Chic Ways to Wear Caramel Hair Color

Here's everything you need to know about caramel hair color. 

Caramel is a beautiful, rich, and vibrant hair color that suits a lot of complexions. It looks especially great on morenas, as do most hair colors within the brown palette which makes skin look warmer and radiant. Don’t know what shade to try? Read on for our suggestions.

Caramel hair color: Woman with long brown hair in a ponytail against a brick wall
Jazz up your tresses by trying out caramel hair color. Credit: Shutterstock

From the name itself, caramel hair color has that yellowish-brown tinge that gives off an effortless luster.  It’s a perfect balance between brassy and ash brown, and it’s a totally buildable or adaptable hair color, whether as a base or a full hair color.

To achieve this color, your hair will typically need to be bleached first, especially if it’s your first time to get your hair dyed. If you’ve got existing hair color on, this also strips your hair of the artificial color and creates a clean canvas. Bleaching allows the hair colorist to lighten your hair first for an even hair color application.

The bleaching process can strip your hair of moisture, leaving strands dull and lifeless. Make sure to use products that can help your locks look luscious without losing its vibrant hair color.

Editor’s tip: Use Cream Silk Dry Rescue Daily Treatment Conditioner to deeply nourish your hair with the double power of Vitamin Treatment and the speed of Conditioner.

1. Chocolate caramel

Caramel hair color: Woman with long brown curly hair smiling
A chocolate brown base makes caramel hair color more sophisticated. Credit: Shuttertock

Going for a subtle transition from your naturally black hair? Chocolate caramel hair makes this possible. The soft tinges of caramel look great with a rich brown base, giving you a fresh, new look sans the drastic change.

Editor’s tip: Maintain your hair’s vibrant color with the scent of Bulgarian rose petals with Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Color Shampoo.

2. Golden brown caramel

Caramel hair color: Woman with long brown hair wearing a white blouse outdoors
This medium brown shade works well with all skin tones. Try it! Credit: Shutterstock

Make your caramel strands more visible by combining it with golden brown. The result is a warm hair color that helps give a sun-kissed glow.

Editor’s tip: Protect hair from repeated hair color changes with Dove Intense Repair Conditioner. It’s infused with Keratin-Actives, which helps repair signs of damage to the hair surface and makes strands stronger and healthier.

3. Salted Caramel Ombré

Caramel hair color: Closeup shot of a Caucasian woman with ombre hair outdoors
You can combine caramel hair color with blonde shades for a more dramatic look. Credit: Shutterstock

Rock the best of both dark and light hair with this ombré color combo. Strands gradually go lighter to a blonde color for added dimension. Style hair into boho waves for that beach-festival feel.

There are so many color combinations you can play around with caramel hair. The possibilities are endless! Have fun in the process, and don’t forget to observe a disciplined hair care regimen to keep your tresses looking fresh and healthy.

Next read: If you think brown is a safe and boring color, think again. Its versatility makes it an ideal candidate for different coloring techniques. Here are brown ombre hair colors to experiment with for a new you. 


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