Highlight Ideas for Chocolate Brown Hair

Vibrant and warm highlights are one of the best ways to add warmth and versatility to brunette hair colors. Chocolate shades vary from a warm-almost red hue to cool-almost black hues. Think of colors like coffee, mocha, brown sugar, warm honey and cherry chocolate. These colors can give you an edgy, bold look or they can be softer and warmer depending on how you mix and blend these colors with your natural hair color.

Chocolate hues and highlights can really amp up your look but you have to choose the right colors. Think about your skins undertones. Are they warm or cool? This will allow you to choose a color that compliments your skin tone.

Women with warm skin tones, tend to look better with reddish chocolate undertones or warm honey and caramel undertones to compliment your golden skin.


Warm skin tone with chocolate brown hair and highlights

Women with cool skin tones often opt for colors that are almost black or have blue and green undertones.

Cool skin tone with chocolate brown hair and highlights

Cool skin tone with chocolate brown hair and highlights

Remember that your highlight choices also depend on your eye color and personal preference. You can use chocolate brown highlights to emphasize your eyes, compliment your skin and give yourself a fresh new look for any season. Here are some of our favorite highlights for chocolate brown hair.

Chocolate Brown and Caramel Highlights

There are few things sweeter than chocolate and caramel blended together – and not just in the candy. This combination is the perfect way to lighten up your darker hair without commitment. It’s a warmer color so make sure that the caramel is warm but not orange-golden when you go to the stylist.


Caramel and chocolate hair color

Cinnamon Brown Highlights

Reddish brown undertone highlights are perfect for women with darker hair because the clash from dark to light isn’t as dramatic as when you go blonde.


Cinnamon highlights

Chestnut Brown

Chestnut brown is a warmer color and it compliments tan and olive skin tones well. The name of the chestnut highlights game is ‘subtle’. These natural looking highlights are painted on using a balayage technique and the soft and subtle highlights give this hair color a bold makeover.


Subtle chestnut highlights

Rich Lowlights for Brown Hair

Brown certainly isn’t black but maybe you want to go that way, especially if you have cooler skin undertones. If you have a chocolate brown hair color, why not try adding black lowlights in your hair and allow the chocolate brown to be the highlights blended naturally through your hair?


Dark chocolate hair color

Cherry Chocolate Hair

Mahogany blended with cherry will give you a bold and bright chocolate brown hair color. This color is perfect on wavy lobs, short sassy bobs or long curly hair because the different hues give your hair plenty of dynamic volume.


Reddish chocolate brown hair