Brown hair colors in general are universally flattering. It's hard to go wrong with any shade, especially if you keep your skin tone in mind. But if we're being honest, some browns are definitely more forgiving than others—chocolate brown, to be specific.
Basically, chocolate brown hair colors are the entire spectrum of warm and neutral browns that remind us of the sweet treat it's named after. As long as it's a brown that doesn't lean too cool (ash brown) or too red (chestnut), it could fall under the chocolate spectrum! Aside from being a pretty hue on its own, it's perfect for a subtle, low-maintenance look change for any Filipina.
Here are 10 chocolate brown hair colors to consider for your next makeover:
1. Rich chocolate balayage
"Rich" stands for two things here: The deep shade of the chocolate brown base, and the luxurious feel of the balayage. It's a look that will easily upgrade solid dark hair, giving it a subtle lift by employing a variation of warm browns that become lighter the farther you stray from the roots.
2. Chocolate ribbons
Ribbons add a literal pop to the hair without the ombré-like effect of a balayage. This means that the color of your hair will alternate vertically between two shades instead of becoming lighter from root to tip. Usually, people opt for vibrant shades like ash blonde for their ribbons, but a light chocolate brown against a darker base is a great option for something low-key!
3. Chocolate copper blend
Chocolate brown and copper are a dreamy duo for a chic warm-toned 'do. The reason being the reddish tones of copper will give you a bright pop, while the chocolate maintains an effortless feel. There are tons of ways to combined these two colors, but you can't go wrong with copper highlights, a timeless balayage, and an ombré look!
4. Bambi Brown
Korean hairstylist Cha Hong describes bambi brown as a shade with a mix of warm and cool tones, or in short, a flattering neutral brown. It's a fresh take on chocolate brown that gives the color a subtly sun-kissed feel, adding a smooth veil of color that isn't completely invisible in indoor lighting. If you have fair skin, bambi brown is definitely one to consider!
5. Dark chocolate
If you can't let go of your dark hair but still want a small change, a dark chocolate dye job will add shine by infusing a touch of warmth. This effect can be accentuated further with highlights or lowlights still within the chocolate spectrum!
6. Chocolate mauve
The contrast between a warm hue like chocolate brown and a muted, cool pink like mauve actually makes for a gorgeous hair color! In fact, it can be a gorgeous and beginner-friendly take on pink locks, since it won't involve heavy bleaching (unless you go much lighter than the photo below).
7. Chocolate brown with face-framing highlights
While chunky highlights seem like a trend, it's actually been long used by hairstylists to frame the face solely with color. This technique works well with balayage 'dos and dark brown hair with highlights. Having it on the front section, for example, can subtly provide the illusion of a slimmer mug!
8. Milk chocolate
If a solid brown dye job is too plain for your liking, have your colorist mix in some light, milky hues. It's an easy way to change up your look without straying too far from your natural hair color—not to mention it'll give your tresses that effortless beachy vibe.
9. Chocolate with peek-a-boo blonde
Can't decide between brown and blonde? Here's a cool way to try both! Think of it as your introduction to bleached locks without the excessive commitment, because touch-ups are pretty optional here unless you love putting your hair up. What makes chocolate brown a good choice for a peek-a-boo is that it has character on its own, so your color still looks stunning even when your blonde isn't showing!
10. Chocolate silver split dye
When you're literally split between two colors, the Cruella De Vil route is always an option. While it might not be for the faint of heart, the key to pulling it off is actually quite simple: Choose a warm shade (like chocolate brown) for one side and a cool tone for the other. The bigger the contrast in tone, the more effective the split!
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