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25 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 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.

#2 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.

#3 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!

#4 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.

#5 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

Chocolate Brown Hair Color with Caramel Highlights Side

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!

#6 Milk Chocolate Crisp

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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

Milk Chololate CrispMilk Chocolate Crisp Back View

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.

#7 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.

#8 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.

#9 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.

#10 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.

#11 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.

#12 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.

#13 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.

#14 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.

#15 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!

#16 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.

#17 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.

#18 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.

#19 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.

#20 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.

#21 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.

#22 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.

#23 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.

#24 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.

#25 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!