Mocha hair color is having a major moment in the beauty world. In a world of blondes and redheads, brunettes are finally standing up and making the world take notice of them. Mocha, like the drink, the powder, the dessert, and so on, is rich and somehow opulent.
It’s the preferred color of old-school brunettes from the Golden Age of Hollywood and of today’s millennial beauties. If you’re thinking of making mocha your next color choice, here’s all the convincing you need.
How to Get Mocha Hair Color
There are several ways to get mocha hair color:
- Purchase a medium brown box hair dye and add your own highlights or lowlights
- See a professional hair colorist and show them a photo of your favorite mocha brain hairstyle below
- If you have blonde hair, you can add mocha brown highlights
- If you have brown hair, add highlights in mocha brown
Popular Mocha Brown Hair Colors
A woman who boasts a mocha brown hair color carries an air of mystery about her. Pop culture portrays blondes as vivacious and redheads as temperamental, but brunettes are mysterious, smoldering, and sensual.
That goes double when the brown in question is a deep, alluring shade of mocha. Ditch the basic brown. Go a little darker. You know you’re dying to experiment with such a sweet color.
1. Dark Mocha Bob
If you have brown hair and a darker skin tone, mocha brown added all over or as highlights will really complement it. Try it in a straightened bob with face-framing layers for instant chicness.
2. Mocha Highlights
How gorgeous is this combination of dark brown hair with mocha highlights? You can even add a little bit of caramel highlighting for a beautiful blend of hazelnut color, like this long hairstyle features with feathered layers and side bangs.
3. Wavy Layers
Does your dark brown hair have natural curly or wavy texture? Bring them back to life and get them at the front and center by opting for a layered hairstyle and highlighting their swirled shape.
4. Brown and Blonde Braids
For women with brown hair, we recommend rocking mocha and blonde highlights together. Be sure the highlights are chunky to get a gorgeous swirl of warm colors, just like this beautiful braid displays.
5. Money Piece Highlights
Money piece highlights are a great way to draw attention to your eyes and warm up your complexion. For a surefire stunning way of rocking mocha in your dark brown or black hair, opt for soft waves in medium to long hair.
6. Mocha and Purple
Do you love rocking bright or bold hair colors? You can still do that – just take a hint from this long straight hairstyle featuring medium purple highlights at the front and light brown with mocha in the rest of the mane.
7. Wavy Bob
Not sure what to do with your thick hair? A good dose of mocha will bring it back to life. Then go even bigger by trimming your hair to a bob in either an A-line or asymmetrical cut, and filling it with waves.
8. Mocha Hair on Black Women
If anyone can rock mocha brown hair, it’s Black women. The color is the prettiest complement to your dark skin tone. We love how it shines up a short haircut and shows off spiral curls. All you have to do is sweep in a cute headband.
9. Mocha Ombre
Another beautiful way to dress up your current hairstyle with mocha is by adding it as an ombre. For medium to dark brown hair, add the spicier shade of brown halfway down your mane for an instant, easy glow-up.
10. Mocha Bronde
How cute is this wavy A-line lob? Not only do the layers create a cool cut flattering to almost every face shape, the cool bronde color is light and inviting. Try it in the spring to prepare for the hot summer weather.
11. Half Ponytail in Mocha
For a more subtle addition to your medium or light brown hair, add mocha highlights throughout your mane. A long hairstyle has plenty of canvas to flaunt the beautiful shade and you’ll always look great, whether your hair is half up or fully down.
12. Curly Mocha Hair
Mocha is one color that works with pretty much any skin tone, as we see here on a woman with dark brown hair and a very light skin tone. Her short thick curly hair is one to save if you’re looking for hair inspiration.
13. Mocha Tips
Why have plain dark brown hair when you can get this stunning combination? Coloring just the tips is a great technique no matter what length your hair is.
14. Mocha Meets Butterscotch
Rihanna has shown out in nearly every hair color under the sun. We’re partial to her radiant red locks, but she knows how to rock a mocha hair color as well. The color complements her complexion to perfection, and the caramel highlights make her gorgeous green eyes pop.
15. Cherry Mocha
Don’t you love the red undertones seen in these chocolate locks? The darkness of the brown is both warmed and brightened by a subtle auburn aura. A toner rinse can achieve this after your color treatment. Just speak with your stylist and show her or him what you want.
16. Mocha Brown Balayage
It’s so easy to achieve highlights with the balayage technique. You can add blonde or honey-toned highlights to dark brown hair without doing damage, even if the bleach takes a while to lighten your hair.
17. Natural Highlights
One of the reasons why mocha brown hair colors are so popular is because they appear natural. Everything about this coif is on-point and subtle. The highlights look like they’re meant to be there, while subtle lowlights add depth and dimension.
18. Mocha Streaks
You don’t have to dye your hair mocha all over, particularly if your hair is naturally dark. You see, mocha highlights are decadent when paired with dark chocolate locks. Even though mocha is a dramatic shade itself, it stands out against deeper colors.
19. Subtle Ombre
Here, the mocha occurs toward the middle of the hair. The roots are nearly black. That makes the ombre effect even more eye-catching. Mocha blends surprisingly well with black hair.
20. Chocolate Shine
We never understand the people who claim brown is boring. The right mocha hair color will leave you with glossy locks that seem to shine from within. Of course, an excellent deep conditioning treatment doesn’t hurt, either.
21. Mocha and Milk
You might not think so, but mocha runs through an entire spectrum. Color variations range from light to dark. This shade veers more toward caramel—or the shade you end up with when you pour milk or cream into a rich, decadent mocha.
22. Mocha Matte
Mila Kunis knows how to make a splash with dark hair. See how shiny it is? Dark brown hairdos are sleek and chic almost as a matter of course.
23. Brassy Mocha
There’s something special about this mocha brown hair color. It has a certain brassy tint. This specific hue would look stunning with a retro-inspired red lip, a bit of black eyeliner, and bold brows.
Even if you think brown hair is dull or mousy, you can’t deny that mocha stands in a category all its own. Are you tempted to try a mocha hair color? Which one appeals to you?