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16 Chestnut Brown Hair Color Ideas You'll Want to Try

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16 Chestnut Brown Hair Color Ideas You'll Want to Try 16 Chestnut Brown Hair Color Ideas You'll Want to Try 16 Chestnut Brown Hair Color Ideas You'll Want to Try
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While brown hair is already undeniably stunning, chestnut hair adds a certain pizzazz to your brunette mane that we can’t help but love. A great way to spice up your natural brown locks without getting too dramatic with color, chestnut brown hair can easily add warmth and dimension to your look. Perfect for brunettes looking to switch things up in the hair color department, as well as blondes ready to explore the dark side, a chestnut brown hair dye will provide all that you need and then some. Keep reading to get the scoop on achieving your perfect chestnut brown hair color.

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE GETTING CHESTNUT HAIR

Unlike many other hair colors, chestnut brown hair flaunts a more natural-looking brunette shade, so there is no need to worry about lightening unless you have very dark hair. If you are starting with a dark base color, bleach isn’t necessary, but you’ll want to lift the cuticle a bit to help create a warmer, lighter base for your new hue. Remember, the darker your starting shade, the more work that may be required to achieve your desired chestnut brown hue.

If you’re familiar with dyeing your hair, you know it’s smart to match your mane to your skin’s undertones. So, is chestnut hair warm or cool? Well, while chestnut brown hair is a warm shade and consequently perfect for those with warm skin tones, it’s important to note that you can customize this color based on your skin tone and personal preference. If you plan on visiting a colorist to achieve your chestnut brown hair color, it’d be smart to bring a few inspiration photos so you can score the right shade for you.

HOW TO GET CHESTNUT BROWN HAIR AT HOME

If you’re a fan of coloring your hair at home and are looking to rock chestnut brown hair, try the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Medium Chestnut Brown or the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Medium Chestnut Brown. The key to using either of these at-home hair color kits is making sure to follow the instructions included with the packaging. You may also want to consider stashing an extra box of chestnut brown hair dye in your bathroom for a quick touch-up as needed.

16 CHESTNUT HAIR COLORS TO TRY

Ready to hop on the chestnut hair dye trend? Below, we’re sharing 16 chestnut hair colors ranging from gorgeous highlights to rich, vibrant shades, any of which will surely make a lasting impression. Let’s dive in!

1. CHESTNUT BROWN OMBRÈ

If you love low maintenance hair color options, chestnut brown ombré hair should definitely be on your radar. A great way to flaunt two hair colors at once, this look keeps your base hair color intact, transitioning it into a chestnut brown shade for a gorgeous wash of color.

2. LIGHT CHESTNUT HAIR

Want to rock a lighter hair color? Feast your eyes on light chestnut hair! Offering the best of both worlds, this hair color allows you to play with lighter strands, while adding the perfect amount of dimension for a look that will sparkle in the sun.

BRONZED CHESTNUT BROWN

Bronzed chestnut brown hair is a great pick for those who love to add an extra dose of shimmer to their locks. This shade stays true to the rich brown hue chestnut hair is known for, while flirting with metallic tones, meaning you can count on having a mane with intense shine. All you need is a metallic makeup look to tie it all together!

4. CHESTNUT BROWN WITH AUBURN HIGHLIGHTS

Want to up the ante with your chestnut hair color? We have a feeling that chestnut brown hair with auburn highlights will do the trick. An excellent way to play with color and add dimension and movement into the mix, this gorgeous hue will bring the extra oomph that you’ve been missing.

5. CHESTNUT BROWN BALAYAGE

Speaking of highlight trends, you can’t go wrong with chestnut brown balayage! Not only does this hair color allow you to keep your base color, but you also don’t have to worry too much about making time for regular touch-up sessions. Not to mention, this hair color looks amazing on almost everyone.

6. CHESTNUT BROWN WITH COPPER HIGHLIGHTS

Step outside of the box when you’re working with a standard chestnut brown hair dye by incorporating copper highlights into your look. Flaunting a reddish tone that pairs beautifully with brown hair, this color will spice up your ‘do for a hair color that’s anything but boring.

7. CHESTNUT ASH BROWN

Can’t decide between a rich brown hair color and a light hue? It may be time to get acquainted with chestnut ash brown hair. This ashy hair color will allow you to flirt with an almost-blonde hue without giving up on the brunette color you love. As a result, you’ll sport a gorgeous gradient look with plenty of depth to give you head-turning hair color.

8. CHESTNUT BROWN MONEY PIECE

There’s nothing wrong with sticking with your current hair color, but if you want to experiment with chestnut hair without embracing a full-color job, the money piece may be just what you need. This trend is all about coloring face-framing strands for a flattering look. Pair it with chestnut brown hair dye, and your new hue will be the star of the show.

9. DARK CHESTNUT BROWN HAIR

Prefer to keep your hair color on the dark side? Prepare to fulfill your needs with dark chestnut brown hair. We especially love this shade for winter when you may want to darken up your mane.

10. CHESTNUT BROWN SOMBRÈ

Chestnut brown sombré features a highlighting technique that takes a softer approach on the ombré trend, making for a hair color that’s equal parts subtle and stunning. Simply ask your colorist to super gradually transition your base color into chestnut brown ends for a winning look.

11. CARAMEL CHESTNUT BROWN

Want to take your vibrant brown hair color up a few notches? Caramel chestnut hair will rise to the occasion. This hair color option allows you to beautifully weave dimension into your brown base, helping brighten up your complexion and highlight your gorgeous features with ease. We also dig that this hair color is suitable for almost all skin tones.

12. GOLDEN CHESTNUT BROWN

Sometimes, you just want to flaunt a sun-kissed hair color. And while blonde hair usually is the way to go, you can also rock golden chestnut hair. This hair color weaves golden brown hues into your mane for a look that will rival any blonde baddie.

13. CHESTNUT BROWN WITH CHUNKY BLONDE HIGHLIGHTS

Dare to go bold with your chestnut hair? Consider trying out chunky blonde highlights! When done right, this technique can provide your mane with the right amount of contrast to really emphasize your chestnut brown hair color and help you stand out from the pack.

14. CHERRY CHESTNUT BROWN

We’ve already shared the wonders of pairing your chestnut locks with reddish tones, but if you’re game to take the look a step further, cherry chestnut brown hair will become your favorite in no time. With the option of customizing this red-meets-brown shade to take on a warmer look or cool things down just a bit, this pick won’t steer you wrong.

15. NUDE CHESTNUT BROWN

Love to take hair color cues from your social media feed? Then you may want to give nude chestnut brown hair a go. The perfect option for adding a sandy hue to your rich mane, this hair color looks gorgeous on those with warm and cool skin tones.

16. WARM CHESTNUT

If you’re looking to step away from traditional chestnut hair colors, warm chestnut hair may be your perfect match. A variation of the color you know and love, this hue offers a beautiful earthy tone that works to add warmth to your face for a super-flattering finish.

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF CHESTNUT BROWN HAIR

Now that you’ve successfully transformed your hair into a pretty chestnut brown hue, it’s time to show your strands some love! Color-treated hair requires special attention, so follow the tips below to help ensure your new hair color stays in tip-top shape.

1. SWITCH TO A COLOR-SAFE HAIR CARE SYSTEM

Make room in your shower for some new hair products. Your old essentials may not cut it once your hair is colored; instead, you should use a system of hair care products meant for color-treated tresses. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm, all of which are sulfate-free and will gently cleanse and replenish your strands for rich and vibrant color that goes the distance.

2. TURN DOWN THE DIAL IN THE SHOWER

Warm water, please! Super-hot water can strip your strands of essential oils (which can leave hair feeling drier and looking duller), so rinse off in lukewarm temps instead.

3. PROTECT YOUR HAIR BEFORE HEAT-STYLING

Want to blow-dry your chestnut brown hair? Make sure to use a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray, first. Be sure to use the lowest heat setting on your styling tools that you can while still only making one pass over each section of hair.

4. EMBRACE YOUR HAIR’S NATURAL TEXTURE

Nothing beats chestnut brown hair on curly and wavy manes! So, put down the heat tools from time to time and rock your natural texture. Style curly hair with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse. Simply apply an egg-sized amount evenly over your hair, scrunch, and air dry. Now you’re all set!

If you want another way to highlight your natural texture, you can always kick things up a notch with the help of the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty. All you need is a dab of hair putty to add effortless definition and a workable hold to any look.

Next up: Still want to consider other hair color options? In that case, click over to our article on How to Find the Best Shade of Brown Hair for You.

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