60 Looks with Caramel Highlights on Brown and Dark Brown Hair

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Delicious hues, such as caramel, are incredibly enticing, which makes them an excellent choice for highlights, downlights and dip dyes. Luckily, this sweet palette embraces a wide array of hues from neutral/cool beiges and soft creamy tones to rich tangerine and dark brown sugars. Literally any basic hair color may adopt a pop of caramel. Besides, you can vary the saturation of your highlights, going very tender and subtle or, vice versa, vivid and distinct. Even if for now it’s hard to imagine what kind of gourmet treatment you’d like for your locks, you are going to have a better idea about caramel hair inspiration after you look through the following engaging examples. Here is a gallery of 60 photos with best “caramelized” looks: welcome!

Caramel highlights on the medium brown or blonde base offer soft flows of a few congenial tones which provide, as a result, a sophisticated and exclusive hair color. The high demand of this technique among celebrities heads all the records, and this is absolutely logical. First of all, caramel highlights are universally flattering: they suit any hair type, length and can be used both in blondes and brunettes. Secondly, highlights are a less aggressive type of dyeing that won’t affect the health of your locks. And, last but not the least, caramel highlights are just so beautiful!

Our review with Instagram and celebrity images will help you to get your bearings in the unbelievable variety of color nuances, offered by caramel highlights. You are, certainly, going to find a bunch of fresh ideas here, so let’s get straight to the point.

Caramel Highlights Inspiration

Celebrities have been successfully rocking solid and highlighted caramel looks through a couple of the latest seasons, but being ultra-flattering for most hair colors and skin undertones, they remain in great demand. Here are a few ideas to borrow if you fancy “caramelizing” your tresses.

– “Bronde” or “braund” look that is brown blonde or blonde brown is usually achieved when you introduce caramel shades into your highlights.

– Subtly popping tangerine highlights on dark brown hair will add dimension and an enhanced feel of movement to your beautiful brunette locks.

– Blondes who wish to append a pinch of aromatic brownish spices to their hair will look awesome with caramel and cinnamon downlights. Bolder mixes of tones seem more dramatic and eye-popping.

– Caramel hues in the highlights are fantastic when it comes to accentuating brown or hazel eye color.

– If you opt not to start your highlights at the crown, regrowth won’t be a problem, and you’ll have less trouble maintaining your gorgeous locks in-between visits to a salon. Besides, randomly placed highlights, whether they are distinct or subtle, are currently on-trend.

– Virgin hair is, certainly, a treasure, many naturalness-oriented girls are trying to preserve these days. If you are strongly opposed to the idea of any dyeing experiments, you may at least enliven your brown tresses with a sprinkling of thin caramel ribbons.

– Ends and edges with a caramel coating are an excellent ombre idea for medium blonde and medium dark brown hair bases. A seamless finish looks awesome in such styles.

– Less extreme and drastic gradation of color in ombre looks, referred to as somber, is a hot trend nowadays.

Okay, let’s see some pictures.

#1: Caramel with Blonde

Caramel highlights are so much fun to wear, and they can really bring the best out of hairstyles, too. This braided long style is made even more vibrant with hair highlights designed to add dimension and accentuate layers.

#2: Short and Sweet Blonde Accents

When it comes to caramel highlights, the cut also makes a huge difference. Even with the perfect color, you won’t be able to get the most flattering look for you without the right cut. Go for a shorter length if your hair’s always been long, or try an A-line cut if you want to look more modern and stylish.

#3: Peek-a-Boo Highlights

Dark brown hair can be made even more beautiful with small pops of caramel or golden blonde highlights throughout. From the bottom layer up to the top, you can add as much or as little blonde as you like – but do try to keep it minimal. It will be more stunning in the long run.

#4: Beautiful Balayage for Brown Hair

An A-line cut is made even more stunning when its styled on light brown hair with highlights. Curl it or wear it straight – with this low maintenance hairstyle you can work it every which way for a beautiful look that will certainly turn heads.

#5: Go with the Caramel Flow

Curling your hair can be a lot of work, but if you have a natural wave you can easily enhance with an iron, consider getting some color that follows the curve of your curls. Black hair is tricky for this, but any lighter hair tone that includes contrasting highlights can look lovely.

#6: Subtle Fade for Brown Hair

Brown hair can be enhanced with touches of gold, here’s a nice example of a color scheme. Using just the most subtle of color fade, hair starts out darker on top and tumbles down into golden tresses.

#7: Below the Shoulders Caramel Beauty

Honey brown hair woven into a darker base shade really brings out dimension and shine. If you like to wear your hair down without a lot of fuss, this style is easily managed with the quick twist of a large barreled curling iron in just a few strategic places. Take some time to try different angles until you find what makes your highlights shine best.

#8: Long and Lovely Brown Hair

Brown hair is so well-liked because it comes in a wide variety of hues. This two-toned coloring job is shown off beautifully on mega long locks. A good dimensional color will add a sheen to make hair look healthier and fuller.

#9: Glowing Brown Hair

Brown hair with blonde highlights causes strands to practically illuminate. This is further shown off with any style from loose curls to a quick ponytail.

#10: Chop it Up With Highlights

Highlights for dark hair don’t need to cost a fortune – keep hair shorter and less color will be needed. Bored by short hair? Go for a choppy cut that’s more fun than a traditional one.

#11: Caramel Highlights and Tousled Waves

Golden highlights and undone waves are an unbeatable combination. To add a bit more dimension to your locks, contrast the honey streaks with dark brown pieces. The lighter and darker shades will play up each other beautifully.

Long Brown Hair With Caramel Highlights

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#12: Long Bob with Golden Curls

Brown hair with highlights is something you cannot go wrong with. There is a multitude of different options to play around with, like caramel hair in the balayage technique, sun-kissed pieces for brown hair, subtle honey brown highlights that give special natural-looking glow to your locks, and many others. Well, you can also start off with your natural base then add some golden brunette highlights like in the photo.

#13: Dark Brown and Amber Retro Waves

Just take a moment to admire the shine on this lovely ‘do. You can attribute it to good genes, the styling, and a brilliant hair product, but the dye job also matters. The harmonious blend of the espresso brown and lighter shades creates a prismatic effect.

Black Hair With Golden Brown Highlights

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#14: Chunky Highlights on Mid-Brown Hair

Take your color up to your roots. As stunning as ombre hairstyles are, it is worth remembering what modern highlights can go around your part. Her chunky streaks draw the eye up to her beautiful face. Of course we cannot completely ignore those wavy lengths.

Long Layered Caramel Brown Hair

Instagram / @venalove

#15: Light Brown Hair with Amber Tint

You can vary the amount of highlights. Hair that is supposed to get a few tones lighter can embrace plenty of lighter pieces. In this case amber, honey or caramel highlights would blend in with your base shade to create a uniform appearance. It’s hard to see where one color ends and another begins.

Golden Blonde Highlights For Brown Hair

Instagram / @alexgodoy

#16: Long Graduated Bob with Tawny Pieces

Tawny is a beautiful shade to complement dark brown hair. The highlighted pieces in the graduated bob draw attention to her soft curls and the angled shape of her cut.

Brunette Lob With Caramel Highlights

Instagram / @mallonyfarias

#17: Chocolate and Caramel Hair Color

That is a magnificent head of hair. It is the result of good conditioning, layering, and balayage highlights. Ask your stylist to cut your hair in layers that will help enhance your mane’s natural texture.

Caramel Highlights Long Hair

Instagram / @hairluvbytiffany

#18: Caramel-Highlighted Bob

Sometimes the best highlights in hair happen when you don’t immediately realize that sections have been dyed. Her caramel hair color could have been natural, but we know it’s a result of a professional dye job.

Curly Brown Bob With Caramel Highlights

Instagram / @growsalondecatur

#19: Dark Base with Flicked-Out Blonde Ends

Dark roots and lighter ends are a funky idea. She takes things a step further by emphasizing her two-tone ‘do with flicked out ends of the layers. To recreate the style, use a round brush and a blowdryer, then mist with a strong-hold hairspray.

Golden Blonde Balayage Ombre

Instagram / @zilleoj

#20: Polished Golden Blonde Waves

You can get a California cool hairdo without taking a trip to the famous state. Blend ash brown base with golden blonde painted-on highlights. The result is strands that look like they have been kissed by the sun.

Ash Brown Hair With Golden Highlights

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#21: Blended Blonde Streaks

Who says you cannot have blonde and brown together in a ‘do? This approach actually creates breathtaking hair highlights. Take inspiration from this shoulder-length style with dark roots and blonde highlights juxtaposed with nutmeg streaks.

Medium Layered Bronde Hairstyle

Instagram / @chrisgreenehair

#22: Caramel Highlights for Brunette Hair

Streaks work on any hair length. If your mane is long and lovely, consider whether you want to dye your entire head or only sections and vary the intensity of color. Those lovely highlights graze the midshaft, being the brightest around the face.

Caramel Balayage For Long Brunette Hair

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#23: Soft Amber and Chestnut Locks

Can you see the quality of highlights here? They don’t shout like some do. They’re almost imperceptible. The colorist has gently woven in warmer pieces into the naturally black base to create a wonderful finish.

Long Black Hair With Brown Balayage

Instagram / @hairhunter

#24: Medium-Length Dark Hair with Highlights

Highlights for dark brown hair add vibrancy and dimension. Plus, they aren’t as high maintenance as dyeing your entire head. Golden streaks on dark brown hair don’t just brighten up your locks. They also warm up your complexion. No makeup required.

Wavy Brown Bob With Caramel Highlights

Instagram / @morasalon

#25: Tousled Bob with Golden Blonde Balayage

These loose waves show off the hair color to its full effect. Although the natural dark brown hair of the model is very different from the shiny golden shade of her highlights, the achieved hair color doesn’t feature any start contrasts and looks very harmonious. The delicious chocolate brown is a mid shade to bring those two together.

Golden Brown Balayage Bob

Instagram / @kristen.lumiere

#26: Dark Brown Base with Caramel Blonde

Don’t touch up those roots yet. They can bring an exciting contrast to lighter lengths. If you have raven black hair, you can even request that your highlights begin a couple of inches down on your head to mimic her gradient hairdo.

Layered Black Hair With Bronde Balayage

Instagram / @candicemarie702

#27: Mid-Brown Hair with Dark Caramel Highlights

Black hair can be tricky to add streaks to. The finished product can sometimes be too harsh or unnatural. Her dark brown hair with caramel highlights is an example of how to do it the right way. The thin caramel brown pieces have been mixed in with a chocolate shade for a flattering blended effect.

Long Brunette Hair With Golden Highlights

Instagram / @zilleoj

#28: Black Roots with Golden Ombre Ends

Add some warmth to your inky black mane with lighter ribbons towards the ends. The streaks will make your hair appear lighter if your hair is thick. Furthermore, the ‘do is a fantastic option for those who want to switch up the color of their natural locks but feel concerned about regrowth.

#29: Light Caramel Highlights

Anyone can be a blonde. And you don’t even have to dye your entire head to achieve the look. The picture is an example of this. The champagne colored highlights brighten up the base for a beachy vibe. The tousled waves take things one step further.

Curly Caramel Brown Balayage Hair

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#30: Ombre Highlights for Chocolate Brown Hair

Combine medium brown with some caramel blonde, and you get one fantastic ‘do. Her locks are a cool twist on the classic version of brown hair with blonde highlights. As opposed to streaks, the lighter hue has completely covered the ends, bringing back the loved-by-many ombre effect.

Brown To Caramel Ombre Hair

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#31: Ash Brown with Honey Blonde

Both brown and blonde hair is beautiful, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to choose. A caramel shade is a gorgeous choice because it blends blonde and brown together in a beautiful fusion that’s stunning to sport around town.

#32: Caramel Color Contrast Expert

Brown hair with caramel highlights is flattering, fun and edgy. It’s also quite versatile. Alternate between curly and straight days when you need to keep things interesting.

#33: Brown Hair Luminescence

Brown hair doesn’t always need to have extreme color throughout. Sometimes just giving it a little boost not far from its natural hue is all you need to liven up your look. Go with multiple shades that enhance your natural color and add in some layers, too.

#34: Caramel Against Dark

Long hair can easily showcase hair color beautifully. Dark brown hair with caramel highlights is one strong example of how strategically placed color can revolutionize an entire mane of hair.

#35: Layer Upon Layer on Brown Hair

Blonde and brown come together beautifully when you go for caramel highlights on brown hair. These are made even lovelier with dramatic lengths. Curl your hair tighter in certain sections to feign luscious layers, or else simply get a cut that isn’t afraid to keep things wonderfully uneven.

#36: Caramel Highlights on Brown Hair

Hair will flow like honey when you incorporate caramel color into your mane. Straighten your locks and add in some rounded layers throughout to show off the highlighting hue. For additional vibrancy, work in some auburn lowlights.

#37: Caramel Color for Thin Hair

Color and highlights can make a big impact on thinner hair. Work some highlights into the face-framing strands as well as throughout the body of your style. Long, v-shaped layers bring the lovely bounce to the final look.

#38: Long Dark Beach Waves

Highlights for brown hair don’t need to be very bright or drastic. Caramel hues can add a subtle sheen to dark brown hair. Get a cut with some long layers for the mane that’s easy to style and be open to a wide variety of looks.

#39: Caramel Hair Color

All over caramel color can breathe new life into hair that tends to be that “halfway” shade between brown and blonde. Although, it often seems too common on women, adding a punch of this delicious honey brown hue to your natural light brown or dishwater blonde hair will really liven things up.

#40: Dark Highlights for Shorter Hair

You don’t have to sport endless flowing locks to get in on the beauty of highlights. Short hair can also benefit from highlights, as they can add dimension and the illusion of length. Curl your hair with a large barrel iron to accentuate the highlighted face-framing layers.

#41: Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights

Place highlights strategically in your medium-length hair for a sweet look that’s all your own. Frame your face with some caramel color, or add it in all over for a fully brightened look. If your hair is fine, the highlights will add the illusion of thickness, while choppy layers will provide an additional boost.

#42: Long Caramel Waves

Ombre waves infused with caramel color can make any hair texture look beautiful. Especially for long hair, caramel highlights serve as a body booster without weighing down the face.

#43: Short Caramel Brown Hair

Short and sassy cuts look vibrant with caramel color. Add in some dramatic streaks to otherwise dark hair to lighten up your look without detracting from that self-assured cheeky persona you love.

#44: Light, Long Hair

Try long layers with lightened up bouncy strands for a beautiful, flowing head of hair that will be the envy of others in the office and on the beach. Brush hair back and curl each layer to accentuate each and every streak. Caramel hues bring even more depth and interest to long flowing styles.

#45: From Dark to Light Brown Hair

Dark brown hair can be lightened up to brighten the face with some blonde face framing streaks. If you aren’t sure where to start, go to a salon instead of attempting it on your own – stylists are pros at knowing where to place lightener on each and every strand.

#46: Throw Back Highlights

Remember 15 years ago when everyone was rocking chunky highlights? Bring them back with this caramel hair color that contrasts nicely against medium toned hair.

#47: Blonde Be Gone

If you don’t believe that blondes have more fun, consider lightening up your brown hair with the darkest of caramel hues. On dark hair the highlights will come out almost red, and, definitely, not a striking, dramatic blonde.

#48: Subtle Caramel Waves

Beach waves have been popular for several seasons and not much is changing soon. This tousled, casual hairstyle is pretty enough for the office, but it also works well for a party or just hanging out at home with friends. Short brown hair looks great with subtle waves throughout, especially if it’s enhanced with some highlights.

#49: Play of Colors in Caramel Highlights

The awesome honey bronde of Ashley Greene looks gorgeous on her ideally straight medium length tresses. Thanks to the introduced highlights, Ashley’s rich hair color is getting even more sophisticated. The smooth transition of tones is a sign of a high quality dyeing job.

medium brown hair with caramel highlights

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#50: Caramel Highlights in Heavenly Waves

Caramel highlights look divine not only in hairstyles for straight hair where you flat iron your locks, but also in somewhat romantic wavy and curly ‘dos. The light glints will make your waves more prominent. Check this beautiful look from Jessica Biel for inspiration.

wavy hairstyle with caramel highlights

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#51: Perfect Caramel Highlights for Brown Hair

This charming hairstyle from Keri Russell was actively recited by numerous fashion blogs. So, what’s special about it? A chin-length haircut, a light lift at the roots, soft curls, enlivened by highlights… I believe the secret of its success is in the smooth transitions from one hue to another.

brown hair with highlights

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#52: Caramel Feathers

Today a monochromatic hair color is often considered to be too flat, lacking depth and volume. Light highlights solve this problem. Lisa Rinna’s style is a good example. Any brunette with caramel highlights and deep chestnut tones can refresh her look with copper and amber notes.

Lisa Rinna caramel highlights

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#53: Sunny Glints

One of Victoria’s Secret Angels Alessandra Ambrosio looks gorgeous with her long layered locks teased by caramel highlights. Could it be that they naturally faded under the brightest Brazilian sun, when Alessandra was basking on the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro?:)

medium brown hair with caramel highlights

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#54: Highlights with Admixture of Rosewood Tones

Monochromatic brown hair color may sometimes look monotonic and a bit boring. Diversify it with caramel and rosewood highlights which include rosy brown, light cognac and chocolate notes. The caramel highlights with rosewood tones work awesome for Angelina Jolie’s medium brown locks.

Angelina Jolie caramel highlights

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#55: Caramel Highlights for Blonde Hair

Caramel highlights on the blonde base let us achieve the irresistible bronde hair color which has become a passion of so many Hollywood divas. If you want to warm up your blonde with some light brownish tones, Nancy O’Dell’s locks are a worthy example to follow.

long blonde hair with caramel highlights

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#56: Dark Cinnamon Streaks for Brunettes

Nina Dobrev could easily win “The Best Hollywood’s Locks” award. Her hair looks groomed and healthy under any circumstances. However, even if your locks are naturally beautiful, they also can benefit from added color accents. The cinnamon streaks a few tones lighter than Nina’s dark brown base enliven her hair color fabulously.

brunnette with caramel highlights

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#57: Caramel Highlights with a Radiance Effect

Sienna Miller’s locks do not just shine, they overflow with breathtaking radiance. This effect can be achieved with a mix of cream, honey and ginger hues which accentuates Sienna’s golden tan. The roots should be darkened to match the tone of your eye-brows.

blonde layered hair with caramel highlights

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#58: Rattling Mix

Black and dark caramel appear to be highly contrasting, and that’s the pepper of this expressive braided hairstyle. The hues do not melt in each other, but intertwine quite agreeably.

#59: Vague Strawberry Allusions

Adding some icy notes to your caramel strands ends up with this fantastic light clean shade, slightly reminiscent of strawberry blonde that blends marvelously with the light brown base.

#60: Caramel Ricochet

Having hit her in the bangs, the dye bullet ricocheted all the way through the gorgeous layers, framing her face. These blurred highlights are exceptionally charming!

Warmth, brilliance, nice dimension, sensuality and spice for your base hair color are those promising benefits you may count on with delicious caramel shades. Hurry up to breathe in some passion into your lovely locks!

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