Chestnut-Brown Hair Is Universally Flattering, and These Celebrities Prove It

Updated 01/13/18

Don't get us wrong—it's cool and all to experiment with fun hair colors if that's your thing. However, there's something about a rich brunette hue that's forever eye-catching. Depending on your taste and your skin tone, you can go for a deep mahogany tone or land in the middle ground of brown with a sultry chestnut shade. Now, do brunettes have more fun? We fully support your decision to find out, so here's a curated gallery of stunning, celeb-inspired chestnut-brown hairstyles to get your color wheels turning.

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Solange Knowles rewrites the rules in every single way, and she did just that at the 59th Grammy Awards when she stepped on the red carpet with these structural, cocoa-brown curls.

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Yes, yes, yes to Lily Collins's sassy short cut donned at the Vanity Fair Oscars party.

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Ciara's loose, chocolate-tone waves fall just right. If this is how my deep skin tone will look with chestnut-brown waves, sign me up.

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Mary-Kate Olsen kept her chestnut-lit strands simple with a sleek middle part at the CFDA Fashion Awards. 

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Are you still living for the moment Rihanna revealed dip-dyed honey brown locks at the 55th Grammy Awards? Because we are.

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If you needed any more evidence that chestnut brown can stand alone, here you go. Emily Ratajkowski makes us want to go wave up our hair right now. 

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Jessica Biel is an absolute stunner in this glossy, slicked-back style worn at the 2013 Met Gala. Here's proof that this chestnut-brown shade looks just as good when styled. 

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The day Zendaya showed up to the 2017 Met Gala rocking this iconic, chestnut-colored afro goes down in history.

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Ashley Graham looked like the model she is with her sideswept chocolate-brown locks.

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We literally love every hair color on Kristen Stewart, including her platinum blonde buzz cut. But those romantic curls paired with that rich espresso shade were so stunning.

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Logan Browning's mahogany-colored curls are what dreams are made of.

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Gabrielle Union. Sigh, she's just so gorgeous. Her perfect curls prove a little honey brown and chestnut brown look so good together.

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Ava DuVernay's striking chocolate-brown dreadlocks are what the red carpet needs.

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Emma Watson twisted her brunette locks up into this dreamy updo adorned with hair jewelry at Disney's Beauty and the Beast premiere.

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Feast your eyes on a brunette bob done right, worn on the lovely Miranda Kerr at the Vanity Fair Oscars party. 

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How incredibly gorgeous was Rooney Mara in this swept-back style? Those brows, though, are worth their own callout.

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Nathalie Emmanuel glammed up her chocolate-tone curls by pinning them in the back and letting them frame her face in the front.

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Lily Aldridge lightened up her deep brunette roots with hints of honey. We're in love with this toned-down take on highlights. 

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Practically all of Jourdan Dunn's ever-changing hairstyles are screenshot-worthy. Her sultry brown curls worn at the GQ Men of the Year Awards are definitely saved in our archives.

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When Selena Gomez wore these back-grazing brunette curls at the Grammys, she proved that the balayage trend is here to stay.

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Look at how beautifully done Salma Hayek's jet black–meets-brunette hair is. If you're thinking of taking a two-tone approach to chestnut-brown hair, put this on your mood board.

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Chrissy Teigen had fun with tints of blonde and brown that looked quite perfect together on her lob.

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Shay Mitchell stuns on a regular basis with her lustrous locks, and this time was no exception with her barrel-curled, honey brown–dipped strands. 

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Julia Roberts has had her fair share of blonde moments, but this classic brunette dye job accompanied with honey highlights suited her so well. 

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Jennifer Lopez is #hairgoals personified. Her hair is all the confirmation we need to show chestnut brown looks stunning with bold blonde highlights. 

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It's rare to see someone stay in the same hair color palette their whole career—yet Anne Hathaway has been a faithful brunette since her debut. It's hard not to love every style she's worn the hue in, including this chic cropped cut.

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Jessica Alba was dreamy (per usual) in these glamorous curls. Is it just us, or did her chestnut-brown strands look lit from within?

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Jennifer Lawrence wore her true brown strands at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards in a whimsical updo.

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Priyanka Chopra made this rich brown, half-braided lob look effortlessly cool, so we think it's worth a shot from us too.

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Eva Longoria's spiral curls have us on the hunt for the exact hot tool used to achieve those perfect bends. 

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