Balayage doesn’t just have to be reserved for blonde-haired ladies, you know – in fact, caramel balayage is fast on its way to becoming this season’s ‘It’ hair colour for brunettes, too. Still not convinced? Well, what if we told you that some of the hottest A-list celebrities are already championing this beautiful highlighting technique?
And with the summer months creeping (ever so slowly) upon us, caramel balayage also makes for the ideal seasonal colour transition. Why? Because when paired with brown hair, caramel balayage adds a gorgeous warmth to your tresses, giving them that pretty summer glow you’ve always longed for.
So, have a scroll through our gallery above for some celebrity hair inspiration, and keep reading below to find out why we love each A-list look.
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!
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.
Editor’s tip: Want to know the secret to fuller looking braids? It’s all about plumping powders…
Our fave is TONI&GUY Root Lift Sculpting Powder. Simply sprinkle on your finished braid and gently tug to separate the strands for fuller looking strands. Seriously, this secret weapon needs to be in every fine-haired girl’s kit.
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.
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!
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.
Editor’s tip: Whichever balayage option you go for, try and use a shampoo and conditioner specially formulated for colour-treated hair, like the TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Colour Vibrance Protection Shampoo and Conditioner.
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!
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!