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35 Chocolate Brown Hair Color Ideas You’ll Really Love

Lovely, smooth, rich, delicious chocolate. Who doesn’t love chocolate? Chocolate brown hair, that is! Brunette ladies have an array of shades to choose from: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, spicy chocolate or even raspberry-tinted chocolate.

They’re all ready and waiting for you to “taste” test. These shades are virtually compatible with any skin tone, so choose your fave chocolate brown hair color and indulge. You’ll have the sweetest hair of all!

  • #1 Cropped to Perfection

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    This rich chocolate brown cropped haircut not is only stunning in style, but color too.  With subtle lighter flecks of brown throughout it gives texture and interest.

    cropped-hair-color-with-chocolate-brown-hair

    Style by Susanne Dillge, Goertz Hair, Braunschweig, Germany

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Light to medium hair types that look great in warmer colors wear this well.  While hair that is thick and wavy are best for this cropped style.

    Tip:

    Bring pictures to your appointment with your stylist.  This helps to make sure you are both seeing the same color.

  • #2 Caramel Sombre’

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Beautiful caramel highlights concentrated more towards the ends and blending upward give soft lightness though out the entire look.

    chocolate-brown-hair-color-with-caramel-highlights

    Style by Barberia Salon, Foster City, CA

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Medium skin tones with a soft warm undertone look best in this soft ombre’ (aka “sombre”).  Hair that is starting at a medium brown or lighter is the best for recreating this lighter color.

    Tip:

    After lightening the ends of your hair, they can become dry, make sure to have a great deep conditioner on hand for weekly treatments!

  • #3 Subtle Highlights

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Fine “baby-lights” weaved through dark brown hair and toned to a neutral blonde give just enough lightness without over whelming your dark color.

    chocolate-brown-hair-color-with-subtle-blonde-highlights

    Style by Katie Gibbs, Makeup by Abby Thompson, William Wesley Grand Salon & Spa, Davenport, IA

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Neautral skin tones that look good in blushes, blues, and violets wear this color well.  While hair that is colored or naturally a dark brown is a good starting point for recreating this color.

    Tip:

    Don’t go overboard on the baby fine highlights, it can switch quickly from dark with a soft blonde, to overwhelming blonde highlights.  Make sure to be very specific when describing what you want to your stylist.

  • #4 Textured Bronze

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Combining different shades of blonde, bronze, and rich brown create a color with lots of interest and texture.

    chocolate-brown-hair-color-with-highlights-and-texture

    Style by Sophia El Alami, Makeup by Chelsea Walls, Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, Glen Mills, PA

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Light to medium skin tones that look good in neutral tones, brown, and gold wear this fun color best, while hair that is medium to thick and naturally wavy to straight will help in recreating this braided style.

    Tip:

    Combining contrasting colors is a great way to liven up your hair with a little edge if your work place doesn’t allow funky colors.

  • #5 Natural Beauty

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Embracing your natural curls and accenting them around your face and throughout the length is a great way to give a little bit of change while keeping upkeep to a minimum.

    natural-chocolate-brown-hair-color

    Style by Shawn Colter, Makeup by Lindsay Jackson, Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology, Columbia, SC

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Light to medium skin tones with a warm undertone look amazing with these soft golden highlights, while hair that is naturally curly and starting at a medium to light brown is a perfect canvas for defining thee curls.

    Tip:

    Keeping it subtle with only a soft contrast helps to keep maintenance at a minimum.  Try using color enhancing conditioning treatments in between appointments, like Pravana’s Color Enhancer in Coco Brunette or Honey.

  • #6 Side Swept Caramel

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Beautiful creamy and soft caramel highlights are swept off to one side in this curly look.   The subtle highlights give a lighter all over color without overpowering the rich brown base.

    chocolate-brown-hair-color-with-soft-caramel-highlights

    Style by Beverly Price, Makeup by Mary Johns, Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology, Columbia, SC

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Skin tones with a soft golden glow and look great in warmer colors like red and orange wear this rich color beautifully, while hair that is naturally or colored medium to light brown is a great starting point for recreating this color.

    Tip:

    Switch up your part!  Sometimes moving your hair from one side to the other, or even the middle can change up your color depending on how highlights are placed.

  • #7 Flowing Bronde

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Not quite brown, not really blonde either, this is bronde.  A rich and beautiful marriage of both brown and blonde hair, that gives hair a flowing and natural beauty about it.

    rich-natural-bronde-hair-color

    Style by Cutting Loose Salon, Sarasota, FL

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Light to medium skin tones with a soft warm undertone are best for this shade of bronde, while ahir that is a light brown is the perfect pallet for recreating this soft look.

    Tip:

    Research a colorist and have a consultation before committing to an appointment.  Not all stylists specialize in the same kind of colors.  You can check out their work on Instagram or Facebook and message them for more info.

  • #8 Shimmer

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Make your natural brown hair shimmer with a soft golden shine through a glossing treatment!  These demi-permanent colors create high shine and a transparent color that rinses off gradually leaving you no line of demarcation.

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    Style by Barbara Lhotan, NYC

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Any hair type can reep the benefits of a glossing treatment, while each individual can decide on a soft hue, golden for warmer skin tones, soft beige for cooler, you could even add red or violet!

    Tip:

    Have greys?  That’s ok.  Permanent color can be used to cover those, then have the glossing treatment applied to your ends, or all over!

  • #9 Cool Operator

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Not all browns need to be warm.  This hue shows us a cooler side of brown that is still hot!  The softest tone of violet with just a few face framing highlights is near perfect!

    cool-chocolate-brown-hair-color-with-a-face-framing-highlights

    Style by Dwayne Hunter, Makeup by Mary Johns, Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology, Columbia, SC

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Cooler skin tones that fall with in the medium range look great in this color, while hair that is starting at a medium to dark brown is the best starting point for recreating this color.

    Tip:

    Make sure to talk about how much violet you want to see in your finished color with your stylist.  This can go from cool brown, to banging violet quickly.

  • #10 Splash of Copper

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Deep rich brown that has just a touch of bright copper on the ends gives this look some playful texture.

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    Style by Claire Williams, Makeup by Amy Carter, Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology, Columbia, SC

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Light to medium skin tones that look fabulous in reds, oranges, and corals wear this color best, while hair that is colored or naturally a deep rich brown is a great bae for adding a pop of color.

    Tip:

    Love this color placement, but maybe not the copper?  Try beige, violet, bright red, or even light ah brown as your accent pieces!

  • #11 Natural Beauty

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Natural is always beautiful. A shiny glow of neutral brunette over your tresses can enhance shine or cover those pesky greys.

    Natural Chocolate Brown Haircolor

    Style by Alysha Frary, Makeup by Robbin Jackson, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Light to medium skin tones that can wear a variety of colors wear this natural tone wonderfully. Hair that is naturally light brown is the best candidate for this glowing brunette.

    Tip:

    If this is one of your first times coloring your hair, ask your stylist for demi-permanent color. This will fade away slowly, creating a softer grow out.

  • #12 Caramel Curls

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Amazing curls paired with soft caramel is the perfect look for a night out!

    Chocolate Brown Hair Color with Caramel Curls

    Style by Katie Kacere, Makeup by Kristian Bailey, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Light to medium toned skin with a soft pink undertone wears this color well. Hair that has the length and layers to handle all these curls is a must to create this look.

    Tip:

    Have naturally straight hair but love these curls? Irons aren’t the only way to achieve them anymore! Check out tutorials for “no heat” curls.

  • #13 Dark Chocolate

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    This rich and dark hue gives a sultry and mysterious look that will beg inquiries as to where you get your color done!

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Medium skin tones with blue, green or light brown eyes wear this color amazingly.  Hair that is dark naturally will provide the best starting point for this color.

    Tip:

    Love this piecey angled bob? Ask your stylist for tips on how to recreate this look at home. Ask for styling tools, tips and products!

  • #14 Soft Honey

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Adding soft and natural honey highlights through brunette tresses gives a natural glow and youthful feel to any haircut.

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Any skin tone can rock this honey-inspired highlight. Hair that is starting out at a medium to light brown base is a perfect canvas for soft honey highlights.

    Tip:

    The key to this look is to not have too much of a contrast. Bring pictures in to show your stylist how light of highlights you are looking for. Also, remember that less is more with natural-looking highlights.

  • #15 Caramel Face Frame

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Pretty caramel face framing highlights sweeten up your skin to give you a soft glow.

    Chocolate Brown Hair Color with Caramel Highlights

    Makeup by Susie Hearn, Sean Rocco Salon, Charlotte, NC

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    Makeup by Susie Hearn, Sean Rocco Salon, Charlotte, NC

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Light to medium skin tones that look nice in warmer tones such as coral, soft yellows and reds are a great candidate for this color. Hair that is straight and starting at a light to medium brown is best for both this style and color.

    Tip:

    Make sure to bring a picture of how you imagine your new hair color to be. This makes it easier for your stylist to visualize and deliver!

  • #16 Milk Chocolate Crisp

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    This milk chocolate hue has a golden tone to brighten and warm any complexion.

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    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    The golden tones of this brunette shade suit a slightly yellow/golden complexion. Medium brunette hair (level 5) works best with this look.

    Tip:

    Create a long, textured herringbone braid down one side for a trendy look.

  • #17 Dark Chocolate Caramel Swirl

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Refresh your ombre with a dark chocolate base and caramel ribbons that brighten the face and swirl through the ends.

    Dark Chocolate Caramel Swirl

    Style by Jillian Brainard, Perry Anthony Salon, Wilmington, DE

    Dark Chocolate Brown Hair Color

    Style by Jillian Brainard, Perry Anthony Salon, Wilmington, DE

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    The deep/warm and light/golden tones of this brunette best suits a slightly peachy/golden complexion. Medium brunette hair (level 5) works best with this color scheme.

    Tip:

    Gather ends into a low side bun for a perfect formal style.

  • #18 Spicy Chocolate

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    This brunette tone offers a hint of cinnamon just to spice things up.

    Spicy Chocolate Haircolor

    Style by Carla Contreras, Kenneth Shuler Schools, Columbia, SC

    Spicy Chocolate Haircolor Side View

    Style by Carla Contreras, Kenneth Shuler Schools, Columbia, SC

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    The warm red undertones of this brunette best suits a slightly peachy/golden complexion. Medium to light brown, fine hair (level 5 – 7) benefits most this shade.

    Tip:

    Create soft, loose waves to accent this hue by wrapping strands around a medium barrel curling iron.

  • #19 Fudgesicle Freeze

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Cool things down with this neutral/golden-toned brunette hue.

    Fudgesicle Freeze Haircolor

    Style by Kristen Lorieno, Planet Color Salon, Mokena, IL

    Fudgesicle Freeze Haircolor Back View

    Style by Kristen Lorieno, Planet Color Salon, Mokena, IL

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    The cool/golden tones of this brunette balances a neutral/olive/golden complexion. Dark to medium brunette hair (level 4-7) wears this color well.

    Tip:

    A playful half up half down look is a perfect way to show off the interplay of these tones.

  • #20 Brownie Delight

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    This warm brown tone is accented with a rich, dark chocolate fringe for extra drama.

    Brownie Delight Haircolor

    Style by Paisley Roberts, John Roberts Salon & Spa, Cleveland, OH

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    The interplay of warm and cool brunette tones best suits a slightly yellow/peach complexion. Naturally light brown, fine hair (level 6) works well with this hue.

    Tip:

    Create massive volume with a little backcombing and some alternating spiral curls.

  • #21 Chocolate Sea Salt

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Take a bite out of life with this decadent shade of brown that’s anything but boring.

    Chocolate Sea Salt Chocolate Brown Haircolor

    Style by Lisa Jordan, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    Chocolate Sea Salt Haircolor Side View

    Style by Lisa Jordan, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    The neutral brunette hue best suits a slightly golden/peach complexion. Medium to light brown, fine hair (level 5 – 7) benefits from this combination.

    Tip:

    Create a piecey perimeter with a light hold wax.

  • #22 Chocolate Ganache

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    You can’t resist this sultry, bittersweet shade of brown that looks good enough to eat.

    Chocolate Ganache Hair Color

    Style by Katie Skillman, John Roberts Salon & Spa, Cleveland, OH

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    The deep chocolate tones of this brunette shade best suits a slightly yellow/olive/golden complexion. Dark to medium brunette hair (level 4 – 7) works well with this color.

    Tip:

    A gently tousled bun is a sweet style to bring out these tones.

  • #23 Paprika Chocolate

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    For a lighter and warmer shade of chocolate brown hair, choose this paprika-infused hue with reflective red undertones.

    Paprika Chocolate Haircolor

    Style by Janice Busch, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    The warmth of this spicy red brunette tone best suits a slightly yellow/golden complexion. Medium to light brown, fine hair (level 5 – 7) benefits from this combination.

    Tip:

    Boost your conditioner with some color to refresh your tone easily and maintain vibrancy.

  • #24 Chocolate Hazelnut

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    This cool, golden blend of chocolate and hazelnuts is simply gorgeous. Try this delightful combo today!

    Chocolate Hazelnut Hair Color

    Style by Joe Pacoriek, Planet Color Salon, Mokena, IL

    Chocolate Hazelnut Haircolor Back View

    Style by Joe Pacoriek, Planet Color Salon, Mokena, IL

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    The light golden tone of this brunette best suits a slightly pinky/peachy complexion. Medium to light brunette hair (level 5 – 7) works best with this color scheme.

    Tip:

    Gather those ends into a classy chignon for a fresh yet classic style.

  • #25 Chocolate Almond

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    You’d be nuts to pass up this pairing of rich chocolate with hints of toasted almond.

    Chocolate Almond Brown Hair Color

    Style by Connie Masullo, Unique Hair Design, Lincoln Park, NJ

    Chocolate Almond Haircolor Back View

    Style by Connie Masullo, Unique Hair Design, Lincoln Park, NJ

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    The interplay of neutral and golden brunette tones best suits a slightly peachy complexion. Medium to light brunette hair (level 5 – 7) works well with these tones.

    Tip:

    Add some sparkle to play up this color combo with Kevin Murphy’s SHIMMER BUG!

  • #26 Mocha Whip

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Brighten those brunette tones with light, mocha whipped tendrils for extra dimension.

    Mocha Whip Haircolor

    Style by Onita Luisi, Chips Salon, Marlboro, NJ

    Mocha Whip Haircolor Back View

    Style by Onita Luisi, Chips Salon, Marlboro, NJ

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    This interplay of warm and golden brunette tones best suits a slightly pinky/peachy complexion. Medium to light brunette hair (level 5 – 7) works well with this color scheme.

    Tip:

    Wrap hair loosely around a large barrel curling iron for a soft, wavy look.

  • #27 Ravishing Raisinette

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Indulge your senses with this chocolate covered raisins-inspired hue.

    Ravishing Raisinette Haircolor

    Style by Onita Luisi, Chips Salon, Marlboro, NJ

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    The warm undertones of this brunette best suits a slightly peachy/golden complexion. Medium to light brown, fine hair (level 5 – 7) benefits most this shade.

    Tip:

    For extra volume, backcomb the base and interior of hair, leaving the surface smooth to show of your healthy color.

  • #28 Nutella Frenzy

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Start the day off right with this soft, creamy nutella brown shade.

    Nutella Frenzy Chocolate Hair Color

    Style by Deborah Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    Nutella Frenzy Haircolor Side View

    Style by Deborah Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    This neutral/slightly warm brunette tone best suits a slightly yellow/peachy complexion. Medium to light brown, fine hair (level 5 – 7) works well with this hue.

    Tip:

    Accent with a cute headband.

  • #29 Expresso Cocoa Beans

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    This shade is perfect if you prefer the smoky richness of roasted espresso beans dipped in chocolate.

    Espresso Cocoa Beans Haircolor

    Style by Elizabeth Puccini, Planet Color Salon, Mokena, IL

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    The deep chocolate tones of this brunette shade best suits a slightly yellow/olive/golden complexion. Dark to medium brunette hair (level 4 – 7) works well with this tone.

    Tip:

    Gather ends and pin to create a faux bob hairstyle.

  • #30 Chocolate Blondie

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Here’s a yummy mix-up of chocolate brown hues if you prefer the depth of chocolate with a bit of lightness on top.

    Chocolate Blondie Haircolor

    Style by Leslie Brown, The Style, The Look, The Salon, Charlotte, NC

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    The light and dark brown tones best suits a slightly yellow/olive complexion. Dark to medium brunette hair (level 4 – 7) works well with this color combination.

    Tip:

    Gather hair into a messy topknot for a fresh look.

  • #31 Chocolate Truffle

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    This chocolate truffle-inspired hue may be dark, but the ultra shiny, reflective locks really make the color pop!

    Chocolate Truffle Haircolor

    Style by Micah Thomas Studios, Covington, GA

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    The deep chocolate tones of this brunette shade best suits a slightly yellow/olive/golden complexion. Dark to medium brunette hair (level 4 – 7) works well with this shade.

    Tip:

    Accent this style with a feather fascinator.

  • #32 Chocolate Cinnamon

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Kick up your chocolate hair addiction with a rich, cinnamon-red hue sprinkled throughout.

    Chocolate Cinnamon Haircolor

    Style by Frankie North, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

    Chocolate Cinnamon Haircolor Side View

    Style by Frankie North, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    The warmth of this deep red brunette tone best suits a slightly yellow/olive/golden complexion. Dark to medium brunette hair (level 4 – 7) works well with this combination.

    Tip:

    Gather hair to create a soft, deconstructed low bun.

  • #33 Chocolate Lace

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    This elegant chocolate-hued ‘do reminds us of desserts with elaborately styled chocolate lace.

    Chocolate Lace Haircolor

    Style by Jenn Murray, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

    Chocolate Lace Haircolor Back View

    Style by Jenn Murray, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    This neutral rich brown tone best suits a slightly yellow/olive complexion. Medium to light brunette hair (level 5 – 7) works well with this color scheme.

    Tip:

    For a longer lasting hold, be sure to ‘set’ your curls with pin curl clips and allow them to cool before styling.

  • #34 Chocolate Raspberry

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Rich and complex is one way to describe the pairing of these ‘sweet yet tart’ chocolate raspberry tones.

    Chocolate Raspberry Haircolor

    Style by Debra McGarvey, Debra M Salon, Poughkeepsie, NY

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    The cool and rich depth of this brunette tone best suits a slightly pinky/peachy/yellow/ complexion. Dark to medium brunette hair (level 4 – 7) works well with this mix.

    Tip:

    Wrap hair loosely around a large barrel curling iron for super soft curls.

  • #35 Chocolate Toffee

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Sweeten up your life with this golden-brown, chocolate toffee shade.

    Chocolate Toffee Haircolor

    Style by Haley Brown, The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    The light golden tone of this brunette best suits a slightly pinky/peachy complexion. Medium to light brunette hair (level 5 – 7) works best with this color.

    Tip:

    Style hair up into a high fashion ponytail. Learn more about that here.

    Hungry for a new hue yet? Any of these chocolate brown hair colors are sure to satisfy!