50 Chocolate Brown Hair Color Ideas for Brunettes

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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: 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.

#7: 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.

#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: Marvelous Mahogany Dyeing

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.

medium wavy chocolate brown hairstyle

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#10: Bright and Bold Ombre Locks

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.

#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: 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.

#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.

Brown Choppy Bob With Caramel Highlights

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#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: Flowing Ombre Hair

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.

#16: Brown Ribbons for Brunettes

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.

#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: 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.

#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: Wavy Bob with Cherry Highlights

Warm up a deep brown base with some chocolate cherry highlights. When blended into wavy strands, they create subtle dimension that enlivens your locks without being too bold. It’s a safe choice if you’re looking to experiment with color, but still want a timeless style.

#22: Sweeping Caramel-Highlighted Bob

Is the fear of dark roots keeping you from dying your chocolate brown hair? Caramel-colored highlights are the perfect solution. High in contrast but low in maintenance, go short with a highlighted lob. It will look as good growing out as it does the day you get it colored; trust us!

Caramel Highlights For Brunette Hair

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#23: Messy Bob with Blonde Highlights

A little messy but a lot cute, blonde highlights put this choppy bob together. Lighter strands against the brown base play up the beachy vibes of the wavy style. Destined to look good all year round, it’s like taking the ease of summer with you, wherever you go.

Messy Caramel Brown Bob

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#24: Layered Brunette Bob with Blunt Bangs

Sometimes a natural brown hair color is the canvas you need to show off the bold style of your new cut. But other times, your style can get lost in darker shades, especially with shorter dos. Avoid that by going for blunt bangs and short layers to achieve an edgy ‘do with movement.

#25: Long Chocolate Brown Curls

While dark colors give slimming effects to your wardrobe, they also accentuate the volume of luscious curls. Full of shine and body, this chocolate hair color is a go-to for the quintessential brunette glam. Wrap sections of your hair around a 1.5” curling iron to get pretty loose curls.

Long Wavy Brown Hairstyle

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#26: Espresso Base with Hazel Ribbons

Blonde and light chocolate highlights woven throughout boost the glossy effect of this mane, while the wavy texture complements the layers. Espresso colored hair is gorgeous, but it can get a little bland. Added color and texture are surefire ways to bring it to life.

Medium Shaggy Brunette Hairstyle

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#27: Chocolate-Blonde Balayage

When a perfectly executed caramel blonde balayage meets a chocolate base, it’s simply heaven. Researching the right stylist is probably the most important part, because after a professional cut and dye job you will have a gorgeous hairstyle effortlessly, every day. Just sleep in a messy bun at night and let it down in the AM for beautiful curls and easy everyday glamour.

Long Caramel Brown Balayage Hair

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#28: Two-Tone Chocolate Ombre Bob

A chocolate brown hair color pairs well with naturally black hair. This wavy bob shows us how a brunette can try a new palette without going too extreme. Its rich hue and tonal contrast reaffirm our love of ombre— a trend that is here to stay.

Brown Balayage Wavy Lob

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#29: Bold Brown-to-Caramel Ombre Lob

Few flavors beat a milk chocolate and caramel combo. The iconic duo is as much a treat for your strands as it is for your taste buds. Want proof? Just look at this medium-length ombre take on the trend. The lighter ends keep the coif playful, while complementing the richness of the chocolatey roots.

Caramel Ombre For Brown Hair

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#30: Vintage Curls with Cinnamon Highlights

Dark hair has a tendency to look a little one note. Thank goodness for cinnamon brown highlights. The touch of spice will give a natural finish to your locks. It’s also the perfect way to modernize vintage-inspired curls.

Long Dark Brown Hair With Subtle Highlights

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#31: Choppy Bob with Tonal Highlights

Wispy layers combined with soft highlights are the key to messy-chic bobs. The highlights are only a shade or two lighter than the base, which makes the look totally natural. Just make sure to keep the ends of your chocolate brown hair dye job moisturized. Bleach is a blessing and a curse, because even the most subtle color can have drying effects. Try a hair masque or hot oil treatment to prevent brittle strands.

Brown Highlights For Black Hair

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#32: Sassy Brown Pixie

This is for the brunette members of the short-hair-don’t-care club. An asymmetrical cut brings dimension to espresso strands, while also amplifying their thickness. The choppy layers still maintain a sense of sophistication, so your locks effortlessly transition from day to night with little manipulation.

Choppy Pixie With Undercut

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#33: Wavy Bob with Chocolate Highlights

Oh so short and sweet, a few wavy strands keep this bob casual and youthful. A chic example of an understated hue, the mocha hair color speaks for itself. It’s a low-maintenance choice that is suited for daily wear. Despite being laid-back, the toned-down color gives the coif a polished finish.

Subtle Brown Balayage Hair

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#34: Wavy Deep Brown Hair

Picking the right color to highlight dark chocolate brown hair can be a challenge. If you go too light, you run the risk of it turning orangey. If you go too dark, the contrast might not be noticeable. Here we see the perfect shade to complement your mocha hair. It’s only a few shades lighter, but it gives her locks the feel of movement and depth.

Black Hair With Chocolate Highlights

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#35: Short Brown Coif with Chocolate Layers

Sometimes keeping it discreet means keeping it refined. The slightly lighter ends of this short crop give definition to its sleek layers, while also adding warmth.

African American Pixie With Short Bangs

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#36: Understated Balayage Bob

Balayage is as sexy on bobs as it is on waist-grazing tresses. With fewer inches to work with, however, there is no shame in keeping a shorter coif simple and understated. A lighter brown worked throughout your locks is sure to enliven your everyday look.

Black Choppy Bob With Brown Highlights

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#37: Angled Curly Bob

The choppy, angled layers work perfectly with the shiny shades of chocolate brown and black in this style. The result? A modern hairstyle that doesn’t skimp on volume. It’s easy for routine bobs to fall a little flat, but with these coloring and styling updates you won’t have to worry. Boost the fullness even more with a few big barrel curls.

#38: Wispy Shoulder-Length Bob

Sometimes all you need is just a few lighter strands to transform a would-be-dull look into something fun and playful. Keep those lighter bits in the front, to brighten your face. The minimal use of color is sure to give the maximum beautifying effects.

#39: Half-Up Bob with Caramel Highlights

Well-blended highlights boost the texture of your hair and minimize the styling time. Make a messy half updo just tying the upper section of your hair into a messy knot or try a cute small half up bun.

Caramel Balayage For Brown Bob

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#40: Choppy Hairstyle with Shaved Nape

As with the real chocolate, the darker its shade gets the bolder its flavor is. A dark chocolate hair color has the power to accentuate the edge of an ultra-short crop, like this one. Unlike a hard-to-see blonde hue, the dark color can define a neatly shaved nape.

Layered Brown Pixie Bob

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#41: 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.

#42: 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.

#43: 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.

#44: 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.

#45: 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!

#46: Sun-Kissed Balayage for Dark Hair

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.

#47: 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.

#48: Coffee Brown Waves

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.

#49: Mahogany Layered Hair

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.

#50: 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.

Well, these were 50 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!

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