12 looks that prove caramel highlights are here to stay

Beth | 21 August 2018

Caramel highlights are sticking around.

Caramel highlights are one of the most sought-after hair colours ever, mostly because they look good on everyone. Seriously, no matter what your complexion, hair type, or even natural hair colour may be, there’s a way for you to rock caramel hair.

Want to try this look for yourself, but feeling a little indecisive about which hue to go for? Well, luckily for you, the versatility of caramel hair tones are endless; ranging from all-over colour to ombre, highlights and balayage.

12 caramel hair ideas to consider for your next colour


Caramel highlights: Close up dark brunette caramel babylights on shoulder-length wavy hair
Babylights are a finer, more delicate form of highlights. Credit: Instagram.com/hairartistrybm

1. Babylights

Looking for a simple way to give your mane an uplifting change? Then hand-painted caramel babylights are a great way to switch up your hair, while maintaining your base colour. These fine caramel highlights add warmth and depth to darker tones and look really natural. Credit: @hairartistrybm

Caramel highlights: Brunette woman with wavy caramel face-framing highlights
Face-framing highlights will always look good. Credit: Instagram.com/__the_colour_code__

2. Face framing highlights

The placement of highlights can have more of an effect than you might think. If you have a long face, add highlights around your hairline to frame and accentuate your facial features, just like this lovely lady.

Her dark brown hair with caramel highlights are given a fresh update with the addition of blonder pieces at the front. Credit: @__the_colour_code__

TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Shampoo

Editor’s tip: Whether you choose an allover caramel tint or highlights, it’s important to use products that are going to help take care of your colour. The TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Shampoo and Conditioner boast a rosemary and nutri-oil formula to keep your colour luminous between salon visits.

Caramel highlights: Back view of a woman with warm toned caramel highlighted hair, curled into loose waves
Warm up your complexion with fiery red tones. Credit: Instagram.com/prissyhippiebeautyshop

3. Warm ribbons

Wondering if a caramel hair colour will suit your skin tone? Getting ribbons of warm caramel highlights done throughout your mane is an ideal way for those with mid-tan complexions to try this flattering shade. Credit: @prissyhippiebeautyshop

Caramel highlights: Long brunette wavy hair with caramel balayage and highlights
Get the most natural results with a blend of balayage and highlights. Credit: Instagram.com/trichologybyma

4. Fresh highlights and balayage

Balayage hair is just like traditional highlights, except they start further down from the roots and are less uniform than classic highlights. Instead, your stylist will place the colour from approximately a quarter or mid-way down the hair shaft, depending on your desired finish.

This colour technique helps to achieve brown hair with caramel highlights in a more low-maintenance way, as regrowth is less of an issue. Credit: @trichologybyma

Read more: Hold off on that salon appointment, grown-out roots are officially trending

woman wearing subtle highlights for brown hair in a floral top
We love this subtle highlighted style for summer. Credit: Instagram.com/sabrina.r.s

5. Subtle undertones

New to colouring your hair or just prefer a more understated style? With caramel brown hair at the tips, this soft and subtle colour shows that sometimes you don’t need to go wild with the colour to make a big difference. Credit: @sabrina.r.s

model with curly brown hair with very subtle blonde highlights at the tips
This curly haired look is given us serious hair envy! Credit: Instagram.com/emmachenartistry

6. Subtle dip-dye on curly hair

How fantastic does this light dip-dye look on curly hair? Pretty amazing we think. This warm brown hue has only slightly been lightened at the very tips, giving a naturally sun-kissed effect that seriously freshens up this curly ‘do. Credit: @emmachenartistry

TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Heat Protection Mist

Editor’s tip: If you’re using heat on your hair regularly, you should be using heat protect anyway but especially so if it’s coloured.

The TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Heat Protection Mist contains a UV filter and up to 230 degrees heat protection, to reduce the chance of colour fade and bring out shine.

Caramel highlights: Straight caramel highlighted hair blowing in the wind
Highlights add dimension to straight strands. Credit: Instagram.com/amberraynart

7. Straight caramel hair

Looking for a way to add a little more pizzazz to straight hair? Caramel highlights will do just the trick, taking your colour from flat to fab without you even needing to style it. Credit: @amberraynart

Caramel highlights: Dark red to caramel ombre shoulder-length curly hair
Caramel highlights don’t just work with brunettes, they pair wonderfully with red hair too. Credit: Instagram.com/loco1805

8. Red to caramel colour melt

The shier sister of ombre, colour melting is a softer take on the graduated colour look. Cutting out any harsh lines so that one colour flows seamlessly into the other, it gives the hair a “melted” effect. Credit: @loco1805

TRESemmé Biotin + Repair 7 Intensive Mask

Editor’s tip: We love a mask and the TRESemmé Biotin + Repair 7 Intensive Mask is great for coloured hair. It repairs 7 different signs of damage, including bleaching and colouring, making it the perfect product to use following any colour treatment.

Caramel highlights: Light caramel coloured long curly hair
Go ashy with lighter caramel blonde tones. Credit: Instagram.com/julianoasmar

9. Light ash caramel

Ashy tones are still massively in right now and this lighter ash caramel variation is all you need to work the two trends together. Credit: @julianoasmar

Caramel highlights: Side view of a woman with long dark caramel highlighted hair, loosely curled at the ends
Add vibrancy to ultra dark strands with multi-dimensional highlights. Credit: Instagram.com/beautyfied_by_josie

10. Rich highlights

This rich hue is great for the brunette who loves their colour but wants to give it a new lease of life. As you can see here, curling your hair will really help to bring out the different tones running through the lengths. Credit: @beautyfied_by_josie

Caramel highlights: Close up of a brunette woman with caramel highlights and a '70s haircut with a fringe
This look screams ’70s, wouldn’t you agree? Credit: Instagram.com/michaelgeorgehair

11. Soft caramel

Got a sweet tooth? This all-over caramel blend has got us swooning — and with the Jane Birkin bangs and Farrah Fawcett waves, it’s very appropriate for this season’s ’70s revival. Credit: @michaelgeorgehair

Read more: 1970s hair inspo we’re loving today

Caramel highlights: Close up wavy caramel colour melt hair
Falling leaves and autumnal hair hues. Credit: Instagram.com/pk_hair

12. Autumn blends

Thinking of going a bit darker as we head into A/W? This blend of rust and golden caramel highlights creates an earthy, autumnal feel that’s perfect for transitioning through the seasons in style. Credit: @pk_hair

Read more: Shake off the winter chill with the hygge hair trend



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