60 Chocolate Brown Hair Color Ideas for Brunettes

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

Dark Brown Hair With Subtle Highlights


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.

Brunette Ombre Hair


#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.

Dark Brown Hair With Chocolate Highlights


#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.

Black To Brown Ombre Hair With Bangs


#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.

Layered Dark Brown Hair With Highlights


#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.

Brown Balayage Bob With Side Bangs


#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.

dark brown hair with caramel babylights

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#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.

Brown Balayage For Black Hair


#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.

dark brown to reddish brown ombre


#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.

Light Brown Balayage For Dark Hair


#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.

dark brown hair with reddish brown balayage highlights


#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

Instagram/ @alexkhoeunhair

#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.

Black Hair With Caramel Balayage


#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.

dark brown hair with dark chestnut highlights


#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.

long dark brown hairstyle


#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.

Black Hair With Subtle Red Highlights


#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.

dark brown hair with caramel brown highlights


#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.

Long Black Hair With Brown Balayage


#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.

Brown Balayage Long Layered Hair


#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.

Wavy Chocolate Brown Lob

Instagram / @thehairprojecthtx

#22: Brunette Locks with Chocolate Accents

A fabulous way to add some warmth to your tresses is through a subtle balayage. Chocolate highlights suit those with warm skin undertones beautifully and they soften up cooler complexions as well! The shown highlights are ideal for black or nearly black base colors.

Long Chocolate Balayage Hair

Instagram / @keannehair

#23: Mermaid Waves in Rich Chocolate

Ladies with olive skin: if you’re running out of hair color ideas, your skin will be complimented by a rich chocolate shade! Dark chocolate brown hair is the epitome of sultry lush.

Curly Brown Hairstyle For Long Hair

Instagram / @cristen_smith

#24: Graduated Bob with Caramel Streaks

Rich browns aren’t only reserved for those with long locks! Add some gorgeous caramel smears for an instantly brighter complexion. The optical illusion from the color placement will also make hair look thicker and healthier.

Light Brown Balayage For Choppy Bob

Instagram / @hairbyelm

#25: Dark Brown Hair and Caramel Balayage

We are fully aware that balayage is alive and thriving as a super popular trend in the hair world. Next time you’re at the salon, why not skip blonde streaks and try out caramel ones? Light chocolate is a wonderful option for balayage newbies wanting to experiment with the technique for the first time! You can’t really go wrong with this duo.

Caramel Brown Balayage Hair

Instagram / @cristen_smith

#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

Instagram / @saloncouture_ny

#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

Instagram / @cris_cobucci

#28: Thick Dark Curls with Copper Glimpses

Running low on hair color ideas for brunettes? If you gravitate towards warmer shades, the ruddy tint in thin copper highlights is a great bet! Start them lower down from roots and show off the dimension of your dye job styling loose flowy curls.

Thin Caramel Highlights For Black Hair

Instagram / @aimee_cuts_and_dyes

#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

Instagram / @hairbykathynunez

#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

Instagram / @singi.vo

#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

Instagram / @prettylittleombre

#32: Ash Brown Hair in Medium Length

Here is an example of the perfect milk chocolate shade that’s made for cooler skin tones. Going an ashier medium brown route complements a cool color palette in your looks, resulting in a more natural looking mane.

Choppy Long Haircut For Wavy Brown Hair

Instagram / @anhcotran

#33: Inverted Bob with Subtle Tawny Balayage

Proof of how dramatically different someone can appear through hair changes. Sass up an inverted bob with red highlights— copper or tawny is a match made in heaven for espresso hair. Working mamas, give this ‘do a whirl!

Black And Copper Balayage Bob

Instagram / @butterflyloftsalon

#34: Wavy Locks with Tiny Babylights

Babylights, the subtle cousins of highlights, are shown off best when styled in big, voluptuous waves. When chocolate blonde hair color is done as balayage, it can suit even brunettes. This one oozes glamour and luxury, being a risk free ‘do that will never go out of style.

Light Brown Balayage Hair With Black Roots

Instagram / @cristen_smith

#35: Thick Brown Hair with Caramel Ribbons

Light caramel ribbons blended into a deep brown base create a bold contrast that makes a statement. Juxtaposing, multi-toned highlights are popular once again so there’s no better time to try them out! Playing around in brown tones suits every skin undertone.

Caramel And Brown Balayage For Black Hair

Instagram / @caroline.anythingbutbasic

#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

Instagram / @colorbydae

#37: Sleek Ash Brown Balayage Bob

A sleek bob is hands down the best shorter ‘do rocked by modern, professional, minimalist ladies. Whether the seasons are changing or you have been sporting dark locks for too long, update your chic bob style with babylights in a delicate ash brown or a bolder cinnamon hair color.

Light Brown Balayage Bob

Instagram / @alexanderscotthair

#38: Long Hair with a Hint of Copper

Interestingly enough, the lightest part of your hair doesn’t necessarily have to be at the ends— it can also be applied to midshaft! Hints of copper sprinkled throughout dark chocolate hair color is a unique way to stand out from the crowd and incorporate brightness into your ‘do.

Subtle Auburn Highlights For Brown Hair

Instagram / @mekey_colour

#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

Instagram / @hairbycarly

#40: Dimensional Coloring on Dark Hair

The range of hues here is impressive— from light blonde babylights to toffee brown lengths and black roots, the dimensional coloring of this hairstyle is truly an art. Because this technique is very precise (and can turn out somewhat tacky if done incorrectly) we recommend trusting this to the professionals.

Light Brown Balayage For Black Hair

Instagram / @jandrewserna

#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.

Light Brown Balayage Curly Hair


#42: Rich Brown Hair with Caramel Colormelt

Here is today’s most updated version of ombré in gorgeous chocolate tones. Seamlessly blended into a deep brunette base, get the best of both worlds with a rich espresso brown that fades to a warm caramel. This delicious melt flatters both cool and warm undertones.

Caramel Ombre Balayage For Brunettes

Instagram / @hairbykatlin

#43: Medium Rich Brown Shag

A chocolate brown hair color has an amazing ability to make tresses look thick, healthy and shiny. Cut down on the morning styling time with low maintenance styles on the base of a shag cut. Add some extra gloss and luminosity by using hair oil and shine spray.

Layered Brown Haircut With Bangs

Instagram / @styledbylizsustaita

#44: Medium Bob with Light Brown Highlights

A classic ‘do that suits all ages and will never go out of style is a medium chocolate bob with light brown highlights. Choose a light brown a few tones lighter than your roots for a fresh and natural look that’ll make you appear at least 5 years younger!

Subtle Balayage For Fine Brown Hair

Instagram / @_laura_toelle

#45: Two-Tone Waist-Length Locks

Talk about a rich and regal brunette! Simply adding a slightly lighter shade than your base brings in so much dimension and thickness. Two-tone hair isn’t complicated to achieve, but it appears super luscious— especially when topped off by shine sprays.

Long Brown Hair With Subtle Balayage

Instagram / @slhairdesign

#46: Thick Hair with Warm Brown Balayage

A warm chocolate brown hair dye painted delicately as balayage concentrated towards the ends of layered hair is a fantastic technique to consider when changing up your look. Perfect for seasonal updates, highlight the delicate hand-painted work by big, voluminous waves.

Black Hair With Caramel Balayage

Instagram / @southmarksouth

#47: Chestnut Brown Wavy Bob

A chestnut brown bob is stunning if your eyes are green — the reddish undertones make any shade of green stand out strikingly! Bob cuts are fresh and current, flattering for every hair texture, and offer many styling possibilities.

Auburn Balayage Bob

Instagram / @stephaniemayeauxhair

#48: Black Hair with Highlights

A ruddy brown is very complementing for brunettes. Place highlights on the lower half of your hair and along the sides of your face to illuminate your entire look! Make strands closest to your cheeks lighter to frame and brighten your face.

Long Chestnut Balayage Hair

Instagram / @anhcotran

#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.

dark copper brown hair


#50: Brown Layers for Thick Hair

Balayage suits layered cuts really well, since layers give loads of movement and body, and it’s great to enhance them with color. Spice your deep mocha hair color with highlights in a cinnamon shade to create a delicious coffee-inspired dye job to treat your gorgeous mane.

Light Brown Balayage For Thick Hair

Instagram / @hairbyjessicascottsanto

#51: 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

Instagram / @krismeihair

#52: 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

Instagram / @gina.devine

#53: Modern Shoulder-Length Shag

This shoulder-length shag cut is suitable for women who prefer an edgier, rock n’ roll aesthetic. Shag cuts are attractive to those who hate spending a lot of time getting ready in the morning and love the ‘undone’ natural look.

Medium-To-Long Messy Brown Hairstyle

Instagram / @anhcotran

#54: Cherry Chocolate Angled Cut

A sweet color like cherry chocolate pairs nicely with an angled cut. Slanted cuts add some structure and definition to a rounder jawline and have a facelift effect. If you have a longer bob now, giving it a choppy update totally transforms your entire look!

Angled Choppy Bob Haircut

Instagram / @buddywporter

#55: Long Brown Layers with Butterscotch Balayage

Displaying a gorgeous range of hues from espresso and mocha to butterscotch and light chocolate, these locks have it all! Expertly blended through balayage, they shine and flow miraculously. Long-haired brunettes can really play with numerous nuances of chocolate hair color.

Very Dark Brown Hair With Caramel Highlights

Instagram / @hairby_gabbs

#56: Rich Brown Hair with Copper Streaks

There’s just something about rich brunettes that screams elite. Opulent browns have a magical ability to give manes a thicker, healthier appearance, so women with thin or damaged hair can really benefit from a chocolate color.

Very Subtle Caramel Balayage

Instagram / @meltedbymish

#57: Deep Brown to Beige Colormelt

Colormelting is ombré’s modernized younger sister. This is a marriage between the delicate hand painting technique that balayage offers and the seamless distribution of color typical for ombré styles. Get a beige colormelt if you want to wear a chocolate brown, but prefer ashier tones to warm hues as an accent.

Light Brown Balayage Hair

Instagram / @mizzchoi

#58: Layered Lob with Ginger Ribbons

Babylights are more understated than ombrés, balayages, and colormelts, but they still enrich chocolate brown hair with their sweet and delicate charm. This works perfectly on a medium-length layered cut since tips look lighter when they don’t feature a solid dark color.

Thin Caramel Highlights For Black Hair

Instagram / @off7thsalon

#59: Choppy Lob with Soft Ombre

This milk chocolate to light beige fade is flawless. On a choppy lob, the brown medley is versatile and suitable for any wardrobe. It’s simple and modern, too, bringing a youthful air wherever you go!

Wavy Ash Brown Hairstyle

Instagram / @hairbykacie1

#60: Long Sexy Brown Hair

A girl-next-door goes chocolate brunette. Face-framing bangs offer a youthful look that flatters larger foreheads (or self-proclaimed fiveheads). The subtle highlights done in a caramel hue a tone or two lighter than the base color allow hair to look naturally sun-kissed. Really feminine and soft on long locks; it’s an understated, modest color at its best.

Long Light Brown Balayage Hair

Instagram / @hairby_chrissy

Well, these were 60 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!