Chocolate brown hair is a brunette hair color that resembles shades of chocolate candy. Lovely, smooth, rich, and delicious chocolate. Who doesn’t love chocolate?
When it comes to hair ideas, if you’re a brunette lady, then you have an array of shades to choose from like milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa, spicy chocolate, or even raspberry-tinted chocolate.
What You Should Know When Choosing Chocolate Brown Hair:
- Choosing a Shade: The more shine you want, the darker you should go as darker hair naturally reflect more light. If you are older than 50, you may consider choosing a lighter chocolate with some brighter tones. The lighter your hair, the less noticeable your skin imperfections are.
- Maintenance Level: Medium to easy. If you have a naturally dark hair color, then chocolate will be easier to maintain its color.
- Average Cost: The cost for getting your hair colored chocolate brown by a professional hair colorist ranges from $70 to $200, depending upon how it’s done and where you live. Getting a single process permanent color is cheaper. If you add an ombre, highlights or balayage, it will cost more. If you have lighter hair, then it may require more processing time or trips to get the perfect chocolate hue. All of which will cost more.
- Best Skin Tones: Medium to dark skin tones such as olive, and brown are best.
- Best Natural Base Color: The best natural hair colors for chocolate brown locks are dark brown and dark blonde. It’s easier to slightly lighten or darken your natural shade to bring it to a chocolate tint.
- Similar Shades: Mahogany, chestnut, caramel brown, light brown
- Best Products: The best products to maintain chocolate brown and keep it from fading are: sulfate-free shampoo, toning drops, sulfate-free cleanser and chocolate conditioning color.
Before your hair appointment, check out photos of the best chocolate brown hair colors.
#1: Dimensional Warm Chocolate Brown Highlights
Try a natural look with balayage warm chocolate brown highlights to add dimension and warmth to your hair. It’s easily adaptable from a warm to cool tone depending on your hair and your stylist’s desired outcome. For maintenance, I recommend you use the blue shampoo by Oligo once or twice a week to preserve this tone. These chocolate highlights are perfect if you want a low-maintenance style with a high-end look. It’s ideal if you have a warmer skin tone and straight hair or wavy hair.
#2: Textured Mid-Length Beachy Brunette
A textured brunette is definitely trending now, but will always be a classic. The mid-length cut can be worn sleek and straight or waved for a more beachy, relaxed look. If you have trouble with a curling iron, try to use a curling wand and wrap your hair around leaving your ends out and straight. Avoid using too high of heat on your hair and always use a heat protector.
#3: Gorgeous Chocolate Curls
These chocolate curls are the perfect look if you’re wanting to darken up your blonde. You must use good maintenance products, especially going from a blonde. I suggest sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to keep your color locked in!
#4: Healthy Brunette Rounded Bob
Have your locks look beautiful and healthy with a brunette-rounded bob. Cutting off your dead ends will be helpful in making your strands look healthier and thicker. A beautiful chocolate brown hue will give your hair the illusion of extreme shine. Warm tones reflect light so your strands will glow in the sunlight for pretty locks.
#5: Pretty Light Chocolate on Mid-Length Hair
A stunning light chocolate brown color looks best on medium-length hair. If you want to bring out your eyes and give some warmth and glow to your hair, try a level 5-6 warm chocolate color. Avoid ashy tones if your complexion is warm, as it may make your skin look pale, green, or yellow. It helps to add some baby lights for a little light reflection in your hair that appears to be kissed by the sun.
#6: Stunning Chocolate Curls
Try stunning chocolate curls if you have kinky, curly hair. Remember to find a curly hair specialist to achieve your desired results. Avoid razor cutting your hair. This cut is perfect for fine hair, however, it can work on thick hair as well.
#7: Long Chocolate Brown Hair with a Middle Part
Try long chocolate brown hair styled with a middle part and beach waves. The advantages of having a natural color are you can add a few highlights for some brightness. And, there is low maintenance. One of the best ways to wear this look is by adding big curls with a large barrel curling iron. Finish the style with a straightener and straighten your ends a few inches in length.
#8: Classic & Rich Cocoa Hair Color
A chocolate hue is a classic brunette with a twist. The color is a warm, rich, multi-dimensional take on the classic chocolate brown hair that we all know and love. Using the natural hair color as a shadow root is the perfect way to blend all of the colors seamlessly while keeping the grow-out process very low maintenance. This long haircut is paired with long invisible layers and slight face-framing pieces to add subtle movement and enhance your color, making your hair appear thicker.
#9: Caramel Highlights on Lived-In Dark Brown Hair
Opt for caramel highlights on very dark chocolate brown hair. Small amounts of color pop against this dark canvas, adding both dimension and life to your hair. A chocolate brown color is great if you prefer low-maintenance in your color, or if you’re a brunette that want to slowly transition into the lighter side without the breakage in one shot. As your color grows out, you can come in every 12 to 16 weeks for a quick glaze to freshen up your chocolate brown hair with caramel highlights.
#10: Dark Cherry Chocolate Brown Hair with Beach Waves
#11: Blended Dark to Golden Brown Ombre
A dark to golden brown ombre is perfect if you want to warm up your natural hair color and add some blonde through the ends. Use a golden chocolate brown hue to give a rich brown color through the top and blend it into a golden ombre hair color.
This color is great if you’re a woman wanting to add more depth to your hair, but still, have a sun-kissed look through the ends. It’s great for you if you’ve previously colored your hair to gradually start getting lighter. The chocolate brown ombré is low maintenance so this color is perfect for the busy working woman who can’t make it into the salon every 6 weeks.
#12: Impressive Mauve Red Brown
A subtle way of creating an impressive look is to put together a chocolate brown base with a mauve undertone. A chic and low-maintenance easy style for any type of haircut and length. With that in mind, ask your stylist to color melt a rich red-violet into the chocolate brown shade to give extra depth and dimension. I love the way the red violets really pop out under various lighting. To maintain the bright red tones, rinse using cool water. This color is a perfect fit for you if you love that extra burst of color while having a neutral tone balance.
#13: Sweet Dark Chocolate Brown With Mahogany Red Hair
Ideal for olive skin, mahogany red gives that impression of a funky but unique persona. Excellent when fused with a shade of chocolate brown and an edgy mid-length cut! This reddish-brown with accents of bold red is pretty high maintenance, so try to not shampoo as often, and use a color-safe shampoo and temperate water. Always come in between root touch-ups for a gloss to refresh the red!
#14: Rich Deep Chocolate Brown Red
For brunettes who want to add spice to their hair, melting your deep chocolate brown hair with deep red highlights can make your hair look dimensional and modern. This chocolate-covered strawberry color is a bolder twist on natural hair that has very rich and warm underlying tones. With red being the largest color molecule, you are going to have to take special care to prevent fading, as well as to keep up with regular glazes to re-vamp your color when needed.
#15: Vibrant Chocolate Brown with Red Undertones
Let your personality out by daring these red undertones on your chocolate brown mane! Ultimately impressive on any hair length and texture! This blood orange shade is a full head of highlights that is vibrant, wearable, and visible at all times without being overwhelming. The rich chocolate brown color, on the other hand, offers balance and depth.
Ask your stylist tons of questions. It’s important to remember that all artificial colors change over time based on lifestyle. Spending a lot of time in the sun, taking hot showers, working out regularly, using heat tools, or even spending time in hot tubs or saunas all have an impact on how fast the color fades.
#16: Yummy Chocolate Brown Hair With Toffee Highlights
Opt for a rich, warm chocolate brown hair with toffee highlights around your face. Then, ask your hairdresser to cut your hair into a long bob. To achieve this color, ask for Igora Royal for a dark base color. Then paint the highlights using Paul Mitchell’s dual-purpose lightener. This is a great hair color if you have warm skin tone. Balayage highlights make this very low-maintenance because there is no harsh line of regrowth.
#17: Sexy & Low-Maintenance Dark Brunette Balayage
Go for a balayage done on a dark brunette base color that has a soft transition of the tones and the gorgeous pops of dimension in the chocolate brunette hair color. The beauty of balayage is that it can be customized for all hair textures, colors, and lengths. It’s ideal if you want a low-maintenance look that doesn’t require frequent trips to retouch the dark roots.
To create balayage brown hair color ideas like this, ask your hair colorist about using clay-based lighteners like Trionics K.O. Blonde Clay Lightener. It gives a perfect consistency and blend for hand-painted looks, and it doesn’t swell, bleed or dry out like traditional powder bleach would.
#18: Transitional Sun-Kissed Chocolate Brown with Auburn Highlights
These auburn highlights have an appearance of an all-over lighter color without the look or the regrowth of a one-dimensional color. It’s also transitional. As your hair grows out, it will look as though it was kissed by the sun in the summertime. Chocolate brown strands mixed with auburn shades are perfect for summertime fun.
#19: Subtle Dark Hair Molten Chocolate Brown Balayage
A subtle and natural chocolate brown balayage features a light that reflects off of the painted pieces to add pop and dimension. It’s the perfect color for a girl looking for a natural look that will last, and it’s perfect if you don’t want to be in the salon every four weeks, too. The light pieces will eliminate the appearance of flat single-toned color, and bring brightness to your face.
A sulfate-free shampoo is definitely recommended to maintain the richness of your hair color and prevent it from fading. Additionally, a light oil such as Unite Oil will help create smoothness and shine while styling, as well as protect your hair from heat styling.
#20: Softly Blended Rich Chocolate Brown and Bold Caramel
Try a bold yet softly blended combination of rich chocolate brown and caramel. Caramel highlights on dark hair are for you if you love brown hair and you look best with dark color right around your skin. The depth and dimension this color brings allow for many different complexions to wear it, however, these specific tones are best suited for a cool skin tone to a medium tone. To create this look, ask your stylist to use Schwartzkopf Royal color on the roots, then paint on Schwartzkopf Viviance for the dark brown lowlights, and balayaged with Schwartzkopf Blonde Me lightener. To maintain this look, touch up the roots and tone the ends for the next one to two sessions. In the 3rd session, incorporate more balayage around your face, part and hairline.
#21: Sleek Shoulder-Length Chocolate Brown Hair
Consider a chocolate brunette with a dark brunette color base. This color works best if you who want a low-maintenance, classic, and effortless look. This can be maintained within the same time frame as a six-to-eight week haircut.
#22: Easy-Maintenance Cocoa Milk Brunette
Opt for a rich chocolate brunette with caramel hair painting, with most of the lightness focused on the ends of your hair. The balayage technique on brunettes creates movement in the hair. This look would be best if you need a low-maintenance color and cannot come into the salon every four to six weeks for root touch-ups. The rich tones in this color would look if you have a warm skin tone.
#23: Soft Chocolate Brown with Honey Highlights
A chocolate brown hairstyle with honey highlights is soft and casual. I love using the open-air balayage technique to create a gentle dimension. This is the perfect chocolate brown hair dye if you’re a woman who is on the go, on a budget, or both. There is almost no need for retouches and it should only take ten balayage slants to create. Use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Sulfates strip your hair color and agitate the ends causing split ends.
#24: Healthy-Looking Rich Mocha Brown
A chocolate brown tone looks rich and healthy with a light and refreshing touch. Ask your stylist to use a natural brown color mixed with dark chocolate hair color in deep 5. This hair color will look nice if you have have hazel, light green, light blue, or brown eyes. It will also go well with a complexion that is yellow-beige, golden-brown, peach or ivory, or skin that tans easily.
#25: Two-Toned Chocolaty Brunette Locks
Talk about luscious! This dual-toned chocolate brown tint is a serious cause of hair envy. The color is rich, warm, and vibrant. Inconspicuous yet daring, for that sexier look.
#26: Beautiful Cinnamon Chocolate Brown Layers
Consider a beautiful cinnamon chocolate brown color enhanced with a v-layered cut. The best thing about this look is how both the dimension in the color and the visual interest in the cut combine to create a beautiful style with little effort.
#27: Powerful Light Brown to Warm Caramel Ombre
Choose a subtle, but powerful chocolate to golden brown hair dye transformation. It works to best to maintain your brunette features while changing your whole look. I love more natural and blended looks because it’s a big change and a totally different set of locks, but still keeps true to the natural undertones of brunettes. Whether it’s an icy cool ash brown, warm golden bronde, or a spicy-sweet caramel, there is a final result for everyone to love!
For maintaining the look at home, use sulfate-free and color-safe shampoo and conditioner. Lately, I am loving the Living Proof Restore line! If the lady has extra coarse, curly, or dry hair, I recommend using a masque every two to three weeks to maintain health and shine.
#28: Must-Have Dark Brunette to Chestnut Ombre Hair
The dark chocolate brown base with warm caramel and chestnut-toned balayage is a must-have if you’re looking for depth and dimension. Use the Keune Tinta Color Care shampoo and conditioner. This is going to extend the life of women with warm colors we have achieved while keeping the health of your hair intact. This balayage would look best on women with naturally dark brown hair and medium-beige skin tones to complement the warm colors of this look. I have been able to create this color on both long and haircuts for shorter hair.”
#29: Natural Brown Color with Hazelnut Highlights
Go for a chocolate brown balayage if you have virgin level 3 hair. I love how soft the blend is and the way the highlights shine through the hair. The grow-out will be especially nice because there is no harsh contrast between the natural dark cocoa brown hair color. This specific look is great for brunettes that have virgin hair and that are levels 5 to 2, deep brown to black hair. Any woman who is a natural brunette will look good with this hair color, and skin tone doesn’t matter in this case.
#30: Effortless Ash Chocolate Brown
An ash chocolate brown has a beautiful dimension and looks effortless. These colors are great if you’re a woman with darker hair color and you want to add a little dimension. It’s also great if you want to stretch out your time between salon visits.
To style like this chocolate ash brown hair, prep your hair with Redken’s Pillow Proof Express Dry Primer, and the Diamond Oil. Blowdry nice and smooth, then curl 1-inch sections, leaving the ends out. Spray in between sections with Redken’s Pillow Proof Two Day Extender and finish with Redken’s Wind Blown Spray.
#31: Fabulous Light Chocolate Brown Bob
A light chocolate brown short angled bob looks best on medium/neutral skin tones and will look amazing with a chocolate hair color.
#32: Melting Medium Chocolate Cappuccino
A low-maintenance, yet glamorous medium chocolate brown hair color melt has dark roots that blends so effortlessly into the golden blonde hair color. Perfect if you’re looking to keep your hair highly contrasted. I recommend this medium brown color and hairstyle to women that are a fan of low-maintenance hairstyles.
#33: Tousled Chocolate Hair with Blonde Highlights
This shade of chocolate brunette with blonde highlights has pops of blonde, but features a dark side. Use a good shampoo and conditioner, the exact kind just depends on what type of hair you have. I love R+Co’s Aircraft Mousse. Put it in your hair after it has been curled! It gives you that perfect amount of volume but isn’t sticky and crunchy.
#34: Beautiful Sun-Kissed Chocolate Brown
A natural, sunkissed chocolate brown is warm without the red. It has a lot of depth and hints of sunkissed highlights to really make your hair color pop instead of being a drab brown. It’s suitable for all hair types and compliments almost any skin tone because it’s pretty neutral and not too dark.
#35: Creamy Chocolate Balayage Highlights
A handpainted chocolate brown balayage highlights is the best for a low-maintenance look! Balayage is the perfect style for you if you can’t or don’t like to be in the salon as often, or if you want to add a little something to your hair without having to come to the salon very often!
#36: Solid Dark Chocolate Hair Color
Go for a soft beige/chocolate balayage. It’s low-maintenance, but at the same time can easily be built upon for a lighter, more dimensional look. To maintain the chocolate color, go in for a toner/gloss every six to eight weeks. This color is great if you’re tired of having solid dark hair and want to spice it up a little bit without being overwhelmed.
#37: Brown and Vibrant Copper Highlights
Try getting a tousled long bob with surface layers and hand-painted highlights to create the right amount of dimension and texture to your hair. It’s perfect for women who love the dimensional copper look, but don’t have the time to return to the salon regularly. By painting highlights through the mids and ends, you can achieve the brightness you want, making it natural and simple each time you visit the salon.
#38: Dimensional Brown to Caramel Beige Blonde Hair
This is a great choice if you have rich brunette hair and want a little dimension to your hair. If you’re not afraid of warm tones, ask your stylist to paint a dimensional caramel beige blonde balayage. It suits most brunettes who want longevity to their balayage without a super harsh contrast of color.
#39: Cute Sunkissed With Dark Lowlights
These are natural sunkissed chocolate brown tresses. The lightness around your face is as if you were out in the sun all summer and the sun did it. This dark chocolate color is ideal for fine to medium hair textures that are a natural level 5-7. Use Goldwell Oxy and 30 vol for the highlights, as well as Olaplex. To add depth, add super dark chocolate lowlights with Colorance Cover Plus level 5, then gloss with Redken Shades eq.
#40: Golden Natural Balayage on Layered Mid-Length Hair
A chocolate color with a layered mid-length haircut that’s texturized will show the natural texture and movement of your hair. Consider a little balayage just to brighten up your face with golden natural tones to bring out your skin tone and eyes.
#41: Delightful Chocolate Brown Hair with Highlights
Sweet, creamy, and oh so delightful! Rich chocolate brunette colors with caramel accents are simply flawlessly.
#42: Solid & Silky Chocolate Brown with Bangs
Solid chocolate brown with bangs is a must for a simple, natural-looking style. Notice the ends are quite blunt with little texture. This brings the focus up to eye level where piecey bangs hit just below the brow. It’s a beautiful cut for medium to thick hair that can be washed every 2-3 days, using dry shampoo between washes.