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How to Get a Chestnut Brown Hair Color

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How to Get a Chestnut Brown Hair Color How to Get a Chestnut Brown Hair Color How to Get a Chestnut Brown Hair Color

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 blonde hair baddies 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. 


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 may be required to achieve your desired level of chestnut brown hair.


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 in Medium Chestnut Brown or the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference 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.


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 be using a system of hair care products meant for color-treated tresses. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture ShampooL’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 having to make 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. Show your curly hair some TLC 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!

Editor’s tip: Looking to highlight your natural texture? 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. 

(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.)