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50 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 50 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: 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.

#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: 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.

#5: 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.

#6: 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.

#7: 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.

#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: 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.

#10: 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.

#11: 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.

#12: 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.

#13: 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.

#14: 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.

#15: 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.

#16: A Return to Blonde Ombre

Ombre hair color is nothing new – and yet it’s still very popular and worth a revisit if it’s something you sported several seasons ago. This style starts with very dark hair at the roots and lightens as it goes down for caramel blonde tresses that fall just below the shoulders.

#17: 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.

#18: 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.

#19: 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.

#20: 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.

#21: 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.

#22: 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.

#23: 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.

#24: 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.

#25: Highlights for Very Long Hair

Even the longest locks can look more beautiful with some light brown caramel highlights that add dimension and style. Wear them curly or straight for a wide variety of style options – highlights will be accentuated in each strand and you’ll feel confident and bright.

#26: Highlights for Brown Hair

Brown hair is the ideal base for highlights of any shade. Able to compliment effectively both darker and lighter browns, caramel accentuations are a popular choice for many brown-haired girls looking for a change.

#27: Caramel Highlights for Red Hair

Redheads can get in on the highlight game as well, taking advantage of the beauty that a caramel hue can offer. Add in some side bangs to soften up bright hair, so that your style is not overpowering. Hair can be worn straight, wavy or curly – highlights look lovely with each variation.

#28: 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.

#29: 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.

#30: 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.

#31: 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.

#32: 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.

#33: 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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#34: 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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#35: 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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#36: 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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#37: 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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#38: Caramel Highlights for Golden Blonde Locks

Blake Lively, same as her character from the Gossip Girl series, are often referred to as gilded youth. Blake’s highlights, by the way, also feature 3 main tones of gold – white, yellow and red.

blonde hair with caramel highlights

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#39: 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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#40: 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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#41: 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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#42: 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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#43: Chocolate Waves with Tangerine Highlights

These fabulous ombre highlights are fused smoothly into the gorgeous chocolate waves. The tangerine accentual streaks bind chocolate and caramel tresses into a harmonious whole.

#44: 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.

#45: Confident Caramel Strokes

Less strategy and precision, but more whim and mood may lead to an admirable natural-looking style like this. Very soft yet quite distinct highlights light up Penelope’s beautiful skin miraculously.

#46: Straw Tresses with Caramel Strands

Wheat and straw locks are originally charming, but they will win a hundred points more if honeyed or caramelized. Ah…who doesn’t have a sweet tooth these days?

#47: Soft Glowing Tawny

Modern coloristic solutions are more on the natural, refined and polished side. Here is a vivid example of the localized tawny highlights, gracing the outlines of this exquisite hairstyle.

#48: Titian Babe

The tanned skin is blossoming with this flush titian hue for the ends. Besides, it’s highly complimentary for auburn hair, all brown and some blonde tones.

#49: 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.

#50: 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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