Caramel balayage is a popular colouring technique that is achieved when you add lighter, blonde balayage highlights to brown hair, to achieve a gorgeous sun-kissed effect. And with the summer months creeping (ever so slowly) away, caramel balayage also makes for the ideal seasonal colour transition. Why? Because when paired with brunette hair, this hue adds a gorgeous warmth to your tresses, giving them that pretty summer glow you’ve always longed for.
Still not convinced? Well, what if we told you that some of the hottest A-list celebrities are already championing this beautiful highlighting technique? Keep scrolling through our gallery above for some celebrity hair inspiration, and keep reading below to find out why we love each A-list look.
Subtle Caramel Blend on Brown Hair
Make like actress Naomie Harris and overlay your dark brown hair with some subtle caramel balayage. Adding caramel tones is the best way to warm up dark brown locks, helping to give a brighter, more luminous feel to the style.
Come on, just look at the way the light bounces off her loosely-curled, super-glossy tresses!
Golden Brown Highlights on Dark Hair
Shay has been hair goals for the All Things Hair team ever since her role in Pretty Little Liars. Always on top of the latest hair trends, Shay wore her lengthy caramel balayage in a side braid, which perfectly showed of this dreamy colour combination.
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Face-Framing Caramel Highlights
All hail Eva Longoria! If you ask us, when it comes to the hair-styling stakes, she can do no wrong. Over the years, she’s sported numerous shades of brown, as well as blonde highlights – and nailed every single look.
Most recently, though, she stepped out at the premiere of her show Devious Maids with some stunning face-framing balayage highlights. Her wavy, mid-length hair featured lots of ultrafine balayage strands peppered into the front, helping to brighten up her complexion in the most flattering way.
Natural-Looking Caramel Blend
To strike a balance with your naturally dark hair, opt for a caramel tone that isn’t too light (just like Nicole Scherzinger) – this will help you avoid a streaky finish.
But whenever in doubt, ask your stylist’s advice as they’ll be able to help you find the most natural-looking tone for your locks!
Brown Hair With Honey Highlights
A rich, chocolate brown hue makes the perfect base for a gorgeous, warm caramel balayage – and Mila Kunis shows us exactly how to work this colour combination with success.
Cinnamon Caramel Highlights on Brown Hair
Caramel balayage doesn’t just have to be limited to long hair: it also works a treat when worn with a fashionable lob or even a fringe – as proven by one of our personal favourite Oscar-winning actresses, Halle Berry.
To get the look, take a leaf out of her book and opt for sunkissed caramel balayage highlights. We just love that her highly textured hairstyle has been given even more depth and definition, all thanks to her strategically-placed highlights!
Sunkissed Caramel Balayage on Dark Brown Hair
What with being a Victoria’s Secret angel and all, model Lily Aldridge is required to have the most luscious-looking locks in all the land. We especially love her mid-brown mane when it’s combined with a light caramel balayage.
Not only does the caramel shade help to bring out the natural glow of her skin, but the clever placement of the balayage around her face really makes her eye colour pop, too. Well, if this hair hue is good enough for a Victoria’s Secret model, it’s good enough for us!