14 Stunning Examples of Chestnut Brown Hair

Chestnut brown hair is a combination of the boldness and warmth of reds and the natural tones of browns. This rich mixture of sexy colors produces a shade that is not too heavy and dark and totally livens up a look! What’s unique about this chocolatey hue is its gloss that automatically transforms any hair, textured or straight, to a multidimensional one, making it super easy to style!

Chestnut Hair Color Tips

Zendaya, Ashley Graham, and Miranda Kerr were all seen rocking this sexy hue on various gala events, and this makes it very hard not to fall in love with it! Balayage artist Macy of Color & Co. Beauty Salon in Florida proves how versatile this shade is with her chart-topping creations on IG!

Your undertone says a lot when looking for the most flattering chestnut hair shade for you. As the rule of thumb, opposites complement each other – warm undertones go excellent with cool reddish-brown hues and vice versa. Opt for a solid chestnut brown hair for a natural-looking and shiny result or try highlights or an ombre that adds even more definition to your look!

You’ll be surprised how much you can do with this appealing shade, and this updated album of chestnut brown hair will make you fall deeply in love with it!

Chestnut Hair with Balayage

Auburn Red and Chestnut Balayage
Instagram @hairbydianafanea

Look at this gorgeous cherry-choco color! The coloring technique used incorporated the colors to give this red-brown offspring.

Dark to Light Chestnut Ombre

Dark to Light Chestnut Ombre
Instagram @malkonyanhair

A typical brunette color with a glossy twist. Big waves on long hair make this hairstyle a 10 out of 10.

Reddish Brown Chestnut

Reddish Brown Chestnut Hair Color
Instagram @thepetitecosmo

Go full experimental at home with box hair dyes or get served by a professional at salons. Either way, this frequent favorite will make you look sizzling.

Warm Golden Chestnut

Warm Chestnut Hair Color
Instagram @pink.dagger

This full fringe and asymmetrical bob is ideal for ladies with a rounder face shape. This look will frame your face and highlight your lovely features adorably.

Dark Chestnut

Dark Chestnut Hair Color
Instagram @my_k3y

Seems like it was just freshly roasted on an open fire. This luxurious color with this big waves is your ticket to a great night.

Chestnut and Blonde Balayage

Chestnut and Blonde Balayage
Instagram @_wickedlovelyhair_

The contrast this color makes is smashing! Great for layered hair like this asymmetrical bob.

Dark Hair with Light Chestnut Highlights

Dark Hair with Light Chestnut Highlights
Instagram @paigehallhair

Brown highlights suit any hair color and length. Hair as dark as this would certainly show-off a deep bronze accent.

Deep Chocolate Brown Hair with Chestnut Highlights

Deep Chocolate Brown Hair with Chestnut Highlights
Instagram @rissvibes

Dark brown hair is extravagant as it is but when put together with almond highlights make the look all the more delectable.

Light Chestnut Hair Color

Light Chestnut Hairstyle
Instagram @hair_by_wasilah

A bronzed look like this is a sight for sore eyes. Natural yet out there, have a go and see yourself shine in toasted hair color.

Chestnut Brown with Highlights

Chestnut Brown Hair with Highlights
Instagram @hairbymandispaulding

A waxed-up brown on wavy, long hair is the combination for any woman that wants to make an entrance.

Darker Chestnut with Blonde Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Aly Griffith
Hairstylist @ The Room Hair Design in Cedar City, UT

How would you describe this look?

This look is a warm rich chestnut brown color with caramel highlights. I was inspired by the intriguing browns of the woodsy chestnut tree. The highlights weaving through mimicking the grains of the wood. She has long blended and minimal layers. I styled it with waves using a flat iron and lightly combing through to blend and enhance all the colors. I absolutely love the shine and warmth brown hair consistently radiates!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This warm glossy chestnut hair color looks great on olive tone and warm tone skin but can absolutely be modified to be a more cool tone to fit your complexion. This would complement any eye color or face shape. If your natural color is close to this, it can be very easy and low maintenance. The highlights are lower and more of an ombré giving this a lived in and natural look. This will allow more time between hair coloring. This look is great for those wanting a natural but effortlessly polished hair-do!

Ash Chestnut Brown

Ash Chestnut Brown
Instagram @chezvoushair

Q&A with style creator, Victor Liu
Salon Director @ Chez Vous in Singapore


How would you describe this look?

This hue is inspired by one of the top ten colors that stand out in 2019 New York Fashion Week, Spring Summer Collections – toffee. However, I’ve made some slight adjustments by increasing the ash component, making it closer to a chestnut brown shade so as to eliminate the brassiness that’s prominent in my client’s hair. To give it more depth and gradient, I’ve also balayaged the hair with Goldwell Silk Lift Lightener prior to toning. This creates an illusion of a fuller hair too.

My favorite thing about this hair color is that it’s neither too cool or warm. This means that it is an extremely safe and neutral hair color as it complements almost all skin type and shade. Moreover, maintenance is easy. Just use an ash shampoo (blue) and leave it on for 5-minutes daily.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a classic and timeless hair shade that will never go wrong regardless of your profession, personality or fashion style. The 2 types of skin tone that should avoid chestnut hair are almond and chestnut skin tone. Choosing a hair color that is extremely close to your skin tone and shade will make you look dull and tired. It will not complement your features in any way too.

Lastly, always remember to match your eyebrow colors with your new chestnut hair shade.

Medium Chestnut Brown

Q&A with style creator, Deidre Dupont
Natural Balayage & Blonde Specialist @ Essentials Salon in Belmont, MA


How would you describe this look?

This is a lived-in chestnut hair color. My favorite thing about Kendyll’s tone on tone hair is that it looks natural and effortless even though she spent hours in my chair! A lot of brunettes tend to fall flat and lack depth, but with some simple balayage and a glaze, they too can have beautiful multi-dimensional color. I gave her a simple round brush blow-dry to accentuate her layers and the style that I gave her.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Go for it! It is low maintenance and easy! With the occasional regrowth touch up and glaze, the balayage only needs to be maintained a few times a year. It is still a professional look without being boring!

As far as the haircut goes, the daily maintenance is really up to the client. A little surf spray and texture cream are ideal for a wash and go look – especially in the hot summer months when blow dryers are out of the question. For when you want to jooj it up or go for a more polished look, I’d reach for a volumizing mousse, blow dry cream, a round brush and go!

Golden Chestnut

Golden Chestnut
Instagram @alexisseurin

Q&A with style creator, Alexis Seurin
Hairstylist & Colorist @ Eric Stipa in Tours, France


How would you describe this look?

What I like about this color is its subtle soft degradation but at the same time being highly technical.

After having used an L’Oreal Pro French balayage, I applied a Diarichesse toner in S24 that gives the style a hot/cool look. I then continued to style the hair with waves achieved using a Babyliss pro styling wand for a soft natural look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My beauty tip to carry off this highlighted chestnut brown look is to start with hair that has a mid brown base.

This is a look for all women to be sophisticated or casual in their daily lives.

To maintain this look at home I recommend the brand Réflexion by Kerastase. Continuous care leads to a healthy head of hair!