasize your curls beautifully. We also recommend a layered haircut.
As if chocolate brown wasn’t sparkling enough, you can boost your natural shine even more with some highlights. For a discrete approach, we recommend trying brown highlights – just a bit lighter than your base color.
10. Reddish Color
Mandy Moore proves that a splash of red in your chocolate hair can make a visible difference. If you are aiming for deep brown color, all you need to do is talk to your stylist about having a reddish-brown tint.
11. Caramel Highlights
Nonetheless, you can also get highlights in contrasting colors. One of the most popular highlight choices for brown hair is blonde. To keep that natural vibe, you can tone down the blonde to a warm caramel hue.
Contrary to some beliefs, a particular haircut can have a major impact on hair color (and vice versa). For instance, hairstyles with and without bangs look completely different, regardless of the color. But rest assured: bangs and brown are perfect partners.
13. Café au Lait Hair Color
Dare to go even lighter with your chocolate brown until you obtain this café au lait shade. The direct translation is “milk coffee”. In other words, it’s a light shade of chocolate brown that stands out gorgeously.
14. Deep Hair Color
It’s impossible to not get inspired by celebrities when researching trendy hairstyles. Kendall Jenner, for instance, won our hearts irrevocably with her dark and vivid shade of chocolate brown hair. This shade will also look stunning on olive skin and green and brown eyes.
15. Warm Hair Color
Take a splash of sunshine with you wherever you go with this warm version of choco brown. Not only is this a radiant color to sport, but it will also bring out the light tones of your eyes. You can rock it effortlessly regardless of your facial features.
16. Reverse Ombre
To continue our ombre ideas, you can go against the grain with a reverse ombre. In other words, you can choose a darker color for the secondary part of your ombre. In this case, we opted for a chocolate brown base and super dark tips.
Lowlights are an amazing option if you want to bring just a bit of shine to your lovely locks. This is a terrific idea for women who don’t want to go over the top with highlights, but rather enjoy a subtle glow on their base color.
18. Mocha Chocolate Hair
We know and adore Nina Dobrev from The Vampire Diaries, but let’s take a moment to talk about her flawless look. Also, the pale-skinned beauty chose a rich chocolate brown shade for her hair.
19. Red Highlights
As far as highlights on brown hair are concerned, you should know that blonde isn’t your only option. You can easily stand out from the rest by picking red instead of the classic choice. So, simply sprinkle some burgundy streaks throughout your locks and own them!
20. Tan Skin
You will often see chocolate brown hair associated with pale skin, owing to the eye-pleasing contrast. However, that doesn’t mean that this rich hair color doesn’t go astoundingly well with tan or dark skin tones.
21. Chocolate and Platinum Mix
We’ll skip back to highlights for this entry, thanks to the eye-catching mix. In this hairstyle, you can appreciate equal amounts of chocolate and some cool-toned platinum highlights in a breathtaking work of hair coloring.
22. Milk Hair
Another solid color that has our hearts going wild is this sublime milk chocolate brown hair. While it’s a tad bit lighter than the average choco brown, it will leave an unforgettable impression and also work great on a warm skin tone.
23. Messy and Layered Hair
We love recommending hairstyles and coloring options based on skin tones or eye colors. In the case of chocolate brown, green eyes are a match made in heaven. Not only is the contrast splendid, but the two distinct colors complement each other marvelously.
24. Choppy Hair
How about haircuts to flaunt your chocolate locks? Even though brown is an earth tone, you can spice it up a bit with an edgy haircut. For starters, you can look into any choppy cuts that add some attitude.
25. Pixie Cut
Anne Hathaway is another celebrity we look up to for how she slays with her choco brown hair. So, no matter if she appears with long and thick wavy hair or a chic pixie cut, she knows how to own chocolate brown.
26. Dark Skin
Ladies with dark skin look nothing less than spectacular with chocolate-colored strands. One of the main reasons is that it reflects the rich color of their skin. So, you can follow in Kelly Rowland’s steps and sparkle like a diva.
27. Blonde Highlights
Yet another cute combination you can take into consideration is a short haircut with chocolate hair and highlights. The nape-length bob hairstyle looks enchanting in vivid brown, while the discrete dark blonde highlights make the entire hairstyle come to life.
28. Pale Skin
We’ve already gushed over Emma Stone when talking about auburn hair color, but she has fabulously made our chocolate brown hair list too. In this example, you can see how her very light skin tone contrasts with her deep hair tone.
29. Turquoise Lowlights on Chocolate Locks
So, we’ve talked all about natural ways to wear chocolate hair, but what about thinking outside the box? If you’re not afraid of a little color, you can mix this natural hue with a striking one, such as turquoise.
30. Iced Hair Color
Kristen Danyal proves that an iced version of chocolate brown should be on your mind when picking your specific shade. The icy effect is ever so subtle but provides a huge impact on your hairstyle. It goes to show that the difference is in the details.
31. Pink Ombre
If you’re not into turquoise but still want to make your chocolate brown pop, think about some pink. Whether you opt for a pastel pink or bright magenta, you can count on this secondary color for an unconventional ombre.
Combining shades of chocolate brown can result in the hairstyle you have always dreamed of. In this photo, for instance, you can admire a subtle blend of dark brown with light brown highlights. It’s just enough to make the whole look memorable.
33. Brown Amethyst Hair
Brown amethyst is certainly a hair color that you won’t see around every color. However, this deliciously discrete tint is challenging to obtain, we recommend working with a professional stylist for a phenomenal outcome.
34. Blonde and Red Highlights
We have talked about either blonde or red streaks for spicing up your chocolate base, but what if you mix them? The results bring your entire look to life! In addition, you’ll get some violet tones – owing to the colors used.
35. Rose Gold with Chocolate Tint
Just like brown amethyst, this chocolate rose gold color is wonderfully creative. Not only does it look and feel super special, but you can also lighten or darken this shade as you, please.
36. Pastel Ombre
Speaking of major trends this year, we have to talk about pastels. No matter if they’re pink, blue, lavender, or green, these fairytale-like shades are all over the place. So, let’s not forget that blue ombre hairstyles are incredibly stylish this year.
37. Chocolate Cherry Hair Color
A little red can go a long way for any hairstyle part of a natural color palette. In this situation, you can add a dash of red to a chocolate brown base and get delightful results. Then, it’s an excellent way of rocking cherry chocolate hair color hair subtly and impressively.
38. Blonde and Brown Hair
If you’re more of the blonde hair type, there are plenty of chocolate options for you too. So, you can mix the two nuances for a warm base color, or go for highlights or balayage chocolate.
While this example comes pretty close to iced chocolate, it still stands out as a hypnotizing shade of charcoal chocolate. To put it shortly, the dark brown has an all-around charcoal gray tint, made especially obvious by the perfectly straight hair.
40. Red Undertones
Not up for red highlights? You can choose the discrete way by adding some red undertones to your chocolate brown locks. Even though the red additions are indeed subtle, they can still be appreciated from afar.
41. Sunny Hair
Another chocolate blonde look you can try out is this adorable balayage. We’re impressed with how much the results resemble beach hair. Feel free to experiment with it for your next makeover.
42. Chocolate Highlights on Dark Brown Hair
When you can’t get enough chocolate brown, you can blend it all around. If your natural or base color is deep brown, you can rock some milk chocolate highlights. Also, you can go vice versa if you have naturally light brown hair.
43. Green and Brown Combo
Just like turquoise, a green ombre with chocolate brown hair is guaranteed to make you stand out. It might not be appropriate for a corporate workplace, but it’s fantastic for the free-spirited boho girl.
44. Ash Brown Hair
Both ash brown and ash blonde are major trends this year too. If you opt for ash brown, you can take your color to the next level by warming the brown part up a bit. It’s a magnificent look for all four seasons.
45. Light Brown Undertones
If you have green, blue, or generally light-colored eyes, you may want to consider a solid chocolate brown for your hair color. What you can do, however, is liven up the color with some super discrete undertones that resemble the base.
46. Ash Blend
Not into an all-over ash brown color? You can enjoy a charming gradient with a chocolate ash brown balayage. Start with the darkest tone at the top and blend your way to light ash at the tips. The choco brown will look exceptional at the transition.
47. Black Hair with Chocolate Brown Highlights
Are you a natural brunette looking for a classy change? So, you can go for a delicate approach with some soft chocolate brown highlights. Alternatively, go for an equally natural balayage for a similar impact on your final look.
48. Auburn Lowlights
If you carry autumn in your heart wherever you go, tock it in your hair too! Some gentle auburn lowlights can go a long way for your brown locks, especially if they’re dark. Then, consider a bit of a highlighting technique in the front to frame your face.
49. Hair and Skin Color Match
When you match the color of your hair to that of your skin, magic happens. This is why Gabrielle Union looks brilliant in this shot. So, if you are blessed with this graceful skin tone, don’t hesitate to think about chocolate hair.
50. Ashy Blonde Highlights
Lastly, we will leave you with a natural yet unconventional way to wear chocolate brown hair. So, in this look, you can notice some highly subtle ashy blonde highlights. Then, the results make your hair color look as natural as if you were born with it.
51. Face-Framing Hair
This pretty shoulder-length layered haircut is so cute with her rich dark chocolate hair. She kept it parted down the middle and curled her layers away from her face perfectly.
52. Goddess Hair
Here is another shoulder-length hairstyle with dark brown hair but this one has the slightest caramel highlight added in and it looks amazing. Add in a few waves as she has done here and you are all set.
53. Sandy Highlights
Another way to wear your chocolate hair is to add vanilla highlights. Here she went with the classic chunky approach and it is working perfectly. Wear it wavy, curly, or straight it will look no matter what.
54. Dimensional Hair
Long brown hair can be boring, try adding this dimensional chocolate hair color to make your hair pop. That is what she has done in the photo above and it looks amazing.
55. Center Part
Here is a gorgeous shoulder-length hairstyle with chocolate brown hair color. She kept it all one long length and added in waves after parting it down the center.
56. Curtain Bangs
Curtain bangs are perfect to add to your hairstyle. Here she has kept her hair thick and long with a reddish hue added to her overall brunette style and it looks amazing.
57. Highlighted Dimensional Hair
Highlighting your dark brown hair is so easy. Here she went with a dimensional light chocolate color and it looks amazing. Style it with waves as she has done here to help bring out your new colors.
58. Blonde Money Piece
If you wanted to spice up your dark hair you could always go with a bright money piece. Here she went with a platinum blonde hue and the contrast it creates is so dreamy.
59. Honey Highlights
Honey and chocolate always work well together. Here they went with all-over honey highlights and it looks amazing. Part it down the middle and add in a few curls and you are all set.
60. Fullhead Chocolate Brown Hair
Up next is a hairstyle for all the natural girls out there. In the photo above she went with a mid-length hairstyle with loose waves and a simple side part. You could style this look in so many different ways and always look amazing.
61. Espresso Hair Color
For an extra dark vibe go with a chocolate and espresso brown color. Here she kept her gorgeous long hairstyle with loose waves and it looks so pretty. You could always try a wig for this style too.
62. Thin Hair
If you have thin hair you already know how hard it can be to find the right hairstyle, but this next look would be perfect for you. She has colored her thin hair a pretty brownish chocolate hue and it adds so much life to it.
63. Natural Blend
Up next is a style for all those girls out there with thick and long hair. Here she added a few pops of light brown highlights in her face-framing layers and looks amazing.
64. Redken Hair
Redken makes a beautiful dark chocolate brown haircolor. That is what she is wearing in the photo above and it has a lovely tint to it. She styled it with long curtain bangs and loose waves for a fresh finish.
65. Highlights on Dark Hair
Chocolate brown highlights are always a good idea when you are thinking about changing your hair up. In the photo above she kept her mid-length hair cut right at the shoulders and added a bit of a curl and it looks perfect.
66. Ash Brown Hair
Ash-brown hair mixed with chocolate is such a cute look. Here she has extra thick hair with long layers and a few waves added in.
67. Light Chocolate Balayage
Dark and light chocolate hair color created with a balayage will always look amazing. That is what she has done here with the dark tones on the top and it flawlessly blends to light chocolate on the tips.
68. Rich Chocolate Brunette Hair
Rich chocolate hair color is a great look all year long, but it really looks nice in the wintertime. Here she has hers about mid-length and added a few caramels pops around the face. Keep it
69. Gorgeous Long Hair
Ladies with long locks already know how hard it is to find the right style for them. Here is a lovely look with extra long brown hair with a few face framing layers in the front. She has kept it all one color here and it looks amazing.
70. Iced Hair
Next up is a beautiful iced coffee chocolate color to try out, kind of like a mocha. Here she has kept her style about shoulder length, kept the base dark, and added in brighter highlights. You can style this look with pretty waves, try it straight, or throw it back in an updo.
71. Warm Balayage
This next look is for all the girls who like keeping their style dark. Here she is wearing her mid-length dark brown hair with caramel highlights. She styled her look with a middle part and beautiful waves and it looks amazing.
72. Caramel Brown Hair
Chocolate caramel looks just as good as its tastes. In the look above she has cut her hair right around shoulder length has kept it a bit messy with loose waves. Throw in a few caramel touches and you are all set.
73. Subtle Hair
Next up is a very pretty but basic hairstyle for women with dark hair. Here she has kpet her hair healthy and natural and only added in a few face-framing layers. She went with straight hair, but it is so thick and still has plenty of volume.
74. A Pop of Pink
You can add fun colors in your chocolate brown hair as well. In the photo above she added a bit of pink in her dark brown hair and the two colors look amazing together. She used the money piece technique here and it turned out great.
75. Mid-Part Balayage
Another way to go when thinking about lightening up your dark chocolate brown hair is to add a subtle balayage. Keep it parted down the middle and add in loose and big waves as she has done here and you are all set!
Chocolate Brown Hair FAQs
Chocolate brown hair is a warm color, often compared with the color of dark chocolate. It has also reddish or golden undertones.
The main difference between dark brown and chocolate brow hair is that the first is more neutral and the last, more worm. The dark brown hair color is closer to the real brown, and has no red or yellow undertones.
To sum up, chocolate brown hair is a gorgeous color. It has all the qualities you could ever hope for in natural hair color, as well as effortless luster throughout the day and night. Even though this brown hue is usually associated with earth tones, you now know that you can sport it in all sorts of creative color combinations. If you’re planning on getting choco brown locks, put some time into finding the best mix for you. After that, tell us all about your experience in a comment!
Lorene Kendall is a professional hairdresser who has been around in the industry for quite some time. She has traveled to different countries and cities because of her undeniable passion for styling. Her creativity and eyes for fashion are what make her stand out the most. With her talent, she provides service that will beautifully translate what her clients want into actual art.