13 beautifully bewitching chocolate brown hair ideas you have to try

Ready to get the sweetest strands around?   

Ladies, chocolate isn’t just for eating, don’t you know? And if you’re looking for a sexy, sophisticated shade to see you through the season, you should totally give chocolate brown hair a whirl. And with members of the glitterati donning a stunning array of chocolate hair colours, now’s the perfect time to join the dark side.

Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about whether or not chocolate hair will suit you, as it really is universally flattering. From sultry dark chocolate brown hair shades to sweeter chocolate cherry hair colours, there’s bound to a hue you’ll love!

13 charming chocolate hair colours that’ll convince you to take the plunge


emma roberts with chocolate brown hair wearing red dress at met gala event
Why eat the chocolate, when you can be it? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Classic chocolate hair

For a seriously sexy and sophisticated look, opt for a classic chocolate brown hair colour, just like Emma Roberts. It’s sultry, shimmering and pairs perfectly with all skin tones. We’re sold!

issa rae with chocolate hair afro wearing a blue dress at mtv awards
Light chocolate and dark chocolate hair are match made in heaven! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Chocolate caramel ombre

Bored of your natural chocolate curls? Don’t be afraid to experiment with caramel ombre hair, like Issa Rae has.

Opting for this subtle mane change will brighten up your complexion, enhance the look of your natural curls and make you the talk of the town. Honestly, who wouldn’t want a conversation-worthy mane?

chocolate brown hair colour: jacqueline macinnes with sun kissed chocolate hair
Love sun-kissed hues? Then give us golden chocolate brown hue a whirl! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Sun-kissed chocolate melt

If you’ve ever wanted to try the chocolate hair trend, but aren’t ready to let go of your blonde strands, try a sun-kissed chocolate melt, instead. Looking as tasty as it sounds, this gorgeous bronde (AKA brown and blonde!) hue will give you the best of both worlds.

Pair the look with a red pout like Jacqueline MacInnes Wood has, for extra style points. #Slay!

chocolate brown hair: lily aldridge with semi-sweet chocolate hair
Oh honey, honey! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Chocolate hair with honey balayage

Chocolate brown hair with a dash of honey ends is one of Lily Aldridge’s signature looks – and for good reason, too (doesn’t it just suit her olive skin and sexy personality to a T?).

If you’re still having trouble deciding on the balayage colour you want, flick through our gallery to see the looks we’re fawning over.

chocolate hair: Lana del rey with bronze chocolate hair colour
Cinnamon chocolate hair: The perfect red/brunette hybrid. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Cinnamon chocolate sombre

Oh Lana Del Rey, you steal our hearts time after time with your fiery cinnamon-chocolate blended hue. And we have to say, that your sleek blow out hairstyle pairs perfectly with your unique hue!

So, if you’re thinking about refreshing your locks, this spicy chocolate hair colour is a complete recipe for success!

naomie harris with chocolate brown hair colour hairstyle to the side at victoria beckham event
Think chocolate hair is boring? Think again! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. Caramel babylights

Get ribbons of caramel babylights placed through the lengths of your chocolate tresses, for a bold yet work-appropriate look that’s all kinds of chic. Well, if it’s good enough for Naomie Harris…

Joan smalls chocolate hair colour styled into curls at CFDA fashion awards
Curls + dark chocolate brown hair = a delicious-looking shade! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

7. Espresso curls

Love espresso coffee as much as we do? Pay homage to your love of the good stuff by opting for a seductively dark espresso-chocolate shade, similar to Joan Smalls‘ hair. Isn’t it breath taking?

Now, if you really want to make your chocolate hair colour come alive, pair it with some gorgeous, loose curls and you’ll be good to go!

chocolate brown hair colour: salon shot of model with shimmering chocolate hair
Just look at that surreal shimmer! Credit: Instagram.com/thefoxandthehair

8. Iced chocolate hair

To get a cool, iced chocolate shade like this beauty, ask your colourist to add in some shimmering pearl tones to your chosen chocolate shade. Trust us: it’s exactly what you need to make your mane shine brighter than ever before. Credit: @thefoxandthehair

backshot of woman with mult-faceted chocolate hair colour
Shine bright like a diamond with this luxe multi-faceted hue! Credit: Instagram.com/notanothersalon

9. Ashy chocolate hair

For an ashier take on chocolate hair, take note of this Instagrammer’s striking and stylish multi-faceted hue.

Rather than opting for a solid chocolate colour, her super-dark cocoa hair fades from dark into a mix of blonde ashy-toned hues, for a cooler take on summery highlights. See? Getting a chocolate hair colour doesn’t have to be boring! Credit: @notanothersalon

chocolate cherry hair colour: salon shot of women with dark chocolate hair with cherry highlights
Take your chocolate hair to new heights with cherry highlights! Credit: Instagram.com/thescissorsammurai

10. Cherry highlights

Think red highlights and dark chocolate hair are fashion faux pas? Never again, thanks to this incredibly stylish combination.

Opting for cherry highlights will give your chocolate brown hair colour a playful edge and make your mane look on-point everyday! Now, who wouldn’t want that? Credit: @thescissorsammurai

facesbyalexis with chocolate cherry hair colour on instagram
Love chocolate dipped cherries? Then you’ll love this hue! Credit: Instagram.com/facesbyalexis

11. Chocolate cherry hair

When you combine chocolate hair with deep red tones, you get the sweetest mix ever: chocolate cherry hair. And when this babe debuted her mouth-watering chocolate cherry hair colour on Instagram, we just had to stop and stare.

This tasty shade has the styling impact of brighter and bolder shades, while still being subtle enough to rock to work. Yep this is the one for us! Credit: @facesbyalexis

chocolate brown hair colour: backshot of woman with chocolate mauve hair
Chocolate mauve hair, don’t care! Credit: Instagram.com/hannahthepainter

12. Chocolate mauve hair

Want to make a stylish impact with your chocolate brown hair colour choice? Then trying working in a mixture of pinks, peaches and purples, for a chocolate mauve shade that’s totally out of this world.

Rest assured, when you pair this delicious-looking shade with loose waves, you’ll turn more than a few heads! Credit: @hannahthepainter

lucy hale with jet black dark chocolate hair wearing black at an event
Ready to join the dark side? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

13. Extra dark chocolate hair

A slightly darker, yet less dimensional, shade of chocolate brown hair, this deep and mysterious colour is having a seriously hot moment right now (we’re looking at you Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner!).

As Lucy Hale so elegantly demonstrates, this sophisticated, It-girl shade looks extra sharp with a sleek angled bob cut. To copy this incredibly glossy ‘do, grab some VO5 Sublime Sleek Creation Hairspray and mist it all over straightened locks, for that defined, ultra-smooth finish!

Editor’s tip: Once you’ve made your chocolate hair colour choice, remember to invest in a wash and care set that has been designed with brown hair in mind. We suggest trying the TIGI Catwalk Fashionista Brunette Shampoo and Conditioner, as this dreamy duo will magnify the depth and richness of your hue, and keep your hair healthy-looking, too.


Have these chocolate brown hair ideas got you dreaming of other, equally stunning and on-trend shades? Then get yourself over to our Hair Colours page now, for all the latest hues and red carpet inspiration to take your fancy!

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