Chestnut hair is a very flattering shade of reddish brown that works well on all types of skin tone. It essentially warms up your skin and brings out its color whether you have the fair skin of an ice queen, the tanned glow of a summer goddess, or the ebony beauty of a queen. This is the reason most women have tried the chestnut hair color at least once as a more creative and complementary choice than your everyday brown. If you are thinking about trying it as well, here are 50 lavish ideas to choose from.
1. Wavy Bob Chestnut Hair Color
The right hairstyle is quintessential to highlighting your color. If you want to showcase a magnificent shade such as chestnut, waves are clearly the way to go. So, break out your old hair curler because you’re going to need it.
2. Half Up Half Down Chestnut Hair Color
This messy and easy to do back knot can be your casual solution to the struggles you face every day with your hair. If you need to keep it out of your face for a while but look chic at the same time, try this loose knot.
3. Sleek and Straight Chestnut Hair Color
If you chose a solid color instead of some highlights or lowlights, then the best way to show it off is straight hair. Most women already have straight hair but if you need an extra helping hand, try a hair straightener.
4. Layered Chestnut Hair
This hair color works really well with a makeup to match. This means shades of brown and warm copper. Try a 90s makeup palette, and you will see just how well it fits your new hair color.
5. The Wind Swept Medium Bob
Contrary to its name, you don’t have to wait and go outside for the wind to create this hairstyle for you. Use some sea salt spray to add some texture and crunch to your locks and then dry your hair with the hairdryer. Finish off with a touch of hairspray.
6. The Drew Barrymore
We’re starting off our list of celebrities who have been spotted wearing the amazing chestnut hair color at least once with the lovely Drew Barrymore. Although she was blonde as a child and for most of her youth, the actress couldn’t resist the lure of the chestnut.
7. The Megan Fox
Chestnut was a fantastic choice for Megan Fox as well since she has a pair of gorgeous blue eyes that benefitted from a little highlight that the chestnut hair color brought on. We also love the perfect beach waves she always wears.
8. The Anne Hathaway
Anne has always had brown hair, but she has marched her way between different shades. Our favorite, though has been the chestnut hair color because it softens her features a bit thanks to the reddish hues.
9. The Miranda Kerr
Chestnut was a smart choice for supermodel and Victoria’s Secret angel Miranda Kerr as well. She has a heart-shaped face which is very sweet and almost doll-like, making her look like a teenage girl. The chestnut brown adds a touch of maturity and class to her features.
10. The Kate Beckinsale
Is there anyone out there who can be quite so beautiful and sultry at the same time as Kate Beckinsale is? Her eyes are the color of fresh coffee, and her dark chestnut hair mirrors that perfectly. And that brown smoky eye makeup…
11. The Lana del Rey
When you first hear about this idea, it doesn’t seem as though pairing chestnut hair color with plum lipstick might make for a good combo. But then you take a look at Lana Del Rey’s perfectly made-up face and realize you’re wrong.
12. The Cheryl Cole
This British beauty hardly needs any embellishments, but we cannot deny that she looks like a diva with that rich hair color, the fantastic black smoky eye, and the theatrical earrings that are simply dripping with diamonds.
13. The Emily Didonato
Supermodel Emily Didonato is wearing the classic chestnut hair color without any extra brown, red, or chocolate brown added to it. We cannot say she’s wrong because it suits her perfectly. After all, she is one of the most beautiful women in the world.
14. The Emilia Clarke
Many fans of the Game of Thrones series were shocked to find out that actress Emilia Clarke is not a real blonde like her character on the small screen is. This prompted an entire series of jokes and memes such as: do they know the dragons are not real either?
15. The Belle
You cannot deny that, as a little girl, one of your biggest hair-inspirations was Belle herself. She started off with a very simple ponytail when she lived in her village only to move on to a lovely bun decorated with a gold hairpiece when she became a princess. And, yes, her hair was chestnut brown!
16. The Irina Shayk
As supermodel Irina Shayk is here to demonstrate, the chestnut hair color is perfect in case you have green eyes. The reason is that green’s opposing color on the spectrum is red. Chestnut has red undertones which will flare up the color of your eyes.
17. The Kate Middleton
To say that this real-life princess is a fashion guru is an understatement. Everything that Kate Middleton wears becomes an immediate success with women all over the world rushing to the stores to buy. The same goes with her hairstyle which has been copied in large numbers.
18. The Julia Roberts
Although she has said goodbye a long time ago to her iconic curly hair that made her famous in the 80s and 90s, Julia Roberts is still faithful to her chestnut hair color. It sets off her toffee colored eyes and fair skin.
19. The Michelle Monaghan
Actress Michelle Monaghan is an interesting example on our list because she has chosen to add some more red to her chestnut hair. That’s because she has brown-green eyes and we’ve already explained above the whole trick with red hair and green eyes.
20. The Emma Stone
Did you know that actress Emma Stone is actually a blonde in real life? She prefers to dye her hair either chestnut or red because she likes it better that way. However, left to her own devices, she would be as fair as the sun.
21. The Olivia Palermo
Here’s one star you definitely need to be on the lookout for if you consider yourself a fashionista. Olivia Palermo has one of the best styling games in the business. Therefore, do yourself a favor and follow her on Instagram right now.
22. The Nina Dobrev
The reason why Nina Dobrev went for the chestnut hair color is that she has a gorgeous olive skin which benefits from all the undertones that come with this particular shade of brown. The color warms up her skin and makes her look sexy.
23. The Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer Love Hewitt has been a brown-haired girl ever since we can remember. She was a true siren of the screen in the 90s when the world fell in love with her and she has remained to this day the beauty we used to know.
24. The Alexis Bledel
Speaking of screen queens with brown hair of the 90s and 2000s, Alexis Bledel was everyone’s sweetheart back then as Rory Gilmore. There was just something about those baby blue eyes and that sweet face that just made you love her.
25. The Kylie Jenner
But the 2010s have very different queens now and one of them is definitely Kylie Jenner. She has chestnut brown hair and toffee colored eyes and swears by her own line of makeup which can get you to look just as fabulous as she does.
26. The Zooey Deschanel
Who’s in line for some quirkiness? Zooey Deschanel’s hairstyle with the iconic bangs and soft curls is now so famous that she is absolutely unrecognizable with them. If you don’t believe us, google some pictures of her without these features.
27. The Felicity Jones
What can you do when you have the most beautiful hazel eyes on the planet? Dye your locks in a lovely chestnut hair color so that you can highlight them even more. The whole world will envy you, but you will love it.
28. The Dakota Johnson
There is no hair color that the famous Anastasia Steele could have worn other than chestnut. She’s a good college girl studying literature that has no experience with life or men. It seems to fit, doesn’t it?
29. The Eva Mendez
If you want your hair to be just as glossy and luscious as Eva Mendez’ is, you need to hydrate it as much as possible. Invest in a high-quality hair conditioner as well as some argan oil that will keep your looks looking camera-ready at all times.
30. The Katie Holmes Chestnut Hair Color
The shade of chestnut hair color that Katie Holmes has opted for is perfect for fall. It has a heathy dose of mushroom brown in it as well, which means you will suit the environment perfectly and blend in with the atmosphere.
31. The Priyanka Chopra Chestnut Hair Color
Every hair color fits like a glove when you’re a literal beauty queen the likes of Priyanka Chopra. Therefore, the fact that she herself chose this dark and polished shade of chestnut brown speaks volume about the power of attraction it has.
32. The Raquel Welch Chestnut Hair Color
Miss Raquel Welch is here to model a gorgeous haircut for women over 60 who want to try the chestnut hair color. It’s a long pixie with layers, a choppy finish, and a set of wispy bangs. Do you want to know a secret? It goes best with diamond earrings!
33. The Zendaya
Zendaya is coming very hard from behind as one of the new sirens of the silver screen. With flawless beauty and a fashion sense to match, the very young actress is truly one to watch. Just look at those beautiful chestnut locks that cascade down her shoulders.
34. The Rachel McAdams Chestnut Hair Color
The world fell in love with Rachel McAdams either as the bubbly teenager who lives the romance of a lifetime in The Notebook or as the modern evil princess in Mean Girls. Either way, she was blonde. But we cannot deny just how fantastic she looks like a brown haired girl.
35. The Emma Watson Chestnut Hair Color
Leave it to this Beauty, pun intended, to pair up a cold shade of chestnut brown with an even colder shade of purple lipstick and get away with it. The small golden earrings add a touch of luxury to the ensemble and the pink blush sweetens the whole deal.
36. The Taylor Hill
This is how you do summer glow. The Taylor Hill style. The supermodel shamelessly flaunts one of the most amazing sets of green eyes we’ve ever seen, a melting caramel shade of chestnut brown hair, and a tan to last well into the winter.
37. The Selena Gomez Chestnut Hair Color
Former Disney Channel girl Selena Gomez has taken a different approach to the chestnut hair color. She started off with the classic base but added a good scoop of chocolate brown to it so that it can compliment her skin tone.
38. The Melissa McCarthy Chestnut Hair Color
Another entry on our list is this famous actress with outstanding green eyes that has made the jump to the chestnut hair color. Melissa McCarthy’s natural beauty is simply wrapped around in her tresses like in a halo.
39. The Tina Fey
From one comedy royal to another as we take a look at Tina Fey. Her chestnut brown is extremely demure as this funny lady is not so much into looks as she is into brains and tickling our funny bone.
40. The Elizabeth Olsen Chestnut Hair Color
Green eyes and a facial bone structure that even supermodels pine for. Do we need to say more? Yes, it’s the stunning Elizabeth Olsen. Her chestnut hair color has a few red streaks through it which she mirrored with her reddish blush.
41. The Hannah Simone Chestnut Hair Color
There are two very famous pairs of bangs on the set of the New Girl hit TV series. We’ve already talked about the one belonging to Zooey Deschanel. The other one is, of course, Hannah Simone.
42. The Lily Collins
When you are picked to be the new face of Givenchy out of millions of contenders and the entire Hollywood who could have been the ‘it’ girl, you know you’re more than beautiful. Therefore, we are now officially copying Lily Collins’ style.
43. The Gemma Arterton Chestnut Hair Color
This is how you do heavy set bangs. British actress Gemma Arterton has a truly enviable hairstyle in a sweet and delicious chestnut hair color. It’s a deep and rich hue which will be perfect for the cold seasons.
44. The Jenna Dewan
From a Gemma to a Jenna, both actresses and both big fans of the chestnut hair color. The only difference is that Jenna Dewan has opted for some copper highlights as well which light up her face and make her eyes sparkle.
45. The Beyonce Chestnut Hair Color
Chestnut is a classic Beyonce hair color, one which she has turned to time and time again. Here she is with her long hair all straightened out and a classic side part. She opted for demure makeup as well and we cannot deny just how good she looks.
46. The Halle Berry
Pairing gold with chestnut hair is always a good idea and actress Halle Berry has done just that. She’s wearing a pair of oversized round and flat golden earrings that pop out from beneath her long and sleek chestnut tresses.
47. The Jennifer Lopez Chestnut Hair Color
We’ve seen this singer and actress wearing many hair colors over the years, but none fit her quite so well as this natural chestnut brown. It’s the closest possible to her real hair color and it matches her eyes and skin tone to perfection.
48. The Chrissy Teigen
Here’s a throwback picture of supermodel and chef Chrissy Teigen from the days when she used to wear her hair brown. She had a sultry and more serious demeanor as opposed to the softer approach she has now that she’s a proud mommy.
49. The Eva Longoria Chestnut Hair Color
Chestnut hair works as an idea for ombre as well and Eva Longoria is here to prove just that. Her hairstyle starts off with a darker base at the roots only to melt into a sweet chestnut as it reaches the tips of the strands.
50. The Natalie Portman
Here’s actress Natalie Portman posing for a photoshoot in a gorgeous red Dior dress with dramatic Isabel Marant earrings in the same shade. The fiery color matches and brings out her eyes and her hair, both chestnut. Natalie is the face of Miss Dior.
As you have seen from this exhaustive list of chestnut hair color ideas, there are many shades to choose from. Chestnut is a brownish hue with magnificent red, chocolate, and golden undertones that comes in a plethora of varieties. The trick is to choose the one that compliments you best. Let us know in the comment section below which one was your favorite and why!
Betty has over 15 years of experience in writing and editing for hairstyle publications. Her career started soon after graduating, leading her to winning many awards and opening her own salon at a very young age. She specializes in hair coloring techniques and hair care. In her spare time, Betty enjoys running outdoors, learning new languages, and occasionally binging a Netflix series.