Vibrant chocolate hues remain in the mainstream from season to season. No wonder, they are of the same importance to brunettes and girls with medium brown hair as platinum or strawberry blonde to blondes. The palette of chocolate shades varies from milk chocolate with warm red notes to the cool bittersweet one. Commonly we attribute to the chocolates all the sweet and delicious browns, such as mocha, hot cocoa, truffle brown, chocolate cherry, brown sugar, espresso, sweet cola, etc. Chocolate hair looks classy, dramatic and occasionally a little bit strict. Even men unconsciously believe that women with chocolate hair are more serious, trustworthy and loyal. That’s why dark-haired ladies happen to hold top positions much oftener than lightheaded blondes. However, a chocolate brunette can easily look very feminine and romantic once she curls her delicious locks or shape them into a chic updo. Since chocolate palette is rather broad and versatile, even most blondes can afford it.
The Right Hue of Chocolate Brown Hair
The choice of the right hue depends on your skin undertone (warm/cool) and your personal preferences: some women prefer chocolate tones with a reddish tint, others try to achieve noble cold shades. With the right choice of hue, chocolate color refreshes your face and makes it look younger.
According to the four-season typology that suggests creating your image around a defined color palette that brings out the natural tones of your appearance, women with warm golden undertone of skin, belonging to the autumn colortype, will look great with chocolate hair hues, bearing a warm reddish sheen. And ladies with cool or olive skin undertones (summer or winter colortype) should try to achieve deep velvety hues without any warm red tints. Normally these are the shades such as hot or black chocolate. As for the “spring girls” with clear warm skin undertone and natural light golden blonde or strawberry blonde hair, chocolate hues are not their best choice, since a “spring” face is going to look a kind of washed out in such a rich vibrant frame.
Chocolate hair harmonizes the best with tanned skin and green, hazel or brown eyes. However, keeping in mind all the variety of chocolate hues, it would be fair to say that almost any woman can select her most flattering chocolate shade. There are fantastic examples of rich chocolate hair, complimenting fair skin with cool undertone and clear blue or blue-grey eyes. Such looks appear highly contrasting and eye-catching, but remember to make a start from something that is given to you by nature. How to choose the right hue? Viewing the gallery we have prepared for you may help a lot.
#1: Smooth Chocolate Brown Hair
This is such a sophisticated (but still sexy) style. We’re not sure if it’s the smooth, glossy layers or the espresso and cocoa tones, but this is one of our all-time favorites. What brunette doesn’t dream of hair that looks exactly like this?
#2: Chocolate and Cinnamon Brown Curls
Chocolate brown hair is the best way to take brunette hair color up a notch. The key to the color is warmth, depth, and glossiness. Adding in cinnamon tones to the bottoms and ends personalizes your style and gives you an opportunity to look simply luminous in the sunlight.
#3: Chocolate Brown with Highlights
People tend to think of cocoa hair color as of a solid shade, but we’re here to tell you that you can go chocolate and still incorporate highlights. Just be sure to keep the highlights one or two shades lighter than your base color for a more natural, flattering look.
#4: Textured Brown Ombre Hair
For a city-chic ombre style, add milk chocolate ends to your naturally dark base color. The lighter color looks great worked into the midshaft of the hair, where it brightens up the face without being too drastic. For perfectly imperfect waves, try the straightener method and bend hair at the midshaft, leaving it straight and disconnected at the ends.
#5: Chocolate Brown Shag
Dark chocolate brown hair may not have any warm undertone. If you look best in cool tones, you’ll want to choose chocolate brown hair dye within deep ashy hues. You can add in sandy highlights that will help compliment your piecey, textured layers.
#6: Light Chocolate Curls
For bombshell hair, go for a light chocolate base color with caramel balayage highlights on the face-framing pieces and on the ends. To get these curls, use a clipless curling iron and pin each curl with a metal clip so that it sets. Keep all the pins in for fifteen minutes.
#7: Dark Chocolate Brown with Ashy Highlights
The best chocolate hair color for your skin tone might skew towards espresso, which is the darkest possible brown. For an edgy look, keep your dark base and add in highlights that are a few shades lighter. Keep the highlights thin and sprinkle them throughout so they mix seamlessly.
#8: Shoulder Length Chocolate Hair
These gorgeous colors are a perfect way to do cool-toned dark chocolate hair with highlights. Ask your stylist for a medium cut with just a few chin-length layers. You’ll have so many modern ways to style this cut: perfectly straight, curled under layers, or large waves.
#9: Chocolate and Caramel Waves
The best thing about caramel highlights is the way they catch the light. If you try this color, you’ll likely be constantly grabbing your hair and admiring the sparkly hue. This style is a great way to experiment with livening up your dark brown color while still maintaining a natural look.
#10: Choppy Dark Brown Hair
All-over chocolate brown hair color is one of the best pairings for a modern shoulder-length choppy haircut. You can style it in that tousled, carefree way to look super urban. To pull it off, let your hair air dry then use a straightener to create some bendy waves. Next use a texturizing spray to create definition.
#11: Soft Chocolate Waves
These painted-on highlights in honey, caramel and blonde are a gorgeous addition to the deep espresso base color. To get the twisted waves, use a small barrel curling iron with no clip. Instead of wrapping the hair around and holding it there, you’ll want to wrap hair and then drag it away so it only makes contact with the heat briefly.
#12: Chocolate and Honey Brown Bob
With voluminous, face-framing layers, this bob has a chic 90s appeal. The dark chocolate brown base gets a refresh with multitoned highlights worked throughout the hair. A large round brush will be your new best friend for sure.
#13: Cropped Chocolate Brown Hair
For a gorgeous take on the balayage trend that doesn’t feel too prissy, go for a cute choppy bob. Add some randomly placed honey highlights to update your natural dark hair color. This cut is girly and tons of fun. Imperfect curls only add to the allure.
#14: Cinnamon Brown and Chocolate Twists
Cinnamon hair color is pretty much impossible to master at home, so you will definitely need to go see a stylist for this. Chocolate red tones are a favorite with women who have naturally dark hair because they brighten the hair but don’t clash. To keep it ultra-modern, leave the dark roots exposed.
#15: Dark and Smooth Espresso Waves
This is a perfect solid brunette color. It’s deep and rich and shiny. No matter what your wardrobe looks like, this color and style will add a lot more sophistication and class to your look. If your hair is close to this color already, you might try a gloss treatment instead of dye.
#16: Long Chocolate Brown Hair
These beautiful chocolate locks feature light and soft painted highlights on the ends for a natural style. To get these curls, you can use a large barrel curling iron in alternating directions starting at the cheek level and down, all the way around the hair. Then at the front, be sure to curl hair away from the face to give those pieces more volume.
#17: Chocolate and Mahogany Brown
This chocolate cherry hair color is really incredible. The subtle way that the red tones are worked into the dark color is simply perfection. While this color would still look amazing when your hair is styled straight, it’s undeniable that curls are the best to show off cherry hues.
#18: Gorgeous Chocolate Waves
Channel your inner goddess with long, flowing waves in a cocoa hue that seamlessly blends with a rich caramel shade. If you struggle to grow your hair long and healthy, think of all the ways you can add moisture to your locks, be it hair masks, oils, or a combination. Create a treatment schedule and stick to it!
#19: Warm Chocolate Brown Locks
Mocha hair color has barely-there hints of red, so it’s a bit warmer than chocolate but not nearly as red as cinnamon or mahogany. This color is a great option for anyone with very dark, nearly black hair because black and mocha go very well together. Mocha-hued ends are an easy, modern update.
#20: Rich Chocolate Layers with Highlights
This style is universally flattering—not too dark, not too light. Not too long, not too short. The highlights are noticeable but not unnatural-looking. Put this one in the #hairgoals category. If you want to try it out, be sure to ask your stylist for soft, blendable layers and warm, golden tones.
#21: Creative Caramel
If you want to brighten your mocha hair color, without the upkeep and maintenance commitment your make when going lighter, filtering some caramel and golden blonde highlights will get the job done. It’s an easy way to bring warmth to your complexion that looks especially ravishing on brunettes with a warm skin tone.
#22: Full Fall Foliage
Everyone loves autumn, but you don’t have to wait until the season comes to add rich colors into your hair. Take a cue from fall foliage and incorporate some mahogany and red hues to your hair for a look that is as flavorful and fun as a pumpkin spice latte.
#23: Nice and Natural
Balayage, the highlighting method that paints the surface of your strands, can work equally well on chocolate brown hair as it would on blonde hair. The technique uses colors that are complementary to your skin tone and hair color. These dark chestnut tones would complement women with tan or olive complexions.
#24: Bright and Bold
Instead of using your cherry brown hair color all over, try an ombre for a volcano-like effect that will ignite your strands with bold copper and mahogany hues. It almost appears metallic, which makes this curled style shimmer and stand out in the sea of boring brown hairdos.
#25: Marvelous Mahogany
Warm dark brown hair color often reminds a chocolate dessert. This wavy dark auburn ombre mimics the complex-yet-satisfying mixture of a turtle brownie—thick chocolate topped with peanut and caramel. A delicious hair hue is always twice appealing.
#26: Chocolate Swirl Curls
In the same way that the best desserts need toppings, a good hair color needs highlights to increase the visual interest of the haircut. Blending milk chocolate, caramel, and light chocolate hues enhances the spiraled style and elevates natural-looking waves.
#27: Sun-Kissed and Sexy
If you live in a sunny city—or just want to feel like you are in one—it’s time to lighten up your look to fit your surroundings. Trendy women are flocking towards the tortoiseshell trend, which mixes caramel, copper and golden tones into your chocolate hair color with a warm natural hue.
#28: Long and Luscious
Dark chocolate brown hair can sometimes seem too dense when it is long and thick; add texture into the mix and it can be overwhelming. The key is to break up the dark color with highlights, even a subtle wash of medium brown can add dimension and depth to your locks.
#29: Stick with the Standards
When trying a new style it’s important to be true to yourself. If you are not a person who enjoys wearing bright colors, you probably won’t want them in your hair either. A rich dark chocolate hair color will blend easily with your wardrobe of soft shades and neutrals.
#30: Dark and Lovely
This hairdo will never go out of fashion. It is a simple, straightforward and timeless look. Long layers in a deep espresso hair color are perfect for a woman who prefers a no-fuss approach to beauty, but wants to stay stylish. To keep your locks shiny, ask your hair care professional for a gloss treatment.
#31: Long and Strong
Emphasize luscious, healthy-looking locks with a smooth mahogany hair color. The chocolate undertones create a depth and richness for the eye-catching hue that is also chic. This beautiful blend is perfect for a woman who likes to draw attention without trying too hard.
#32: Banging in Black
Incorporate a subtle wash of violet into your rich dark chocolate brown hair color to create visual interest that’s not too obvious or over-the-top. The color will look vibrant in the sun, but will still appear dark when indoors. This is the best idea for a sweet brunette who loves her look, but enjoys an element of surprise every now and then.
#33: Sweet Soft Curls
Red hair is fun because it can blend well with warm brown or blonde tones depending on whether you want to lighten or darken your base color. The medium hairstyle in this photo incorporates delicate reddish brown tones which appear nobly subdued.
#34: Short and Sassy
Cherry mahogany brown is a statement-making hue, so you don’t want to distract from it with long or limp strands. Show off the rich reddish-brown tones with a fun curly bob. This is an ideal short cut styled into glazed curls.
#35: Warm and Wavy
This look uses reddish color around the face instead of strictly towards the ends. This is useful because it brings the warmth of to the deep chocolate base directly around the visage to brighten up your complexion. It’s perfect for women who feel their look has gotten a bit tired—time to get your spark back!
#36: Spiced with Cinnamon
Brown cinnamon hair color is a red shade with chocolate lowlights that is vibrant yet still very sweet. It makes a statement without veering into the Ronald McDonald comparisons that some red hues may fall in. This one is ideal for those natural red heads who want to temper their hair color.
#37: Bouncy Red and Blonde Curls
The chocolate cherry hair color has a distinct mix of brown and red tones, kind of like a Dr. Pepper soda. The so-called blonde highlights level 7 create a fun pop and clash of colors by contrasting with the warm base hue of the hairstyle. This is an ideal color combo for ladies who enjoy experimenting, but work in an office environment that is a bit more conservative.
#38: Fluffy Fringed Bob
A layered angled cut created fullness and texture, especially towards the back of the head. But, if your hair is already thick it might appear too round. The key is to accent selected pieces throughout the surface with highlights, using lighter color to showcase the movement and layers within the haircut.
#39: Bangs with Body
When you have an intricate haircut like this one, it’s best to skip a bright color and opt for chocolate brown hair dye instead. The dark cocoa color will lend an air of sophistication to the funky cut with a wild side bang. As with makeup and fashion, a successful short hairstyle masters the balance between the cut and color.
#40: Bold and Beautiful
Similar to the look above, this style uses mahogany red highlights as an ombre for black hair. The contrast will pop in the sunlight as shown, but will seem more low-key when indoors. It’s great for those looking for a slight makeover without doing anything too drastic.
Well, these were 40 chocolate looks which have inspired us the most. If you decide on going chocolate, consider whether you want to do it yourself or go to a salon. When dying your hair at home it’s important to remember that on very dark or previously dyed hair the chocolate hue you’ll obtain may differ from what you see on the dye pack. So, weigh all the pros and cons and good luck!