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16 Shades Of Chocolate Brown Hair To Satisfy Every Sweet Tooth

28 August 2017
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Emily Arata

Senior Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L’Oréal, Emily works with celebrity stylists to make finding the right cut, color, or style easier than ever before. She's previously written for Allure, Elite Daily, and First We Feast.

Chocolate brown hair is always a very good decision. The classic shade—not quite espresso, not quite medium brown—suits a wide variety of complexions and makes everyone look just a little bit more like a 1950s movie star.

Craving a little more chocolatey goodness in your life? Read on.

Warm Chocolate

Let’s start with the basics: Undertones. If you’ve ever dyed your hair before, you’re welcome to skip this bit. If you have skin with peach or pink undertones, you have a warm skin tone. In that case, you’ll want to try a chocolate shade that has the same base notes.

Cool Chocolate

For ladies with cool undertones to their skin, rest assured there are plenty of chocolate hair shades that will flatter your skin. Look for purple and blue-tinted brunette shades, as well as those with ashy undertones. There’s no shortage of options for you.

Milk Chocolate

If your stomach isn’t already growling at these hair color names, don’t worry—it will be. Milk chocolate hair falls directly between dark brown hair and deep caramel blonde, resulting in a textured shade that incorporates the best of both hair color realms. If you’re just becoming a brunette for the first time, milk chocolate will suit you well.

Dark Chocolate

On the opposite end of the salon spectrum is dark chocolate, a shade that’s neither truly brunette nor truly cherry red. This is a wintery shade as well as an excellent transition color for redheads. We love the multifaceted color on very long manes, in particular, so the hair’s movement can show off those flashy red notes.

Chocolate with Red

Like the look of dark chocolate hair, but wish there was a little more spice? We love the look of red-tinted chocolate hair, which is basically a more exaggerated version of dark chocolate locks. To achieve this look, ask your stylist for a red glaze over the top of your chocolate base color.

Chocolate with Caramel

Many women who’ve never tried dark brown hair are afraid the color will be too much for them, overwhelming their faces or making them seem drawn. If that’s the case for you, try a look that incorporates both chocolate and caramel. Whether you choose a caramel ombre or simply balayage throughout the hair, you’ll be surprised how much it can brighten your look.

Chocolate with Purple

This one’s for the girls who are always looking for a way to add a pop of color to their hairstyles. Instead of just going dark, we adore the idea of adding violet, lilac, or dusty mauve highlights throughout the hair. Or, if you’re interested in subtlety, ask your stylist to apply the color in a peekaboo stripe at the nape of your neck.


In the perfect world, every woman would have a chance to try red-gold-brown hair. It’s a confidence booster and a game changer, especially when you’ve achieved the right balance of shades. That ideal color has a name: Mocha. No matter your skin tone or age, this luscious hair color is a guaranteed win.


For olive and golden skin, it’s important to break up the darkness of chocolate hair with lighter notes. Bring ashy beige tones to your brunette ‘do by way of highlights, ombre, or balayage. If you’re feeling adventurous, incorporate notes of dusty rose, mauve, and silver into your mid-lengths and ends. The result will be unique and feminine without overpowering your face.


For a summery take on chocolate hair, warm golden highlights are a no-brainer. They look particularly lovely in brown hair when applied as “babylights,” a subtle technique meant to imitate the natural blonde highlights kids often get after spending all summer in the sun. On adults, babylights are flattering without being ostentatious (which is just how we like them).

Hot Chocolate

Picture an oversized mug of cocoa on a cold winter day, all light foam over a dark base with flecks of cinnamon sprinkled on top. Now, translate that into a hair color. In this shade, a chocolate base gives way to lighter top notes and copper streaks, making it a melty, warm melange of color. 

Cherry Chocolate

If hot chocolate hair is all about fiery red notes, then cherry chocolate is its moody sibling. The shade is only a little brighter than burgundy, incorporating both purple and red notes. Cherry chocolate hair is wonderful for both very pale and very dark skin. The resulting contrast makes this shade a true stunner.


When it comes to summery shades of brown hair, chestnut is a surefire winner. The orange-brown shade incorporates the chocolate elements we know and love while introducing copper influences that spice up the whole look. If you’re interested in hot chocolate hair but would like to introduce more red to the shade, chestnut is definitely the way to go. What’s life (and hair) without a little variety?


Here’s a shade that just barely counts as chocolate, but is so beautiful we couldn’t possibly leave it out. Meet plum, a dark purple-brown that’s perfectly suited for all seasons. If you’ve debated trying purple hair but haven’t committed yet, use plum as a transition color. This muted violet can’t be ignored.


If you already know how emotional purple shimmer in dark hair makes you, it may be time to kick your color up another notch. For the bold women looking to try something new, there’s violet chocolate hair. Although the name might be a mouthful, we love the velvety depth of this shade. It’s the next best thing to eating actual chocolate.

Chocolate Truffle

At last, we’ve reached a shade that’s truly all chocolate. This glossy, medium-dark tone is the one that started it all. It happens to look particularly flattering on women with honey or caramel tones to their own skin, no matter the shade. Wondering where the “truffle” comes in? This shade should contain darker notes for depth, just like truffles add a little extra something to the sweet treat.

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