Guide: How To Get Chocolate Brown Hair Color Paradyes

Guide: How To Get Chocolate Brown Hair Color

by Saumya Rawat on Apr 15, 2023

Get inspired by these chocolate brown hair color ideas! Learn how to achieve this rich, velvety brown hue that complements any style.

Want those stunning brown hair for your main character era? Whether you're nostalgic for the Y2K soft girl look or just want to try something new, chocolate brown hair is the perfect makeover if you want something subtle. The brown hues are here to stay, and this velvety shade feels like indulging in your favorite chocolate candy. The best part: it’s the perfect fit for any occasion and can be tailored to suit any style.

How To Get Chocolate Brown Hair Color

If you’re looking to achieve chocolate brown hair color, there are a few things you should know. 

Step 1: Pre-Lighten

Chocolate brown hair color on different levels of pre lightened hair

Lighten your hair to the desired level using bleach and a developer. Note that hair dyes reflect differently on different hair base levels. So in order to achieve the exact color, pre-lightening is recommended. For best results, go for level 7+.

Products To Use:                                                                    

Things To Keep Handy:

  • Hand gloves                                                             A bleach brush
  • A plastic or glass mixing bowl                                  Sectioning clips
  • Aluminum foil                                                           Bleach + Developer
  • Semi-permanent color                                             An old t-shirt or towel

How to know your hair base color?

A color chart of different hair color levels

Follow this color chart for reference.

Step 2: Apply The Hair Dye

Infographic stating the direction of applying hair color

Wear gloves and use a brush to apply the hair dye evenly to your hair. Let the hair dye sit for the recommended time (20-30 minutes) before rinsing it off. Use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner to help maintain the hue.

Products To Use:

Step 3: Maintenance & Hair Care

  • Protect your hair from sun exposure and slow down the fading process.
  • Use sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners specifically designed for color-treated hair.
  • Avoid excessive heat styling, which can damage and dry out your hair, causing it to lose its shine and color. If you must use heat styling tools, use a heat protectant spray to minimize damage.
  • Refresh your fades with timely touch-ups for maintaining a vibrant look.

Maintenance Level:

  • Easy to medium - can be done at home

Chocolate Brown Hair Color Ideas

There are several ways to style chocolate brown hair, depending on your personal style and preferences. Here are some chocolate brown hair color ideas to get you inspired:

1. Chocolate Brown Hair With Highlights 


  • Caramel Highlights: Add some dimension to your chocolate brown hair with caramel highlights. Caramel highlights look great on any shade of brown, and they add a warm glow to the hair.
  • Blonde Highlights: For a more dramatic look, you can add some blonde highlights to your chocolate brown hair. This creates a beautiful contrast between the two shades.

2. Light Chocolate Brown Balayage

Light chocolate brown balayage is a hair coloring technique where a stylist hand-paints highlights onto the hair to create a natural-looking, sun-kissed effect. The end result is a subtle and natural-looking hair color that adds dimension and depth to the hair.

3. Money Piece

The contrast of a money piece hairstyle against chocolate brown hair creates a stunning and eye-catching look. The face-framing colored strands can add a pop of brightness and dimension to the rich chocolate hue.

4. Ombre 

The gradual transition from dark chocolate roots to lighter caramel or blonde ends creates a beautiful and gradient effect.

5. Go Global 


An old-time classic but still a stunner! A global color application gives an all-over rich and velvety brown hue that adds warmth and depth to the natural hair color, making it look healthy and luxurious.

Also Read: Top Hair Coloring Techniques

Whether you opt for a classic all-over color or add some highlights, there are plenty of ways to make this stunning shade your own. Don't be afraid to try it out and see how it can elevate your natural hair color look!

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